ERIC Number: ED318716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-29
Reference Count: N/A
Officiating Classes as Part of the Physical Education Curriculum.
Davis, Kathryn L.
Two surveys were conducted to find the availability of officiating classes in colleges across the nation, to share information about the organization of these officiating classes, and to find the methods by which officials first learn how to officiate. The first survey was directed toward colleges with professional physical education programs. Of the 95 colleges surveyed (with 60 responding), 52 percent indicated the existence of some type of officiating class. Thirteen courses were listed as separate courses for specific sports, and 18 courses were listed as paired courses (two or more sports covered in one course). The second survey was directed to the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), to volleyball officials with national ratings. Of all the officials surveyed, 32 percent had learned to officiate through professional classes. Some problems associated with offering officiating courses were: a lack of qualified instructors, little or no student interest, and/or the lack of available hours in the curriculum. Some solutions to these problems are to hire adjunct instructors from outside the university, work cooperatively with the intramural programs to offer training for their officials, and offer officiating courses as elective courses. Three key issues for officiating classes in the 1990s are: legal liability, ethics, and the psychology of officiating. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sports Officials
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (New Orleans, LA, March 28-31, 1990).