Types of Official
At any race meeting there are numerous Officials present to assist you and to ensure the safe and fair running of the meeting. The following list outlines some of the main types of Officials that exist in motorcycle sport:
Steward: The person with the supreme control of a race meeting. The Steward is Motorcycling Australia’s representative. The Steward has the power to enforce penalties and adjudicate over the rules. It is rare for competitors to have any dealings with the Steward as the actual running of the meeting is done by the Clerk of the Course.
Referee: The person who has supreme control at a Speedway race meeting. The Referee has the same functions as a Steward but has more direct control over a meeting.
Clerk of Course: The Clerk of the Course is responsible to the Steward for the running of the meeting. The Clerk of the Course will ensure that the circuit is safe, the officials are at their posts and refer to the Steward those difficulties that cannot be resolved at a lower level. If you have any questions regarding safety, legality or the running of the races direct them to the Clerk of the Course.
Race Secretary: The person in charge of the administrative aspects of a meeting. Matters of entries and fees, grid positions, materials and equipment should be directed here.
Measurers & Scrutineers: Responsible for determining compliance and eligibility of machines and riding gear as in accordance with the M.O.M.S and Supplementary Regulations.
Starter: The Starter is responsible for the actual starting of the race as well as assessing the fairness of the start. He/she will decide if any riders ‘jump’ the start and inform the Clerk of the Course who will recommend any penalties. He/she may also declare a false start if someone is disadvantaged.
Judge: The function of the judge is to declare the order in which the competing motorcycles cross the finishing line.
Flag Marshals: Responsible for signalling race conditions and instructions to riders and providing initial safety assistance.
Announcer: Commentates the races and broadcasts details about the races and contestants to the public. Announcers are not to show bias to any riders or offer advice and instructions to any riders. The announcer shall also broadcast any instructions from the Steward.
Grid Marshal: In charge of the safe and proper running of the pit area including the grid. The Grid Marshal ensures that the correct riders are on their appropriate row at the due time. He/she will refer problems to the Clerk of the Course.
Observer: The observer or marker is an important official in the discipline of Observed Trials. His/her role is to observe riders as they pass through sections of the course and record penalty points on a punch card or tally sheet
Becoming an Official
Becoming an Official is easy! – re apply Ridernet
Levels of Officials
There are four different Levels of Key Official.
NB: Before you can become a level 1 key official, you must first obtain your operational officials licence through Ridernet
A Level 1 Key Official can officiate at club level competition and non-competition events.
Want to become a Level 1 Key Official?
- You will need to attend a Key Official Seminar.
- To register for one of our Officials Seminars contact the MNSW office.
Level 2 Officials can act in Key Official roles at any Club, interclub level event (without prize money) and non-competition events
Want to become a Level 2 Official?
- You will need to be a Level 1 key official
- Officiated at four competition meetings in your nominated discipline.
- Complete the New Officials Application Form (form in folder) and send it into the MNSW office, along with your participation journal email@example.com
Level 3 Officials can perform duties at any Club, Interclub or Open and State level events.
Want to become a Level 3 Official?
To upgrade to a Level 3 Official, you will need to have:
- Officiated at six competition meetings as a Level 2
- Complete the Level 3 written assessment (pass mark is 80%)
- Complete the Officials Licence Upgrade/Renewal Application Form (form in folder) and send it into the MNSW office, along with your participation journal.
Level 4 Officials can perform duties at Club, Interclub or Open/State and National level events and are appointed by Motorcycling Australia.
Want to become a Level 4 Official?
Motorcycling Australia are responsible for appointing all Level 4 Officials, but first you must receive approval and endorsement from your State Controlling Body and attend a Level 4 Seminar (organised and facilitated by Motorcycling Australia).
To apply to upgrade to a Level 4 Official, please submit all of the below by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Completed Application form Level 4 Official Application Form
- Participation Journal
Renewing an Official’s Licence
Officials licences last for a period of four (4) years. At the end of this period you will need to renew your Officials Licence. Motorcycling New South Wales will send you an email to remind you.
Motorcycling New South Wales is responsible for renewing all Officials Licences, up to and including Level 3.
To renew your Motorcycling New South Wales Officials Licence please complete the below form and supply it and a copy of your Participation Journal to email@example.com
Motorcycling Australia is responsible for Level 4 Officials Licences.
To renew your Level 4 licence complete the below form and supply it and a copy of your Participation Journal to Motorcycling Australia for endorsement and approval, once approved this will be forwarded onto Motorcycling Australia for processing.