Being a Technical Official is a great way to be involved with the action on the track and in the field, and you don’t have to have any previous experience of athletics – you learn as you go and there will be plenty of support from your officials’ team. There are four main roles:
- Field Judge – you will help make sure the jumping and throwing events go smoothly, safely and according to the rules, and work as part of a team to record the athletes’ performance.
- Starter/Starters Assistant – you will be getting athletes ready to start their races and making sure the start is fair.
- Track Judge – you will help make sure that athletes are safe and race according to the rules, and decide the results of races.
- Timekeeper – you will be working with other timekeepers on all aspects of the athletes’ times, from start to finish of their races.
All officials work as part of a team, and it’s usually easy to learn the basics very quickly. If you think this is for you, and for information about officiating opportunities at Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, please contact the club Officials Secretary. For further information on the role of Technical Officials, see the England Athletics website.
The officiating journey benefits from structured qualifications, practical competition experiences and ongoing development opportunities throughout.