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YOUTH ATHLETICS DIVISION
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
MANUAL
Youth Athletics Division
Training and Development Manual
Table of Contents
Manual
Table of Contents
......................................................................................................................... i
Acknowledgements
........................................................................................................................ v
Revision History
...................................................................................................................... vii
Tab A
Tab B
Overview Youth Program
Section 1
Mission Statement .................................................................................................... A-1
Section 2
Key Personnel .......................................................................................................... A-3
Section 3
Calendar of Events ................................................................................................... A-3
Section 4
Annual Checklist - Month by Month Calendar Timeline
for Association Youth Chairs and Regional Coordinators ................................... A-4
Job Description
Section 1
Introduction .............................................................................................................. B-1
Section 2
Association Youth Chair .......................................................................................... B-2
2.1
Requirements and Responsibilities ....................................................................... B-2
2.2
Duties ........................................................................................................................ B-2
2.3
Association Youth Committee ................................................................................ B-2
Section 3
Regional Coordinator ............................................................................................... B-3
3.1
Requirements and Responsibilities ....................................................................... B-3
3.2
Duties ........................................................................................................................ B-4
3.3
Processing Regional Advancement Information .................................................. B-5
3.4
Regional Communication ........................................................................................ B-6
3.5
Regional Rotation .................................................................................................... B-7
3.5.1
Example Regional Rotation ....................................................................... B-7
3.6
Regional Meet Fliers ................................................................................................ B-8
3.7
Regional Track & Field Meet Guidelines ................................................................ B-9
3.7.1
Sample 1 - Guidelines for hosting USATF Regional Track & Field
Championships ........................................................................................... B-9
3.7.2
Sample 2 - Guidelines for hosting USATF Regional Track & Field
Championships ......................................................................................... B-11
3.8
Regional Cross Country Program Guidelines ..................................................... B-16
3.9
Expense Information Sheet ................................................................................... B-18
3.9.1
Section 4
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Sample Regional Coordinator Expenses ................................................ B-20
Meet Management Team - Roles and Responsibilities ....................................... B-21
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Tab D
Tab E
Tab F
Tab G
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Youth Club Development
Section 1
Introduction ............................................................................................................... C-1
Section 2
Create a Packet for Starting a New Club ................................................................ C-1
2.1
Process for Starting a Club ..................................................................................... C-1
Section 3
Create a Packet for Renewing a Club Membership ............................................... C-3
Section 4
Athlete Program - Win With Integrity ...................................................................... C-3
Section 5
Background Check Program ................................................................................... C-4
Travel Grant Program
Section 1
Introduction ............................................................................................................... D-1
Section 2
Events ........................................................................................................................ D-1
Section 3
Background ............................................................................................................... D-1
Section 4
Grant Subsidies ........................................................................................................ D-1
Section 5
Application Process ................................................................................................. D-1
Forms
Section 1
Introduction ............................................................................................................... E-1
Section 2
List of Forms ............................................................................................................. E-1
2.1
Junior Olympics Track & Field ............................................................................... E-1
2.2
Junior Olympics Cross Country ............................................................................. E-1
2.3
Youth Athletics Track & Field ................................................................................. E-1
2.4
Meet Forms ............................................................................................................... E-1
2.5
Special Programs ..................................................................................................... E-2
2.6
Regional Coordinator Forms .................................................................................. E-2
Section 3
Instructions for Completing Forms ........................................................................ E-2
3.1
Directions for the Junior Olympic Event Entry & Advancement Form ............... E-2
3.2
Directions for the Relay Roster Form .................................................................... E-3
Workshop
Section 1
Introduction ............................................................................................................... F-1
Section 2
Workshop Subsidies ................................................................................................ F-1
Section 3
Workshop Schedule ................................................................................................. F-1
Section 4
Workshop Registration ............................................................................................ F-2
Section 5
Workshop Agenda .................................................................................................... F-2
Communication Skills
Section 1
Introduction ...............................................................................................................G-1
Section 2
