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What is the difference between umpire and a referee?

Question #66826. Asked by Banty.

dino335
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dino335
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Referees have whistles. Umpires don't have whistles are only in baseball.

Jun 12 2006, 1:12 PM
Banty
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Banty

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Sorry but to remind you Umpires are also in Cricket.

Jun 12 2006, 1:28 PM
art47
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art47

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an umpire can throw a manager out of the game while a refereee can not.

Jun 12 2006, 1:45 PM
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thewho13rd
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But a referre can give a coach two technicals fouls in basketball... ejecting the coach form the game.

Jun 12 2006, 2:09 PM
robboy
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robboy
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Same job, different names because of different etymologies. Umpire comes from Middle English/Old French (noumper/nonper); Referee probably made it here from English law background.

Jun 12 2006, 4:31 PM
davejacobs
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davejacobs
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This varies from sport to sport of course.
In games such as tennis, badminton and squash, an umpire is in charge of one game (at a time) while the Referee is in charge of a whole tournament, and for example oversees the draw, and match scheduling.

Jun 13 2006, 1:00 AM
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zbeckabee
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zbeckabee
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Basically the same thing.

"A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many sports. Officials in some sports are known by a variety of other titles, including umpire, judge or linesman."

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referee

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umpire




Jun 13 2006, 8:04 AM
Elric3960
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Elric3960

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Umpires are stationary, while referees can move around on a soccer field, football field, hockey field, or basketball court.

Jun 14 2006, 8:40 PM
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