USATF New England

Sanctions and Event Insurance

What is a sanction?

A USATF sanction is an official designation issued by USATF, through a local Association, which approves and licenses the holding of a competitive track & field, long distance running or race walking event in the United States. The sanction is also a contract, which evidences the event's commitment to follow national and international rules and regulations of the sport and to provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators. Additionally, the sanction provides event directors with valuable liability insurance. Once the event has satisfied the sanction requirements, the event's application for sanction is approved.

Sanction Objective: A safe and well managed athletic event.

The sanction is an agreement between an event organizer and USATF to ensure that the event is properly conducted. This includes the requirements for:

Sanction Benefits

USATF New England sanction fees

There is a national fee covering the insurance, and a local fee which varies by association. The total fee is based on the number of finishers in the event, and needs to be paid up front based on an estimate of the number of finishers. Fees will be refunded if numbers are lower, and must be paid up if estimates were low.
Fees have remained the same for nine years, a rarity when dealing with insurance, and an indication of the attention paid to safety and liability concerns by event directors.
The fees for events sanctioned in the New England Association are as follows:
1-100 finishers:
15001 and over:

Fees for certificates of insurance

IMPORTANT: a late fee is charged for requests received by the National office ten (10) or fewer business days prior to the date needed for guaranteed delivery. Payment is due with request! The late fees are as follows:


The most current versions of sanction forms can be found at the New England page at the USATF national website. Please use these forms and not older versions.
Sanction Application application with instructions, fees, and post-event report
Request for Certificate of Insurance application with instructions
Elite Athlete Addendum for events giving out more than $500 for any one prize
Liability Insurance Program detailed information with FAQs




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