Active Listening ........................................................................................................G-1
Section 3
“I” Messages .............................................................................................................G-1
Section 4
Paraphrasing .............................................................................................................G-2
Section 5
Open-Ended Questions ............................................................................................G-2
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Tab H
Youth Athletics Procedures
Youth Athletics Committee Operating Procedures ...........................................................................H-1
Section 1
Name ..........................................................................................................................H-1
Section 2
Purposes ...................................................................................................................H-1
Section 3
Authority ....................................................................................................................H-1
Section 4
Championships .........................................................................................................H-1
Section 5
Committee Make-Up .................................................................................................H-2
Section 6
Meetings ....................................................................................................................H-2
Section 7
Voting .........................................................................................................................H-2
Section 8
Officers and Their Duties .........................................................................................H-3
Section 9
Executive Committee ...............................................................................................H-4
Section 10
Regional Coordinators .............................................................................................H-4
Section 11
Zonal Representatives .............................................................................................H-5
Section 12
Subcommittees .........................................................................................................H-5
Section 13
Site Selection ............................................................................................................H-6
Section 14
Saving Clause ...........................................................................................................H-6
Section 15
Conflicts ...................................................................................................................H-6
Section 16
Amendments .............................................................................................................H-7
YA Procedure 100: Entry Information Procedures for the JO Program ........................................H-8
YA Procedure 101: Awards ...............................................................................................................H-9
YA Procedure 102: Youth Athletics Relay Procedures .................................................................H-10
YA Procedure 103: Junior Olympic Relay Procedures .................................................................H-11
YA Procedure 104: Hy-Tek Entry ....................................................................................................H-12
Tab I
Tab J
Tab K
Tab L
Grievance Guidelines
Section 1
Introduction ................................................................................................................ I-1
Section 2
Jurisdiction of Association over Grievances & Disciplinary Matters ................... I-1
Section 3
Adequacy of Complaint ............................................................................................. I-1
Section 4
Choosing an Impartial and Unbiased Hearing Panel ............................................. I-2
Section 5
The Hearing ................................................................................................................ I-2
Section 6
Appeals ....................................................................................................................... I-3
Best Practices & Sponsorship
Section 1
Best Practices ........................................................................................................... J-1
1.1
Tips for a Successful Meet ...................................................................................... J-1
Section 2
Sponsorship .............................................................................................................. J-1
2.1
People to Contact ..................................................................................................... J-1
Facilities
Section 1
Introduction ...............................................................................................................K-1
Section 2
Regional Facility Standards .....................................................................................K-1
Management Plan
Section 1
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Achieving Your Highest Priorities - Strategic Outline ........................................... L-1
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Tab M
Tab N
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Meet Management Guide
Section 1
Introductory Material ................................................................................................M-1
Section 2
Component Areas with Identification of Major Tasks ...........................................M-5
Section 3
Suggested Timeline of Tasks ..................................................................................M-8
Section 4
Elaboration of Tasks ..............................................................................................M-13
Section 5
Checklists - Marketing / Media Relations .............................................................M-24
Section 6
Checklists - Support Services ...............................................................................M-26
Section 7
Checklists - Facilities And Equipment .................................................................M-28
Section 8
Competition .............................................................................................................M-31
Section 9
Officials ...................................................................................................................M-34
Section 10
Computer Operations .............................................................................................M-38
Section 11
Exhibits ....................................................................................................................M-40
Contacts
Section 1
Introduction ............................................................................................................... N-1
Section 2
Contact List for USATF National Youth Executive Committee ............................ N-1
Section 3
Contact List for USATF Youth Programs Department ......................................... N-2
Section 4
Contact List for USATF Membership & Association Department ........................ N-2
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Acknowledgements
The 2011 Training and Development Sub-Committee has updated the training materials for the
Youth Administrator’s Workshop to be held November 30 - December 1 in St. Louis, Missouri
Questions about the manual may be addressed to any of the current committee members.
