Officials


Officials and Volunteers are the backbone of our sport!

Without officials and volunteers, the various events at a meet could not take place. Please support our athletes and give something of yourself to the community. Attend an officials’ clinic and volunteer to help out at a meet. You will find your involvement satisfying and rewarding.

To become an Official, you’ll need to register and take courses.

If you are already a registered official, your name will be in the Athletics Canada database, so select “Renewing Member”. Once you click Renewing Member, you can look up your AC number, (which you need to fill in), by clicking on the words “Look up”, (which are right beside the AC# box).

If you are not presently in the Athletics Canada database, please click new and fill in the required information $15 annual fee.

Register as an Official / RENEW MEMBERSHIP

Officials Training

Are you interested in becoming a trained official? Do you want to upgrade your official level? The Level 101 and 201 clinics are offered in an online format and available online for FREE. Both courses must be completed by the end of Level 2.

To access the courses, please follow the link below.


Overview of officials and volunteer roles

Roles Description Time Commitment
StarterActs as lead at the start of all racesDuration of Meet
Starter AssistantAssists head starter with starting dutiesDuration of Meet
MarshallsAssist with athlete check-in and providing hip numbers. Works with the start crew to ensure the efficiency of races.Duration of Meet
UmpireEnsures events are being run according to the rules (athletes stepping over lines, impeding others etc.)Duration of Meet
Finish Line JudgeEnsures finish area is in order, assists photo timer when necessary, and keeps area moving.Duration of Meet
Lap CounterPost the remaining number of laps in the race, ringing the bell on the final lapDuring all races over 400m
Split ReaderReads times as athletes pass the finish line for pacing purposesDuring all races over 400m
AnnouncerAnnounces upcoming races, meet information, and general announcements.Duration of Meet
Set-upHelping with the general setup of equipment such as tables/chairs, tents, high jump equipment, throws sectors and implements, jumps racks and shovels, moving hurdles, blocks etc.2-3 hours before the start of meet.
TeardownHelping with the removal of all supplies and equipment used - Tables/chairs, tents, hurdles, blocks, high jump equipment etc.2-3 hours after the conclusion of meet
Hurdle and Block AssistantAssisting with the moving and raising/lowering of hurdles/steeplechase barriers and moving blocks off trackDuring all hurdles/steeplechase races
Jumps OfficialLead on the running of the jumps event. Responsible for ensuring the event is run according to rules and in an efficient mannerDuration of Horizontal or Vertical jumps events
Jumps AssistantAssists jumps officials in the efficient running of the event, which may include tasks such as shovelling/raking the pit, placing the high jump bar, pulling measuring tape etc.Duration of Horizontal or Vertical jumps events
Throws OfficialLead on the running of the throws event. Responsible for ensuring the event is run according to rules and in an efficient mannerDuration of Throws events
Throws AssistantAssists throws officials in the efficient running of the event, which may include tasks such as pulling measuring tape, retrieving implements, calling competitor names etc.Duration of Throws events
Official and Volunteer ServicesEnsures officials and volunteers are looked after during the meet, providing support where needed and bringing food/water when neededDuration of Meet
Bib Number Pick-Up Distributes race packets and bib numbers to participants. Spike Check.Duration of Meet

Competition Rules


National Officials’ Committee


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