Six American Motorcyclist Association members, each of whom represents an AMA promoter or club, completed the inaugural AMA Master Referee training at the AMA headquarters on Feb. 10.
AMA educates AMA promoter and club representatives on proper event procedures
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Six American Motorcyclist Association members, each of whom represents an AMA promoter or club, completed the inaugural AMA Master Referee training at the AMA headquarters on Feb. 10.
Ed Hoeffken, Kevin Bailey, Jared Bolton, Charlie Kline, D.J. Johnson and Jeremy Holbert also received AMA EAGLES Training from Marie Wuelleh, AMA recreational road riding and volunteer manager. The AMA EAGLES Training is the AMA's volunteer certification program.
L-R: D.J. Johnson, Jared Bolton, Jeremy Holbert, Ed Hoeffken, Charlie Kline and Kevin Bailey.
The referee volunteers learned the details of their role as the principal officer of an AMA-sanctioned meet and how to carry out those duties.
"The AMA created the referee program to provide training to a wide range of referees in multiple disciplines," said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow. "The Master Referee Training is the first hands-on training that we have provided, and we are pleased to get the program off the ground. This training prepares our top level referees to not only enforce our rules in a fair and equitable manner, but also be more knowledgeable regarding the protest and appeal process."
AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant, Off-Road Racing Manager Chuck Weir, AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow and Assistant Motocross Manager Mike Pelletier led the training that included:
- Technical inspection (sound testing and engine measuring), taught by FIM Senior Technical Steward Curtis Smith
- Rule writing and application
- Referee responsibilities
- Protests and appeals
- Discussion of real-world scenarios
"I'm honored to have been a part of the first-ever AMA Master Referee Training seminar," said Jared Bolton, series administrator and AMA referee for the AMSOIL AMA Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis. "This course proves to be extremely valuable to race promoters and current referees who are looking to take the next step in their training. I'm excited to put what I've learned to use for this year's GNCC Racing season.
"Not only was the course very informative on racing related issues, but having the AMA EAGLES certification as part of the training was an excellent addition, as well, and could help anyone come away with a better understanding of motorcycle-related government issues," Bolton said.
Referee duties include:
- Determining if any changes in the course are necessary;
- Determining if all other appropriate officials are present and ensuring they are performing their duties properly;
- Directing the starter to black flag a rider for safety reasons;
- Providing for technical inspection of equipment used by the riders and barring any equipment that doesn't conform to standards;
- Receiving and deciding all protests subject to appeal;
- Deciding rider disqualifications, and disqualifying any rider who violates any rules of the meet;
- Making a full written report about the meet;
- Establishing a properly enclosed location for engine inspection and measurement, and having winning engines ready for measurement when the meet is completed; and
- Leading the riders' meeting.
Details about future AMA Master Referee training sessions will be announced at a later date.