Code of Ethics
USA Track & Field Officials (Extract)
I, as an Official, take pride in serving as skilled professional in service to the sport of Track and Field. While representing the Sport of Athletics, I ensure the integrity of certified official by adhering to a Code of Ethics to direct my officiating practice. I will be:
1. Be Punctual
I will respond quickly to invitations to officiate and commit to those events I am sure that I can work. I will honor every officiating commitment and positively accept any assignment required of me while at the event. I will arrive on time (at least 30 minutes prior to the first call for the events committed to work) and immediately check-in with Chief Official of the assigned event. Upon completion of the assignment, I will assist the Chief Official to assure that the results are promptly submitted and any loaned equipment is returned to its check-out/check-in area. When not assigned, I will either sit in the area designated for non-working officials or, if appropriate, volunteer to serve where my officiating assistance is needed.
2. Wear the Appropriate Uniform and Maintain a Dignified Appearance
I will find out what the officiating attire has been identified for the event, come to the event dressed appropriately and maintain a professional appearance at all times. For all events, I will come to the event prepared to will wear the appropriate uniform
3. Maintain A Positive Athlete-Centered Approach to Officiating
I will seek to ensure that every athlete receives objective and impartial officiating. I will seek to be fair and consistent in applying the rules to each situation. I will exercise appropriate common sense and judgment to my officiating actions-instilling confidence in my integrity, objectivity, impartiality, consistency and knowledge. In dealing with athletes and coaches I will be positive and polite - friendly, but not intrusive or showing favor during the competition. I will maintain a calm demeanor throughout and refrain from actions which draw attention away from the competition proper or which could affect a competitor's performance.
4. Be Professional
As a professional, I will not cause any embarrassment or hamper the efforts of my fellow officials. I will not publicly berate any official, athlete, coach or any other person. I will do the assignment requested and not interfere with or assume duties of tasks assigned to another. I will not publicly question the performance of another official or will take any action, which could be interpreted as showing favoritism to any athlete or team.
5. Know the Applicable Rules
I will know the current rules and their appropriate application to the event(s) I am assigned to officiate.
6. Recognize the Importance of Every Meet and Event
I will treat every meet and every event as prestigious and equally important to any other.
7. Smoking and Alcoholic Beverages
I will not smoke in the vicinity of the competition area or anywhere near the spectators or athletes. If I have to smoke, I will go to an area where no one will see me. On the day of a meet, I will have no alcoholic beverages prior to officiating a meet, during the meet or while being identified as a meet official.
8. Avoid Being Influenced by Others
I will ignore all comments from spectators and others making comments about the officiating.
9. Respect for Volunteerism and Professionalism
Every official is offering her/his most precious resources - time and talent. Each such voluntary gift by these competent professionals should be respected and honoured. There is a personal satisfaction in doing a job well and ensuring every athlete a fair and equal opportunity to compete.
As an athlete, your responsibility is to:
Place academic achievement as the highest priority. Show respect for teammates, opponents, officials and coaches. Be courteous to all participants, coaches, officials, staff and spectators.
As an athlete, your responsibility is to:
Place academic achievement as the highest priority.
Show respect for teammates, opponents, officials and coaches. Be courteous to all participants, coaches, officials, staff and spectators.
OLDER "DID YOU KNOW's"
Sprint Technique Drills
1. Butt Kicks:
The aim of this drill is to teach a good active heel recovery, while it also teaches proper hamstring conditioning and speed movement. Emphasize the following:
2. High Knees:
The aim is to enforce proper posture and range of motion with both legs and arms. Drill can be performed in either a marching, skipping and running mode. Emphasize the following:
3. Fast Leg:
The aim is to isolate the proper motion of the sprint stride into its respective left and right - side movements in order to teach the proper mechanics of the leg through the recovery cycle. This is a advanced drill, speed of movement is the ultimate goal, but most athletes will need to learn this drill at a slower speed before progressing to faster speeds. There are two main types of the fast leg drill (see A and B).
3A.. Single Side Actions:
This is a form of the fast leg drill. To perform this drill, the athlete from a jog with tall posture on the balls of their feet will quickly bring one leg through the recovery cycle in concert with the arms. The keys are to lift the thigh, snapping the heel to the butt, and accelerating the foot back to the track. Perform the movement every 2-3 jog steps. When performed properly, the athlete will sense a feeling of acceleration with each contact of the foot on the track. Emphasize the following:
3B.. Dual Side Actions:
This is another form of the fast leg drill. To perform, perform like single side actions (see 3A), except the movement alternates from left side to right side following the 2-3 jog steps between executions. The goal is to perfect the drill to the point where it can be performed at near maximum speed.
4. Straight Leg Bounds:
The aim is to isolate and emphasize gthe forward displacement of the hips through force application via the gluteals and hamstrings. The drill teaches the athlete how to effectively prepare for ground contact by applying the necessary force during that phase. Emphasize the following:
Source: USA Track & Field Level 1 Curriculum