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1 Officiating in Sport THE NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS NOS Cover.indd 1 19/04/ :56

2 Contents Page Introduction 2 Sports Officials UK 2 National standards for officiating in sport 2 Structure of the standards 3 Who will use the standards? 3 What can the standards be used for? 4 Links to other standards 4 Contact 4 Level 2 standards 5 Level 3 standards 15 Level 4 standards 35 Ninety uses of national standards 40 1

3 Introduction SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being. SkillsActive works with employers and other industry partners to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS). SkillsActive has worked since 2005 with Sports Officials UK, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB) and other key organisations and employers to develop national occupational standards for officiating in sport. NOS are statements of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for effective performance in a job role and are expressed as outcomes of competent performance. In other words, they define good practice in the performance of individuals in the workplace based on the functions they perform; they can be regarded as quality standards for people. NOS are public documents and can be of immense value to individuals, employers and education and training providers. NOS specify the standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. People working in sports officiating can use standards to compare their performance to these nationally developed benchmarks of good practice, and to be clear about what they need to achieve. NGBs can also use these standards to inform the deployment of officials and officiating training and education. NOS are not training courses; they are based on an analysis of a job and describe competence in that role. The standards offer a framework for good employment practice whether people are working in a paid or voluntary capacity. Sports Officials UK Sports Officials UK Ltd (SOUK) is recognised as the organisation responsible for representing and supporting officials across all sports in the UK. SOUK is a group of representatives from a number of NGBs who are all responsible for the training education and development of officials within their given sport. SOUK was formed to address some of the common problems and recruitment issues encountered by sports and share examples of good practice in relation to the training and development of referees, umpires, stewards and judges. SOUK have been a major partner of SkillsActive and have played a vital role in leading the development projects which have been undertaken to produce the national occupational standards for officiating in sport. National standards for officiating in sport SkillsActive is pleased to present the national occupational standards for officiating in sport. Officiating is essential to the successful operation of sport in the UK. During 2005 national occupational standards for officiating at entry level were developed, followed by regional/ county level officiating NOS during SOUK recognised the need for officiating NOS at the elite level for national/ international level officials. In August 2009, a project commenced to develop NOS for elite officiating which was completed in April All of these NOS are presented in this book. The three levels of standards can broadly be seen as equivalent to levels 2, 3 and 4 of the 2

4 Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) which operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With increased media spotlight, the development of officials at all levels, across a wide spectrum of sports is an area receiving a great deal of attention. SOUK has highlighted the need for structured training and competency development for officials. The formation of national occupational standards allows the development of a clear career pathway through to elite level and helps to benchmark standards across the sector. Governing bodies may choose to use the new NOS in the development of qualifications and training. Structure of the standards NOS are organised into units of competence. Each unit describes an area of work with the activities separated out into elements with associated performance statements. These are detailed descriptions of the activities which represent effective performance of the tasks within the unit, a range of situations or circumstances which are listed below, and knowledge, the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed to effectively carry out tasks and responsibilities within the particular job role or function. Who will use the standards? These NOS are designed as a resource for individuals and organisations to use to improve their capacity and capability. As the standards have been developed to serve the whole of the UK, they provide a common reference point or language of good practice for officiating in sport. The NOS for officiating in sport have been written in a generic way so as not to be prescriptive and so that they can apply and be relevant to a range of people in a range of paid or unpaid job roles and across a range of sports/ activities. Sport or activity specific content would have to be overlaid on top of these standards by each national governing body. The NOS do not have to be used in their entirety. Managers and individuals can pick out the parts which are most relevant to them and the context of their own organisational work roles. The standards are a valuable resource that can be used in an integrated way by organisations and individuals to improve their performance. Individuals can use the standards to: Develop their self confidence and enhance their personal effectiveness Provide a means for determining gaps in knowledge, experience and skills Offer an objective process for identifying training needs Ensure best practice Support their professional development Open up a wider range of career opportunities Help to transfer their competence to other work situations. 3

