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February 2014


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URGENT Need for Officials - Youth Olympic Games Trials

It has just been announced that the Youth Olympic Games Trials will be held April 4-5 at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, FL.  They have an urgent need for officials to work the meet.  Officials who work will receive lodging, meals, clothing and a stipend.  For more information please see the application form at



USATF Membership Renewal - REQUIRED for all Officials - 1 Month Left

For those of you who only purchased a membership for 2013 or for those of you whose multi-year memberships end in 2013, now is the time to renew your USATF Membership. Please remember USATF Membership is a required part of being a Certified Official and any officials who have not renewed their USATF Membership by March 31 will be placed in a 'suspended' status and not be counted as certified until the membership is renewed. Now is a great time to act to ensure you don't have any issues come spring time.

You can renew your membership online at We highly recommend getting multi-year memberships in order to receive a discount AND so that you won't have to worry about renewing each year.

Training Webinars

The Training Subcommittee has purchased a subscription to GoToWebinar for 2014.  The GotoWebinar subscription allows for the hosting of online webinars with PowerPoint or webcams for up to 100 individuals; webinars can also be recorded for future viewing.  In addition to conducting clinics itself, associations are welcome to use the service if the date is available.  For more information, contact Rob Buzaitis, Vice Chair-Training, at

2014 USATF Rule Book

The PDF copy of the 2014 USATF Rule Book is now back online at Once the paper copy of the rule book is available we will send out the link that will allow certified officials to purchase a copy for $5.

2014 NFHS Pre-Meet Notes

The 2014 edition of Pre-Meet Notes is now available at


At the same time the last newsletter was being written, the NCAA launched a brand new website which broke the existing link to the Track/Cross Country Playing Rules page.  The new link is


Head Official Protocols Now Available

The Training Subcommittee has created several papers which outline activities for event head officials.  They cover most everything the head does, from initial e-mails to crews, contact with the officials’ coordinator, info required from the officials’ meeting, crew meetings, pre-event set-up, coordination with other personnel, post-event actions, and more.   These protocols complement existing Best Practices documents.


Designed for event heads at national championship meets, they're useful and can be adapted for heads at any level of competition.  Papers are available now for Throws (Shot, Discus & Hammer), Javelin, High Jump, Pole Vault, Horizontal Jumps and Clerks; others will follow shortly.  To view the protocols, go to where you'll find them under the appropriate event categories.



Certified Officials' Duffel Bag

Rich Schornstein (Colorado) has been working on a duffel bag for certified officials and he's now ready to start taking your orders. It's a spacious 21” L x 10” W x 11½” H size for plenty of gear. Tough 500 denier black polyester fabric. Main compartment with large U-shaped zipper for easy access. Two end zippered compartments and a wide front zippered pocket. Padded, adjustable/removable shoulder strap; velcro closure handles. Reinforced handle & strap seams; rubber feet on bottom of bag.

For pricing and ordering information please visit:

Many thanks to Rich for his efforts in selecting and securing the bags!




Announcements for the Newsletter

If you have an item you would like included in the newsletter, please send your submissions to The submission deadline is the 20th of each month in order to be included in the subsequent issue. We will accept announcements, articles and other news-type items that are national in scope. Local announcements and opinion pieces will not be included. Please be aware that all submissions are subject to approval by the NOC Executive Committee.


In Need of Officials?

If you are the official’s coordinator for a national championship or major regional meet and would like to have it listed on our calendar, please email the meet details as well as any application (either as Word or PDF) to Rob Buzaitis at


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