Here are some of the common questions we get asked about being a Race Marshal. If you have a question that is not on this list or you require more information please use our Get Involved form
Are there any age restrictions?
Yes, there are. All track-side Race Marshals are required to be 16 years old and over. Any Race Marshals under the age of 18 are required to have a parental consent form signed by a parent or guardian for EACH meeting.
Do Race Marshals get paid?
No we are a volunteer organisation. However we do not pay entry fees to events, accommodation is provided for free and are closer to the action than anyone other than the competitors - and that is pretty AWESOME!
Depending on the event we may also get free guest passes, meals, and other freebies, but these are not guaranteed and are greatly appreciated when we do receive them.
Can I bring friends/family with me to a Race Meeting?
If your guest(s) also wish to learn to be a Race Marshal bring them to the Race Marshal meeting spot where appropriate paperwork can be completed. Remember all track-side Race Marshals are required to be aged 16 and over, and all Race Marshals under the age of 18 require parental consent before they are able to participate.
If your guest(s) wish to simply watch the racing, this is not a problem and there are generally plenty of places where this can be done. Just remember though that your guest(s) will not be able to be with you while you are performing Race Marshal duties. Also remember that depending on the meeting, your guest(s) may need to pay for a ticket as receiving free tickets is not guaranteed.
Will I be required to give First Aid in the event of an Incident?
No. Your role is to radio the incident to Race Control and wave the appropriate flags to inform riders there is an incident on/near the track, if required. Medical Officers are the only people who should provide first aid assistance to a competitor (or any other race official, spectator, etc).
Is Race Marshalling dangerous?
All forms of motor sport involve some danger however we are proud to have a perfect safety record. Through our affiliation with Motorcycling Australia and Motorcycling Victoria you are covered by a Group & Individual Personal Accident Policy and Primary General & Products Liability Policy. We recommend you read these policies to ensure they would provide adequate coverage for you should you be involved in an incident.
If you have concerns regarding specific risks you can email our OH&S officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I get to Flag Marshal at the WSBK and MotoGP events if I am a member of Race Marshals Victoria?
Not necessarily. Volunteers for the MotoGP and World Superbike events are organised and managed by the event promoter and you need to apply through the promoter's volunteering process. Being a member of Race Marshals Victoria though will ensure you are kept informed of when volunteer applications are open and how to apply.
The MotoGP and WSBK events are International events and Race Marshals Victoria does not provide free accommodation for these events.
Do I need a uniform to be a Race Marshal?
Initially NO. We have orange vests that will be provided to you. You should avoid clothing that is primarily coloured Green, Yellow or, especially, Red. Note you must wear enclosed footwear, something practical for standing all day.
What time should I get there?
Normally around 8am. Racing usually starts around 9am. 25 minutes before the racing starts the Chief Marshal gives a briefing on the “DOs & DON’Ts”, what your tasks and responsibilities will be during the day and assign you a mentor to teach you what being a marshal is all about.
Where do I go for Monthly Meetings?
General Club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month 7:30pm at the Notting Hill Hotel 260-262 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill VIC 3168
How much is club membership?
Club membership is currently $30. With an initial joining fee of $55 including the first years membership.
What do I get for my membership fee?
Other than a warm fuzzy feeling, you also receive a monthly newsletter, as well as other “extra” such as entitlement to the Reward & Recognition Scheme, training days, discounts to our annual dinner and other various entitlements.
I have a disability and/or a medical condition, can I still participate?
This is a tough one and really depends on the disability and medical condition.
While the club does not discriminate, if you are unable to quickly move to avoid being hit by a Motorcycle or debris, or you are unable to concentrate on a task for an extended period, please inform the Chief Marshal of the event. There are roles at Motorcycle Racing events that are out of harms way and we can point you in the right direction. Generally medical conditions such as diabetes are not a problem, but please consult your doctor if you are unsure.
If you would like to find out whether you are able to be involved or not, please contact us via Get Involved form
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