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Sports officials and referees

OaSIS code 53202.00

Sports officials and referees observe and enforce rules and regulations governing sporting events, athletic games and sports competitions.

Overview

Also known as

  • Athletics judge
  • Clerk of the course - racetrack
  • Figure skating judge
  • Goal judge
  • Harness racing starter
  • Racetrack timer
  • Referee
  • Sports linesman/woman
  • Sports official
  • Umpire

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Officiate at sporting events or athletic competitions to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules and safety regulations are observed
  • Record lapsed time and keep scores during events or competitions
  • Judge the performance of competitors, award points, impose penalties for infractions and determine results
  • Compile scores and other athletic records
  • Establish and maintain rapport with coaches, players and organizing committees
  • Verify credentials of athletes or animals engaged in sports or related special events, and respond to written protests.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (54100)
  • Coaches (53201)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

532 – Occupations in sports

Minor group

5320 – Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations

Unit group

53202 – Sports officials and referees

Occupational profile

53202.00 – Sports officials and referees

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Performing General Physical Activities
4 - High Level
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
4 - High Level
Coaching and Developing Others
3 - Moderate Level
Communicating with Coworkers
3 - Moderate Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
3 - Moderate Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
1 - Less than 35 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
1 - Very little time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • National, provincial and local sporting commissions, organizations and leagues

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Far Vision
5 - Highest Level
Perceptual Speed
5 - Highest Level
Selective Attention
5 - Highest Level
Multitasking
4 - High Level
Pattern Identification
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Monitoring
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Persuading
3 - Moderate Level
Systems Analysis
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important