To run a race day at the club we rely on a number of volunteers to perform various roles. Most roles require that you be a Level 1 Official with BMX Australia.
There are a number of steps to becoming a Level 1 official:
- You need to be at least 16 years of age and a minimum of a Volunteer member with BMX Australia. Volunteer membership is free. If you are not a member please sign up on the BMX Australia Membership page first.
- Go to the BMX Australia Officiating Level 1 page and read the Officials Manual, then complete the questionnaire on this page (it takes 10 minutes). This manual is also at the bottom of this page.
- Obtain a Working with Children check (NSW) by completing the application at this link. Make sure to select Volunteer on the application. Take the completed form to a Roads and Maritime registry. You will be sent an email confirming your check results and your number (WWC*******V). Forward this number to us and we will forward it to BMX NSW and BMX Australia. If you already have a WWC check number, please just send it to us.
We can help you through the process, please Contact us for assistance.
The Working with Children check is valid for 5 years. Don’t forget that your BMX Australia membership needs renewing every year.
Your WWC number can retrieved from the Kids Guardian website. Just enter your name as it is on your drivers license and your driver license number. They will then email the WWC details to your registered email.
Valid Officials are shown on the BMX Australia website here. Be sure to scroll down to the Officials section and select NSW and the Blue Mountains Club.
|Staging||Direct riders in order of the race into the correct staging lane. Keep an eye out for equipment or clothing that does not comply with the rules, or that is unsafe. (Level 1 Official)|
|Starter||Ensure riders are assembled in their correct gate positions. Observe the flag holders follow safety rules and operate the gate mechanism. (Level 1 Official)|
|Flags||Track Flags are used by track officials as a means of communicating with each other. Green flag means the track is clear and racing may proceed. Yellow Flag means that the track is obstructed and riders should be held at the gate for the next race. Red Flag means that all racing should stop immediately. The flag should be held or waved so as the starter can clearly see it. (Level 1 Official)|
|First Aid||Provide first aid assistance. Must have first aid qualification. (Level 1 Official)|
|Finish Line||Point at the rider and call ‘loud’ (they have helmets on) their place position as they pass over the finish line. (Level 1 Official)|
|Scoring||Enter race result into the computer and on score sheets. (Level 1 Official)|
|Commentating||Call the races and share information.|
|Canteen||Help in the canteen. (Just need Working With Children)|
Although in some cases a WWC is not required for parents helping out at sporting clubs, for BMX it is a requirement to be a Level 1 official with a valid WWC for the roles detailed above.
Training and guidance can be provided by experienced club members – just ask!