Dog Show | For The Love Of The Game: Part 2

Dog Show | For The Love Of The Game: Part 2

Dog Show – For The Love Of The Game: Part 2 | Last month, in coordination with the Winter Olympic Games, I talked about the history of sports and how a person’s love of the game is the main reason people continue to compete for as long as possible. This month I would like to go a step further and discuss those individuals who continue their love for the sport by becoming certified officials for those activities.

In any form of competition, there will always be someone (or some group of individuals) who acts as judge, umpire, referee, or another form of adjudicator for a specific event. These individuals in all types of competition can, in general, range from the average volunteer up to the career professional.

Those who choose to become officials may have had many years of participation in the sport or event. There is also that very small group of individuals with a desire to officiate at the major league level as a full-time career.

For those who officiate, the levels of achievement and income can vary a great deal between various sports and levels of competition.

All forms of sports and most competitions have written rules, regulations, codes of conduct, and ethics that the officials must follow. Furthermore, in many sports, the officials may have to pass some form of physical and mental testing in order to be able to perform their duties.

Many people officiating do so as a part-time job, as most officials do receive some form of compensation for their time, knowledge, and service. Others officiate as volunteers, mostly as a hobby, while some will try to make a professional career out of their chosen sport.

All major sports have a variety of levels of competition. Likewise, each level has a set of officials who meet the needs and requirements for that level.

Let’s take a look at how various sports leagues compensate and advance their officials, as well as the timeframes and numbers for those who achieve the top-tier in their chosen sport.


For many, officiating in most major sports becomes serious after having served local organizations in a volunteer capacity before deciding to move forward