We Want You: to become a Track & Field Official!

The Officials Committee of USATF Adirondack will train and certify you as an official.  They will prepare you to conduct track & field meets, cross country events, road races, and race walk competitions safely and fairly.

You are encouraged to attend local events and discuss areas of interest with certified officials.  You can learn more about the organization of the Adirondack Association, it’s members, athletes, events and officials by visiting:

Office: 2 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180

Phone: 518-273-5552


How do I become a certified official?

First:  Join USATF Adirondack: Find instructions at

or contact the office.  Membership dues help defray the cost of liability insurance for each official.  Other benefits described on the web site include the National newsletter and discounted housing, auto rentals, publications, equipment and USATF logo apparel.

Although your address listed on the membership application determines your Association, you can become a certified official where it is convenient for you.

Second:   Contact the Officials Certification Chair: Joe Shufelt –

You will be sent a packet of information leading you through the initial steps toward becoming an apprentice official.  The Chair will continue to guide your progression as a USATF official.

Third: Complete apprentice level clinic training (typically given in November) and practical factors training within the first year, and satisfactorily complete the required rules testing.

Even if instructional clinics are not immediately available, you will be provided with information on upcoming events where you can volunteer, work with experienced officials, and receive on-the-job practical training in an area of your interest.

Additionally:  Information included in the packet explains, in part, that each certified official and apprentice must:

1) Pay officials committee membership dues of $25.00; required once every four years.

2)  Attend at minimum the annual business meeting of the Officials Committee and obtain permission if not attending other meetings scheduled for training or business sessions.

3)     Purchase applicable rule books and uniform shirts and wear the specified uniform and credentials when officiating in any capacity.

4)     Initiate and pursue completion of a personal set of practical factor training guides, which document completion of specific items of performance and discussion at events you attend.  And, maintain a resume of tasks worked at each.

5)     Communicate as requested with the officers or designees of the officials committee so they can gather the information necessary to manage the group’s activity.

Officials Mentoring Plan

Each apprentice official and newly certified official in USATF Adirondack will be given the opportunity to be assigned to a veteran official from within the Association to serve as their mentor.

While the program is voluntary, it has proven to be useful in introducing new members into the officiating community.

Mentors will introduce you to fellow officials, meet directors, and coaches.  They can also provide opportunities for you to work with experienced officials who help you become familiar with officiating protocols.

Mentors will guide you in selection of training classes, equipment and supplies you will need to carry, maintenance of your resume, and what you need to do to advance as an official.

Mentors can provide guidance in understanding rule applications; and by providing documents, forms, and links to best practices, help you become more comfortable with your new role.

Mentors can provide guidance in navigating the USATF National web-site at for access to member benefits and resources.

What can I expect as a Track & Field Official?

One obligation of receiving the privilege of official certification not discussed previously or in the packet is, working five meets per year to maintain your certification.  As an official, your personal rewards depend principally upon how much time and energy you are willing to devote to the sport.

Many officials work within specific disciplines such as track events, field events, cross country, race walking and long distance running, or with Special Olympics or disabled athletes.  Some officials work multiple meets weekly and up to 50 per year.  You will find your own level of involvement.

Officials can choose to work with specific athletes such as youth (think elementary school), providing much needed officiating for younger athletes, many of whom belong to inner city running clubs.

Other officials elect to work with high schools in their neighborhood or local community colleges and universities.  Some began as volunteers at neighborhood events and soon felt ready for the challenge of certified officiating.

No matter the level of competition chosen, you are guaranteed the gratitude of the athletes, coaches, parents and spectators, as well as your fellow officials, for providing skillful officiating in the conduct of a safe and successful event.

At the same time, you can realize the reward of contributing to your community and your sport – a sport for life…

Don’t delay, contact us today – you will be glad that you did!

USATF Adirondack Adirondack Officials Committee (AOC)

The AOC recruits trains and certifies young adults (minimum age is 14), men, and women to officiate track & field, long distance running cross country and race walk events.

AOC members work events at all levels of competition; elementary and high school, collegiate, open and masters. They also officiate for disabled and Special Olympics athletes.

Members serve meets and competitions within 25 counties in New York State east and north of Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, Broome, Sullivan, Orange, and Dutchess counties, as well as throughout the United States.

Annually, members are selected for events of national importance, including USATF and NCAA Championships.  Occasionally selections are made for international competitions such as the IAAF World Championships and/or the Olympics.