Collegiate Officials in New England

The NCAA does not have an officials certification program or testing process as the NFHS does for high schools. While most parts of the country (exclusively) use USATF officials at collegiate meets of all levels, NEICAAA championships generally have officials contracted through one of the six or more local officials groups in the New England states. 


Officials for Cross Country and the Indoor Track & Field championships in the Boston locations are obtained through the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association. Meets held in Western Massachusetts would mostly come from the Western Mass Track  & Field  Officials Association, and meets at Dartmouth would likely come from the New Hampshire Track & Field Officials Association. There are similar association in Central MA and in RI, while CT and ME tend to rely on either local school based officials groups or their state USATF association. 

Certification Process


  • There are 3 Levels of Officials Certification:

    • Apprentice/Association

    • National

    • Masters

  • One becomes a certified official through their home association (New England for MA, NH, RI, VT). USA Track & Field certification runs for the Olympiad - between Olympic Games years.

  • The current 4 year certification period began January 1, 2017 and runs through December 31, 2020, but officials may join at any time. If certification is completed for the first time during 2020, certification will be good for the 2021-2024 Olympiad as well.

Certification Requirements

Certification Application

To apply for initial certification or recertification, officials complete one of the application below and send the form to their Certification Chair. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a photo and pay a $30 fee.

Officials Certification Chair for the New England Region:
Bob Gidari (NH Track & Field Officails Association) is the current USATF-New England certification chair. He can be contacted at

Background Screenings

There is a $22.00 fee for this screening which must be accomplished once every two years. The screening provider is the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), which conducts the following screenings:

  • Identity verification
  • National Criminal database search
  • OFAC terrorist database search
  • Sex Offender registry search of all available states
  • County search of residency within the last five years
  • Learn more about Background Screening and how to submit yours at this link.

Safe Sport Training

The United States Olympic Committee requires all National Governing Bodies to implement the SafeSport training program throughout their organization, and this includes all USATF officials. Through education, resources, and training, members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport and create a healthy, supportive environment for athletes. Additional information about SafeSport is available at this link.

The training is offered online and includes videos, charts & graphics, and quizzes. Completion of the core training course is required once during every four-year Olympiad period, plus a short refresher course once each calendar year starting in 2021. You can find instructions for the training online here. In order to receive completion credit, be certain to select “Official” as your primary position, specify “USA Track & Field” as your National Governing Body, and include your USATF membership number.

Rules Reviews

The purpose of the open-book rules review is for officials to become familiar with appropriate rule books, and to gain and demonstrate knowledge about selected rules governing track and field events. Officials must complete the rules review appropriate to their certification level and discipline with at least the specified minimum passing score. Click here for Rules Reviews for all disciplines. NOTE: If an official did not renew during a full Olympiad (currently, last certification being prior to 2013), the process must be re-started from step 1. That is, no automatic renewals if there are 4 year gaps in service.

Officials' Code of Ethics & Performance Guidelines

The National Officials Committee expects all officials to be prepared and to conduct themselves in a professional manner. The National Officials Committee's Code of Ethics and Performance Guidelines describe the manner in which all certified officials must conduct themselves and outline several characteristics that should be demonstrated by all certified officials.

USATF Membership

Learn more about membership and how to join here. Memberships paid for in November or December are valid for the entire following year.

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Information on this page was provided courtesy of the United States Track and Field New England Association