Welcome to a new series of articles for coaches who are hosting meets, or who find themselves assigned to an event at a meet in which their team is competing. The goal is to provide you with suggestions and ideas to make your task easier while keeping the competition safe and fair. Today's article provides a general introduction to officiating. Later articles will address the specific events of Track and Field.

SAFETY is our first and highest priority.
There is a lot of potential for injury in our sport: to athletes, spectators, coaches and officials. That's why preventative officiating is so important. As such, a lot of the tips presented will pertain to venue preparation BEFORE the competition starts, as well as what to watch for during the competition. And, as a bonus, if one takes the time (and it does take some time) to makes sure an event venue is safe, then chances are that competition will also be fair.

Officiating has a Golden Rule when it comes to FAIRNESS:

'No athlete should be allowed to gain an unfair advantage, and

No athlete should have to suffer an unfair disadvantage'

So, in addition to preparing a safe venue, the other thing an official/coach must do to make the competition FAIR is...


The mind can play tricks, and invent new rules. So, it pays to read the pertinent rules before EVERY meet. These event-specific articles will include a review of the NFHS rules for that event.

ARTICLES: (click on each to view)

1. Officiating Tips for Coaches for Shot, Discus & Javelin

2. Officiating Tips for Coaches for High Jump & Pole Vault

3. Officiating Tips for Coaches for Long Jump & Triple Jump


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We are the NMTCCCA !!!

Begun in 1987 by a small group of visionaries with the goal of a NM Meet of Champions, as well as developing better communication and unification between all track and cross country coaches, the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association was born and has grown to what you see today. Our association has and must continue to be the guiding force for positive change and the protection of all aspects of New Mexico Track and Cross Country that we believe important to our athletes and our coaches. Changes are a part of life. We are our best "Advocates" for helping to direct that change in a positive and constructive way. We must continue to "Educate" our membership and give them the best tools for success. And, as a professional organization, we must "Celebrate" those successes, those stories, those special moments and actions that make our sports such wonderful tools in helping to mold the youth of New Mexico. We ARE the NMTCCCA !!!