Officiating HS sports is a profession where we, as officials, have to set an example for all who see us at matches including school administrators, coaches, players, parents, fans, and our fellow officials. So we must be very professional at all times.
1. Professionalism: This includes many things: character, attitude, appearance, knowledge of the rules, use of the proper mechanics, ability to apply the rules properly, ability to handle stress, ability to communicate, respect to everyone at a match, and dependability.
2. Appearance: HS sports referees must always have a very professional appearance. “You only get to make a first impression once.” And when you walk in the gym, the first thing everyone sees before you have even said a word is your appearance.
3. Ethics: The primary role of an official is to ensure that the actions of the players, coaches, and other team personnel are in compliance with the rules. In fulfilling this task, the officials must establish the best possible climate for fair competition with the attention on the athletes, rather than being drawn to the official.