Certifications Levels

Do you have questions regarding the five certification levels? Are you ready to move up to the next level? Watch this PowerPoint slide show to see what it takes. To move from slide to slide, just click on the up and down arrows. 

The Equipment and Facilities Specifications Newsletter

The latest edition of the Equipment and Facilities Specifications Newsletter Volume 25-1 dated March, 2015, has been released. The newsletter is the publication of the Equipment and Facilities Specifications Subcommittee. If you are not on the mailing list to receive this excellent newsletter as it goes to press, you should subscribe now. See the newsletter for details. Past issues can be found on the USATF National Official's Committee Newsletter Webpage.

USATF and NCAA Rule Books Ready for Download

2019 USATF Rule Book PDF Format

2019 - 2020 NCAA Rule Book PDF or ePub Formats

Monthly NCAA Rules Interpretations

Resources from the National Official's Committee Page

Officials from all over the country have contributed resources to aid officials to become the best and it is FREE. Resources can be found here.

Included with the Official's Resources is the Best Practices Library that is maintained by Rich Schornstein of the Colorado Association. Visit the Best Practices webpage.

Official's Uniform

When working a USATF sanctioned meet, there is a correct uniform to be worn. Uniform specifics are as detailed to what color shoes to wear and type of belt. The USATF uniform standards can be found at the "Uniform and Equipment" section of the National Official's Page.

Please note when working a NCAA Track & Field Meet, the USATF uniform may be modified per meet management. Check with meet management in advance.


Five-Minute Training Videos from Mark Heckel

Mark Heckel, Master Certified Official from the Three Rivers Association and past National Official Committee Training Chair in conjunction with TFO Training Associates has put together a series of five-minute track and field training videos. Links to and a brief description of the videos recently released are below. Mark has based his training videos on the IAAF and USATF Rule Books but the information provided is applicable to the NCAA and the NFHS since the same fundamentals are used to work the event. Even if you do not work these events, I recommend that you review them.

Measuring Throws from the Circle ~ This five-minute training video describes a recommended technique for reading measurements of throws that are taken from a circle . . .

Five-Alive in the Vertical Jumping Events ~ This extended video training demonstrates how to set-up and run the five-alive method of conducting a vertical competition. . .

Determining Places in the Vertical Jumping Events ~ This five-minute training video describes the process and procedure for determining places in a vertical jumping event in track and . . .

Conducting the Jump-Off ~ This five-minute training video describes the process and procedures for conducting a jump-off in a vertical jumping event in track and . . .

Electronic Distance Measurement

The USATF Ohio Association purchased a Gowin TKS-202 Total Station LaserLynx Electronic Distance Measuring Device with the capability to measure all throwing events and horizontal jump events (using a single board) with the current FieldLynx Software from LaserLynx. The attached chart from LaserLynx explains pictographically the principals (Law of Cosines) of the LaserLynx Electronic Distance Measurement Device. The EDM with a certified operator is available for daily rental thru Len Krsak or Scott Rose.

Setting-Up the EDM

The USATF New England Association has developed a protocol for setting up the Eelctronic Distance Measuring Device. The Set-up Protocol is written for a Pentax Total Station but the principals apply to the Gowin as well. In addition, the National Officials' Training Committee has posted on the USATF Official's web site a Protocol for EDM Set-up for Long Throws. The same protocol would apply for the horizontal jumps except that the EDM Operator will backsight on the corners of the leading edge of the take-off board inlieu of backsighting on the center of the ring or arc. For those that prefer to see in person the set-up process, Justin Kuo from the New England Association, has an excellant YouTube Video detailing the process of setting up the EDM and FieldLynx.

Another source that the web master was given at an Electronic Recording and Measuring Clinic presented by Ben Vail and the Alabama Officials Association is "The Proposed USATF Guide to Electro-Optical Distance Measuring (EDM)".

FieldLynx Quick Start Guides

The Ohio Association is using an Acer Notebook with Windows 8 and FieldLynx for Windows. The following are FieldLynx Quick Start Guides.

FieldLynx Windows ~ Throws Quick Start Guide

FieldLynx Windows ~ Horizontal Jumps Quick Start Guide

FieldLynx Windows ~ Vertical Jumps Quick Start Guide

FieldLynx Windows ~ Installation Quick Start Guide

FieldLynx Palm OS ~ PowerPoint Presentation for using FieldLynx with a Palm Pilot

Electronic Recording Using FieldLynx, Grade 2 ERD Skills by Laura Gast of the Alabama Association dated November 2014.

Gowin TKS-202 Settings for FieldLynx: During set-up, verify that the Gowin Total Station settings match the settings on the Acer Notebook.

What If the Notebook or Software Fail?

If you are in the middle of the competition and the Acer Notebook fails either because os a hardware issue such as a bad cable, low battery or a software issue the Gowin TKS-202 has the capibilities of continuing to perform using what Gowin calls the missing-line-measurement (MLM) function. The MLM Protocol takes only a couple of minutes to set-up. The protocol requires the substraction of the radius of the ring or arc. A simple chart developed by Duane Shaul simplifies this step.