Recruit, Retain & Celebrate Sports Officials
Become A Sports Official
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Sports officiating is a challenging job, but there are great rewards. To be a successful official, you will need mental toughness, good people skills and thick skin. Sports officiating will inherently teach you all of those skills and much more. If you love sports, you will have the best view of the game as an official. More importantly, officiating will teach you how to view the games in a whole new light – one that emphasizes fairness, integrity, decisiveness and sound judgement. Get ready to challenge yourself and start one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have!
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Most officials start out as athletes or sports fans or both. We truly enjoy the intricacies of the sports we work. As an official, you won’t just be watching any more, you’ll be part of the game, with the best view in the house.
Maybe you want to stay engaged and a part of the game you loved to play, or maybe you are looking get more engaged in the game your kids are playing. Either way, being an official will give you access to, and an appreciation for, the rules and strategies of the games you officiate like nothing else can.
Who doesn’t like getting paid to exercise? You won’t need much motivation to work out through officiating because as you get in better shape, you’ll become a better official.
Most officials feel that they have gotten something important from their sport before becoming an official. Many officials like to pay it forward to the sport for what it has given them. Officiating is also a way to guide and enrich the lives of the athletes who are playing, by teaching the value of sportsmanship and fair play.
There is no better part-time job or hobby for you to make extra money doing something you enjoy than through officiating. It’s the perfect extra gig for anyone from a high school student, to a parent to a retiree.
Once you step onto the court, field, ice or pitch, everyday problems seem to fade away. Although no official would say the job is stress-free, it also provides stress relief from your daily life because after all, it is the sport you love.
Every game — no matter the venue, player abilities or teams — is a challenge. Nothing is mundane. It’s a rush to be in the moment and have to make the big decision.
The fellowship and humor officials share with one another are incomparable. You’ll quickly realize there is no community like officials. When it comes down to it, during a game, your only true friends are the officials you’re working with. Many of them will become your closest friends — lifelong friends.
Officiating teaches independent thinking and the ability to see the big picture — a skill that translates outside of officiating. It also requires the dedication, togetherness and ability to work as team that is important everywhere.
Officials learn how to have inner strength and self-confidence. With the whistle in your hand, knowing you’re the last line of defense between sport and chaos forces you to step up.
Officials are often identified and associated with the sport(s) they work and recognized for it outside of officiating. Even if people don’t know you specifically, many people associate officiating with trustworthiness, impartiality, dedication and integrity… all qualities that can open doors for you in other areas of life.
Great games, talented players and hair-raising moments will become commonplace in your life, and you’ll be right in the middle of them. Officiating provides goosebumps in spades. If you like adrenaline, you can get it here.