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USATF Officials' Evaluations

USATF Officials’ Evaluations Overview

Evaluations are completed for officials who work and apply for USATF national championship meets

  • Event heads write an evaluation for each of their crew members, and a crew member and/or referee writes an evaluation for the event head

  • Once an evaluation is submitted, it generates a mail to the rated official, containing the evaluation questions and responses (officials’ access to their evaluations via a website is planned for the future)

  • Certification Chairs also write a Selection Recommendation on all of their officials who have applied for USATF national meets

Evaluations for the meets are comprised of two distinct parts:                                                 

Selection Recommendation
This is an input for the USATF Selection Committee in considering officials for future years’ national championship meets

This is viewed by the Selection Committee members and the individual official who was evaluated.

Evaluators provide a rating, using the following scale; plus comments to support the rating.

1  -  Definitely select - excellent official;   event head caliber
2  -  Select – very good official; important position
3  -  Select - average or above average official; crew member
4  -  Do not select

Performance Appraisal
This is feedback to the official regarding their work at that specific meet, outlining their performance, strengths, and areas for improvement

This is viewed only by the individual official who was evaluated, not the Selection Committee

Evaluators provide a rating using the following scale:  Fair, Good,  Excellent, Not Observed;  plus comments regarding each criterion below

  • Arrives on time for meetings and events
  • Properly wears officials’ uniform; presents a professional appearance   
  • Knows and applies rules correctly and consistently
  • Treats all personnel with respect and professionalism
  • Communicates effectively with competitors
  • Stays alert to the competition, potential problems, and the athletes      
  • Works well with other officials for success of the crew
  • Willing to pitch in and help wherever needed or directed                                 
  • Has applicable rule books and necessary personal equipment                    
  • Correctly and efficiently prepares the venue; maintains safety
  • Conducts complete, accurate briefings for athletes
  • Effectively manages volunteers
  • Completes event forms properly and neatly      
  • Demonstrates good decision-making and problem-solving skills                    
  • Accepts & responds to feedback, contributes to post-event review                  

If an official disagrees with their Selection Recommendation rating or comments, they may submit a rebuttal statement to the Evaluations Subcommittee Chair.  That statement will go to the rater, who may then change their ratings and/or comments, or leave them unchanged.  If left unchanged, the evaluated official’s statement is provided to the Selection Committee along with the original evaluation.
Comments in the Performance Appraisal section are for the official’s information only; they don’t go anywhere else and so are not part of the dispute process.
For questions, contact the Evaluations Subcommittee Chair, Rich Schornstein, at

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