Welcome to the USATF Colorado Officials' Pages
Please take a look at all of our materials and return from time to time to view updated information.
Regional & National Officiating Applications
> 2017 Rocky Mtn Athletic Conf Outdoor Champs, May 7-9, Gunnison, CO Application
> 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Champs, May 10-13, Logan, UT Application
> 2017 USATF Masters Outdoor National Championships, Jul 13-17, Baton Rouge, LA Application
> 2017 Junior Olympics National Championship, Jul 24-30, Lawrence, KS Application
> Recertification - The certification of USATF officials expires on March 31st, 2017, and all certified officials will need to recertify for the next 4 year Olympiad period. This will involve:
1) USATF membership for 2017 - renew at this link.
2) Recertification application - complete, sign, and send it to Rich Schornstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it to the clinic.
3) Rules review - complete an open-book test - click on one the following links for the review you need. Send your completed answer sheet to Rich Schornstein at email@example.com or bring it to our clinic.
Track & Field: Apprentice level; Association level; National level; Master level.
Race Walk: Apprentice level; Association level; National level; Master level.
Referee: Track Referee; Field Referee.
4) Certification fee - pay the $35.00 fee (good for 4 years) - payment by cash or check at the clinic.
5) Clinic atttendance - We've conducted 4 clinics this year; if questions, contact Marty Johnsonat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-209-1892.
6) SafeSport training - Complet this US Olympic Committee training (no cost) - take this either online or at our recertification clinic. Online - click on this link. To ensure you receive credit, be sure to enter your USATF membership number by selecting USATF under "Membership" on the SafeSport site.
7) Background check - complete this check (a $16.00 cost and conducted by NCSI) within the past two years. You can verify past completion by going to this link and entering the requested information. To initiate a check, it's a bit tricky, so follow the directions below exactly.
a) Click on this link to get to the USATF "Members Only Content" page.
b) Enter your 2017 USATF membership number and password in two locations: in the body of the page, and in the gray boxes at the very top of the page. (note: the boxes at the top may be pre-filled but you'll have to delete those entries and manually fill them in). When the number & password are entered in both plances, then click on "Login."
c) You'll be taken to a page titled "USATF Officials Background Screen". Click on "Submit Application" which will take you to another page titled "USATF Officials Background Check." Click on "I Understand" and you'll finally be at the page where you enter your payment information and submit the request fo the check.
> New USATF Official's National Polo Shirt. USATF has rolled out a newly designed national officials' uniform shirt -- a navy blue Nike Dri-Fit polo with the certified official logo. Each currently certified official will receive one new shirt at no cost. Officials will receive an email from usatf officials.com, confirming their certification or recertification, along with a link for ordering the free shirt. Officials may purchase an additional shirt if they wish ($55.00 plus shipping) by clicking on this link, entering their USATF membership number and passwrod, and placing the order. (Note: allow up to 4 weeks for shipping.)
> New Officials' Certification Clinics - If you believe you can gather 7 or more individuals interested in becoming a certified official, we'll be gald to travle to a location and put on a clinic. Contact Rich or Marty to schedule one.
> 2016 Officials' Awards - Congratulations to Ed Latimer and Tanya Schwindt - recipients of the USATF National Officials Committee Outstanding Service Award for their work in conducting competitions this past year.
> Colorado officials' 2017 outdoor track meet schedule - click here
> Selections for National Championships. Congrats to the following Colorado officials who were selected to officiate 2017 championships: Spook Halik, Randy Hopkins, Marty Johnson; Susan Petrelli; Dan Pierce; Rich Schornstein; Tanya Schwindt, Don Sinclair; and Bob Volzer. They will be working the USATF Indoor and Outdoor championship meets.
USOC SafeSport Training Program
The United States Olympic Committee has directed all of their National Governing Bodies, including USA Track & Field, to implement the SafeSport training program throughout their organization. This training program is available free online and can be taken at your convenience.
SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all our athletes compete and train. Through education, resources, and training, we help members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.
All USATF National Staff, registered agents, coaches on the Coaches Registry, youth club coaches and administrators, and officials are required to complete the USOC SafeSport course.
The SafeSport online training module covers fourteen lesson areas that include, sexual, physical and emotional misconduct; local and overnight travel; bullying and harassment. The training videos in total are approximately 90 minutes long and include four quizzes and a final exam.
Here are some direct links for the SafeSport Program:
• Main SafeSport Website
• What is SafeSport?
• Training Signup
We currently have a great crew of certified officials in Colorado; a breakout is shown below.
Colorado Certified Officials as of November 2016
Nationally, there are about 8,500 certified officials; 40% are Apprentice; 25% are Associate; 20% are National; and 15% are Master level.
The benefits of USATF officials' certification include: certification recognized nation-wide; training; opportunities to work regional and national championship meets; a USATF rule book; official's ID card and pin; and more.
Training and certification of officials is central to USATF's goal of ensuring fair and safe competitive opportunities for athletes. USATF recognizes an official's skill development through four progressive levels of certification: Apprentice, Association, National, and Master; plus an Emeritus category.
Officials are certified on an overall basis, and also for specific disciplines. Advancement from one level to another is earned through demonstrated proficiency and achieving specific criteria for each level.
Certified officials in Colorado must be members of USATF and the Colorado Association. To join USA Track & Field go to USATF membership. For details on the benefits of USATF membership, go to USATF membership benefits.
Certification Criteria & Process
Click on the following link for detailed info on certification level criteria and procedures in the Colorado Association. Click on the following link for USATF Rules Reviews; for New Official Certification forms; and for Recertification forms for current officials.
