2015 Official of the Year

2015 OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
Ravi Vallabhapurapu has been selected at the Throwsguru.com 2015 Official of the year. Ravi has officiated many Conference Championships  He is a very versatile official and excels at officiating the Decathlon and Heptathlon,  as a specialty he prefers the Horizontal Jumps. Congratulations Ravi!

2014 Official of the Year

2014 OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Dan Bond has been selected as the 2014 Throwsguru.com Official of the Year. Dan is the friendly official in the black hat at most of the throwsguru.com coordinated events. But don’t let the old western stereotype fool you, Dan is one of the good guys. Dan is an excellent vertical jumps and horizontal jumps official. Dan knows the rules and does a great job officiating. He goes about the business of officiating with a quiet demeanor. There is rarely any type of controversy when Dan is in charge of an event.

Congratulations Dan Bond!!!!photo (2)

2014 Certification Clincs

2014 USATF Certification Clinics

Georgia Certification Clinic:

New USATF GA Officials Clinic Added – Officials Certification
The USATF Georgia Association Officials Committee will be holding its final Officials Certification Clinic of the Spring on the afternoon of Sunday, April 6th at Emory University from 1:00 to 5:00PM. We’ll meet in room #306 on the second floor of the Woodruff Physical Education Center located at 26 Eagle Row, Atlanta GA 30322. Complete details at Officials Clinic Info.

Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw GA (northwest of Atlanta right off I-75 near Marietta) the afternoon of Sunday, March 2nd from 1:00 to 5:00PM. Anyone that needs to recertify for the current Olympiad (we’ve still got a couple here) can also come out and take their respective test, but we’re really focusing on new folks.

Please have anyone you know of who like to attend contact me by e-mail or phone and I’ll make the details available to them.

Bob Brier

Rockyb111wso@bellsouth.net

678-231-5067

USATF Georgia Starters’ Clinic
February 23, 2014
North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA

 

USATF Georgia is hosting a clinic for USATF members interested in learning the rules and mechanics of “Starting”, as follows:
Date: Sunday,

February 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:
North Atlanta High School
4111 Northside Parkway
Atlanta 30327

The clinic will consist of a classroom review of the rules followed by practical instruction on the track. To attend, you must be a current USATF member. Memberships are available – CLICK HERE. Bring paper and a writing instrument, and dress appropriately for the outdoor portion. (Be sure to check the clinic schedule at usatfga.org for 2014 certification clinics as you will not be permitted to officiate as a starter without officials’ certification.)

Please register by sending an email to pamelahudson@usatfga.org or vdicecco@bellsouth.net

 

Mississippi Certification Clinic:

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014 Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Location: Pearl Junior High School, 200 Mary Ann Dr., Pearl, MS. 39208

Contact Person: Dennis Groll, 318-355-2598 or coachgroll@yahoo.com

Fee: $65 ($35 for 4yrs Official Credential & $30 for 1yr USATF Membership # (card)

Open book test-copy of book and test will be provided at clinic

Pizza and Drinks will be provided. Doors will open one hour before the clinic starts.

New and Current Officials Guidelines:

USATF Membership Card (#) is required. This card can be purchased for $30 online before the clinic by going to http://www.usatf.org/ or a membership card can be purchased at the clinic.

Clinic Fee is $65 (if you bring a USATF Membership Card (#) with you to the clinic, the clinic fee will be only $35).

Officials seeking an Official Upgrade (Association- National-Masters) must attend a clinic and submit a track resume of meets worked over the last 2-4 years.

Payment can be in cash or check. Make check payable to USATF Gloria Louis (receipt will be provided).

