Volunteers are the foundation of BMX in Australia, and indeed worldwide. From local club events, to state events, national and even international standard events, it is volunteers who put their hand up, put others before…
Volunteers are the foundation of BMX in Australia, and indeed worldwide.
From local club events, to state events, national and even international standard events, it is volunteers who put their hand up, put others before self and ensure that a day of racing runs smoothly.
The job is largely thankless, and for many people it means ditching the camping chair on the side of the track and your pit tent in order to join a group of individuals charged with making the most critical decisions of the day. Not everyone will agree with the officials all of the time, but that is the nature of the beast.
For many an official is that person in the thick of the action talking into their radio, waving flags, dropping gates, herding cats (oops…kids!), scoring, standing on a various part of the track and wearing a coloured shirt.
What all of our officials have in common is that they take the time to help all riders, parents, coaches by committing to help the betterment of the sport, learning the rules and applying them on track.
The thing is, we are always on the lookout for new officials, and as always we ask people to step up to join the great team of officials we have nationwide. While it is thankless, the job also provides opportunities for travel, to meet like-minded people and become an integral member of our tight knit BMX community.
We aren’t asking for people to become Senior Council in BMX law. What we ask is for people to start by taking the time to become a level 1 official – it’s an online course and your club can help you. All you need is a ‘Working With Children’ check, and at a minimum a ‘Volunteer Membership’ (it’s FREE) with BMX Australia.
There’s a bit of reading involved to learn the rules, and while they will never make up the contents of a best seller, it’s what we have. On hand are a numerous level 2 and level 3 officials to help you develop your skills and they are happy to answer as many questions as you need. The support network behind those officials then extends to your State Officiating Director or State Board, just in case you really need some more help.
My earlier comments about this job may have turned some of you off. But if you’re still reading then you should seriously consider becoming involved. The tasks of officials are varied, you will be rewarded knowing that your knowledge is helping the riders to stay safe, happy and at ease knowing they are in a professionally managed environment.
Do I need to reiterate that some of our officials travel, a lot? They globetrot to some of the best locations with the UCI as part of the international BMX family. While you won’t do that as a level 1 official, it is something to aspire to. Start small, dream big.
To begin your journey, chat with your local club.
Director – BMX Australia