Track & Field Technical Official

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Successful completion of the Level 1 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

Course format

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.

Generic Module

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
  • Cost:  
  • Generic: £Free
  • Discipline Specific: £Free

Photo Finish 

Cost: £Free

Following attendance at this course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding of these areas:

  • Outline of the role of an operator as part of photo finish team 
  • Basic rules and equipment are described
  • Information regarding different tasks within the photo finish team 
  • Lynx software
  • The course is mainly of a practical/involvement level to suit new Officials in this discipline (knowledge of Word or Excel beneficial)