New officials may apply for initial Apprentice level certification at any time. Certified officials are recertified for each four year Olympiad at the end of the year following the Olympic Summer Games.
Officials may seek advancement to higher levels of certification when they meet the criteria.
Minimum time and meet criteria are listed in the “criteria and procedures" document noted above.
Officials must also prove to have knowledge of the rules, and demonstrate the skills necessary for performance at the higher level. Checklists for those skills have been developed for most disciplines. Upgrade to Association or National levels requires a National or Master level official to sign off on the “Training and Certification Upgrade Checklist” items for the candidate; an upgrade to the Master level requires a Master official to sign off.
Here are the checklists: Throws Horizontal Jumps Vertical Jumps Clerk Umpire
Training Clinics for Colorado Officials
One of the requirements for certification is attendance at certification and recertification clinics. The Colorado Association conducts officials' training clinics in December and January of each year to help develop and improve the skills of its members, and to satisfy training requirements for certification. We provide both classroom instruction & discussion, as well as practical demonstrations on the track. Click on the following links for details on the dates, times, locations, and costs for our clinics.
This year, we'll offer combined new official & recertification clinics. See information about the clinics in the "Recertification" section above.
Officials' On-Line Training Resources
Also check out the USATF Officials E-Learning & Training Portal which contains useful training tutorials, manuals, forms, and resources for track and field officials.
Officials' Best Practices
The USATF National Officials Committee has created a library of more than 100 "Best Practices" documents, developed by experienced officials around the country on almost all events and officiating positions. They go beyond the rulebooks to cover individual event planning and control; venue preparation; briefings to athletes and officials' crews; evaluation of officials' performance; and much more. Most are one page documents that can be laminated to keep on a clipboard, or to use as training materials.
Visit the Best Practices site occasionally to view new and updated materials -- each has a version date on it, and more than 10 new or updated documents have been posted in the last six months. Use them as is, or modify them to suit your needs; and help spread the word to other officials about the existence of these valuable materials.
We encourage you to keep your skills current and to help with conducting competitions for athletes by working as many meets as you can. Just get in touch with the officials' coordinator or contact person for the competition and offer your help.
Becoming an Official
We're seeking men and women to serve as competition officials. Officials work on a volunteer basis at youth, high school, masters, college, and open track and field as well as cross country meets; road racing; and race walking events in Colorado. No previous experience is necessary; training is provided in classrooms and on the job.
If you're already assisting with competition, our certification process can help improve your skills and lead to work at larger meets such as regional and national championships throughout the country.
What's the first step? Please take a look at the "Certification", "Training", and "Officiating Opportunities" pages here on our site. Then make contact with one of the following individuals who can answer your questions and make arrangements to get you started as an Apprentice official. We'll be glad to have you join us!
> Boulder area and University of Colorado: Dan Pierce
> Fort Collins area and Colorado State University: Rich Ricketts
> US Air Force Academy: Jim Murphy
> Colorado Springs & State-wide: Marty Johnson
USATF National Officials Committee
The National Officials Committee has a comprehensive website with many valuable resources. Click here to visit this site and be sure to navigate through the various screens on the menu on the left hand side of the page. The National Officials Committee publishes a useful periodic electonic newsletter - click here to subscribe
Track & Field Rules
To access the various rulebooks for track and field, you have two options:
IAAF, USATF, NCAA, and High School rulebooks - go to this USATF site
Paralympic rulebook - go to this IPC site
Purchase a hard copy rulebook:
IAAF rulebook ($13.50 plus shipping), or USATF rulebook ($5.00 plus shipping) - go to this USATF site (You'll need your USATF membership number & password for the discounted price.)
NCAA rulebook ($7.80 plus shipping) - go to this NCAA site
High School rulebook or casebook ($7.20 each plus shipping) - go to this NFHS site
Note: Colorado officials receive a 2017 USATF rulebook in connection with payment of their Association certification fee for the 2017 - 2020 Olympiad.
Uniforms & Equipment
Officials are expected to dress appropriately and maintain a professional appearance at all times. Bring appropriate gear for all types of weather. Meet management may specify a uniform for specific meets. If not otherwise specified, the National uniform is always acceptable; it consists of:
National uniform polo shirt Brown or khaki belt
Khaki slacks, shorts or skirts White shoes and socks
National officials photo ID card National uniform jacket or navy blue jacket
Hat (outdoors) - the hat may contain your official certification pin or meet pin only
Starters (indoor and outdoor) - red sleeves are used; red blazers for TV only
The USATF Uniforms/Equipment/Merchandise page offers uniform items including the National polo shirt, hats, raingear, duffle bags, and other equipment, with sources for ordering items.
For a list of suggested equipment for various events and disciplines, visit the Best Practices library, specifically the "Event Preparations" sheet for your event.
Officials' Committee Documents
2016 - Committee Reports - January April July September November
2015 - Committee Reports - January April July September November
2014 - Committee Reports - January April July September November
2013 - Committee Reports - January, July, September, November Committee Annual Meeting Minutes
2012 - Committee Reports - September Committee Annual Meeting Minutes
2011 - Committee Reports - September Committee Annual Meeting Minutes
"Officials' Notes" Electronic Newsletters:
2017 2017-1 2017-2 2017-3 2017-4 2017-5
2016: 2016-1 2016-2 2016-3 2016-4 2016-5
2015: 2015-1 2015-2 2015-3 2015-4 2015-5 2015-6
2014: 2014-1 2014-2 2014-3 2014-4 2014-5
2013: 2013-1 2013-2 2031-3 2013-4 2013-5 2013-6 2013-7 2013-8