Referees oversee teams during matches and ensure that they are playing fairly, and also keep track of the score. Referees may officiate games for kids, high schools, colleges, universities, and adult/senior recreational sports, as well as the professional level for the most highly-skilled in the position.
When disputes arise in a game, the referee will be called upon to make a decision. This decision must be made objectively and without any bias towards a certain team, and they may also be expected to offer explanations of the decisions made. Positions as a referee are often part-time or on an on-call, per-job basis; some jobs may not offer payment, but may still be useful in building a resume as a referee. To become a referee in a community league, special qualifications may not be necessary beyond in-depth knowledge of the sport, its rules, and the duties of a referee. Some classes are offered in order to gain referee certification to work in high schools and colleges and for professional leagues.
Years of experience may be required to become a referee for professional games. Physical strength is required to officiate at any level, as many sports require referees to run alongside players in order to watch their moves closely. The job can sometimes be stressful when teams have disputes about wrongdoings, so the ability to work well under pressure is essential, as well.
Umpire, Referee, or Other Sports Official Tasks
Set up, clean, and ensure safe use of equipment and sporting areas.
Handle disputes and resolve rules issues.
Act as subject matter expert and authority during sporting events.
Communicate with teams, coaches, families and other staff.