For Additional Information:

USATF Officials Chair-Gloria Louis 337-962-3009, marialouis1@aol.com

Clinic Contact Person- Dennis Groll 318-355-2598, coachgroll@yahoo.com

For those of you who are interested in re-certifying or becoming a new certified official, please take a minute to read this message in its entirety.
One of the major requirements is to attend a USA Track and Field Certification Clinic, and work meets within and outside of your association.
Also, it’s time for all current certified officials to renew their 2014 USATF Membership by March 31st. It is required that all current officials must maintain a current membership within their association. You can renew your membership online at http://www.usatf.org/Products—Services/Individual-Memberships.aspx. We highly recommend getting multi-year memberships in order to receive a discount so that you won’t have to worry about renewing each year.
For your convenience I have provided a list of certification dates below. Please take a moment to review the dates and mark your calendar.
The following certification dates are;
March 3, 2014- Re-Certification and Race- Walking Clinic, Southern University, Mumford Stadium, 801 Harding Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807-5326 . Contact(s) Gloria Louis at (337) 962-3009 or Coach Walker (225) 771-4024. Time: 9:00 AM- 12:30. Race-Walking / Field/Relays demonstrations on the track 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM.
March 9, 2014- Re-Certification Clinic, Ole Miss, 328 Hill Drive, University, MS 38677. Time: 9:30- 1:00 PM. Onsite contact is Coach Basil Wetherington (662) 832-1235, Gloria Louis (Certification Chair), (337) 962-3009.
We need your support for track and field for our youth, open, adults, elite and masters athletes at our local level.
 
Track Motto: “Building strong communities by working together with the leadership and maintaining positive attitudes”.
 
Officially yours,
Gloria Louis
Certification Chair
(337) 962-3009

 

 

2011-2012 Officials of the Year

Officials of the The Year (2011-2012)

Grif Carden

Grif Carden

 

Helen Carden

Helen Carden

We are proud to announce the Officials of the Year for the 2011-2012 Cross Country and Track and Field Seasons!

Grif Carden and Helen Carden have been selected for this honor. Every race starts and ends with this couple. Helen is the smiling face that the athletes first see when they check in for their race. As the clerk, she makes sure that the athletes have the proper uniform as she gives them their heat and lane assignments. Grif is the familiar face at the finish line that makes sure that the finish order is recorded properly and that each athlete has run the correct number of laps. As the Finish Line Coordinator, Grif does a great job in keeping everything organized and accurate. Helen and Grif worked tirelessly this season. They set the bar high as they officiated in 16 Meets that were coordinated by Throwsguru.com

Safety in the Throwing Events

Dear Officials, Coaches, and Meet Directors,

We have recently had two of our Officials severely injured in the throwing events.  Thank goodness neither injury was life threatening (two broken legs).  It is with this in mind, I feel that  it is time that we all review the safety procedures that we use in conducting the throwing events.  The following procedures are suggestions for making the event safer. You may agree or disagree with these procedures but I feel it is very important to consider them. If you feel differently about them, feel  free to e-mail your  suggestions or criticisms to coachbunn@throwsguru.com

 

  1. I.                    SCHEDULING

Whenever possible the long throws should be scheduled when there is adequate sunlight left for completion of the event before dusk. If a lighted field is being used it should be lighted adequately that all areas of the field are well lit and there are not any places on the field where an official might be blinded by the lights.  Care should also be taken when the event is held in bright sunlight. Take notice of the position of the sun  so that the Officials are aware and will not lose the implement in the sun.

In scheduling the event, adequate time for warm up should be scheduled so that the Officials do not feel the need to rush through the warm-up in order to meet a set schedule for the event that would compromise safety procedures.  Extra time for safety is imperative.

In the hammer and javelin, events should be scheduled when the fewest number of other athletes are on the track or in the area.

  1. II.                  THE FIELD

The throwing field should be a level turf field that does not have holes or divots  and is free from debris that could cause an Official to fall and be put in danger of being hit by an implement.  All divots should be filled with sand immediately after each competition in order to prepare the field for the next competition.  The time spent on this simple chore is important to the safety of the next event.

All throwing fields should be surrounded with adequate flagging  or barriers to keep competitors, fans, photographers,  coaches and other athletes out of the throwing sectors.  Adequate signage should  be  used to warn these individuals of the dangers involved in being in the throwing area.

  1. III.                THE WARM-UP

In all the long throws  the circle/runway should be  prepared for the warm-up. The circle/runway should be clean and free of debris: the circle/runway should be swept , and towels placed nearby (conspicuously) for the competitors to clean their feet in order not to carry debris into the circle/runway.

As always no warm-ups should be allowed until Officials are present at the venue.. Implements should be checked in well ahead of the start of competition and should not be available to the competitors then until the beginning of the warm-up period.

