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.
Frequently Asked Questions

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 sanction fees for 2016

The fee includes a national fee covering the insurance and a local fee remaining in the 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.

Events which are self-insured or have other adequate insurance (for example, Road Runners Club of America) can sanction their events and waive all but $50 of the National fee. Contact the USATF-NE for specifics. Fees have remained the same for twelve years, a rarity when dealing with insurance, and an indication of the attention paid to safety and liability concerns by event directors.
NOTE:Fees will be increasing in 2017 for the first time in 13 years

Fees (total combined USA and association) for events sanctioned in the New England Association are as follows:
1-100 finishers:
15001 and over:

Certificates of insurance

Therre is generally no fee for certificates of insurance. A late fee may be charged for requests received by the National office five (5) or fewer business days prior to the date needed for guaranteed delivery. Payment is due with request!
Starting in 2017, there will be late fees charged.

Sanction process

Sanctioning should be done online in a two step process.
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First time events should watch the tutorial video.

Printable/Mail-in Forms

In limited circumstances, a printed form and check may be mailed in to the USATF-NE office. Download the Aplication for Sanction and the request for Certificate of Liability Insurance. Email office@usatfne.orgto present your request to submit the sanction by postal mail.




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