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Horace Crow Award


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The Horace Crow Award is given annually to an outstanding field event official who has given of themselves for years across the country at all levels of athletics officiating in the various field event venues.

The Horace Crow Award is sponsored by the Pacific Association.

Criteria for Nomination

The Horace Crow Award was established at the National Convention in 1991.  The National Officials Executive Committee established the following criteria to receive the Horace Crow Award at the mid-year meeting in 2006:

  • Must be a certified USATF field event official for at least ten (10) years.

  • Must be a National or Master Level official in good standing with the association which they are certified, in good standing with the National Officials Committee and in good standing with USATF.

  • Recognition by peers for their betterment and devotion to athletics officiating in the area of field events.

  • Submitted nominations of current members of the Officials Hall of Fame will not be considered for the Horace Crow Award.

Nomination Process

The procedure to nominate an individual for the Horace Crow Award is as follows.

  • Nomination forms will be e-mailed to each member of the National Officials Committee on August 1st of each year. They must be returned to the National Officials Committee Vice-Chair of Awards by August 30th. The nomination forms must include the name of the individual being nominated along with a statement as to why this individual should be considered for this award and a brief resume relative to athletics. Include a verification statement of his/her accomplishments.

  • All nominees must endorse the statement of accomplishments to verify the validity of the contents presented by the individual doing the original nomination.

Selection Process

The Horace Crow Award winner will be determined by a vote of the National Officials Committee Executive Committee. The winner of the Horace Crow Award will be presented at the National Officials Committee “Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet” at the USATF Annual Convention.

  • The N.O.C. Awards Sub-Committee area reps will assist in the solicitation of nominees by canvassing their respective zones through recommendations from other USATF certified officials and association presidents for the Horace Crow Award.

  • The N.O.C. Awards Sub-Committee is divided into eleven zones with the committee members serving as the area representative for the assorted associations of USATF that make up each zone.

  • If there are more than five nominees for the Horace Crow Award, their credentials and statements of accomplishments will be sent to the N.O.C. Awards Sub-Committee. By secret ballot, the Awards Sub-Committee will select the five names to be placed on the final ballot.

  • Finalist will be notified by email.

Nomination Form

If you would like to nominate an official for the Horace Crow Award, please see the nomination form linked below and be sure to follow all directions and fill in all requested information.

Click here for the current Nomination Form. This is a fillable PDF form that you will need to save to your computer. Complete the form by tabbing thru the highlighted fields.

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