Umpiring: a serious leisure choice

Phillips, Pamm and Fairley, Sheranne (2014) Umpiring: a serious leisure choice. Journal of Leisure Research, 46 2: 184-202.

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Author Phillips, Pamm
Fairley, Sheranne
Title Umpiring: a serious leisure choice
Journal name Journal of Leisure Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2216
2159-6417
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 184
End page 202
Total pages 19
Place of publication Ashburn, VA, United States
Publisher National Recreation and Park Association
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Umpire (or referee) recruitment and retention is an issue for many sports, yet little is known about the positive experiences that influence an individual’s decision to continue umpiring. This research examined umpiring as serious leisure. Nineteen volunteer umpires in Australian Rules football were interviewed. There are four key findings from this research: individuals actively choose to umpire rather than to engage in other leisure activities; individuals derive meaning from engaging in umpiring, and understand themselves as athletes; umpires experience isolation; and, socialisation within the umpire group is important group cohesion and assists in reinforcing identity and meaning. Umpiring is a serious leisure pursuit that can be complementary to other leisure activities. This research outlines strategies for recruitment and retention.
Keyword Umpire
Serious leisure
Management
Recruitment
Retention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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