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Clerk of Course
appointment of Clerk of the Course is a very
responsible position to undertake as the
incumbent is the Chief Executive Official of an event. The individual is responsible
the management and conduct of a meeting and under his/ her direction other
executive and administrative officials are appointed.
individual wishing to become a Clerk
of the Course
is advised to carry out other roles first to give them an idea of what the role of Clerk of the Course
entails by watching and listening to what an appointed Clerk of the Course does and says during
the course of an event.
For Road Racing, any Organiser
may nominate a
probationary Clerk of the Course. The Organiser must be able to confirm that a candidate has attended ten
Race Days in an Official capacity
before nominating the candidate to attend a Clerk of the Course Seminar.
Once the probationary
Clerk of the Course has acted as an Assistant
Clerk of the Course for ten meetings they may
be upgraded to a National C grade
and must be nominated by an Organiser for a specific appointment at a future
Upgrades to National
B and National A is then based
on ability and experience and the criteria
for upgrading is outlined in the Road Race Standing Regulations of the
National Sporting Code.
For Off Road
Disciplines, the pathway to becoming a Clerk of the Course is probably not quite
so intense, but nevertheless any individual wishing to take on the role of
Clerk of the Course in any discipline must be aware of the
and some of the
difficult decisions they
have to make.
of these decisions will not be popular and as such the Clerk of the Course
may find that a rider or entrant has lodged a
protest, or the Clerk of the Course may be required to deal with a disciplinary
issue. These decisions will very quickly become of interest locally,
regionally or nationally, dependent on the
level of the event and as such
the Clerk of the Course needs to have strength of character to be
able to defend his/her actions in
a professional, articulate and calm manner.
The role is very rewarding, but equally can be very demanding and carries
a huge responsibility on the individual which he/she needs to be aware
of before undertaking the appointment.
If you are interested in becoming a Clerk of Course and want to know or ask anything further, please contact ACU Head Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01788 566400.