is a Sanction?
sanction is a certificate issued by USATF,
through a local association ( i.e. Montana),
which approves and, in effect, licenses
the holding of Athletics competition in
the United States. It is only issued to
an event which meet the criteria of the
Amateur Sports Act of 1978, as well as
applicable International Amateur Athletic
Federation (IAAF) and USA Track & Field
statutes and rules. Article 20 of the
Bylaws and Operating Regulation 14 contain
the applicable rules. In administering
the sport's sanctioning policy, USATF
performs a public duty, which it accepted
when it became the national governing
body for Athletics in the United States.
following fee schedule is used to determine
MEMBER APPLICATION $40.00 Association
Fee +_____ National Fee (below) ________=
TOTAL SANCTION FEE
(Must have club application with sanction
or on file in state association office)
Association Fee $15.00 + _____ National Fee (below)
______= TOTAL SANCTION FEE
Fee Schedule - (updated March 27, 2003)
to Sanction an Event
USA Track & Field sanctioning form is
obtained by contacting the association
office. Any events that award prize money
in excess of $250 or have international
athletes need to request a special form
(Addendum A) in addition to the sanction
form. All applications for sanction should
be submitted to the state office at least
two weeks prior to the event to allow
for processing and submitting forms to
the national office.
that sanctioning of your event is particularly
important if you give prize money in
order to protect the athletic eligibility
of the individual athletes.
application fee is $30. If club application
is also being made when applying for
sanctions, add $30 to total and submit
required forms. Club form must accompany
clubs and events that are USA TRACK
& FIELD sanctioned must fill out the
trademark license agreement. If one
is already on file in the state office,
it need not be done again.
an event is sanctioning under both RRCA
and USATF, the association fee is based
on whether current club application
is on file with state office. Please
check to be sure that the club application
is completed to receive the lower fee.
Annual fee to claim RRCA status is $50.
All forms and fees should be returned
to Pam Sikkink, USATF-Montana Registration
& Sanctioning, at P.O. Box 1475, Missoula,
your event requires a certificate of
liability, see the appropriate section
forms and fees should be returned to
Pam Sikkink, USATF-Montana Registration
& Sanctioning, at P.O. Box 1475, Missoula,
sanctions are basically the same, except
that additional approval and reporting
requirements exist for the Regulation
14 sanctions. Contact the Montana Association
office to determine which sanction is
appropriate for your event.
are issued only for track & field meets,
road races, cross-country meets and racewalk
Benefits of USATF Sanctioning
includes all sanctioned events as additional
names insured on a $2,000,000 Commercial
General Liability insurance. This policy
includes liability coverage for negligence
claims arising from participants.
USATF sanction activates the group accidental
insurance for individual USATF member
athletes injured in the competition.
If an event is sanctioned, all USATF
card holders, who also carry liability
insurance with their membership, are
covered by their insurance during travel
to and from the event, and while participating
in the event.
may intervene on behalf of sanctioned
events with respect to scheduling conflicts
with other events, disputes concerning
the entry of athletes, and failure of
athletes and their commercial representatives
to honor agreements.
events may be included in calendars
published at the local and national
levels, as appropriate.
USATF sanctioning certifies the eligibility
of entered athletes, licenses the payment
of athletic funds to athletes, which
protects eligibility, and grants permission
for the invitation and entry of foreign
athletes in an event. Sanctions authorizing
the payment of athletic funds or the
invitation of foreign athletes require
approval by the USA Track & Field national
office, as well as the local Association
pursuant to Regulation 14 of USA Track
& Field Operatin Regulations.
USATF sanctioned events are included
in the Montana Road Race Series. The
series rewards Montana road racers ages
8-99 for their efforts during each Road
Race season. It recognizes four outstanding
road racers who accumulate the most
points during the season, including
Male and Female Open Road Racer of the
Year, and Male and Female Master Road
Racer of the Year. All age-group winners
receive certificates of achievement.
If an event is not USATF sanctioned,
road racers cannot count points for
their finish in that event.
that need a third-party certificate of
liability must fill out a new form developed
in 1994. These forms must be filled out
BY THE EVENT ORGANIZER each year. They
will no longer be filled out by the state
office because a signature is required.
Those events requiring a third party certificate
of liability must make sure that their
sanction form arrives in the state office
AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
If it does not arrive within this time
limit, there is a $100.00 additional fee
assessed to the sanction to process the
certificate. Please plan ahead. There
are no exceptions to this deadline.