More Officials are really needed!
Athletics depends on its team of officials to make sure it runs within the rules of competition, in a safe manner and for the benefit of the athletes. Sports like soccer, rugby or netball, only need a few officials, but athletics needs many more. At major international championships like the Olympics or Commonwealth Games there are over 200 officials. At a weekly Summer Competition we need anything from 45 to 60 officials/volunteers.
When you look out across the track and see 30 or so officials don’t think “they don’t need my help”. Instead ask “where can I help”.
Athletics ACT is always looking for new officials. There’s a role for everyone.
How to Become an Official
At a Summer Series or High Noon Meet the competition manager will be looking for the services of up many volunteers. Who do you ask? On
competition days, a member of the Officials Committee or a member of your clubs committee. During the week call the AACT office and they will take your contact details. A member of the Officials Committee will contact you and discuss what events you would like to “have a go” at. It’s that easy.
The first thing you need to know is you won’t be out there on your own. There is always a team of officials, some very experienced, there to act as officials themselves and to help and guide new, less experienced people.
Is there a pathway of development and training?
Once you make a start … the sky is the limit. Many AACT officials have officiated at Australian, Commonwealth, Olympic and World Championships.
Once you have decided you are interested, AACT has a structured programme including supervised practical work plus seminars and lectures. You can start your grading straight away.
Once you’re a registered AACT Official (which does not take long), you’ll receive everything you need to be an official.
What Roles can I do?
You’d be surprised about the many and varied roles our officials play. Here’s a list of some of the roles filled by Officials …
- Competition Management
What is expected of an official?
- Work as a member of a team
- Work under pressure
- Have good people skills
- Know the rules
- Exercise punctuality
- Tact and Patience
- Aware of surroundings
- Enjoy the task
- Be inconspicuous