5 Organisations can use NOS to: Identify and plan personnel requirements Design and implement recruitment and selection processes Develop job descriptions and person specifications for staff and volunteers Design, deliver and evaluate training Use common standards of performance and quality in partnerships with other organisations and agencies Demonstrate the competence of the organisation when applying for funding or tendering for projects Provide induction of staff and volunteers Plan appropriate development and training Ensure that staff and volunteers are clear about their responsibilities and work activities Align individual and team effort with organisational goals and targets. What can the standards be used for? There are a variety of uses for the standards, all benefiting from their comprehensive coverage and user focus. At the back of this document, 90 potential uses of national occupational standards are listed under the following headings: Performance management Assurance of product and service delivery Organisation development Recruitment and selection Delivering and evaluating learning programmes Assessing achievement Industry regulation Careers guidance and counselling Job design and evaluation Labour market analysis and planning Identifying training needs Structuring learning programmes Development of publicly funded training regimes Public recognition/ certification of competence Management information Regulating professional and occupational qualifications and institutions. Links to other standards There are also national occupational standards in the sport sector for sports coaching, sports development, activity leadership, leisure management, sports performance, administration and governance and lifestyle management and personal development of athletes and players. Contact For more information on national occupational standards in sport contact SkillsActive at or

6 The National Occupational Standards for Officiating in Sport Level 2 These standards are for officials in a variety of sports and officiating roles List of standards OF1 Develop and maintain own ability to apply rules/ laws within the spirit of the sport/ activity. OF2 OF3 OF4 OF5 Contribute to the health, safety and protection of participants and others during the sport/ activity. Establish and maintain effective working relationships as an official. Apply rules/ laws during the sport/ activity. Handle and communicate information as an official. 5

7 Standard OF1 Develop and maintain own ability to apply rules/ laws within the spirit of the sport/ activity Continuing professional development is vital to an official s performance. Officials need an in-depth knowledge of their sport/ activity, including changes in the rules/ laws. They also require knowledge of performers and their representatives for example, coaches and managers. Physical and mental condition will also play a role. Unless officials can follow play closely, maintain concentration, observe carefully and make quick and accurate decisions, problems are bound to arise. Officials also need to be able to reflect on their practice, dealing constructively with feedback from others and finding ways to continuously improve their performance. Knowledge of rules/ laws and ethics 1. Identify and access accurate information on the rules/ laws and ethics of the sport/ activity. 2. Study the rules/ laws and ethics and integrate them into your own work. 3. Participate in appropriate training sessions on the interpretation and application of rules/ laws and ethics. 4. Interpret the laws/ rules and ethics in line with the requirements of your national governing body and your role and level. 5. Keep up-to-date on changes in the rules/ laws and ethics of your sport/ activity, their interpretation and application. Information could include written, observation and self evaluation. Rules/ laws could include administration, technical and competition. Knowledge of performers and performer representatives 1. Identify the performers and performer representatives about whom you need to develop your knowledge. 2. Identify and research reliable and accurate sources of information about these performers and performer representatives. 3. Analyse this information and identify points that could be relevant to your own role. Information could include written, spoken, recorded and observation Physical and mental condition 1. Identify the fitness demands of your role and level of officiating. 2. Maintain general levels of fitness appropriate to these demands. 3. Identify activities/ substances that could adversely affect your level of fitness. Fitness could include mental and physical. 6

8 Analyse own performance 1. Review your own evaluation of your performance and consider feedback from relevant people. 2. Reflect on your performance and identify areas where you need to develop your practice further. 3. Develop and record a personal action plan that will help you to develop your performance in these areas. 4. Take part in development activities as part of your personal action plan. 5. Review your progress in developing your performance and update your personal action plan accordingly. Relevant people could include other officials, performers, performer representatives and media. You must know and understand 1. Why continuing professional development is important to the official s role. 2. Where you can access accurate and authoritative information on the rules/ laws of the sport/ activity. 3. Why ethics are important in officiating. 4. Why it is important to properly interpret and apply the rules/ laws and ethics of the sport/ activity. 5. Why it is important for officials to interpret rules/ laws and ethics in a standard and agreed way at the level at which you are officiating and how to help ensure that this happens. 6. Why it is important to keep up with changes and developments in your sport/ activity and how to do so. 7. Why it is important to have knowledge of the performers and performer representatives that you may encounter. 8. How to collect and evaluate information about these performers and performer representatives. 9. Why physical and mental fitness are important to officiating in your sport/ activity. 10. What are the fitness levels expected of officials in your sport/ activity? 11. How you should maintain appropriate levels of fitness. 12. Types of activities/ substances that may adversely affect levels of fitness. 13. Why it is important to objectively monitor your own performance as an official. 14. Why feedback from other people is important and how to respond to such feedback. 15. How to analyse your performance and feedback from others to decide how to improve your performance. 16. Why it is important to have a personal development plan and how to develop one. 17. The types of development activities that could help to improve your performance and how to access these. 18. Why it is important to monitor and review your personal development and update your personal action plan accordingly. 7

