Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology and Health Science

Department name when degree awarded

Physical Education

Committee Chair(s)

H. B. Hunsaker


H. B. Hunsaker


Arthur H. Mendini


Basil Hansen


Eldon Drake


The objectives of this study was to obtain data on five aspects of officials qualification practices presently used in Utah and to make some justifiable conclusion.

1. Qualification Data requested.

a. Physical Qualification

b. Mental Qualification

c. Previous Experience as an Official and Player

d. Other Related Athletic Experience

e. Basketball Officiating and some existing Problems

The survey compiled was sent to all head coaches of class "A" high schools, in Utah, which included 40 coaches in all, and to 60 class "A" high school officials of Regions 1, 2, and 4. The officials were chosen at random from the Utah High School Activities Association certified officiating bulletin issued yearly.

From the Analysis of the Data the following conclusions were made: (a) Coaches and officials need to recognize what qualifications are presently used and what has to be done to improve these practices. (b) Physical qualifications as a requirement is only an assumption, not a must. (c) The knowledge that one must receive to make him mentally alert appears to be strong in some areas of the state, while in others it only involves reading the rule book and passing the written test. (d) All the athletic experience that one obtains prior to becoming an official, does have the sanction of all officials and coaches, for without it a person who wants to become an official can only hope for limited work, or assignments. (e) Any athletic sports activity that a person is associated with has many carryover advantages in the overall performance of an official. (f) Officiating problems as expressed by the data received are extensive. A few examples of the problems are listed below:

1. Crowd reaction

2. Coach reaction

3. Judgment and consistency , etc