Sport officials are tasked with maintaining order and adjudicating sport contests. Given their multifaceted role in enforcing rules, standardizing competitions, and keeping sport safe for all participants, they are a requisite part of the sport workforce.
With ongoing reports of annual attrition rates in officiating in excess of 20-35% for various sports around the world, there is more than ample evidence that officiating dropout is a persistent, pervasive, and global challenge underpinned by multiple contributing factors including, but not limited to, the threat of verbal and physical abuse. Moreover, despite worldwide recognition and growing interest in the problem, there has not been a comprehensive resource for sport scientists and practitioners studying or working to reverse the ongoing trend.
Sport Officiating: Recruitment, Development, and Retention provides a ‘state of the science’ summary in the emerging area of inquiry limited to sport officiating recruitment, development, and retention, and, provides insight and evidence-based approaches to the development of successful officiating development programs (ODP).
This book is a primary reference work using a multifaceted, holistic, and evidence-based approach to integrate key findings from the sport science literature to date in suggesting and providing real-world solutions to the practical issues faced by sport organizers.
Sport Officiating: Recruitment, Development, and Retention is a key resource for researchers interested in the development of sport officials and for sport practitioners aiming to implement officiating development programs (ODP) at any level within sport systems.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Sport Officials
2. Sociohistorical Constructions of Officiating and Officiating Research
3. A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Sport Officials
4. Individual Variation among Sport Officials: Categorizing Skills, Abilities, and Characteristics
5. All Sports Are Not Created Equal: Identifying the Complexities of the Officiating Task
6. Valuing Sport Officials: Constructing the Optimal Officiating Environment
7. Developing and Implementing Officiating Development Plans/Programs
8. Evaluating Your Officiating Development Program
9. Emerging Issues in Sport and Sport Officiating
Lori Livingston is the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Susan L. Forbes is an Adjunct Professor and Manager of the Teaching and Learning Centre at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Nick Wattie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ian Cunningham is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.