9 Standard OF2 Contribute to the health, safety and protection of participants and others during the sport/ activity Officials have an important role to play in maintaining the health and safety of participants and other staff involved in an event. They may also have some responsibility for the protection of children and other vulnerable people. Assess and control risks 1. Carry out required checks and identify any hazards. 2. Assess the risks associated with these hazards. 3. Make sure there are approved ways of controlling these risks. 4. Consult appropriate colleagues when necessary. 5. Encourage everyone present to behave with due regard to health and safety. 6. Monitor safety procedures to make sure they are being followed. 7. Keep records and make reports as required. Hazards could be to do with physical environment and resources, performer dress and equipment, performer behaviour, performer representatives, spectators/ bystanders, officials. Incidents and emergencies 1. Carry out your own responsibilities within an agreed emergency action plan. 2. Identify incidents and emergencies. 3. Provide information and support to others as required. 4. Record and report incidents and emergencies according to organisational and legal requirements. 5. Work with others to evaluate potential hazards, incidents and emergencies and find ways to improve health and safety procedures. Incidents and emergencies could involve individuals, groups and large numbers of people. Protection of children and vulnerable people You must be able to 1. Comply with agreed child protection policies and national governing body procedures. 2. Make sure own behaviour with children and other vulnerable people is appropriate and not likely to lead to personal accusations. 3. Report any concerns about child protection to the appropriate people/ organisation. You must know and understand 1. Basic requirements of relevant health and safety and child protection legislation and their implications for your role as an official. 2. The requirements of your organisation in relation to health and safety and child protection. 8

10 3. The principles of the duty of care. 4. The relevant normal and emergency operating procedures for the facilities where you officiate. 5. The importance and principles of risk assessment. 6. The types of hazards that are common in the areas where you officiate. 7. How to carry out basic risk assessments of the types of hazards you are likely to come across. 8. How to control the common risks you are likely to come across. 9. What to do when the level of risk is unacceptable. 10. Your own technical limitations when it comes to risk assessment and control and what to do if you feel unable to deal personally with identified hazards. 11. How to promote safety to all those present and why this is important. 12. How to check that safety procedures are being followed. 13. Ways in which you can help to improve health and safety. 14. The types of incidents and emergencies that you need to be able to deal with. 15. Your responsibilities when these incidents and emergencies occur. 16. What types of information you may need to convey to others and how to do this. 17. Relevant records and reports. 18. The importance of child protection. 19. Your responsibilities in relation to child protection. Standard OF3 Establish and maintain effective working relationships as an official Effective working relationships with all those involved in a sport/ activity is an important aspect of effective officiating. The quality of your relationship with co-officials, performers and their representatives will have a significant impact on the success of an event. Officials often have to manage relationships with the media and must handle these relationships with preparation and care. Work as a member of a team 1. Establish a working relationship with your co-officials and support staff that helps you to work well together. 2. Communicate with your co-officials and support staff clearly. 3. Maintain standards of professional behaviour. 4. Carry out your duties and commitments to co-officials and support staff. 5. Ask for help and information when you need it. 6. Provide your co-officials and support staff with help and information when they need it, in line with your organisation s policies and procedures. 7. Contribute to officials and support staff team discussions. 9

11 8. Follow the correct procedures when you have disagreements or difficulties with co-officials and support staff. 9. Treat co-officials and support staff equitably. Co-officials could include those working at the same level as yourself, responsible to you, you are responsible to and representatives of governing body. Communication could include spoken, written and non-verbal. Working relationships with performers and performer representatives 1. Establish and maintain an authoritative and objective relationship with the performers and their representatives. 2. Convey an enthusiasm for the spirit of the sport/ activity and the effective application of its rules/ laws 3. Use methods of communicating and interacting with the performers and their representatives that are appropriate to their needs. 4. Listen to and work with performers and their representatives to achieve an acceptable outcome. 5. Act within the limits of your authority and treat all individuals equitably. Performers could include individuals, teams and groups. Communication could include spoken, written and non-verbal. Working relationships with the media 1. Establish an authoritative working relationship with relevant media. 2. Make sure the media follow the governing body or event specific guidelines. 3. Get advice from governing body or event organisers on any issues about which you are unsure. 4. Communicate the information requested clearly, concisely and confidently. 5. Manage confidential and sensitive issues according to guidelines. 6. Present yourself, your organisation and your sport in a positive way. Media could include print media and broadcast media. You must know and understand 1. Codes of practice relevant to the role you are performing. 2. The importance of effective team work. 3. What good working relationships with your co-officials and support staff means in practice. 4. How to establish good working relationships with your co-officials and support staff. 5. Why it is important to communicate clearly with your co-officials and support staff. 6. How to communicate with your managers. 7. The duties that you are responsible for. 8. Why it is important to carry out your duties as agreed. 9. Situations in which you may need help in your role and duties and why you should always ask for help and information in these situations. 10

