Starter/Starter's Assistant

An official placing tape on the start line. Credit Aleksandra Szmigiel.

Who can attend the course?

Anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in officiating at track & field or cross-country competitions, who has a keen interest in ensuring each race goes off correctly, an interest in working with the latest electronic gun starts working, starters and starters assistant instructions or working closely with athletes on the start line. This is a three hour course which can be split across multiple days.

What will I learn?

  • The key roles and responsibilities of a Race Starter and Starter's Assistant.
  • How, when and where to line up athletes before the start.
  • How to implement relevant rules of a race start.
  • The correct positioning and clarity of starters instructions/signals.

Next steps

Don’t worry if you cannot recall all the details including course code, name of field referee, as England Athletics can support you with this.

Progressing to Levels 2 and 3

Further Information can be found in the Track and Field pathway information and by contacting your Local County Officials' Secretary (COfSec) who can identify meetings to gain experience, source a mentor and offer support to individuals who wish to progress to Level 2. For individuals who wish to progress to Level 3, please contact your Tri-Region Upgrading Secretary using the contact details.

Regional Officials’ Associations can also provide additional training, resources, mentoring and support for accessing equipment for officials’ development. Further information can be found by using the following contact links:

Book now

Book your place on the Starter/Starter's Assistant course.