Who can attend the course?
Anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in officiating the track events and learning how to take finishing positions and how to report any racing incidents. This course covers all track events sprints, hurdles, Steeplechase, distance events and relays. This course will last 2.5 hours (can be split across multiple days).
What will I learn?
- How to work as part of a team of track officials at athletics meetings and carry out the duties of a Track Judge/Umpire.
- Knowing what equipment, you need to have with you at athletics meetings to enable you to carry out your duties throughout the meeting.
- Understand what a Track Judge/Umpire should record in relation to what is seen without being influenced by anyone else.
- To have a basic knowledge of the track markings and particularly the finishing line (how to judge the finish) and lane lines.
- To carry out the basic duties such as – judging, lap board and bell, break line, relay take over judge, hurdle observation, umpiring for observing running out of lane or impeding other athletes and what these involve.
- Gain a minimum of four practical experiences by attending licensed events.
- Complete a DBS check
- Complete the self-paced online Safeguarding module. Details on how to book this course can be found in the Officiating Journey section
- Complete the self-taught Health and Safety module module (FREE). Details on how to book this course can be found in the Officiating Journey section
- Complete the Level 1 application form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Northern – email@example.com
- Midlands and South-West – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Southern – email@example.com
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 your place on the Track Judge course.