12 10. Situations in which you may need to provide help and information to your co-officials and support staff. 11. Why team discussions are important and why you should contribute to them. 12. Procedures for dealing with conflict. 13. Why it is important to discuss your suggestions with colleagues and to take account of their ideas. 14. Why an effective working relationship with performers and their representatives is important. 15. Why effective communication is important and the most effective way to communicate within your sport/ activity. 16. When it is important to listen to and work with performers and their representatives. 17. The importance of treating individuals equitably. 18. The importance of the media in modern sport and the role that they should play. 19. The importance of understanding reasons for media contact and preparing responses. 20. The limits of your authority when it comes to relationships with the media. 21. The types of situations in which you may need to consult other people for advice and information. 22. How to present yourself, your organisation and sport in a positive light. 23. The types of confidential and sensitive issues that may need special treatment Standard OF4 Apply rules/ laws during the sport/ activity This unit is about observing performers during a sport/ activity, making judgments based on the rules/ laws and communicating these judgments to the appropriate people. The unit also emphasises maintaining self-control while observing and applying rules/ laws. Observe the activity 1. Make sure you have all the necessary resources to carry out your role. 2. Position yourself at all times so that you can observe the activity accurately. 3. Avoid unnecessary interference with the activity. 4. Maintain your own health and safety. 5. Maintain careful attention to the specific aspects of the activity according to the requirements of your role. Resources could include dress, equipment and information. Interference could include physical, verbal and psychological. 11

13 Make and communicate judgments 1. Make judgments according to the rules/ laws and the nature and spirit of the activity. 2. Communicate judgments at the appropriate time to relevant people. 3. Make sure your judgments are understood. Relevant people could include performers, performer representatives, co-officials, support staff, governing body representatives, spectators, and media. Maintain self-control 1. Make sure your own behaviour is consistent with the code of conduct for your role. 2. Interact with relevant people in a way which is consistent with achieving your desired outcomes. 3. Manage influences and pressures from relevant people and the situation. Relevant people could include performers, performer representatives, co-officials, support staff, governing body representatives, spectators, and media. You must know and understand 1. The rules/ laws of your sport/ activity and why they are important. 2. Relevant codes of conduct and/ or guidance notes for your role as an official. 3. Different types and levels of context for your sport/ activity as appropriate to your role and their impact on rules/ laws and their interpretation. 4. The resources you need to carry out your role correctly. 5. How to position yourself during the activity to maximise your ability to observe. 6. How you can avoid unnecessary interference with the activity. 7. Health and safety hazards to yourself and how to minimise these. 8. Your responsibilities as an official and the specific aspects of the activity you need to observe according to those responsibilities. 9. When and how to communicate judgments and to make sure they are understood. 10. How your behaviour influences the behaviour of others and how to manage situations in a way that achieves your desired outcomes. 11. How you should behave in a way that is consistent with your role in the sport/ activity. 12. The types of influences and pressures that you may experience and why it is important to cope with these. 12

14 Standard OF5 Handle and communicate information as an official This unit is about managing the information you need to perform your role as an official effectively. It also covers the very important area of communication with the performers, their representatives, co-officials, support staff and others. Gather, record, store and share information 1. Gather information that is accurate, sufficient and relevant to the purpose for which it is needed. 2. Take prompt and effective action to overcome problems in gathering relevant information. 3. Record and store the information you gather according to your organisation s systems and procedures. 4. Ensure that the information you gather is accessible in the required format to authorised people only. Information could include quantitative and qualitative. Systems and procedures could be formal or informal. Communicate with others 1. Actively listen to information that other people are communicating. 2. Ask effective questions to clarify any points you are unsure about. 3. Provide accurate and clear information to other people in a way that meets their needs. 4. Make useful contributions to discussions, developing points and ideas. 5. Structure your ideas so that other people can follow what you want to communicate. 6. Give others the opportunity to contribute their ideas and opinions and take these into account. 7. Select and read written material that contains information that you need. 8. Identify and extract the main points you need from written material. 9. Provide written information to other people accurately and clearly. Other people could include performers, co-officials, support staff, governing body representatives, spectators, and media. You must know and understand 1. The importance of gathering, validating and analysing information. 2. The types of qualitative and quantitative information which are essential to your role and responsibilities. 3. How to gather the information needed for your job. 4. The types of problems which may occur when gathering information and how to overcome them. 5. How to record and store the information which is needed. 6. How to assess the effectiveness of current methods of gathering and storing information. 7. Why it is important to communicate effectively as an official. 13

