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. Once the event has satisfied the sanction requirements, the event's application for sanction is approved.
Benefits of sanctioning your event:
Increased Prestige - For many events, the USATF sanction improves the event's public perception. A sanction tells athletes that an event is being run according to applicable competition rules. Sanctioned events have the ability to use the USATF event designation logo to promote the fact that the governing body has sanctioned the event.
Liability Insurance - Most governmental entities including cities, counties, state highway departments, parks and community centers require general liability insurance for all events. The cost of a sanction is very inexpensive compared to the prices of most event insurance policies. It is important to know that events that are already insured may choose to waive the insurance coverage and pay a lower sanction fee. More info (PDF)
Medical Insurance for Athletes - Any athlete who is a USATF member and is injured while participating in a sanctioned event will be eligible for secondary medical insurance coverage for the injury. This insurance not only provides valuable coverage to USATF members, but it serves as a valuable deterrent to lawsuits.
Calendar Promotion - Sanctioned events will be included in the USATF online calendar and be highlighted to distinguish them from non-sanctioned events.
Records - In general, a sanction is required for a record to be set. There are some exceptions to this rule, however.
Special Offers and Discounts - view offers & discounts available to sanctioned events
Resolving Disputes - If requested, USATF will act as an arbiter in disputes between athletes and sanctioned events.
Other - Each Association may provide additional benefits to its sanctioned events. Please contact your local Association for more details.
Sanction Forms
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Application for Sanction (PDF)
Elite Sanction Addendum (PDF)
Sanctioned Event Request for Certificate of Liability Insurance (PDF)
Waiver of Liability Insurance (PDF)
Incident Report Form (PDF)
Post-Event Report Form (PDF)
Mail Sanction Applications to our office address:
Dorothy Clinton, Executive Director
14 Desbrosses Street
New York, NY  10013


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