An Introduction to Sports Officiating


An Introduction to Sports Officiating

An Introduction to Sports Officiating

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The first ever general sports officiating resource!

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  • Officiating and coaching guidelines and responsibilities

    Whatever the sport, sports people ultimately turn to an official for a decision. Officials operate in a multitude of different sports, each with their own titles and all doing different jobs, implementing a set of laws and rules.

    Sports Officials also have things in common, including:

    • the ability to handle many different types of situations
    • good communication skills
    • a broad knowledge of health, safety and equity issues.

    This book covers all of these topics, as well as introducing the psychology of officiating and the relevant legal responsibilities that an official has.

  • Author: Dr David Pegg
  • Copyright Year: 2005
  • Length: 44 pages
  • ISBN: 1902523822
  • Chapter 1: Sports Officials - Who Needs Them?

    • Introduction
    • What is Sports Officiating?
    • Why Do We Need Sports Officials?
    • What Become a Sports Official?

    Chapter 2: Getting Started - What's Involved?

    • Preparation
    • Health and Safety
    • Child Protection
    • Legal Responsibilities
    • Communication Skills
    • Managing People and Situations
    • Risk Management

    Chapter 3: Understanding the Role - What Makes a Good Official?

    • Ethics and Equity
    • Evaluating Performance
    • The Psychology of Officiating

    Chapter 4: Becoming an Official - What's Next?

    • How Do I Become an Official?
    • Conclusion



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  • Dr David Pegg has experience as an international badminton umpire and has officiated at many World, European, All-England and National Championships. He is also an international referee, organising events both in England and overseas.

    The SOUK Reviewers
    Stuart Cummings achieved senior referee status in 1991 and was appointed as the Match Officials Director at The Rugby Football League in 2002. During his refereeing career, he refereed six test matches, two World Cup finals, four Challenge Cup finals and two Grand finals.

    Former national-level men's gymnastics judge in Australia, Russell D'Costa has also worked as a Coaching and Officiating Consultant with the Australian Sports Commission. He currently works as an Education and Training Manager at sports coach UK.

    As a referee, Janie Frampton has reached the National List of Contributory League and Women's National Premier League football. She is a qualified UEFA 'B' Coach, FA Licensed Referee Instructor, FA Generic Tutor Trainer, Tutor Mentor for Child Protection and an FA Regional Referee Manager.

    Sports Officials UK (SOUK)
    SOUK was formed by a group of like-minded people with the responsibility for the development of officials within their chosen sports. There was, and remains, a clear need for sport to invest more heavily in the development of officials. Officials are integral to sport and the best officiating contributes to the success, enjoyment and recruitment of players in sport. Through the support of a small technical group within SOUK, Skills Active, sports coach UK and Coachwise, we are now able to publish our first generic officiating products.


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