Officials Performance Guidelines
Official's Performance Guidelines
The USA Track & Field Officials Committee expects all officials to be prepared
and to conduct themselves in a professional manner. These Performance Guidelines
outline several characteristics which should be demonstrated by all certified officials.
USATF Officials shall:
- Comply with the USA Track & Field Officials Code of Ethics.
- Be punctual in reporting for assigned officiating duties, including allowing
adequate time for venue inspection and set-up prior to the warm-up period and
- Possess the appropriate rule book(s) for the competition.
- Possess and maintain appropriate uniform items and wear the national uniform
or other dress prescribed by meet management, and be prepared to continue duties
in all types of weather.
- Inspect assigned venues to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, and
spectators. Correct or report apparent or suspected dangers to meet management
before beginning a competition.
- Be calm, positive, and polite. Refrain from dialog with athletes and coaches
regarding disputed calls or decisions, and instead refer them to the referee,
protest table, or games committee for resolution. Report abusive behavior toward
officials to meet management.
- Not use any electronic or photographic devices, including cell phones, while
- Assist in submitting competition results, cleaning the event area, and returning
equipment. Before departing the site, determine if any other venues need officiating
- Attend periodic training sessions or clinics to maintain or update officiating
skills. Assist, as appropriate, in developing and presenting training materials.
- Keep physically fit, and advise their association or coordinator of officials
of physical limitations on their ability to perform any assigned duty.
- Mentor less experienced officials by sharing information and techniques,
demonstrating use of equipment, identifying potential problems or issues and
recommending solutions, and encouraging questions.
- Assist in recruiting new officials.
- Consider active involvement with the officials’ committees of the local
association and USATF.
- Make recommendations for rules changes as appropriate.