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Officials Code of
As a Certified Track & Field Official, I
take pride in serving as a skilled professional in service to the sport of
track and field in all its disciplines. I will ensure the integrity of
certified officials by adhering to a Code of Ethics to direct my
officiating practice. This Code guides every Certified Track &
Field Official to:
- Maintain a Positive Athlete-Centered Approach to
I will seek to ensure that every athlete receives
courteous, objective and impartial officiating as a means of insuring a fair
competition for all. I will exercise appropriate common sense and judgment -
instilling confidence in my integrity, objectivity, impartiality, consistency
and knowledge. In dealing with athletes and coaches I will act professionally
being positive, proactive and polite. I will be friendly and diplomatic. I
will maintain a calm demeanor. I will keep the safety of athletes, officials
and spectators in the forefront at all times.
- Be Punctual
I will respond quickly to
invitations to officiate and commit to those events I am sure I can work. I
will honor every officiating commitment and accept any assignment required
while at the event. I will arrive on time (at least 30 minutes prior to the
first call for the events I've committed to work) I will start the event on
time and upon completion make sure results are promptly submitted.
- Be Prepared
I will come prepared to
officiate for the duration of the events I committed to officiate. I will
review the appropriate rulebook for the events I am to officiate. I will be
prepared for changes in the weather (rain gear, extra clothing, sun block) so
I am capable of completing my assigned tasks.
- Wear the Appropriate Uniform
come to the event dressed appropriately and maintain a professional appearance
at all times. The National Uniform should be worn at all National
- 1) National Uniform Polo
- 2) Khaki slacks, shorts or skirts
- 3) Brown or khaki belt
- 4) White shoes and socks
- 5) National Photo ID
- 6) Hat (outdoors)
- 7) National Uniform Jacket or navy blue jacket
- Your hat when worn is part of your uniform. It may contain your official
certification pin or meet pin only.
- Be Professional toward Colleagues
will not cause any embarrassment or hamper the efforts of my fellow officials.
I will not publicly yell at, or berate any official, athlete, or coach. I will
not interfere with the duties assigned to another. I will not publicly
question the performance of another official. Every official is offering
her/his most precious resource --- time. Each gift should be respected an
- Smoking, Drugs and Alcoholic Beverages
I will not smoke or chew tobacco in the vicinity of the competition
area or anywhere near the spectators or athletes. I will have no alcoholic
beverages or drugs prior to officiating the meet, during the meet or while
being identified as a meet official.