15 8. Why it is important to have active listening skills and what this means. 9. Why you should always ask questions when there are things you are unsure about. 10. Why it is important to know what types of information other people need from you and how to give them this information in a way that meets their needs. 11. How to communicate accurately and clearly and why this is important. 12. The importance of discussions with other officials, performers, performer representatives, support staff and the media and how to contribute to these discussions. 13. How to structure your ideas so that you can make effective contributions to discussions. 14. Why you should always give other people the opportunity to contribute their ideas and why it is important to take account of their ideas. 15. The types of written material you need to work with as part of your job. 16. How to identify and extract the main points you need from written materials. 17. How to write clearly and effectively for the people you regularly communicate with. 14

16 The National Occupational Standards for Officiating in Sport Level 3 These standards are for officials in a variety of sports and officiating roles at the higher levels in their sport/ activity mainly at the regional/ county level. List of standards OF6 Continuously develop and maintain own ability to apply rules/ laws/ regulations and their interpretation consistently within the spirit of the sport/ activity. OF7 OF8 OF9 Contribute to the health and safety of the competition environment. Contribute to the health and safety of competitors and others during competition. Contribute to safeguarding young and vulnerable competitors. OF10 Establish and maintain working relationships with co-officials and support staff. OF11 Establish and maintain relationships with competitors and competitor representatives. OF12 Develop other officials in their role. OF13 Identify and maintain the regulations and structure of a competition. OF14 Accurately apply rules/ laws and their interpretation during performance. OF15 Evaluate the quality of competitions and communication of judgements consistently. OF16 Establish and maintain relationships with the media. 15

17 Standard OF6 Continuously develop and maintain own ability to apply rules/ laws/ regulations and their interpretation consistently within the spirit of the sport/ activity Continuing professional development is vital to an official s performance. Officials, especially at the higher level, need to continuously develop an in-depth knowledge of their sport/ activity, including changes in the rules/ laws/ regulations and how these should be interpreted. They also need to continuously update their knowledge of competitors and their representatives for example coaches and managers particularly before an event. The official s physical and mental condition will also play an important role, especially when operating at a high level in the sport/ activity. Unless officials can follow play closely, maintain their concentration, observe carefully and make quick, accurate and, above all, consistent decisions, events will not run smoothly, their outcomes may be disputed and the standing of officiating called into question. Officials also need to be able to reflect on their practice, dealing constructively with feedback from others and finding ways to continuously improve their performance. Finally, officials need, throughout their work, to demonstrate professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct. Continue to develop and maintain own knowledge of rules/ laws/ regulations, ethics and their interpretation and application 1. Identify and access accurate information on the rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics of the sport/ activity. 2. Study the rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics and consistently integrate them into your own work. 3. Engage in appropriate training sessions on the interpretation and application of rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics. 4. Monitor and evaluate how rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics are being interpreted and applied by others working at your level and use this to improve your own practice. 5. Interpret and apply the laws/ rules/ regulations and ethics in line with the requirements of your national and international governing body and your role and level. 6. Monitor competitors tactical trends and evaluate the impact this will have on the interpretation and application of rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics. 7. Keep up-to-date on changes in the rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics of your sport/ activity, their interpretation and application. Information could be written, observation and self-evaluation. Rules/ laws/ regulations could be administration, technical, competition and use of technology. Continue to develop and maintain own knowledge and understanding of competitors and competitor representatives 1. Identify the competitors and competitor representatives who are key to the performance. 2. Identify, research and record reliable and accurate information about these competitors and competitor representatives. 3. Analyse this information and identify points that could be relevant to your own role. 4. Evaluate your own experience and the experience of other officials working at your level when dealing with these competitors and competitor representatives. 16

