In May (exact date TBD), we will hopefully be hosting our West Kootenay Legion Track and Field Meet, which is also the Zone 1 qualifier for BC Games. In order to run this meet we will need officials at various events during the meet. We are reaching out to our club, to see if anyone would like to become certified as a level 1 (no previous experience required) or level 2 official (extensive previous experience in athletics required).
Level 1 Officials:
The pathway to Level 1 Official is for those who have not had exposure to the world of athletics through participation as an athlete, coach or volunteer parent. The pathway is a quick and easy way to try officiating to see if you would like to continue on the pathway to higher levels of certification. It is free to register to take the online component.
The pathway starts with training delivered over the internet that you can complete at their own time, pace and location. The training is followed by participation at track and field meets to gain exposure to the major disciplines (4 hours total – 1 hour in each: vertical jumps, horizontal jumps, track events and throws). Our hope is to volunteer at one of the indoor track meets (ie. Van Ryswyk or Gary Reed Indoor meets in Kamloops in February) to complete our certification before our meet in May.
- Pathway to Level 1—for those who have not had exposure to the world of athletics and looking for a quick and easy way to try officiating. Those with prior experience in athletics (e.g., coach, athlete, parent) may proceed directly to the Pathway to Level 2. Information and Registration
Level 2 Officials:
The pathway to Level 2 Official is for:
- those officials who are currently Level 1, or
- those with previous experience in the world of athletics. For example, athletes, coaches and volunteer parents will enter the official’s development program at this pathway. Experience must be within the previous 7 years and significant enough that the prospective official has a solid understanding of the major events that comprise athletics.
The pathway starts with training delivered over the internet that you can complete at their own time, pace and location. The training is followed by participation at track and field meets to gain hands-on experience in the disciplines of track, throwing events, horizontal jumps and vertical jumps. A mentor is assigned to support the experience component and answer questions that may arise during the pathway, including next steps after becoming a Level 2 official. The mentor will also confirm the official has met the requirements of Level 2.
- Pathway to Level 2—provides the base line officiating knowledge and skills in the major events so you can participate in officiating teams and make some officiating decisions under supervision of an experienced official. Information and Registration