Officials Home Page

Welcome to the Officials’ page of Tonbridge AC.

We are very grateful to all TAC members and friends of the club who are willing to give up their time to help out. Whether you are an experienced Official or just interested in gaining a qualification, your help is very welcome and this page should contain some useful information. 

If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to get in touch with James Taylor, the Officials’ Co-ordinator,

Officials’ Fixtures Appointments

The current list is available here – Appointments 2018

Please sign up to help at Home and Away fixtures this year by filling in the survey here

Contacts

James Taylor
Starter/Track Judge/Endurance & Officials’ Co-ordinator
 
Dawn Hookway
L4 Track Judge & Home Fixtures Meeting Manager
 
John Sanders
Field Judge / Timekeeper & Equipment Manager

Interested in qualifying to be an Official?

We cannot run our Home Meetings without technical officials and it is easy to get qualified. The club will pay for it!

How do I get involved?

Choose your discipline: Track, Field, Starter/Starter’s Assistant, Timekeeper, Race Walking, Photofinish, Assistant Official (14+), Endurance

1. Attend a L1 course, including a Health & Safety module. Book online here
2. Keep a receipt as the club will reimburse you!
3. Keep a log of 4 experiences. Our open meetings are the perfect opportunity to practice and gain experience! You can backdate experiences from before you attended the course.
4. Submit your log to the Kent Officials’ Secretary
5. Your licence should then arrive in the post!

Once you are qualified as a L1 Official, there is no obligation to progress any further*, nor help out at any particular meetings. You may wish to help out at county-level fixtures such as the various Kent Championships or the Kent Young Athlete League and we would encourage you to do this to gain experience and confidence, working with a wide variety of athletes.

*Field Judges should be aware that to lead the long throws (Javelin, Hammer, Discus), a L2 qualification is needed.

Interested in progressing through the levels?

More information on this is available by clicking here

Put simply:

To progress to L2: A L1 Official needs to log a further 6 experiences, complete the L2 questions, have 1 report completed by a L3 Official (NEW FOR 2018).

To progress to L3: A L2 Official needs to log a further 10 experiences, have 1 Regional report completed by a L4 Official.

To progress to L4: A L3 Official needs to log a further 30 experiences in a 2 year window, attend a L4 course, have 6 reports completed by a L4 Official.

Level 5 Officials are on international lists and tends to be by invitation.

Should you wish to dedicate the time to Officiating, it is very possible to gain the same sort of regional, national and international experiences as a competing athlete. Indeed at the 2017 World Championships in London, Tonbridge AC was represented by 3 members... including 1 Official, Dawn Hookway!