The essence of a good official lies in the concept of fairness and consistency:
– to be fair to every participant,
– to be viewed as fair by the spectators.
This demands a huge element of trust – the referee must be trusted to allow the players to entertain:
–by being accurate in his/her judgement;
–by understanding why the rule is written;
–by being an efficient organizer;
–by allowing the competition to flow and by directing it to a conclusion;
–by being an educator – using the rules to penalise the unfair or admonish the impolite;
–by promoting the game – that is, by allowing the spectacular elements in the game to shineand the best players to do what they do best: entertain the public.
Finally we can say that a good referee will use the rules to make the competition a fulfilling experience for all concerned.
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