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 2017

The National portion of USATF Sanction Fees increased as of Novemeber 1, 2016 - the first increase in 13 years
The local portion has not increased

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 is paid in advance of the event based on an estimate of the number of finishers. Fees overpaid are refunded if numbers are lower, and additions must be paid if estimates were low.

Self-insured events or those having other adequate insurance (for example, Road Runners Club of America) can sanction their events and waive 75% of the National fee. See the USATF website for specifics.
Fees remained the same for thirteen years, a rarity when dealing with insurance, and an indication of the attention paid to safety and liability concerns by event directors.
Sanction Fees - the total combined USA and association - for events sanctioned in the New England Association are as follows:
1-100 finishers:
35,000+ :

New in 2017 - National Late fees

Sanction submitted fewer than 30 days before an event will incur late charges.
16-29 days out - penalty of 10% of National fee
8-15 days - 25% of National fee penalty
4-7 days - 50% of National fee penalty
3 or fewer days - 100% of National fee penalty

Certificates of insurance

Therre is generally no fee for certificates of insurance.
Late fees will be charged for requests received by the National office seven (7) or fewer days prior to the event date. Payment is due with request!

Sanction process

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

Printable/Mail-in Forms

In very 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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