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USATF SC JO T&F Championships, Myrtle Beach June 22-24

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USATF Youth National Outdoor, 6/26/18 to 7/1/18, Brockport, NY

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National Rain Gear and Outerwear

The National Rain Gear and Outerwear Store, Boathouse Sports, opened Monday June 11 and will remain open thru July 9. This is your source for rain gear that truly keeps you dry on those cold rainy days. If your gear was failing you this season, make plans to visit the store during this period. You must have a current USATF Officials Certification Number to place your order. Next scheduled opening will be in September for a November delivery.


N.O.C. Awards Program and Hall of Fame

The N.O.C. Awards webpages along with the Officials Hall of Fame webpages have been updated. Check out the site for criteria for each of the awards, nomination forms and past recipients. As the spring outdoor season is coming to an end and we start officiating the youth and master level competitors please consider nominating an individual for one of these awards or induction into the Hall of Fame. If you have seen someone that should be considered, please take the time to fill out the appropriate nomination form and submit it to the noted chair.


Marty’s Training Tip

This month let’s talk about EDM/EDR. EDM, or Electronic Distance Measurement, is a specialized skill that is used at our national championships, some NCAA conference meets, and larger relay meets such as Drake, Penn, and Texas.

Or so we all imagine. In reality, EDM is used at every level of competition. Most of us are aware of the total stations used in conjunction with a FieldLynx computer or as a standalone system. In other cases we see the LASAM or Leica Disto systems being used with an integrated tripod and target systems. Most of us see these used in the long throws, but there are other systems out there. The laser measuring rail has been used in the horizontal jumps for over a decade. Disto systems on a fixed pole are regularly used in the vertical jumps. Each of these systems has its own nuances and quirks, and in the hands of a trained operator can make the event run more quickly with much more accurate measurements than stretching a tape. The problem is who does the training? How does one get certified? What does the certification mean for EDM – can I be certified in EDM if I have only ever used the laser measuring rail, or do I need to be certified and trained in the use of the total station (accepted for record purposes by IAAF)? Continue reading for answers and more. . .

If you have suggestions for “Training Tips”, let Marty Johnson know via email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


USATF Official Spotlight - Cindy Slayton, Georgia Association

If you have officiated with Cindy, you will not forget her. Her knowledge, energy, enthusiasm and willingness to do whatever has to be done at a T&F event are just a few of her valuable assets. She has decades of experience at all levels, including the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Cindy is a true champion in our officiating arena.

Do you know someone that should be recognized? Drop us a note.


USATF Rule of the Month - Rule 131 Lap Scorers

1. Lap Scorers shall keep a record of the laps covered by each competitor in races longer than one mile. For races of 3 miles and over (3000 meters and over in indoor races), Lap Scorers shall also record on their lap scoring cards the times over each lap (as given them by an Official Timer) of the competitors for whom they are responsible. No Lap Scorer should be responsible for more than three competitors (six in the case of ultra marathons and road walking events).

NOTE: Whenever possible, an adequate number of trained lap scorers should be selected before the day of competition.

2. At the completion of each race, lap scoring cards shall be delivered to the Referee.

3. One lap scorer shall be responsible for maintaining at the finish line a display of the laps remaining. The display shall be changed each lap when the leader enters the straight that ends at the finish line. In addition, manual indications shall be given, when appropriate, to competitors who have been, or are about to be, lapped. The final lap shall be signaled to each competitor, usually by ringing a bell.

4. Transponder systems complying with Rule 165.16 may be used for lap scoring.


Rule Reminder - Time in Minutes for Initiating a Field Event Trial

June kicks off many USATF Outdoor Championships from grass roots to the elite level. For those officiating in field events:

The chart (refer to USATF Rule 180.11 (e)) remains the same EXCEPT the time to initiate a trial when there are more than three competitors or when the competitor is taking the very first trial. That time will be .5 minutes (30 seconds). Pole Vault remains at 1 minute. This change does not apply to Youth Athletics.

Comment: While the Official should always use a system which notifies or calls the next athlete who is to take his trial plus the one who is to follow, this is essential when the time allowed for an athlete to take his trial is 30 seconds or one minute. They must also ensure that the competition area is completely ready for the next trial before calling the athlete and then starting the clock. The Officials and the Referee in particular must be fully aware of the current competition environment when deciding when to start the clock or to “time out” and call a failure. Particular circumstances which should be taken into account are the availability of the runway for an athlete’s trial in High Jump and Javelin Throw (when Track Events are being held simultaneously in the same competition area) and the distance for athletes to walk to and through the cage to reach the circle to take their trial in Discus Throw and Hammer Throw.


