Proposal: Sports Officials

I would expect that Sports Officials would be a relatively small community if left on its own, but I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be merged in with Sports to create a bigger and more thriving one. Most officials are also participants, especially at lower lewels of sport. Some questions about officiating could probably be answered by expert players as well as by officials, so I think it would be beneficial to combine them.

I would suggest asking some officiating questions on the sports site to confirm that they arae good with this.


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As a moderator for Sports SE, I endorse this.

Please send sports officiating questions our way. In fact, we have 36 questions on officiating thus far.

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    Agreed; officials are a part of sports. Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 15:07

As the creator of the Sports Officials proposal, and a Grade 7 USSF referee, I believe that these should be treated as very much separate communities. The kinds of questions I would anticipate seeing in the Sports Officials SE are not the same kinds of questions players are generally interested in.

To use soccer for an example, Sports Officials SE would include questions of three main types, each very distinct (as I understand it) from the Sports SE:

  • Questions about refereeing skills (How can I increase my command presence?, How do I properly handle a mass confrontation?)
  • Questions about the Laws of the Game (Is a drop ball restart indirect or direct?, How do I determine if a player is "involved in play" for an offside call?)
  • Questions about the officiating community itself (With the new badge system in 2014, what happens to the Grade 5 referees?, How many hours of instruction are required for advancement?)

That being said, I'll post a few of these questions on Sports SE to see how they are received.

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    Sports.SE handles all aspects of sports from participation to fandom to officiating. All of these questions are welcome at Sports.SE
    – wax eagle
    Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 15:16
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    Sports SE is interdisciplinary in nature...so, there are "separate" communities (players and fans; cricket and soccer (football) enthusiasts; etc.) as one community as a whole. I believe the questions you have used as examples will be received well.
    – user59285
    Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 15:33
  • "I'll post a few of these questions on Sports SE to see how they are received." We are ready for your questions when you are.
    – user59285
    Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 13:38

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