While taking the fitness test for recertification and during the Pro Clinics (now know as Referee Seminars) I’ve noticed that some referees will wear track spikes while running the 200m and 50m sprints. 

While I’m getting up in age I still feel that I can run with my much younger brothers and sisters with whistles. However if every second counts in determining the types of matches one will get for “pro assignments”, it might be in my best interest to follow in their footsteps and wear spikes as well.

What are USSF’s thoughts of this practice?

USSF answer (March 6, 2009):
At present there is no written policy. The Federation will review the matter and make a decision in the near future. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention.

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