18 5. Identify potential issues when dealing with these competitors and competitor representatives and develop a strategy to address these issues. Information could be written, spoken, recorded and observation. Continue to develop and maintain own physical and mental condition 1. Continuously monitor and evaluate the specific fitness demands of your role and level of officiating. 2. Continuously monitor and evaluate your own levels of fitness in relation to these demands. 3. Maintain general levels of fitness appropriate to these demands, including diet, nutrition and lifestyle. 4. Develop mental strategies to cope with the demands of specific events. 5. Identify and manage activities/ substances that could adversely affect your level of fitness. Fitness could be psychological, physiological and dietary. Maintaining fitness could include preparation, performance and recovery. Continue to develop your own performance as an official 1. Review your own evaluation of your performance and consider feedback from relevant people. 2. Work with an appropriate person to reflect on your performance and identify areas where you need to develop your practice further. 3. Develop and record a personal action plan that will help you to develop your performance in these areas. 4. Identify and actively engage in development activities as part of your personal action plan. 5. Review your progress in developing your performance and update your personal action plan accordingly. 6. Engage professional support where this will help you to develop your officiating role. Relevant people could include other officials, competitors, competitor representatives and media. Display professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct in your role 1. Present yourself to other people in a way that gives a positive image of yourself, your organisation and the officiating role. 2. Follow agreed codes of conduct, ethical standards and good practice. 3. Deal with people in a tactful, courteous and equitable way whilst maintaining your authority. 4. Work within the limits of your competence and expertise. 5. Recognise and respond appropriately to pressures which might influence the objectivity of your judgment. 6. Recognise and manage any conflicts of interest. 7. Comply with all monitoring requirements from your governing body. Other people could include other officials, competitors, competitor representatives and media. You must know and understand 1. Why continuing professional development is important to the official s role. 2. Where you can access accurate and authoritative information on the rules/ laws/ regulations of the sport/ activity. 3. Why ethics are important in officiating. 17

19 4. Why it is important to properly interpret and apply the rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics of the sport/ activity. 5. Why it is important for officials to interpret rules/ laws/ regulations and ethics in a consistent and agreed way at the level at which you are officiating and how to help ensure that this happens. 6. Why it is important to keep up with changes and developments in your sport/ activity and how to do so. 7. The types of training and development available to you and how to engage actively in these. 8. How to monitor and evaluate the way that other officials at your level interpret and apply rules/ laws. 9. The national and international bodies that govern your sport/ activity and their structures and requirements as relevant to your officiating role. 10. Tactical trends amongst competitors and why you need to be aware of these when interpreting and applying rules/ laws/ regulations. 11. Why it is important to have knowledge of the competitors and competitor representatives that you may encounter, particularly in advance of an event in which they will be participating. 12. How to collect and evaluate information about these competitors and competitor representatives. 13. How to draw on your own experience of working with these competitors and competitor representatives and the experience of other officials. 14. How to identify potential issues relating to competitors and competitor representatives and develop strategies to address these. 15. Why physical and mental fitness are important to officiating in your sport/ activity; 16. What are the fitness levels expected of officials in your sport/ activity? 17. How you should maintain appropriate levels of fitness. 18. Types of activities/ substances that may adversely affect levels of fitness. 19. The importance of lifestyle and diet in maintaining fitness levels and how to manage these to maintain and improve your fitness. 20. The types of mental strategies you can develop to cope with the demands of specific events and how to develop these. 21. Why it is important to objectively monitor your own performance as an official. 22. Why feedback from other people is important and how to respond to such feedback. 23. Why you should work with someone else for example a coach or mentor to continue to develop your performance as an official and why this is important. 24. How to analyse your performance and feedback from others to decide how to improve your performance. 25. Why it is important to have a personal development plan and how to develop one. 26. The types of development activities that could help to improve your performance and how to access these. 27. Why it is important to monitor and review your personal development and update your personal action plan accordingly. 28. The importance of behaving in a professional and ethical manner. 29. Codes of conduct that you should follow. 30. Why it is important to present yourself, your organisation and the standing of officials in a positive way and how to do so. 31. How to work with other people in a courteous, tactful and equitable way whilst maintaining your authority. 32. The limits of your expertise and why you should work within these limits. 33. The types of pressures you may encounter which could influence your objectivity and how to deal with these. 34. The types of conflicts of interest that may arise and how to address these. 35. Your governing body s monitoring requirements and how to follow these. 18

