USA Luge uses certified race officials to
officiate national and international races that
are held on the tracks in Lake Placid, NY,
Park City, UT, Negaunee, MI, and Muskegon,
Race officials are required to know the rules of the sport and make sure they are followed so that the competition is fair to all competitors. Officials work the starts, finish, control areas, and timing. Officials are also needed to do the administrative paperwork, be jury members, technical delegates, course inspectors, escorts, marshals and even track workers. A race official must be willing to work outside in all types of weather for long periods of time. A race day is typically 6 to 8 hours for a national race and longer for an international event.
But the feeling of helping athletes, young and old, reach their dreams and goals makes the
time fly by.
USA Luge offers courses to certify race
officials. These courses are held over two
days, generally over a weekend, and are
scheduled every year at the above track
locations. Courses are $25 and Rulebooks
are provided. You must also be a member
of the U.S. Luge Association.
National Level Certification
The first level of instruction is for the National
Official’s Course which is comprised of rules
for both artificial track and natural track luge.
You don’t need any previous experience with
International Level of Certification
The second level of instruction is for the
International Judges license. You must hold
the National Officials Certification as well as
meet other specific requirements which
encompass working various officiating
positions during races. The course is given
over a three day period at the end of which
you are evaluated with a written and oral
exam. For the FIL judges license, the
certification has been separated for artificial
and natural track.
FIL Judge Levels:
USA Luge has also established criteria to
obtain levels of recognition once you are an
- FIL 1. Twenty hours of volunteer time and race
experience with positions at Start, Finish, Control, Weigh
in, Timing and Race Administration (race office).
- FIL 2. Attainment of FIL 1, plus twenty
hours of volunteer time and race
experience in positions of Start Leader,
Finish Leader, Chief of Control, Head Timer, Assistant Track
Inspector, Assistant TD, Jury Member and Assistant Race
- FIL 3. Attainment of FIL 2, plus twenty
hours of volunteer time and race
experience in positions of leadership for Race Director,
Administrative Race Secretary, Track Inspector Technical
Delegate and Jury Chair. Also, must attend an
international team captain's meeting, i.e, World Cup,
USA Luge offers several one day rules refresher
courses every year at all the track locations.
These courses are required for officials who are already
National or FIL certified. There is no fee to take a refresher
course covers any new rule changes,
examples of situations that might arise with
discussion on how they can be handled, and
an opportunity to address any concerns or
problems experienced during the season.
Once you are certified as an official, you
maintain active status by working a minimum
of one race a season and attending a
Refresher Course at a minimum of every two
Volunteers are always welcome. It’s a good
way to get experience and see if it’s
something you really want to do before taking
the National Course.
This Committee creates policies and/or
consistent procedures for race administration
at the tracks. It oversees officials’ education
and recognition, and is also empowered to
create national race rules that deviate from
the FIL’s IRO when required.
The race committee is comprised of a
chairperson, one individual per track site
(currently Lake Placid, Park City, and
Negaunee) who primarily officiates at each of
the locations sanctioned to host a national
level (senior or junior) seeding race, up to two
additional At-Large members, and two
additional members who qualify as Athlete
Representatives. All non-athlete members of
this committee must be "active" FIL officials.
FIL JUDGES COURSE: October 12 - 13, 2012 - Park
FIL JUDGES COURSE: October 19 - 20, 2012
- Lake Placid,
NATIONAL OFFICIALS COURSE: November 16-18, 2012 -
Lake Placid, NY
NATIONAL OFFICIALS COURSE: November 30 -
2012 - Park City, UT
RULES REFRESHER: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - Lake
RULES REFRESHER: Saturday, December1, 2012 - Park
To Register for any of these courses, contact Beverly
(518-523-2071 ext. 107) or
You can also follow the link to download, print out, and mail the
Course Registration Form.