I'll try to explain the insurance for officials and course measurers.
There are two items that are covered by USATF insurance. They are 1) General Liability insurance and 2) Accident insurance.
The General Liability is a wrap around insurance policy that covers general liability while in an organized event of track and field, race walking and Long Distance Running. This is the most important coverage for a measurer. It means, for example, that while measuring the course for a sanctioned
event and a vehicle sues you for impeding traffic causing them to hit another vehicle, you will have coverage.
The second item is Accident Insurance. This item is secondary to any major medical insurance that course measurers already have (through work or another group.) If the measurer does not have major medical, then the accident insurance becomes primary. I believe the amount of coverage is only $10,000 for accidents and dismemberment. http://www.usatf.org/membershi...s/groupInsurance.asp
In order to be eligible for the USATF insurance, course measurers must be USATF members
and must be USATF Certified Officials
. This coverage is available now.
You may be certified as an Long Distance Running / Cross Country official, a Track & Field official, a Race Walk official, Combined Events official, etc. Within each of those disciplines there are several certification levels, including, Association, National, Master, National Master Referee and National Technical Official.
For a course measurer that wants to get started immediately, they should become Long Distance Running / Cross Country official on the association level. The process is as simple as contacting your local officials certification chair, reviewing the USATF Competition Rules Book, taking a 50 question, open-book exam at home and mailing it to your local certification chair.
The questions are straight out of the rules book. Here are a few examples:
- [Transponder Timing] The use of transponder timing systems in road and cross country races is permitted provided that the resolution is ____ seconds.
- Rules Applicable to Long Distance Running Events] Road running performances will not be accepted if the ______________ shows the actual course distance was shorter than the stated distance.
- [Rules Applicable to all Records] For races _______ than the Marathon distance, an athlete may compete at a distance shorter than the stated race distance but longer than the Marathon distance.
- [Transponder Timing] Net times (the elapsed time between an individual's transponder generated starting and finish times) shall not be used for ______ purpose other than Masters LDR records.
The list of officials certification chairs is available at:http://www.usatf.org/groups/of...ification/chairs.asp
Additional information on becoming a USATF Certified Official is available at:http://www.usatf.org/groups/officials/
We are currently working on a process that would make it a bit easier for course measurers to become USATF Certified Officials and to advance as an official. We'll discuss that process at the annual meeting.
I'm not the expert on USATF insurance or Certified Officials, but I hope this helps. Thank you. -- Justin