What do Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials do?

Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.

  • Officiate at sporting events, games, or competitions, to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules are observed.
  • Judge performances in sporting competitions in order to award points, impose scoring penalties, and determine results.
  • Inspect sporting equipment and/or examine participants in order to ensure compliance with event and safety regulations.
  • Keep track of event times, including race times and elapsed time during game segments, starting or stopping play when necessary.
  • Signal participants or other officials to make them aware of infractions or to otherwise regulate play or competition.
  • Verify scoring calculations before competition winners are announced.
  • Resolve claims of rule infractions or complaints by participants and assess any necessary penalties, according to regulations.
  • Start races and competitions.
  • Teach and explain the rules and regulations governing a specific sport.
  • Verify credentials of participants in sporting events, and make other qualifying determinations such as starting order or handicap number.
  • Confer with other sporting officials, coaches, players, and facility managers in order to provide information, coordinate activities, and discuss problems.
  • Report to regulating organizations regarding sporting activities, complaints made, and actions taken or needed such as fines or other disciplinary actions.
  • Compile scores and other athletic records.
  • Direct participants to assigned areas such as starting blocks or penalty areas.
  • Research and study players and teams in order to anticipate issues that might arise in future engagements.

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