IAAF Rule of the Month – Protest and Appeals - Rule 146.4(c)

(Refer to USATF Rule 146.6)

If a protest or appeal is based on a competitor’s incorrect exclusion from an event due to a false start and it is upheld after the completion of the race then the competitor should be afforded the opportunity to run on their own to record a time in the event and consequently, if applicable, be advanced to subsequent event rounds. No competitor should be advanced to a subsequent event round without competing in all without competing in all event rounds unless the Referee or Jury of Appeal determines otherwise in the particular circumstances of the case, e.g. the shortness of time before the next event round or the length of the race.

NOTE: This Rule may also be applied by the Referee or the Jury of Appeal in other circumstances where it is deemed appropriate. See Rule 163.4.

Comment: When the Start Referee decides on an immediate oral protest made by an athlete for being charged with a false start, he has to consider all the available data and in case of only a reasonable possibility that the athlete’s protest may be valid, he should allow the athlete to compete under protest. After the race, a final decision must be taken by the Referee, a decision that may be subject of an appeal to the Jury. But to be clear, the Referee should not allow an athlete to compete under protest if the false start has been detected by a Start Information System that appears to be working properly or in cases where it is very clear by visual observation that the athlete has committed a false start and there is no valid reason to allow the protest.

These Rules not only apply where a Starter failed to recall a false start but where also a Starter failed to correctly “abort” a start. In both cases the Referee must consider all factors involved in the particular case and must decide if the race (or part of it) has to be re-held.

Giving two examples of extreme situations, it will not be logical or necessary to re-run a Marathon race in a case where an athlete who finishes was responsible for a non-recalled false start. But the same will probably not be the case in a sprint event where an athlete was responsible for a non-recalled false start as this may have affected the start and subsequent race of other athletes.

On the other hand, if for example in a preliminary round, or perhaps even more so in a race within a Combined Event, it was clear that only one or some athletes were disadvantaged by a failure to recall a false start or to abort a start, a Referee could decide that only those athletes be given the opportunity to run again – and if so under what conditions.

Rule 146.4 (c) covers the situation in which an athlete is wrongly given a false start and excluded from a race.


World Para Athletics - TRACK EVENTS Rule 14: Wheelchair and Race Running Frame Requirements - (Sport Classes T32-34 and T51-54)

Rule 14.3

Wheelchairs will be measured and inspected in the Call Room and once inspected shall not be taken from the competition area before the start of the event. Wheelchairs may be reexamined by the Track Referee or other officials before or after the event.

Comment: Wheelchairs are measured and inspected in the Call Room, however for major competitions such as World Championships, Paralympic Games and Regional Games a pre-check of the racing wheelchairs for conformity, including relevant advertising regulations of the competition.

What to look for when checking a wheelchair for conformance to current requirements. It is advisable to use a stick or metre stick with marks at 50cm and 70cm as these are the two key dimensions of importance.

Measure the wheel diameter by placing the “0” end of the measuring stick on the ground beside the wheel and measure parallel to the wheel. The diameter of the smaller wheel must not exceed 50cm while the diameter of the larger wheel(s) must not exceed 70cm. If the tires are not inflated, they can still be checked, but advice given to the athlete or coach could include that it has not yet passed pre-check but will be checked again in the Call Room in any event.

The same measuring stick can be used to ensure that the maximum height from the ground to the bottom of the wheelchair does not exceed a height of 50cm.

While there is no issue with the overall length of the wheelchair, no part may extend beyond the wheel(s) in the front or rear of the wheels. The best way to measure for this is to move the chair to a wall. Wheel the chair backwards toward the wall; if the tires touch the wall rather than the seating frame, then the chair is acceptable.

The chair may also have other requirements, such as having a braking system and steering capacity which also need to be checked at the pre-check.

Call Room Judges shall ensure that the racing wheelchair doesn't have any device on it which can “communicate” to anyone, other than the athlete, in accordance with Rule 14.1 (h).

Regardless whether a wheelchair is checked as part of a pre-check, it must be checked in the Call Room and with the athlete in the chair.

It should be noted that ITOs as well as other Technical Officials involved in a pre-check of wheelchairs need to be completely familiar with this rule as well as the requirement to check the wheelchairs in the Call Room.

*The 2018-2019 World Para Athletics Rules and Regulations isn't available for purchase. It can be found at the following link:


Did You Know?

The 400-meter-dash is regarded as a sprint race today. It was considered more of a middle-distance event in the 19th century and even part of the 20th century. The 400-meter dash is the successor to the 440 yard dash and may still be referred to a quarter of a mile race.


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