Field Judge

The level 1 Field Official course is an entry level qualification on the UK Athletics Track & Field Officials’ pathway.

This 4 hour, practical course will introduce candidates to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a field official, including how to follow a duty sheet, complete a results card, application of the rules in field events and how to provide a safe environment for athletes to compete.

Who should go on this course?

Anyone aged 16+ who is interested in officiating the field events:

  • Shot (including seated throws for disabled athletes)
  • Discus (including seated throws for disabled athletes)
  • Javelin (including seated throws for disabled athletes)
  • Hammer
  • Club Throw
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Triple Jump
  • Pole Vault

Under 16? Click to find out more about the Assistant Track and Field Officials’ course

What will I learn?

  • Follow a duty sheet
  • Be able to list field events and the various roles covered
  • Understand and describe Health and Safety issues in Field Officiating
  • Application of the rules surrounding field officiating
  • Ability to present the result card accurately

Is there an assessment?

There isn’t an assessment but after the course candidates need to complete at least 4 competition experiences to become licensed. The experiences must cover both horizontal and vertical jumps and both shot and long throws. This may require candidates doing more than 4 experiences. Candidates must have completed the Health & Safety course for Officials.

What do I do after the course?

It is essential you complete a DBS. Click for guidance on this.

Health & Safety Online

This FREE online course should be completed for anyone training to become a Track and Field Athletics Official. The course will need to be completed before a licence can be issued at Level 1. The course will need to be undertaken by officials every three years.

Duration: The course will typically take around 90 minutes to complete with a multi choice assessment exercise upon competition. Note: To complete the course candidates will need to achieve a pass mark of 75% or above.