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Games are a lot of fun, but sometimes a good time is spoiled over an honest disagreement. While sporting officials (like referees or umpires) can make mistakes like anybody else, they tend to make pretty good calls. Because referees don’t play in the game, they are focused on making sure that the game is played fairly.

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  • What game will you play?  
  • How will you decide? 
  • How will you choose the referees?  
  • What equipment is needed for the game?  
  • What equipment is needed for the referees?  
  • When and where will you play the game?  
  • Will you review the rules so that everyone has the same understanding? 


  • Decide on a game to play.  
  • Select one referee per team. 
  • The referees should explain the rules of the game, to make sure that everyone knows the rules and agrees on them.   
  • The two referees will work together to agree on calls so that everyone can enjoy a fun, fair game. 
  • If the referees make a mistake or two, keep in mind that their mistakes are honest ones. Nobody is perfect! 


  • What do you know now that you did not know before? 
  • How did the players treat the referees?  
  • As referees, how did it feel to make the calls?  
  • Was the game fun with referees, or would it be more fun without them? How come?  
  • What would you do differently next time? 

Keep it Simple

Agree on all of the rules to a game, then take turns being the referee. Make sure that everyone gets a turn to try out being a referee! 

Take it Further

Make this on ongoing activity! Each week, a new person should bring a game to the meeting. Teach the rest of your group the rules and then run the game for them!