NOC 5253 – Sports officials and referees



Sports officials and referees observe and enforce rules and regulations governing sporting events, athletic games and sports competitions. They are employed by national, provincial and local sporting commissions, organizations and leagues.

Main Duties

Sports officials and referees perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Officiate at sporting events or athletic competitions to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules and safety regulations are observed
  • Record lapsed time and keep scores during events or competitions
  • Judge the performance of competitors, award points, impose penalties for infractions and determine results
  • Compile scores and other athletic records
  • Establish and maintain rapport with coaches, players and organizing committees
  • Verify credentials of athletes or animals engaged in sports or related special events, and respond to written protests.

Employment Requirements

  • Sports officials require certification by and registration with a sport governing body or commission.
  • Sports referees require completion of an officiating program offered by a sport governing body.

All Titles

  • athletics judge
  • clerk of scales – racetrack
  • clerk of the course – harness racing
  • clerk of the course – horseback racing
  • clerk of the course – racetrack
  • clocker, racetrack
  • commission steward – horse racing
  • competitive sports judge
  • curling judge
  • figure skating evaluator
  • figure skating judge
  • goal judge
  • harness racing starter
  • horse identifier
  • horse plating inspector – racetrack
  • horse race timer
  • horse racing starter
  • horseshoe inspector
  • identifier, horses
  • inspector, horse plating – racetrack
  • inspector, horseshoes
  • judge, athletics
  • judge, competitive sports
  • judge, figure skating
  • judge, goals
  • judge, paddock – racetrack
  • judge, patrol – racetrack
  • judge, racehorses – racetrack
  • judge, sport competitions
  • judge, sports
  • judge, standardbreds – racetrack
  • judge, track
  • judge, track and field
  • linesman/woman, sportslinesman, sports, lineswoman, sports, sports linesman, sports lineswoman
  • operator, scoreboard
  • paddock blacksmith – racetrack
  • paddock horseshoer – racetrack
  • paddock judge – racetrack
  • paddock plater – racetrack
  • patrol judge – racetrack
  • placing judge – racetrack
  • presiding steward – racetrack
  • racehorse judge – racetrack
  • racetrack clocker
  • racetrack steward
  • racetrack timer
  • racing secretary and handicapper
  • referee
  • referee, sports
  • scoreboard operator
  • scorekeeper
  • sports competition judge
  • sports judge
  • sports linesman/woman
  • sports official
  • sports referee
  • standardbred judge – racetrack
  • starter, harness racing
  • starter, horse racing
  • steward, presiding – racetrack
  • steward, racetrack
  • timer, racetrack
  • track and field judge
  • track judge
  • umpire


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