Why do so many sports at all levels spend time in finding replacement officials? The answer can be that they were not able to keep the ones they had from the last season. Satisfied, valued and recognised officials are less likely to leave the club/association. Sports need to develop and implement strategies in recruitment and retention of sports officials to maintain and increase athlete participation in sport. Abuse and harassment may not be the only reasons that the number of officials in declining. Other reasons may include lack of support from sporting organisations.

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Last updated: 06 January 2017