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Accountability in officiating

Accountability in Officiating

…responsibilities of officials to “the game”

…responsibilities of “the game” to officials


Accountability in officiating1

Accountability in Officiating

Expectations


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 1 – 2003 NASO Conference

    • Summary of what we (Sports Officials Canada) planned, how we did and where we go next

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Overview

    • The background of this talk is a discussion paper summarizing the content of an NASO conference in 2003 intending to help chart the course for Sports Officials Canada

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What were the targets?

  • How’d we do?

  • What next?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Three ‘elements’ or focusing on:

    • officiating in a fair, objective and impartial manner

    • becoming and remaining competent as officials

    • others respecting the rights of officials

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • First element

    • In order for sport to be contested, all of the participants must believe that the game is being officiated in a fair, objective and impartial manner.

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating the target

Accountability in Officiating…the target

  • We needed a ‘code of conduct’ at the broad sports officials level

  • Most sports officials groups had one but we didn’t have a national or overarching one

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating how d we do

Accountability in OfficiatingHow’d we do?

  • Sports Officials Canada does have a ‘code of conduct’

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

Sports Officials Canada’s Code of Conduct is based on sportsmanship

and fair play in order to provide a positive experience for all

participants.

  • Officials must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest ethical standards and be a positive role model in behaviour and personal appearance.

  • Officials must place the safety and welfare of competitors above all else, and will strive to provide a sportsmanlike environment.

  • Officials must emphasize the spirit of the competition rather than its outcome.

  • Officials must be impartial, consistent, objective, unbiased and courteous when making decisions.

  • Officials must accept responsibility for their actions and decisions.

  • Officials must know the rules and apply them within their spirit and intent.

  • Officials must respect, support and remain loyal to other officials.

  • Officials must avoid any situation that may be construed as a conflict of interest.

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating what next

Accountability in OfficiatingWhat next?

  • What do you think needs to be done now?

  • How do we audit the effectiveness of the SOC code of conduct?

  • How do you audit the effectiveness of your (NSO) officials code of conduct?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Second element

    • In order for officials to be able to provide the best possible service to athletes and coaches, they need to be competent and remain competent in their vocation.

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

Athletes deserve the best officials

They (and their coaches) are those to whom we, as officials are ultimately accountable

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating the target1

Accountability in Officiating…the target

  • SOC annual professional development conferences

  • Increasing funding for upgrading and professional competence in general

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating how d we do1

Accountability in OfficiatingHow’d we do?

  • SOC annual conference on professional development focusing on needs of members

  • Most, if not all, NSO’s have programs for upgrading of officials targeting on international standards

  • Most of these programs focus on face-to-face training programs

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating what next1

Accountability in OfficiatingWhat next?

  • developing a long term officials development program (for sport or by NSOs)

  • combining computer-based training and face-to-face interaction

  • recruiting and mentoring of younger officials

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Third element

    • In order for officials to be able to perform at their best, other participants must respect the rights of officials

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • In order to do our ‘officiating’ job we must feel safe and secure

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating the target2

Accountability in Officiating…the target

  • Covenant between other participants and officials (NASO type)

  • Less abuse and violence toward officials

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating how d we do2

Accountability in OfficiatingHow’d we do

  • True Sport Movement has made some significant movement toward a covenant

  • Quebec Federation of Sports has a ‘covenant’

  • Some hockey rinks have “respect for all participant” posters etc.

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Accountability in officiating where to next

Accountability in OfficiatingWhere to next

  • More work on a covenant of sorts?

  • What do you have in your sport?

  • What do you need in your sport?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


When a game becomes sport

When a game becomes ‘sport’

why we officiate


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 2 – what we, as officials owe to ‘the game’

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Sport is life with the sound turned up

‘Sport is life with the sound turned up’

…Barry Mano, President NASO


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Accountability in Officiating

http://umpire clip

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • Overarching Principles – we should

      • Elevate the profession of officiating

      • Improve the image of officials in eyes of the public

      • Express expectations of officials

      • Ensure a higher standard of behaviour

      • Ensure consistency in performance

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    We can achieve these by:

    • Focusing on clear, measurable and significant goals

    • Monitoring progress

    • Concentrating on improvement in performance

    • Having effective evaluation tools

    • Having appropriate incentives

    • Investing in results

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • In being accountable we must ensure that officials:

      • Practice

      • Study

      • Have clinics

      • Have standards for physical condition

      • Understand the rules

      • And demonstrate them through game performance

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • To be accountable we must monitor progress by:

      • Having annual evaluations which focus on the goals identified

      • Employing developmental tools including mentoring

      • Comparing this years’ performance to previous years

      • Comparing performance with that of peers

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • To help; we must concentrate on improvement in performance by:

      • Avoiding intimidation tactics

      • Accentuating the positive

      • Providing examples of how the best officials perform

      • Assigning senior or more experienced officials as mentors

      • And demonstrating what we expect

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • To be accountable we must have effective evaluation tools:

      • Video tape

      • Peer review

      • Coaches assessments

      • Observers assessments

      • Whatever works in your sport

      • Such as?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • To be accountable we must have appropriate incentives:

      • Post season games

      • National championships

      • Travel opportunities

      • Psychic income

      • Whatever might work

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • What responsibilities do officials have to ‘the game’?

    • To be accountable we must invest in results by:

      • assigning the best officials for the toughest situations

      • rewarding performance in other ways

      • Other ideas?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


Participant expectations

participant expectations


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 3 - What responsibilities does ‘the game’ have to officials?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 3 - What responsibilities does ‘the game’ have to officials?

    • Respecting our vocation

    • Rewarding us for our contributions

    • Supporting our future development

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 3 - What responsibilities does ‘the game’ have to officials?

    • Respecting our vocation

      • Do you feel respected in your vocation?

      • What can we do to feel respected?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 3 - What responsibilities does ‘the game’ have to officials?

    • Rewarding us for our contributions

      • Do you feel rewarded for your contributions?

      • How could this be improved?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 3 - What responsibilities does ‘the game’ have to officials?

    • Rewarding us for our contributions

      • Some things that might help:

        • Making the experience fun and enjoyable

        • Treating officials with respect

        • Recognizing officials publically

        • Reimbursing officials for expenses/costs

        • Providing game fees – honorarium, etc

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • PART 3 - What responsibilities does ‘the game’ have to officials?

    • Supporting our future development

      • Putting money into development courses

      • Supporting life-long learning objectives

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Other issues affecting officiating

    • Role of the media

      • Using the media to advance officiating

      • While officials may need training on how to “control” media interviews

      • The media may need educating on the rules and how officials apply them

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Other issues affecting officiating

    • Disciplining officials

      • What do you do?

      • How should be discipline officials?

      • Under what circumstances?

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

  • Other issues affecting officiating

    • Disciplining officials

      • Under what circumstances?

        • For decisions on “judgment” 68% said no

        • For decisions for “misapplication of a rule” 34% said no

        • If we see the play and make the wrong call that’s bad

        • Our objective is to ‘get the call right’

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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Accountability in Officiating

officials responsibilities

David Weicker, Coordinator of Officials Development for Athletics Canada


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