At club level, “officiating” is in large part the responsibility of parent helpers. Each age group (eg. “under 7 girls”) is accompanied by a group of 4 “Parent Officials” – an Age Manager + 3 Age Assistants – who lead their group through each event and supervise the performance of those events. For Field Events, this includes checking events are performed “legally” and then measuring & recording results – such as the distance of a Discus throw. Many parents find these roles attractive because they provide the opportunity to participate with their own child through all their events.
The roles of the parent officials for Field Events are generally as follows:
|Official 2||Official 3||Official 4|
Call Next Athlete
Read & Record Result
Pull Tape / Measure
Judge Javelin Landing
Set HJ bar in place
Set HJ bar in place
Rake Pit / Spray water
For Track Events, officials 1 and 2 supervise the Start Line and officials 3 and 4 the Finish Line:
|Official 2||Officials 3 and 4|
Keep Order at Start Line
|Keep Order at Start Line|
Assign Lanes to Runners
|Finish Line - for Laned Races - Keep runners in "lane order" and guide them to Recorder's Table.
Finish Line - For Pack Races - Hand out Place Numbers as runners finish and guide to Table.
The following short videos explain the roles of the 4 Officials required to manage each event:
For more educational resources, see our Athletics Education page.
In addition to their role as event officials, Age Managers provide a number of key role for their group, including:
- Collecting the Age Group folder;
- Taking the role as the children arrive;
- Allocating Age Assistant Roles;
- Encouraging the children;
- Returning results sheets to the Recorder
Here is a document from LANSW that provides a number of suggested tips for Age Managers: Guide for Age Managers.
Other Helper Roles
While most help is needed in the “parent officials” role, there are also a number other roles that need parent involvement. These include: Cantee & BBQ, Track Starters, Track Recorders & Hurdle Helpers.