Officials are increasingly facing ethical issues, particularly harassment in sport. As officials are often placed in the unenviable position of alienating 50% of the crowd and players at any given time, they can be subject to criticism, abuse and harassment. Officials can also have enormous influence over athletes, coaches and others in a game or event. Issues such as sportsmanship, injury, cheating, bullying, abuse of power and harassment have all become a part of sport.
It is essential that officials operate professionally and with integrity in their relationships with those who are participating in or associated with their sport. The ASC has developed an Officials Code of Behaviour which provides a standard for all officials. Accredited officials are required to sign on to the Official's Code of Behaviour.
Officials need to know the relevant policies for their sport and act appropriately, in the best interest of all the players.
Below are resources that may assist both new and experienced officials.