Like most duties, track judging is not difficult once the basics are understood and accuracy will improve with experience. The Track Referee leads the team and will decide which tasks each judge will undertake - usually based on experience and knowledge of the individual. These tasks involve judging the finish of the race, ringing the lap bell or umpiring (ensuring that athletes remain in their designated lanes throughout the race as appropriate).
When judging the finish of the race, the track officials will take up position on the judges' stand located in line with the finish. Each judge will be required to write down the order in which the athletes crossed the line - this may mean the first three or the last three in close finish races. For middle and long distance races there will be a lapboard and bell operated by a track judge to indicate how many laps remain for each athlete. In carrying out umpiring duties, track officials will be designated different positions around the track to ensure athletes do not run out of lane or impede another athlete. Other tasks are carried out for relay races and hurdles.
All newcomers wishing to try their hand at track judging (and get a bird's eye view!) will be welcomed and in general will work with more experienced colleagues who are able to assist and advise. Every year the track and field season gets more and more crowded with meetings at all levels and the demand for officials becomes greater and greater, so your assistance as an Official is badly needed if meetings are to be adequately covered.
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