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Officiating competency is a strong motivating factor to remain in the sport and if officials perceive that they are not progressing, this can deter participation. Effective officiating relies upon knowledge, skills and experience, so learning and development requirements cannot be overlooked and training programs must be relevant. Training for sports officials is necessary to impart the required standard of technical knowledge, including the rules and customs of their sport, but also to acquire the psychological and personal skills that will help an official interact more effectively with others. Decision making ability, communication, and self-confidence are key skills that an official must develop.