Sports Officials and Officiating: Science and Practice (Hardback)
  • Sports Officials and Officiating: Science and Practice (Hardback)

Sports Officials and Officiating: Science and Practice (Hardback)

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Hardback 162 Pages / Published: 15/12/2014
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Sports officials (umpires, referees, judges) play a vital role in every sport, and sports governing bodies, fans, and players now expect officials to maintain higher professional standards than ever before. In this ground-breaking book, a team of leading international sport scientists and top level officials have come together to examine, for the first time, the science and practice of officiating in sport, helping us to better understand the skills, techniques and physical requirements of successful refereeing.

The book covers every key component of the official's role, including:

Training and career development

Fitness and physical preparation

Visual processing

Judgement and decision-making

Communication and game management

Psychological demands and skills

Using technology

Performance evaluation

Researching and studying officials in sport

Top-level officials or officiating managers contribute in the 'Official's Call' sections, reflecting on their experiences in real in-game situations across a wide range of international sports, and on how a better understanding of science and technique can help improve professional practice. No other book has attempted to combine leading edge contemporary sport science with the realities of match officiating in this way, and therefore this book is vital reading for any advanced student of sport science, sport coaching or sport development, or any practising official or sports administrator looking to raise their professional standards.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415835749
Number of pages: 162
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


"One of the outstanding strengths of the book is the 'Official's call' at the end of each chapter, which brings up the officials' voices from their own perspective and practice... Moreover, the book is well-written and comprehensible and gives a lot of new insights both for people with experiences from officiating and for researchers, students, coaches, leaders and others without personal experiences from refereeing... I warmly recommend this book for sport scientist, sport coaches, leaders, administrators and officials as well as for students in sport sciences, because it addresses an central area of sport studies that is definitely under researched."- Bente Ovedie Skogvang, Hedmark University College, Norway,

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