The Mentor Program
The Pacific Association Mentoring Program benefits the sport of track and field by providing the knowledge, skills, and professional contacts of veteran officials for newly certified officials. Mentoring also assists veteran officials who wish to upgrade their certifications. Mentoring improves the officials’ overall effectiveness, promotes individual growth, and adds to their professional development. Mentoring also improves the retention of our new and veteran officials.
Each new (Apprentice) official is provided the opportunity to work with a mentor. In most cases, a National or Master Level official will be assigned to them by the Pacific Association Mentor Chair. The new official may request an active qualified Pacific Association official with whom they are already familiar.
The Role of the Mentor
Mentors are active Pacific Association National and Master level officials. They are role models, who provide an example of what one may become in the Pacific Association. Mentors have considerable officiating skills, knowledge, experience and contacts within and outside the Pacific Association. They instruct, listen, guide, and coach while offering support and understanding. Mentors take a personal interest in assisting both new and veteran officials in becoming more qualified to advance and upgrade to higher levels of certification.
New officials may work alongside of their mentors at meets. The mentor will evaluate the new official’s work after each meet to give the Apprentice official feedback on their performance. (See example evaluation here.) The mentor will also work with the new official, to coordinate opportunities to work with other seasoned officials at a variety of venues on the track and on the field. This allows new officials to receive a broadly-based education in many venues before they advance to the Association level of certification. The mentor remains with the new official throughout their years at the Apprentice level. With active participation, this period will take approximately two years. Mentors may be counted on to make the new official’s time in track and field, a positive experience through communication and planning with the new official.