USA Track & Field


The University of Arkansas

Track & Field Officials’ Association

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Offiating Track & Field

Outside of competing as an athlete or serving as a coach, there is no better way to be involved with track and field than serving as an official. Track and field officials not only have some of the best spots to see some of America’s greatest athletes, they are a vital part of every track and field meet. Track and field officiating is an athlete-centered discipline. A meet requires dozens of volunteer officials who work together to …

Insure the SAFETY of the athletes, coaches, spectators, and other officials

Insure that every event is conducted FAIRLY by the rules and procedures that govern the meet and that no athlete has an unfair advantage and no athlete is at an unfair disadvantage – that every athlete as the opportunity to compete to the best of their ability.

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Officiating Areas

Every meet requires dozens of officials. As a track and field official, you will have the opportunity to work in several different areas. The best officials are able to work in a variety of areas.

Clerks – The role of the clerks is to organize the running events and keep the meet running on schedule. They gather and hold athletes, check athlete uniforms, place them in their assigned lanes, issue hip numbers, and escort them to the starting line for their races.

Marshals – The role of the marshals is to keep all areas of the track and field clear and unobstructed so as best to meet the needs and provide for the safety of contestants, officials, and spectators.

Umpires – Umpires detect and report any violations or unusual incidents in the running events. These could include lane violations, relay violations, contact between runners, and more.

Field Judges – Field judges make sure that each field event is conducted safely, on time, and according to the appropriate rules.

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Becoming an Official

All who officiate for the University of Arkansas must be certified by USA Track and Field, the national governing body of the sport.

  1. USATF Certification:
    1. Complete a USAT&F “rules review” – an open-book test of track and field rules.
    2. All certified officials must join USA Track and Field. This $30 annual fee brings officials under USATF’s liability insurance coverage. You can join USATF by going to Your certification cannot be completed without this step.
    3. Submit a digital photograph (driver’s license style). You can email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you don’t have a digital photo, a regular photo can be used (but not preferred).
    4. Pay a $15 fee. Your certification is good through the 2012 Olympics.


  1. We ask that those who want to work University of Arkansas meets join our local association. This allows us to provide training and monitoring of those who officiate here, as well as put you in line for occasional gifts and recognition. Membership is $20 a year.


For more information, contact:

Mike Armstrong

2606 S. 43rd Street

Springdale, AR 72762

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