Officials - Level 1 (Photofinish)

  • Course Dates: 19.Jan.2019
  • Location: Coventry Godiva Clubhouse, Westwood Games Hall, University of Warwick, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV4 7AL
  • Cost: £20 standalone module
  • Course Code: MO0346PF
  • Booking Deadline: 11.Jan.2019

A one day course that will allow the candidate to work under the supervision of a qualified official in the specific discipline with a view to becoming a qualified technical official.

Length: 1 day

Please note: The minimum age for this course is 14

Following attendance at this course candidates will have knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • The rules of each event as they affect Photo finish
  • Tasks associated with judging events
  • Other tasks you may be asked to carry out as a Photo finish judge
  • How to read an interpret a PF image to produce a full set of results for a race, that is, times and placing for every athlete independently of the track judges and timekeepers.
  • Health and Safety

Following completion of the course candidates will then be required to operate under the supervision of a qualified technical official and submit log book records to gain a formal technical officials qualification at the following sub-levels:

  • Level 1 - Complete the competition experience form for four meetings in photo finish. You should show evidence of undertaking a variety of roles. You do not need to complete the remainder of the log book.
  • Level 2 - Officials who show a total of 10 successful experiences in their log book will progress to become Level 2 Officials. You must complete all relevant questions in your logbook and have your log book assessed by an appointed assessor.
  • Level 3 - Officials who show a further 10 successful experiences in their log book (this will include meetings at a higher level) plus one positive report on their competence from a higher graded official will be able to progress to become Level 3 Officials. Your logbook must be submitted to the Tri Regional National Group for assessment.
  • Level 4 - Officials who show at least a further 10 successful experiences in their log book, and produce a minimum of 6 required reports, as well as attending relevant course modules, will progress to Level 4 and become National Officials.

Bookings should be through the formal booking form. See below to access the Officials' Course Form.

Note: All new officials should send a passport photograph with their completed form and return both to England Athletics, Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr. Birmingham B42 2BE.

Please make your cheque payable to England Athletics.

Booking on Officials' courses

Please use the Officials' course booking form which you can download here.

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Terms and conditions

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