Officials play a vital role in every sport. By volunteering their time, officials are the reason the game can go on. Most sporting competitions would be unable to function without them.
Officiating can be a challenging role and, unfortunately, there are times when officials are subjected to harassment and abuse. A good official can positively influence a player’s experience and enjoyment of sport by ensuring their approach is in line with the aims of the competition. To help understand your role as an official, there are a number of online resources available.
For officiating information and resources, your state or national body is a good first port of call, with many useful officiating sections available online.
- For officiating tools and tips, the Australian Sports Commission has a large resource library on safety, game day, behaviour management and more.
- Sports Medicine Australia can help educate you on a range of sports injury and safety topics, with fact sheets, advice and training.
- Play by the Rules has useful resources on risk management for officials, and free online training in child protection, harassment and complaints management.
- The Coloured Vest Program is a program to help young officials in training.
- Clearinghouse for Sport connects sports people with a world of ideas, experience and knowledge.
Education and accreditation
If you’re new to officiating, the Australian Sports Commission has a free, online community officiating course that’s ideal for beginners.
- General officiating principles – aspects of officiating common to all sports
- Sport-specific officiating – rules, skills and techniques of officiating in a particular sport.
For more information on becoming an accredited official, contact your State or National Sporting Organisation.