20 Standard OF7 Contribute to the health and safety of the competition environment Officials have an important role to play in maintaining the health and safety of competitors and other staff involved in an event. One key aspect of this is the health and safety of the competition environment itself. This may be a court, pitch, track or anywhere that the competition takes place. The official may personally inspect the competition environment themselves or they may delegate this responsibility to someone else. Ensure the competition environment is safe in advance of competition 1. Identify your organisation s health and safety requirements for the competition environment. 2. Ensure all aspects of the competition environment have been inspected according to organisational requirements and any hazards identified. 3. Ensure that any hazards associated with the competition environment have been risk assessed. 4. Ensure that any risks have been reduced to an acceptable level in line with your organisation s health and safety requirements. 5. Seek information and advice, where necessary, from other people. 6. Ensure that other people are aware of any hazards and the measures taken to reduce the risks associated with these. 7. Maintain relevant records regarding the risk assessment and risk management procedures. 8. Competition environment could include physical environment, resources used in the physical environment and spectators/ bystanders. Other people could include facility management, co-officials and competitors, competitor representatives. Ensure competitors equipment is safe in advance of competition 1. Identify your organisation s requirements for competitors equipment. 2. Ensure that competitors equipment has been inspected in advance of competition. 3. Ensure that competitors equipment complies with the requirements for competition. 4. Ensure that any hazards associated with competitors equipment have been identified and risk assessed. 5. Ensure that any risks have been reduced to an acceptable level in line with your organisation s health and safety requirements. 6. Seek information and advice, where necessary from other people. Competitors equipment could include equipment used during competition and jewellery and other personal accoutrements. Other people could include co-officials, competitors and competitor representatives. 19

21 Assess and manage risks in the competition environment during competition 1. Monitor the competition environment during competition. 2. Identify any new or emerging hazards and take immediate action to deal with these according to organisational procedures. 3. Assess the risks associated with these hazards. 4. Put in place measures to reduce the risks to an acceptable level following organisational requirements. 5. Seek information and advice, where necessary, from other people. 6. Make sure other people are fully aware of any hazards and measures to reduce the risks associated with these. 7. Maintain records regarding the risk assessment and risk management procedures. Competition environment could include physical environment, resources used in the physical environment, spectators/ bystanders and competitors equipment. Other people could include facility management, co-officials, competitors and competitor representatives. You must know and understand 1. Basic requirements of relevant health and safety legislation and their implications for your role as an official. 2. The requirements of your organisation in relation to health and safety. 3. The principles of the duty of care. 4. The relevant normal and emergency operating procedures for the facilities where you officiate. 5. The importance and principles of risk assessment. 6. The types of hazards that are common in the competition environments where you officiate. 7. How to carry out basic risk assessments of the types of hazards you are likely to come across in terms of the competition environment and competitors equipment. 8. Who apart from yourself may be involved in identifying hazards and assessing/ managing risks in the competition environment? 9. Why you may need to consult with other people on issues to do with health and safety in the competition environment. 10. What to do when the level of risk is unacceptable. 11. Your own technical limitations when it comes to risk assessment and control and what to do if you feel unable to deal personally with identified hazards. 12. How to promote safety to all those present and why this is important. 13. How to check that safety procedures are being followed. 14. Ways in which you can help to improve health and safety. 15. Relevant records and reports. 20

22 Standard OF8 Contribute to the health and safety of competitors and others during competition Keeping a close eye on competition and identifying hazards and risks to the competitors is an important role for officials. When hazards do arise, it is important for the official to be able to intervene to deal with the hazard and maintain competitors health and safety. Helping to maintain the health and safety of other officials will also be important. Identify and assess risks during competition 1. Identify your organisation s health and safety requirements for competition. 2. Directly monitor competition in line with your organisation s requirements. 3. Be alert to information from other officials concerning possible risks. 4. Identify hazards to other people when they occur. 5. Assess the risks presented by these hazards. Hazards could include to competitors, to co-officials and to self. Other people could include co-officials, competitors, competitor representatives and spectators. Follow procedures to manage risk during competition 1. Determine whether the level of risk is acceptable according to your organisation s policies and procedures. 2. If the level of risk is acceptable, allow competition to continue but be alert to any increased risks. 3. If the level of risk is unacceptable, follow your organisation s procedures to manage the risk. 4. Where necessary, explain the reasons for your actions to other people. 5. Maintain a record of the situation and any actions according to organisational procedures. Risk could include to competitors, to co-officials and to self. Other people could include co-officials, competitors, competitor representatives and spectators. Respond to incidents and emergencies 1. Carry out your own responsibilities within an agreed emergency action plan. 2. Identify incidents and emergencies. 3. Provide information and support to others as required. 4. Record and report incidents and emergencies according to organisational and legal requirements. 5. Work with others to evaluate potential hazards, incidents and emergencies and find ways to improve health and safety procedures. Incidents and emergencies could include those involving individuals, involving groups, involving large numbers of people. 21

