USATF Officials Monthly Newsletter


November, 2015

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USATF National Officials Hall of Fame – Class of 2015

It is with great pride that we announce the 2015 inductees into the USATF Officials Hall of Fame. Each of the inductees has reached the highest level of officiating and has gone above and beyond to further the sport of track & field and enhance the quality of officiating across the country and throughout the world.

The Officials Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is:

  • Gordon Bocock ~ Kentucky Association
  • Winifred Eggers ~ Illinois Association
  • Darlene Hickman ~ Pacific Northwest Association
  • Thomas McTaggart ~ New York Association
  • Shelby Sharpe ~ Southwestern Association

Congratulations to the Class of 2015.

Please be sure to help honor the Class of 2015 by attending the Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Friday evening, December 4, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency (Host Hotel) in Houston Texas. Reservations are now being accepted. Contact Scott Rose at To download the banquet flyer and reservation form, please click on either or both of the links below. The links can also be found at the very end of this newsletter. Reservations must be received before November 28.

Banquet Flyer in Word Format

Banquet Flyer in PDF format

Upcoming Webinar this Sunday

The N.O.C. Training Subcommittee is offering its final webinar for this year on Sunday evening November 8. If you have not signed up for this webinar, do so today. The topic will be “Warm-Up Procedures for Javelin” and will be presented by Robert Kern. Click here to Register.

SafeSport Course

As has been broadcast via the National Officials Committee newsletter the past several months that the USOC SafeSport course must be completed by all officials, December 31, 2015. This course is mandated by the USOC (Unites States Olympic Committee) and covers online training on protecting participants in our sport at all levels, but particularly those athletes who are 18 and under regarding sexual, physical and emotional misconduct; local and overnight travel; bullying and harassment.

There is no charge to complete the course.

Avenues to Complete the Course

Online - To take the course online go to


If you are planning on attending USATF's Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas December 2 - 6, 2015 the course will be conducted in five sessions throughout the day on December 4, 2015, at 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

Len Krsak
USATF National Officials Committee Chair

A Message from Max Siegel

Dear USATF Stakeholders,

USATF last weekend [October 24] hosted a meeting in Indianapolis to discuss several proposed changes to our governing laws. These changes will most assuredly directly affect our current organizational structure and may have the unintended consequence of impacting USATF’s viability as a business entity in the marketplace of sports and entertainment. Because the annual meeting does not provide ample time to sufficiently discuss and collaborate on solutions the advance meeting was held to build consensus in advance of the 2015 USATF Annual Meeting. Attached please find a 1-page summary of the discussion points and the sentiments expressed during the meeting.

We will update you as we continue to make progress on these important topics. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Max Siegel

Official’s Business Cards and USATF Branding

Because Officials are a critical part of the National Governing Body, USATF would like to ensure that all USATF Officials have the most recent information regarding our branding standards. It enhances the Officials’ experience to have the most professional, fully branded USATF look.

Just over a year ago, USATF launched a set of new brand guidelines that helped migrate USA Track & Field to USATF. This full rebranding is a process that continues, including properly branded business cards for Officials.

Any USATF Official wishing to order business cards should contact Scott Rose ( for the file. The layout is as shown, with the option to customize the personal information you wish to display, such as name, address, email or phone.

Any and all promotional documents include the USATF Certified Officials logo as shown on the business cards. Please remember, all projects must be sent as a proof to the Brand Manager, Chelsey Chang (, for review before production. Please do not hesitate to email Chelsey if any questions come up.

Thank you for your dedication to the sport!

Chelsey Chang
Brand Manager, USATF


National Outstanding Officials Award

The Southern California Association, sponsor of the N.O.C. Andy Bakjian Award, conducted their Annual Meeting/Awards luncheon on Oct. 24th. At that time they presented the National Outstanding Officials Award to Kirk Bentz, Faith Hogan, Steve Blue and Julie LaBeach. Below are pictures from their Award Program. Congratulations to the SCA Outstanding Officials for 2015.

SCA USATF Officials Luncheon with Patti Smith, David Smith and Mary Bakjian.

Southern California Association Outstanding National Official Award winners Julie LaBeach, Faith Hogan and Kirk Bentz with SCA Award Chair David Smith far left. Steve Blue was unavailable.

There are 10 association certification chairs that have not responded to emails regarding their awards. If you are one of them, please contact N.O.C. Awards Chair, Scott Rose as soon as possible.

USATF National Officials Committee Awards Finalist

Just as reminder, we will be setting aside some time at the USATF Annual Meeting, to honor those officials that have truly given their best and then some to USATF and the world of officiating. For a complete list of finalist for the Andy Bakjian, Horace Crow, John Davis, James Grey, Lori Maynard and Charles Ruter can be found here.

I hope that you will join us on Friday evening, December 4 at our Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Inductions as we announced the award winners at that time at the Hyatt Regency in Houston Texas. Congratulations to each and every one of the finalist. Banquet information can be found at the one of the links below. Reservations must be received before November 28 to insure that I receive it, as I too will be traveling to Houston December 1.

Banquet Flyer in Word Format

Banquet Flyer in PDF format

If you have pictures or photos of any or all of the above finalists and would like to share them for possible use during the awards banquet, please send them to the N.O.C. Awards Chair, Scott Rose. Please be sure to identify who is in the picture and grant permission to use them.

Officiating Application for 2016 USATF Masters

It’s official. The 2016 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships will be in Allendale, Michigan July 14 thru 17, 2016. To download the Officials Application click here.

NCAA Conference Championships ~ Updated

If you have downloaded one or more of the list of NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Conference Championships for 2016 prior to October 27th, you may wish to download a fresh copy. Bob has made updates since that date. We are striving to continuously provide the most current information.

Be sure to tell Bob thanks. He truly has completed a monumental task to bring us this information.

NCAA Rule Books Available

The 2015 – 2016 NCAA Rule Book is now available on the NCAA Championship Playing Rules webpage. Softcover copies are available for $7.80 before shipping and handling. PDF and ePub versions are available for free download. It will not be long before our indoor season starts so it may be worth your time to order your copy today. While you are there, check out the monthly rules interpretations.

NFHS Rule Changes Posted

The National Federation of State High School Associations has posted their 2016 rule changes for track & field and cross country on their webpage. Click here to review the changes.

Important Deadlines

  • December 31, 2015: Complete SafeSport Review

Coming Next Issue

  • Annual Meeting Highlights

Important Links

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Announcements for the Newsletter

If you have an item you would like included in the newsletter, please send your submissions to The submission deadline is the 20th of each month in order to be included in the subsequent issue. We will accept announcements, articles and other news-type items that are national in scope. Local announcements and opinion pieces will not be included. Please be aware that all submissions are subject to approval by the NOC Executive Committee.

In Need of Officials?

If you are the official’s coordinator for a national championship or major regional meet and would like to have it listed on our calendar, please visit our new Applications page ( and submit it. All applications are subject to review before posting.

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