USA Track and Field Code of Conduct for Officials
USATF Officials are committed to providing a safe sport that maintains only the highest
ethical and honorable standards. As the national governing body for track and field,
long distance running and race walking, USATF has developed the following Code of
Conduct to hold Officials to those Standards. USATF hereby adopts the following
Code of Conduct to govern Officials. A USATF Official agrees to abide by this Code
of Conduct, and shall not evade, violate or circumvent, whether directly or indirectly,
this Code of Conduct.
Officials Code of Ethics
USATF Officials shall:
- Be knowledgeable and abide by USATF Bylaws and Regulations, Code of Ethics, Competition
Rules and other USATF policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Be fair, consistent, and impartial to ensure equitable treatment for all
- Have a thorough knowledge of the rules and procedures for the particular
event or position assigned and review them prior to a competition.
- Cooperate with fellow officials to conduct competition in a safe and
professional manner. Be courteous and avoid confrontations or making
derogatory comments to athletes, coaches, spectators, or other officials.
- Demonstrate respect and courtesy for other officials. Avoid interfering
with duties assigned to other officials or publicly questioning the
performance of other officials. Assist in correctly applying rules and
support final decisions rendered by chief officials. Provide and accept
performance feedback in a positive manner.
- Honor all assignments and agreements made for performance of officiating
and support duties.
- Not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or other protected
- Not engage in harassment by making unwelcome advances, remarks, or
display of materials where such would create an intimidating, hostile, or
- Not fraternize with athletes or coaches, provide tips or comments which
could be construed as coaching for any athlete, nor cheer for or provide
encouragement to particular athletes or teams during a competition.
- Not use tobacco products while in the field of competition, nor consume
alcoholic products before or during a competition.
- Not seek recognition or attention during a competition.
- Conduct an honest self-evaluation after each competition, to identify
errors made and areas for improvement; and be receptive to suggestions for
conducting events in the best possible manner in the future.