USATF Officials Monthly Newsletter


December, 2015

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Non-Sanctioned Liability Insurance for Certified Officials

At the Annual Meeting, Irene Herman of the Pacific Association provided a brief history of how we obtained this policy, which was over 7 years ago, that there was a need for officials to be able to be covered for officiating in high schools, organized activities, i.e. boy and girls clubs, catholic leagues and colleges. The policy period is from November 1 to November 1 of the following year. Each association contributes a portion and USATF picks up the balance of the premium. Medical payment is excluded. Officials must be certified and their USATF member current to engage in these benefits. Starters, even though they get paid, are covered.

This policy summary is now posted on the officials website.

USATF Membership

If you’re not a member of USATF for 2016, you’re not a certified official for 2016. Remember that your USATF officials’ certification requires a current year USATF membership, and that your 2015 membership expires at the end of December. If you purchase a membership annually, renew yours for 2016 right now by going to Consider purchasing a membership for multiple years to save a few dollars, and so you won’t have to remember to do it every winter.

You’re Invited to Arkansas Official’s Clinic

The University of Arkansas Track and Field Officials Association will be holding a clinic on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track in Fayetteville, AR. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend sessions on all areas of officiating track and field. Our guest clinician this year will be Doug Allen of Kentucky, who will be leading sessions on throws and implements. The clinic will run from 9:00 - 3:00. Lunch is provided. There is no cost. To reserve your spot, email Mike Armstrong at

2014 USATF National Official’s Committee Awards and Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2015 USATF National Official’s Committee Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Inductions ceremony was attended by over 230 guests at the Hyatt Regency Houston. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees and the National Official’s Committee Award winners are:

Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015

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

Andy Bakjian Award – Distinguished Official Finalists

  • Michael Armstrong – Arkansas Association

Horace Crow Award – Outstanding Field Event Official Finalists

  • Eric Smith – Florida Association

Charles Ruter Award – Outstanding Running Event Official Finalists

  • Laurie Boemker – New England Association

John Davis Award – Officials Humanitarian Award

  • Kenneth Morton – Kentucky Association

James Grey Award – Outstanding Leadership

  • Roger Burbage – North Carolina Association

Lori Maynard Award – Outstanding Race Walk Official

  • Dave Snyder – Southern California Association

NCAA Sports Wagering Policy

TO: Prospective NCAA Championship Officials.

FROM: Mark Lewis
             Executive Vice President, Championships and Alliances

             Dan Calandro
             Director, Championships and Alliances

SUBJECT: NCAA Sports Wagering Policy

The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering, which has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community.

NCAA Bylaw 10.3 prohibits athletics administrators, coaches and student-athletes from knowingly participating in sports wagering activities or providing information to individuals involved in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities. . .continue reading

Planning for Disaster and Bad Results in Court

During the Annual Meeting Shelby Sharpe of the Southwestern Association presented his most recent safety paper with meet directors in mind. This paper is not only designed to protect those who plan a meet, but the beneficiaries are the track officials as well as all others who are working a meet, who have no say in the planning, but only the carrying out of the plans. Download your copy today.

Officiating Application for 2016 Junior Olympic Championships

The Pacific Association will be hosting the 2016 Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento California. If interested in officiating this meet, the application can be downloaded from the USATF Officials Application webpage at

NCAA Indoor Qualifying Standards

Qualifying standards for the 2016 NCAA Indoor D-II Championships have been established; they’re of particular interest for vertical jumps officials in establishing opening heights & progressions for this year’s indoor meets. Field event qualifying standards for Divisions II can be found on the NCAA webpage.


Official’s Business Cards Update

The question has been asked regarding your certification number on the card. The answer is that officials can include their certification number and membership number on their cards as part of their personal information.

Business Card Sample


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


All associations have been given a copy of the SafeSport CD for the purpose of conducting training session within their respective association. Contact your Official's Chair to see if a SafeSport Training session is planned..

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

Len Krsak
USATF National Officials Committee Chair


Important Deadlines

  • December 31, 2015: Complete SafeSport Review

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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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