23 You must know and understand 1. Basic requirements of relevant health and safety legislation and their implications for your role as an official. 2. The requirements of your organisation in relation to health and safety during competition. 3. The principles of the duty of care in regard to competitors, co-officials and yourself. 4. The relevant normal and emergency operating procedures for the facilities where you officiate. 5. The importance and principles of risk assessment. 6. The types of hazards that are common during competition and how to identify these. 7. How to carry out basic risk assessments of the types of hazards you are likely to come across during competition. 8. Who else will be alerting you to possible hazards and risks during competition and their role? 9. Why you may need to consult with other people on issues to do with health and safety during competition. 10. How to determine whether the level of risk is acceptable according to your organisations policies and procedures. 11. Why it is important to allow competition to continue if you judge the level of risk is acceptable. 12. How to promote safety to those involved in competition and why this is important. 13. The types of incidents and emergencies that you need to be able to deal with. 14. Your responsibilities when these incidents and emergencies occur. 15. What types of information you may need to convey to others and how to do this. 16. Relevant records and reports. Standard OF9 Contribute to safeguarding young and vulnerable competitors Officials have a valuable role to play in ensuring that young competitors and vulnerable adults, such as those with learning difficulties, can take part in sport in a safe and supportive environment which is free from harassment, bullying, threats or other forms of abuse. Maltreatment of this kind may come from other competitors, coaches, parents or other adults present during competition and can have a very negative effect on the competitor s confidence, self-esteem and attitude to their sport. The official must also ensure that their own conduct does not have a negative impact or lead to accusations of abuse by them. Behave appropriately with young and vulnerable competitors 1. Present a positive role model to young/ vulnerable competitors at all times. 2. Establish and develop a relationship of mutual trust and respect with young/ vulnerable competitors. 3. Communicate with young/ vulnerable competitors in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development. 4. If appropriate, interact with young/ vulnerable competitors in an open environment where others are present. 5. Maintain a safe and appropriate distance from young/ vulnerable competitors. 6. Avoid physical contact that may be seen as intimate or abusive. 22

24 7. Promote fair play and help young/ vulnerable competitors enjoy their sport/ activity. 8. Give young/ vulnerable competitors constructive and positive feedback. 9. Apply sanctions in a way that is sensitive to the age and stage of development of the young/ vulnerable competitor. Ways to communicate could include verbally and use of body language Identify and assess possible risks to young and vulnerable competitors 1. Monitor interactions between other people and young/ vulnerable competitors, where possible. 2. Identify words and behaviour by other people that may be seen as poor practice/ abuse. 3. Assess whether words and behaviour may be causing harm or distress to the young/ vulnerable competitor. 4. Identify and prevent any attempts to visually record young/ vulnerable competitors which have not been sanctioned by competition guidelines. 5. Monitor competition conditions and assess their impact on young/ vulnerable competitors. Other people could include other competitors, coaches, spectators and co-officials. Abuse could include physical, emotional, bullying, sexual and neglect. Respond to risks to young and vulnerable competitors 1. Stop competition temporarily if you assess there is an immediate risk to the young/ vulnerable competitor. 2. Check that your understanding of the situation is correct and distinguish between fact and opinion. 3. Warn other people causing the poor practice/ abuse to stop their words or behaviour. 4. Apply sanctions following your organisation s procedures if the poor practice/ abuse continues. 5. Follow your organisation s procedures for reporting poor practice/ abuse. 6. Take appropriate action when you judge that competition conditions present an unacceptable level of risk to young/ vulnerable competitors. Other people could include other competitors, coaches, spectators and co-officials. Poor practice/ abuse could include physical, emotional, bullying, sexual and neglect. You must know and understand 1. Why it is important to safeguard young and vulnerable competitors and the impact that abuse can have on their welfare and development. 2. Basic requirements of relevant legislation covering child protection and their implications for your role as an official. 3. The requirements and procedures of your organisation in relation to child protection as they apply to the role of an official. 4. The principles of the duty of care in relation to young and vulnerable competitors. 5. The pressures of competition and the pressures of adults on young and vulnerable competitors and the implications that these may have for their welfare and development. 6. The importance of behaving appropriately with young and vulnerable competitors in order to safeguard them, and protect you from possible accusations of abuse. 7. How to empathise with young and vulnerable competitors and be able to understand how they experience competition and interactions with other people. 8. Why it is important to present a positive role model to young and vulnerable competitors and what constitutes and positive role model as an official. 23

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