NOC 5253 – Sports officials and referees


  • athletics judge
  • clerk of scales – racetrack
  • clerk of the course – harness racing
  • clerk of the course – horseback racing
  • clerk of the course – racetrack
  • clocker, racetrack
  • commission steward – horse racing
  • competitive sports judge
  • curling judge
  • figure skating evaluator
  • figure skating judge
  • goal judge
  • harness racing starter
  • horse identifier
  • horse plating inspector – racetrack
  • horse race timer
  • horse racing starter
  • horseshoe inspector
  • identifier, horses
  • inspector, horse plating – racetrack
  • inspector, horseshoes
  • judge, athletics
  • judge, competitive sports
  • judge, figure skating
  • judge, goals
  • judge, paddock – racetrack
  • judge, patrol – racetrack
  • judge, racehorses – racetrack
  • judge, sport competitions
  • judge, sports
  • judge, standardbreds – racetrack
  • judge, track
  • judge, track and field
  • linesman/woman, sports
  • operator, scoreboard
  • paddock blacksmith – racetrack
  • paddock horseshoer – racetrack
  • paddock judge – racetrack
  • paddock plater – racetrack
  • patrol judge – racetrack
  • placing judge – racetrack
  • presiding steward – racetrack
  • racehorse judge – racetrack
  • racetrack clocker
  • racetrack steward
  • racetrack timer
  • racing secretary and handicapper
  • referee
  • referee, sports
  • scoreboard operator
  • scorekeeper
  • sports competition judge
  • sports judge
  • sports linesman/woman
  • sports official
  • sports referee
  • standardbred judge – racetrack
  • starter, harness racing
  • starter, horse racing
  • steward, presiding – racetrack
  • steward, racetrack
  • timer, racetrack
  • track and field judge
  • track judge
  • umpire

Job Duties

Sports officials and referees perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Officiate at sporting events or athletic competitions to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules and safety regulations are observed
  • Record lapsed time and keep scores during events or competitions
  • Judge the performance of competitors, award points, impose penalties for infractions and determine results
  • Compile scores and other athletic records
  • Establish and maintain rapport with coaches, players and organizing committees
  • Verify credentials of athletes or animals engaged in sports or related special events, and respond to written protests.

Employment Requirements

  • Sports officials require certification by and registration with a sport governing body or commission.
  • Sports referees require completion of an officiating program offered by a sport governing body.


  • Coaches (5252)
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (5254)

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