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Breakout Session - Females and Officiating

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Ashley Lax

on 4 September 2017

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Transcript of Breakout Session - Females and Officiating

And how do we create one?
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. -Ayn Rand
Building Better Badgers
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Why aren't more females involved in officiating?
What is an inclusive environment?
What can we do?
Current Trends in Female Officiating
Females and Officiating
As females who officiate:

control what we can
never let them question integrity
set good examples for other females in our field
seek out positive exp. to offset the bad exp. everyone is bound to have
As those who work with female officials:

Support system
Awareness of situation
Line of fire
Drawing definitive lines
Aug. 2013: Sarah Thomas set to become first full-time NFL official for 2014 season.

Oct. 2013: Division II football game 1st to have 4 female officials on a college crew.

Dec. 2013: Fight Hunger Bowl becomes first ever FBS bowl game with 2 female officials.

2014: 10 of the 14 officials for the Women's Rugby World Cup will be female.

May 2017: Bibiana Steinhaus becomes first female official in top five European soccer league.

2017: NFL announces Terri Valenti will be the first instant replay official in the NFL.
You are supervising basketball. Before the games start you overhear the teams talking about the all female crew they have on their game. They are questioning the crews ability before the even step on the court.

You are supervising soccer. There is a mixed gender crew on a highly competitive game. Both members of the crew are capable of the game and doing a great job. In the second half however, you see that one of the officials begins to overrule the other official's calls.

What do you do in the moment?
After the game?
Throughout the season?
Sexism: BBB
Stereotypes of male vs female roles
Opportunity: Title IX and the aftermath
Overcoming barriers
A World of Firsts
Some of the challenges
Females and Officiating
Sarah Thomas
Survey Says...
Best Athlete
Best Coach
What we have seen...
Unwanted sexual advances
Questioning of ability
Questioning of intelligence
Sexist comments
Questioning of qualifications
Perception of weakness
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