 

In the javelin,  the picking warm ups should be done with one pick line, going in the same direction being controlled by two officials with red flags.  All competitors should be in one straight line with an official on each end of the line with a red flag to control the progress of the pick line down the field.  Every athlete should throw and then the entire line should be walked up to retrieve the implements. No one should be allowed to throw until all the athletes have retrieved their implements and are back in the straight line behind the officials who are posted at each end of the line.  The procedure should be repeated with the Officials making the decision when it is safe to throw.  The Officials should be cognizant of the remaining length of the field to keep these throws from going onto the track or into another  event area. When picks are ongoing, the participants, officials and spectators should be aware that occasionally a javelin will not stick but slide.

In all the long  throws  the circle/runway should be  prepared for the warm-up. The circle/runway should be clean and free of debris, the circle/runway should be swept , and towels placed outside the circle/runway for the competitors to clean their feet in order not to carry debris into the ring.

It is at this time that I suggest the Officials use an Organized Warm-up Procedure:

  1.  All Officials, competitors, and retrievers should exit the sector and wait outside the sector lines at a safe distance and with their eyes on the circle/runway at all times.
  2. An official at the ring should then open the ring for warm-ups.
  3. The athletes should enter the circle/runway one at a time and take a warm-up throw while leaving the implements in the sector until 5 throws have been made.
  4. The official at the circle/runway should then enter the circle/runway with a red flag and close the circle/runway.
  5. At this time,  and only at this time , the retrievers and officials should enter the sector and retrieve the 5 implements. They should be safely returned to the circle/runway.
  6. When the sector is cleared of all personnel then the Official at the runway/circle/runway should open the sector up for 5 more throwers to throw. 
  7. This procedure should be repeated until the warm-up is finished.

 

  1. THE COMPETITION

 

The competition should be conducted while only allowing the competitor who is up, on deck, or on hold to have an implement in their hands. Implements should be inspected to make after each throw by the retrievers to make sure no damage has been done to the implement that might make it unsafe. Damaged implements should be taken to the implement inspectors for repair, re-inspection, or possible impounding.

 

The head judge should control the athletes entering the circle/runway so that all involved are aware when the athlete is in the circle/runway ready to make their throw.

Officials will need to be in the sector but should be well back in order to let the implement land safely. try to note the distances being throw late in the warmups of the hammer and position yourself a good 20 meters to the side and rear of the projected impact site.

Everyone involved should have their eyes focused on the circle/runway when a competitor is in the ring and ready to make a throw. Never turn your back on a thrower or the circle/runway.

Sector officials should never walk or run backwards.  If they have to move over one step backwards, they should turn around and run forward.  This will minimize the chance of falling or tripping.

Officials should keep in mind that Hammers are heavy implements that will make a mark in the sector when they land and Javelins usually stick in the ground upon landing and therefore should give the implement adequate time to land before rushing in to get the mark.

The discus should be judged from the side whenever possible to avoid the implement skipping into an Official who may be directly behind the landing implement or inthe line of the implement’s ricochet, which may not be straight, depending upon the surface of the landing area.  Also wind may carry discus to side and the natural throwing motion will make it go to the field officials right for a right handed thrower and to the left for a left handed thrower.

In the shot put make sure spectators are a safe distance away from the right side of a right handed thrower and  a safe distance away from the left of a left handed thrower , especially if the thrower is using the spin technique.

After the competition is completed, the circle/runway/runway/runway should be closed with no further throws allowed until time for the next throwing event to begin warm-ups.

These are not new procedures. They have all been used before by us at various meets.  It is time though that we review these procedures in order to make these events as safe as possible.

Sincerely,

Randy Bunn

1996 Olympic Games Official

Officials Coordinator for

www.throwsguru.com

2012-2013 Certification and Re-Certification Clinics

2012-2013 Marks a new Olympiad,  therefore,  ALL Officials need to attend a clinic and re-certify.

