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2) Duty of Care for Officials
As the responsible person supervising and controlling a BMX competition, the Official is expected to discharge a duty of care to all associated or interacting with the event.
An Official needs to ask the following questions when undertaking any activity associated with the conduct of a BMX competition:
2.1 Do I owe a duty of care to the participant and if so, is the risk of any injury reasonably foreseeable?
A duty of care depends on establishing some relationship between the parties. If an injury occurs, the courts will ask whether the relationship between the parties was such that the defendant should have foreseen that his or her negligent act would lead to the damage suffered by the participant. Although the question needs to be answered for each situation, it would be reasonable for the Official to assume that they do owe a duty of care to competitors, other Officials, spectators and the general public what may in some way or other interact with a BMX competition.
2.2 What is the standard of care that must be achieved?
The test for the required standard of care is how a reasonably prudent person would have acted in the same situation. The law has developed this reasonable person test but what is reasonable will depend on the particular circumstances existing at the time.
For example the standard may vary depending upon:
2.3 What steps can I take to avoid the foreseeable risk of harm or injury?
Officials should take all reasonable steps to prevent injury. To help establish the ‘reasonable steps’ the Official should help develop a risk management plan for the club and the programs or activities it conducts.
3) Safety and Risk Management
When participating in any sporting activity one must be aware of the associated risks and BMX is no different. While BMX may present certain risks, they should be eliminated or minimised as much as possible to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all.
As Officials, we need to take positive action to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of accidents by identifying, evaluating and responding to risks before accidents occur. This process is called Safety and Risk Management. Effective risk management practices include the identification, assessment and reduction of risk and the implementation of risk management plans.
Risk identification: A check through the records of the club will generally indicate previous areas where risk can be attributed. Of course, previous experiences may have been unusual occurrences, but generally they will provide a reasonable guide to some of the potential areas of risk for the club.
Drawing on known experiences of other BMX clubs will provide additional information. Participants and experienced Officials should be consulted with a view of assembling a detailed picture of risk areas.
Risk assessment: Risk assessment follows risk identification. Risks must be assembled and dealt with in priority order. Officials may choose to analyse and classify risks as:
Risk reduction: Once risks have been identified and assessed it is good practice to implement an appropriate risk reduction campaign. Risk reduction may lower the frequency and severity of accidents and injuries and may even help maintain or reduce insurance premiums payable.
Risk management plan evaluation: Once implemented the plan should be continually reviewed and evaluated. This will require monitoring records and accident reports. Communication of the risk management plan to all involved in the running of the club is recommended. Currently qualified and accredited medical attendant/s must be present at all times during a BMX event.
Click here for BMXA’s Risk Management Resource for States and Clubs
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Presenter and Assessor Requirements
|Acceptable Presenter and Assessor Training|
|Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
|State Sport and Recreation Assessor/Presenter Course
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BMX Australia Rules and Policies
Officials Insurance Information
Membership of BMXA provides each member with a certain level of insurance cover. This cover exists for members in racing and training activities and importantly for Officials (and Coaches) in the performance of their duties.
Once you have become an accredited BMXA Official you are covered by BMXA insurance while officiating at BMXA sanctioned events. However, at all times your Officials membership, WWCC and Officials accreditation must be current otherwise you will not be covered by insurance.
Chief Commissaires and Event Organisers must ensure a person making technical decisions regarding a BMX race are a valid official,l otherwise they may be liable.
BMXA World of Officiating
BMXA have developed a series of ready reckoners to help our Officials start to become involved in the world of BMXA Officiating. Click any of the links below to learn more about Officiating in the sport of BMX, the roles you can be involved in, Codes of Behaviour and much more.
Welcome to the World of Officiating
BMXA Officials Code of Behaviour
General Duties and Roles
Know Your Race Plates