Anybody who thinks refs aren't athletes...

Hoosier Ref

Well-Known Member
Level 7 Referee
Anybody who thinks refs aren't athletes is sorely mistaken. I ran 37.2 miles refereeing last week. 117k steps. No wonder my legs are sore. One day off then back at it for my Monday fixture (covered 5 miles doing that one).

My experience over this summer... HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE and nutrition are critical for referees

Peter Grove

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I've never thought of referees as athletes, but that's maybe because I'm going by the British definition:
Athlete: a person who takes part in competitive track and field events.
I think many, many referees (especially the better ones) are highly athletic but that doesn't make them athletes for us Brits.

I see however that the US definition is a bit broader and carries the more general sense of:
a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
I guess this is just another case illustrating the (supposedly) Shavian observation that, "The English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language."