Officials certification process
The high quality of track and field, cross country, and road events in the New England association at all levels - youth, scholastic, collegiate, open - can be attributed to the officials who work the many meets to ensure fair and safe competition.
One becomes a certified official through their home association (New England for MA, NH, RI, VT). USATF certification runs for an Olympiad - starting January 1 after a Summer Olympic Games through December 31 of the year of the next Summer Games
The current 4 year certification period began January 1, 2021 and runs through December 31, 2024, but officials may join at any time.
** Officials completing the certification process after January 1, 2024 will be valid throgh 2028 **
The minimum age for officials is 18 years old.
Certification process - The step by step procedure is found in our
Officials help document.
Review this before starting the process,
All certified officials are required to be USATF "3 step compliant"
- Hold a current USATF membership (officials may purchase a discounted 4 year membership).
- Complete a USATF background screening (good for 2 years, $22)
- Complete the appropriate SafeSport course online. The core course (90 minutes, no fee) is required once every 4 years, followed by an annual refresher (20 min) each of the next 3 years. A renewing official may have completed the SafeSport core course for another purpose or sport in the recent past and may only need the refresher.
- Background Screening and SafeSport are required for all US Olympic Sport officials as well as coaches, administrators, and event directors
- Individuals require only one USATF screening for the organization and one current SafeSport course through any sport. A screening or SafeSport completed for coach or club administrator requirements is valid for officials as well.
SafeSport taken for other sports IS valid for officials.
One must be a current USATF member and have started the other two pieces before begining the officials certification application / rules review process.
At time of completing the application - new or renewal - an Officials certification fee is collected covering the 4 year Olympiad ($20 National paid with registration form, $10 association paid separately).
The application and rule reviews for 2021-2024 are available and are posted on the National Officials Committee website. All officials at all levels must take the general review and may follow with specialty reviews
Following the application, all officials complete an open-book rules review (written or online) each Olympiad. It takes about 90 minutes. Alternately, an individual may attend an in-person or Zoom rules review session..
After the general review, officials at the National or Master level will complete a second tier review and speciatly reviews if interested.
The objective with the open book review is to ensure officials are familiar wtih the rule book as a whole.
USATF-NE offers several new officials review sessions each new certification period - watch your member email, the website, and Facebook for notices. There are also several specialty clinics planned for 2024 in pole vault, race walking, Electronic Distance Measurement, and cross country.
"Apprentice" or "Association" are the first levels of certification, depending on prior officiating experience.
After being certified for a full Olympiad and having practical experience at different types of meets, an official may apply to move up to "National" level ranking, and, ultimately, "Master" level.
New England Association Officials Certification Chair
Bob Gidari (NH Track & Field Officails Association) is the current USATF-New England certification chair. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other officials associations in the USATF-NE states
There are regional officials associations around the association which do most assigning for high school and college meets in their area and hold annual clinics. USATF certification is not required to belong to these groups, though most certified officials do belong to one of the groups. All have a testing / rules review process to join.
Mass. Track & Field Officials Association (Eastern MA) mtfoa.com
Contact Jeff Blonder, email@example.com
Central Mass. T&F Officials Association
Contact Chris Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Mass. T&F Officials Association
Contact Rick Lajoie, email@example.com
Rhode Island T&F Officials Guild
Contact Keith Lawton firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hampshire T&F Officials Association
Contact Bob Gidari, email@example.com