I am currently looking for opportunities to be a referee at high school and middle school track & cross country meets. Please contact me if you need an official.
Some interesting notes:
- Some tracks in the area have hash marks for the 400 meter hurdles. Make sure you have your hurdles set up on the hash mark for the 300 meter hurdles, and not the 400 meter hurdles.
- Crowd control is very important at the cross country finish line. Be sure to extend the chute before the finish line to provide ample visibility for the helpers at the finish line.
- Did you know you can hand out water / liquids during a cross country race?
- Encourage the athletes to hydrate, especially on the very hot days.
Email of 9/22/17
With the extreme heat and humidity forecasted for today/tomorrow, we ask that you review the Heat information on the WIAA website at the following link: http://www.wiaawi.org/Health/HeatInformation.aspx
Heatstroke and heat exhaustion is preventable if the proper precautions are taken. Have water available at all times and to allow the athletes and officials to drink water whenever he/she needs it. Never restrict the amount of water an athlete drinks, and be sure the athletes are drinking the water. Schools encouraged move start time to cooler periods of the day.
Please take all precautions to keep your athletes safe.
Be prepared for emergencies. Review your Emergency Action Plan. Expedient action must be taken in order to provide the best possible care to the sport participant. Always have a cell phone on hand and be familiar with emergency numbers. Also keep ice and ice towels on hand in case of heat- related emergencies. The gold standard is an ice bath (kiddie pool with ice water, trough, etc.)
Review the WIAA Model Heat Policy: http://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Health/Heat%20Management%20Model.pdf
Ample hydration before and during practice and play is key for safety and optimal athletic performance, especially in the heat.