Frequently Asked Questions for Officials



When you take your first seminar to become an official, you should receive a USA Cycling rule book. When you renew your license the following year, you will automatically get a new rule book. Additional materials can be acquired online.
We have a distributor for a line of officials clothing. New officials get a 15% discount on their first purchase, and there is a discounted item every month that you will read about in the Technical Director update. To access the clothing program, please follow this link.
From the Officials page, you can find downloadable versions of the rule books, as well as the Officials Manuals, which describes how officials do their jobs in the various disciplines. There is also the motorcycle referee's handbook.

The basic categories for officials in road and track are level C, level B, level A, national commissaire, and international commissaire. The categories for mountain bike and BMX are similar, but without the level B. There are requirements for advancement to each rank, and these are explained in the manuals and through links on the officials page. Upgrading requires a combination of time since last upgrade, number of races and positions officiating, attendance at an upgrading seminar, and performance on an upgrading exam. For road upgrades to B, there are a series of modules to take.

In addition to the basic categories, there are also some specialties, such as motorcycle refereeing (motoref), track starter, and race secretary. These specialties are taught in periodic seminars.

This Article Published September 23, 2004 For more information contact:
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