GEORGIA CLINICS

Certification/Recertification Clinic at Smyrna Community Center
February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.–Finish
Fee: $15.00 for Recertification, $30.00 for New Certification
You must must be a memeber of USATF to hold an Officials Certification
Adult memebership cost is $30.00…this can be done online at www.usatf.org
For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

Certification/Recertification Clinic at Emory University
February 10, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $15.00 for Recertification, $30.00 for New Certification
You must must be a memeber of USATF to hold an Officials Certification
Adult memebership cost is $30.00…this can be done online at www.usatf.org
For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

Event Clinic at Emory University
February 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Pole Vault, High Jump, Referee, Clerking                                                                           For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

Certification/Recertification Clinic at Kennesaw State University
March 10, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $15.00 for Recertification, $30.00 for New Certification
You must must be a memeber of USATF to hold an Officials Certification
Adult memebership cost is $30.00…this can be done online at www.usatf.org
For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

Certification/Recertification Clinic at University of Georgia
March 17, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $15.00 for Recertification, $30.00 for New Certification
You must must be a memeber of USATF to hold an Officials Certification
Adult memebership cost is $30.00…this can be done online at www.usatf.org
For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

Event Clinic at Georgia Tech University
March 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Triple Jump, Racewalk, Clerking, Hammer                                                                        For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

Certification/Recertification Clinic at Kennesaw State University
April 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $15.00 for Recertification, $30.00 for New Certification
You must must be a memeber of USATF to hold an Officials Certification
Adult memebership cost is $30.00…this can be done online at www.usatf.org
For more info contact:
Murray Sanford at murraysanford@bellsouth.net

SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION

Certification Clinic at Pearl High School, 500 Pirate Cove, Pearl MS. 39208                 February 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $60.00
For more info contact:
Dennis Groll (318) 355-2598 coachgroll@yahoo.com

Certification Clinic at University of Louisiana at Monroe, Meeting Room-Malone Stadium, 340 Warhawk Way, Monroe, LA 71209-4130                                                                 March 4,  2013  Time 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.                                                                        Fee: $60.00
For more info contact:
Dennis Groll (318) 355-2598 coachgroll@yahoo.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Certification Clinic at Madison Central High School 1417 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison MS 39110                                                                                                                               March 16 , 2013 at 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.                                                                             Fee: $60.00
For more info contact:
Dennis Groll (318) 355-2598 coachgroll@yahoo.com

 

 

Samford University Joins Throwsguru

Throwsguru.com will be coordinating the Officials for the Samford Multi’s. This will be a multi-event meet starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012, and a Track Meet on Saturday May 5, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
We would like to welcome Coach Rod Tiffen and Samford University to our growing list of clients!

Throwsguru adds new client–Shorter University

Throwsguru.com would like to welcome Shorter University to its list of clients. Throwsguru.com has added Shorter University to it’s list of clients for the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field Season. Throwsguru.com will arrange and coordinate officials for three outdoor track meets at Shorter University, located in Rome, GA. The meets are:
The Rome/Shorter Relays– March 23-24, 2012
The Mid-South Conference Championships– April 27-28, 2012
The Shorter University Last Chance Meet– May 11-12, 2012

Congratulations Officials

Throwsguru.com would like to congratulate the following Throwsguru.com Registered Officials who have been selected for the 2012 USATF Championship Meets:

U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
Douglas Allen Hammer
Larry Callahan LJ/TJ
Theodore F. Hayes LJ/TJ Asst Head
Robert O. Kern LJ/TJ
Richard R. Messenger Implements – Head
Eric C. Smith Electronic Measurement
James H. Young Shot Put
Donna M. Zirgibel Pole Vault

JUNIOR OUTDOORS
Douglas Allen Hammer – Head
William Archie Ard Finish Line – Head
Dwight C. Benning HJ
Gisela K. Benning LJ/TJ
Robert B. Brier Hammer
Mustapha Durojaiye LJ/TJ
Walter C. Harris LJ/TJ
Lottie F. Keaton PV
John Lee Neiswender Finish Line Coord.
Julius C. Shine LJ/TJ

INDOOR COMBINED
Michael R. Davey CE Crew

SENIOR INDOOR
Robert B. Brier Throws
Michael R. Davey Long Jump/Triple Jump
Mustapha Durojaiye LJ/TJ Alt.
Lawrence Guilford Marshall