Why Become a Referee
Here are a few of my favorites (by Head Referee – Osman);
Love for the game
To me, it begins here. You have to really love the game and appreciate what it takes for an athlete to be
good at it. Every sport requires a unique set of skills and talents to excel. For one sport it may be size
and strength; for another speed and quickness; still, another may reward unique coordination and
Respect for the players
The game is for the players. They gain the most from a game which is officiated fairly and within the
rules. When every player has an equal chance to compete and be rewarded for their efforts, the referee
has done their job well. We owe it to the players to do our best, every game.
Opportunity to give back to your Community
In most every sport, there are many opportunities for a referee to donate his or her services. It’s one of
the most honourable things a referee can do and it is always greatly appreciated. Not to mention the
sense of personal satisfaction we get.
Chance to stay involved
Most referees played their sport at some time. Some probably still do, but perhaps not as competitively.
Being a referee keeps you involved. It puts you right back into the action and gives you a part in the
game that you’ll never get as a spectator. It’s not the same thrill as playing, but I’d say it is the next best
Some sports require the referee run at essentially the same pace as the players, constantly moving to
create the best angle to see a play develop. And sometimes the pace can be rigorous. To be a top notch
referee means getting into condition and staying that way throughout the season
Refereeing keeps the mind sharp. Acute mental focus is a must. The ability to block out distractions and
concentrate on the athletes, exercises the mind. Oftentimes the mental demands of officiating can be
much tougher than the physical demands.
Refereeing is a challenge. From passing the exam…to advancing to higher levels…to getting the best
assignments…to doing a good job under pressure in a big game. These are all challenges for every
referee. And when these goals are met, it creates a great deal of satisfaction.
There is a kinship between referees that is hard to find elsewhere. During any athletic contest, the
players are supported by coaches and fans. Referees have only each other. This reliance, the working
together as a team, creates a unique bond that goes well beyond the game itself. When you become a
referee, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Earn a responsible game fee for your time, each game.
Life Skills – Officiating teaches independent thinking and the ability to see the big picture — a skill that
translates outside of officiating. It also requires dedication, togetherness and ability to work as team
that is important everywhere. Fortitude – Officials learn how to have inner strength and self-confidence.
With the whistle in your hand, knowing you’re the last line of defence between sport and chaos forces
you to step up. As a referee, you are responsible for making important decisions on the field. This
experience can help to develop your leadership and decision-making skills, which can be valuable in
other areas of your life.
For more information, please contact our Head Referee Osman.