From entry point to world-level officiating, Officials follow a similar pathway to those enjoyed by athletes and coaches. Welsh Athletics offer courses structured to navigate new officials through the first two levels of the pathway.
Level 1 - Assistant Official
The Level 1 award is a 2-3 hour course that focuses on what officials do when assisting at an event. The course will outline the preparation required prior to an event, as well as what actions are required during and following an event. The course covers the basic principles of officiating, including measuring for distance and height as well as timekeeping and starting.
Length: 2-3 hours
Level 2 - Track & Field Technical Official
Successful completion of the Level 2 Award for Technical Officials (Track and Field) will enable individuals to work with other qualified officials, acting as a lead official and supporting assistant officials, whilst judging at athletics events.
The course will help to:
- gain knowledge
- develop skills
- apply rules in officiating in athletics
The course is made up by a generic module (2 hours), followed by the requirement to specialise in a specific discipline (2 hours) [these are usually done at the same time]:
- Track Judge
- Field Judge
- Time keeper
- Starter / Marksman
During and following the course, attending individuals will be asked to record their experiences and undertake practical assessments of their skills. All practical experiences at athletics events should be recorded in the Official’s Log Book, which will be used as part of the final assessment.
The generic module will familiarise the applicant with, and help to plan, his or her way through the course. The course will introduce the individual to judging; help recognise the skills and qualities of a good official and help develop those skills. Importantly, this element develops an awareness of the importance of Health and Safety and helps the applicant to undertake a Health and Safety risk assessment.
Track Judge, Timekeeper, Field Judge, Starter / Marksman
These discipline specific modules are designed to help future officials to recognise specific qualities required of officials working in these disciplines. Applicants will also learn about equipment requirements, where the officials operate from at the venue, what they are expected to do and how to successfully plan, deliver and complete the role.
All of the modules are interactive and they are designed to help officials apply new knowledge and skills in practice, either through workshops and discussion, or through practical drills.
Length: 3-4 hours