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OFFICIALS Updated 4 April 2019

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Today's Date: 21 May 2019
Surrey County Officials Secretary:
Peter Crawshaw

T: 01737 761626


All licensed officials should have received notification from UK Athletics of the “renumbering” of Officials’ Levels that took effect from 1st April 2016, and most Surrey officials will have had a separate message from Peter Crawshaw, making it clear with regard to these changes that, even if for example you were previously a Level 2A official and have been “renumbered” to become Level 1 in April, Surrey County AA’s view of your ability as an official or appreciation of your support to our sport is in no way diminished.

To see the updated Officials Pathway per the  UKA website please click Officials Pathway
(this now reflects the new requirements for Level 2 Track & Field Disciplines).


The first version of Summer 2019 appointments for SCAA meetings is shown via the links below (one for each meeting):-

Disability Championships Main Track & Field Championships Masters Championships with Sussex
Derek Crookes U13 Inter-Counties Combined Events, Walks, Steeplechase and Relays Road Relays

These details will be updated regularly here over the coming months, so please check them from time to time.

 The SCAA Officials Sub-Committee have appointed specific Assistant Meeting Managers for each event, who will handle communication with officials in the 2-3 weeks prior to each of the above meetings. Those are:

Disability Championships at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre (Kingsmeadow) – 6th/7th April: Peter Shilling

Main Track & Field Championships at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre – 12th/13th May: Peter Howes

Masters Championships with Sussex at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre (note change of venue from prior years) – 3rd June: Peter Shilling

Derek Crookes Meeting at Weir Archer Athletics & Fitness Centre – 28th July: Peter Crawshaw

Combined Events, Walks, Steeplechase & Relays at David Weir Leisure Centre (Sutton) – 7th/8th September: Mark Purser

Road Relays at Wimbledon Park – 14th September: David Clarke

If officials have questions regarding a specific meeting, they should, with effect from 30th April, address those to the specific Assistant Meeting Manager shown above, not to the SCAA Officials Secretary (unless they are also the Assistant Meeting Manager for the meeting concerned).

David Clarke will, as SCAA Endurance Officials Secretary , be dealing with not only the Road Relays but also Cross-Country events in autumn/winter 2019/20.

Officials’ details for the Surrey Schools Championships and other Schools events in which Surrey are participating will again be communicated via the Surrey Schools Officials Secretary, Ian Crouch ( For those Surrey officials who have indicated that they are available for the Inter-Counties meetings in Ashford on 14th July or Chelmsford on 21st July they will be contacted directly by the Officials Secretary for Essex or Kent respectively.

Peter Crawshaw asks SCAA officials please to review the duties against which their names are shown, and to note the following regarding those details:

  • ·         If you consider that the duties shown are not consistent with the availability return that you provided (you may wish to check against the e mail confirmation of that which you will have had if you did that on-line and entered a valid e mail address), or if your availability has changed, please contact Peter as soon as possible and certainly before the end of April. There are hundreds if not thousands of possible permutations, so it is extremely difficult to prevent the odd error or omission from creeping in, however much things are checked.
  • ·         As you will see, there are still plenty of “TBCs” shown. If you have not yet submitted your availability details to Peter please do so, or if you think that you may be able to cover any of those gaps, please let him know. We need to recruit more Officials in several disciplines for the Main Championships and the Combined Events and for Field Judging in particular for the Masters Championships.
  • ·         Details of remaining appointments of Chief Judges for the Combined Events will be added in due course.

Full instructions, including meeting timetables, will be sent to officials closer to the date of each meeting by each Assistant Meeting Manager as shown above.

The ongoing support of all officials / volunteers in Surrey is greatly appreciated.


With the commencement of the summer Track & Field season (with all week-ends taken up with competitions), the main period for officials courses is now over, resuming in the autumn, and no courses are currently planned in Surrey.  However:

  • ·         There are a few courses coming up in neighbouring counties: see for full listings;
  • ·         If there is sufficient interest from Surrey clubs, it may be possible to arrange courses on weekday evenings. The practicability of that will depend to a great extent on whether the long-promised online delivery of the UKA Health & Safety course goes live soon

Officials are reminded that the new UKA Rule Book came into force as at 1st April 2018. The UKA website has via that link included from mid-March a summary of the main Rule changes and the full text of the new Rule Book is downloadable there as a PDF from early April. The UKA website also has details of where hard copies can be purchased.

The Surrey County Officials Secretary will be delighted to hear from - and assist - any Surrey based clubs who are interested in arranging either Assistant Official or Level 1 courses


Anyone who is trying to run an athletics club or organise an athletics meeting needs officials.

The duties are varied and interesting and you would not be expected to work alone but as part of a team being guided by experienced officials.

Courses are available for anyone interested in becoming an official. The UKA courses are run in the various regions by England Athletics and cover both the basics of officiating – Assistant Official - through to Level 1 officiating as a Field or Track Judge, Timekeeper or Starter/Starter’s Assistant. The courses generally last for about four hours and can be split into two 2 hour sessions if appropriate. There is a small charge for each course.

Most people interested in becoming an official do so by joining their local athletic club who may fund their training programme.

Full details of training courses available and venues appear on the England Athletic website or alternatively please contact the Surrey Officials Secretary details above.

Surrey Officials Committee
Chairman David Clarke
Secretary Peter Crawshaw
Peter Howes
David Clarke
Committee Barbara Abbott, Donna Barrington-Smith,
  Brenda Ford, Margaret Nelson,
  Caroline Powell, Peter Shilling.

Dates of future Officials Committee Meetings:-

Thursday 13th June at Morden.


England Athletics Officials Courses: South East Area, London Area

UKA Officials Courses: Level 4

South of England Officials Association

Officials Course / Licence Application Form (updated 26 October 2018)


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