Officials Training

Are you interested in becoming a trained official?  Do you want to upgrade your official level? Officials Course Level 1 and 2 are now available online for FREE.   To access the courses, please follow the link below.

Officials Courses - 101 and 201

If you have any questions, contact [email protected]

Introduction to Para Athletics for Officials

Did you know that the rules of Para Athletics are almost as identical as those of World Athletics?

Considerations are made to the rules to accommodate athletes functional impairments. For example, an athlete with a vision impairment may use a guide and a tether to run or an athlete with an upper limb difference may use some starting block assistance.

Introduction to Para Athletics

Forms

SA and Starters Clinic Handouts

SA and Starters Introductory Clinic

SA and Starters Roles and Responsibilities

Call Room

OFFICIAL ROLES

Roles

Description

Time Commitment

Starter

Acts as lead on the start of all races

Duration of Meet 

Starter Assistant

Assists head starter with starting duties

Duration of Meet 

Marshalls

Assist with athlete check-in and providing hip numbers. Works with start crew to ensure efficiency of races.

Duration of Meet 

Umpire

Ensures events are being ran according to the rules, (athletes stepping over lines, impeding others etc.)

Duration of Meet 

Finish Line Judge

Ensures finish area is in order, assists photo timer when necessary, keeps area moving.

Duration of Meet 

Lap Counter

Post the remaining number of laps in race, ringing bell on final lap

During all races over 400m

Split Reader

Reads times as athletes pass finish line for pacing purposes

During all races over 400m

Photo Timing Operator

Operates Finishlynx software, timing and evaluating all races

Duration of Meet 

Meet Manager Operator

Operates Meet Manager software. Inputs and prints results, makes nessacrry changes in heats/lanes.

Duration of Meet 

Announcer

Announces upcoming races, meet information, general announcements.

Duration of Meet 

Set-up

Helping with general setup of equipment such as tables/chairs, tents, high jump equipment, throws sectors and implements, jumps racks and shovels, moving hurdles, blocks etc.

2-3hours before start of meet

Teardown

Helping with the removal of all supplies and equipment used - Tables/chairs, tents, hurdles, blocks, high jump equipment etc.

2-3hours after conclusion of meet

Hurdle and Block Assistant

Assisting with the moving and raising/lowering of hurdles/steeplechase barriers and moving blocks off track

During all hurdles/steeplechase races

Jumps Official

Lead on the running of the jumps event. Responsible to ensure event is run according to rules and in an efficient manner

Duration of Horizontal or Vertical jumps events

Jumps Assistant

Assists jumps officials in the efficient running of the event, may include tasks such as shovelling/raking the pit, placing of the high jump bar, pulling measuring tape etc.

Duration of Horizontal or Vertical jumps events

Throws Official

Lead on the running of the throws event. Responsible to ensure event is run according to rules and in an efficient manner

Duration of Throws events

Throws Assistant

Assists throws officials in the efficient running of the event, may include tasks such as pulling measuring tape, retrieving implements, calling competitor names etc.

Duration of Throws events

Official and Volunteer Services

 

Ensures officials and volunteers are looked after during the meet, providing support where needed and bringing food/water when needed

Duration of Meet 

Registration Acts as the lead with athletes and teams registering on the day of competition. Collection of money in some cases and handling of bib numbers  

Officials Levels and Pathway

Level 1 and Level 2 trained officials are eligible to upgrade their status to Level 2 and Level 3.  This upgrading is based on hours officiated in Nova Scotia and at meets across Canada.  

Officials wishing to upgrade to Level 2 or 3 must meet all conditions on the upgrading forms, found below.  Upgrading forms can be completed at anytime and sent to [email protected]

Officials may also send a request to ANS for an evaluation and must work as chief official for the discipline being evaluated on.

Upgrading

Level 2 Upgrading Form

Level 3 Upgrading Form

Officials Rewards

We have implemented a Volunteer and Officials Rewards System (effective January 2018).  It is our way of saying thank you to everyone for assisting us during our track and field/cross country events.

In addition to the below, everyone will received water and snacks during their shift, plus meals (for those volunteering 4 hours or longer)

Volunteers - $10 gas card per day

  • Level 1 Officials - $15 gas card per day plus tshirt
  • Level 2 Officials - $20 gas card per day plus tshirt
  • Level 3 Officials - $25 gas card plus $30 honoraroum per day plus golf shirt and name tag
  • Level 4 Officials - $30 gas card plus $40 honorarium per day plus golf shirt, name tag and hat
  • Level 5 Officials - $35 gas card plus $50 honoraroum per day plus golf shirt, name tag, hat and jacket

** Half day rates are in effect