2014-15 Penn State Track and Field || Officiating and Volunteer Opportunities

Who We Are ...

As we are certain you are aware, Penn State men's and women's track and field/cross country program has established a reputation of success at the Big Ten and NCAA levels, and beyond. Part of our framework in providing a success environment for our team members, is the ability to host a series of high-level home competitions, right here on campus at our own, Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track/Multi-Sport Facility.

That said, we take great pride in putting on these events at the highest of standards throughout the season, providing an atmosphere that is friendly to coaches, athletes, and spectators - a task that certainly requires an "all hands on deck" mentality.

Who We're Looking For ...

Penn State Track and Field/Cross Country is seeking any and all current or prospective officials. Most of all, we are looking for folks who are committed, reliable, and willing to work in a fun and fast-paced environment! Our current officials range from recreational runners to total "Track Junkies" and everything in between.

Why Join the Penn State Crew ...

We as a track and field staff are privileged to spend our days in the friendly confines of the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track/Multi-Sport Facility, which is home to some of the top collegiate track and field competitions of the indoor season. Our Officials Group maintains the same level of pride in their role in providing an environment that allows all competing athletes to have the absolute best opportunity to succeed. Over the years, we have drawn track and field stars at both the collegiate and professional levels, and gotten to witness record-breaking performances on a weekly basis.

Experience...

We welcome officials from all levels of track and field, and all levels of experience. No experience is necessary, although prior experience in track and field as a coach, or athlete is helpful. We do ask (but do not require) that all new officials take our USATF Officials' Certification Clinic, which we host annually in conjunction with our Blue/White Instrasquad Meet each December. Our current officials have experience from youth competitions to high school and collegiate events all the way to the Olympic Games, and are well versed and ready to tutor and train any new assistants in their event areas.

Volunteer Opportunities ...

Are you a member of an on campus club or group and need volunteer hours? Penn State Track and Field also welcomes members of our local running community, as well as faculty, staff, and on campus organizations to assist our officials and administrative staff in making our home competitions as best as they can be, while also getting a front-row seat for some of the best track and field action in the country. Time commitment can range anywhere from a few hours at a time, to becoming a consistent fixture of our meet management staff, as your schedule and level of interest allow. This is also a great opportunity for clubs and organizations to incur community service hours, and develop a presence in the athletics community.

2014-15 Penn State Track and Field Schedule ...

December 13 Blue/White Instrasquad
(Officials' Clinic/Officials' Training Session)
January 10 Penn State Relays
January 17 Nittany Lion Challenge
January 24 Kevin Dare HS Invitational
Jan. 30-31 Penn State National
February 6-7 Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

Becoming an Official ...

Additionally, if you are interested in further pursuing your commitment in track and field at Penn State and beyond, we encourage you to attend our USATF Officials' Certification Clinic in conjunction with our Blue/White Intrasquad Meet on December 13. The clinic is open to the public at no charge. Volunteers are not required to attend the clinic.

For more information on officiating or volunteering, please contact Ryan Foster (rgf5028@psu.edu) or (814) 883-6616.

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