Dorothy Dawson
Toni Nichols
Linda Ellis
Linda Phelps
Inez Finch, Chair
Tricia Floyd, USATF Staff
Sam Germany
Marilyn Turner, USATF Staff
Henry McCallum
The Youth Athletics Division Training and Development Manual was created and produced by the Training
and Development Subcommittee of the USATF Youth Athletics Committee through the Youth Experience
Project.
The Training and Development Subcommittee expresses our thanks to the Masters Committee for allowing us to
use their manual as the foundation for the Meet Management Guide section. It was adapted from the USA Track
& Field Masters Meet Manual which was created by Dr. Becky Sisley for USA Track & Field’s Masters Program.
The Youth Experience Project is a program sponsored by USA Track & Field, the USATF Foundation and
CheckFree Corporation. The work began in 2006 with the Youth Experience Task Force comprised of members
of the National Youth Committee, USATF National Office Youth Programs Staff and CheckFree Corporation. In
2007 at the annual meeting, the youth committee voted to form the Training and Development Subcommittee
which was composed of the original members of the Task Force.
The Subcommittee gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Brian Fields from the CheckFree Corporation,
who spent two years working with the members of the USATF Youth Committee spearheading this project.
Additionally, we extend special thanks to Pete Kight, CheckFree Corporation, for providing the services of Brian
for this project.
The Subcommittee would like to recognize the contributions of Liz Turner Susha, USATF Staff, and Nancy
Seifert, Youth Committee, for their work as members of the Youth Experience Task Force.
Original Publication by the 2008 Training and Development Subcommittee Members:
Dorothy Dawson
Susan Johnson
Inez Finch
Henry McCallum
Sam Germany
Linda Phelps
McKenze Murphy, USATF Staff
This manual is designed to give basic information, suggestions, and recommendations for Youth Chairs,
Regional Coordinators, Meet Directors, Coaches and Parents for USATF Youth Programs. It is printed under the
auspices of USA Track & Field, Inc.
© 2008, 2011 USA Track & Field, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Revision
3
Date
Description
November 2011
The entire manual was updated to add Sub Bantams as a competition
group.
Updates were made in the following Chapters:
•
•
•
Chapter A - Overview
•
Updated youth championship information.
•
Restructured the calendar of events.
Chapter B - Job Description
•
Miscellaneous minor changes.
•
Updated Table 3, Sample Declaration Instructions for the
Regional Meet
Chapter D - Travel Grant Program
•
•
Chapter E - Forms
•
Chapter F - Workshop
•
•
•
Miscellaneous minor changes.
Revised section to show the scheduling change of the
workshop which is now held in conjunction with the Annual
Meeting.
Chapter H - Youth Athletics Procedures
•
Replaced YA Procedure 100: Entry Information Procedures
for the Junior Olympic Program updated for online
registration.
•
Updated YA Procedure 101: Awards with revised submittal
deadline.
•
Update YA Procedure 103: Junior Olympic Relay Procedures
updated for online registration
•
Chapter N - Technology
•
Chapter O - Contacts
•
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Complete revision to reflect the online registration process.
Updated contact information.
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Description
March 2010
The entire manual was updated to reflect the organizational change and the
naming of this manual to the “Youth Athletics Division”.
Updates were made in the following Chapters:
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Chapter A - Overview
•
•
•
•
Chapter B - Job Description
•
Updated contact information.
•
Miscellaneous text corrections.
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*Updated youth championship information.
Chapter E - Forms
•
Entry forms shown are samples of past forms
•
Updated youth championship information.
Chapter F - Workshop
•
•
•
Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter N - Technology
•
Updated contact information.
•
Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter O - Contacts*
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New Section with details regarding registration, schedule,
agendas, and subsidies.
Chapter M - Meet Management Guide
•
•
Updated youth championship information.
Updated contact information.
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Date
Description
March 2009
•
Updated all sections to replace Youth Committee and USATF staff
names with titles and added a new chapter titled References with the
Contacts List.
Updated the following Chapters:
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•
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Chapter A - Overview
•
Updated IAAF qualifying meet information.
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Updated youth championship information.
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Changed staff names to staff titles.
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Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter B - Job Description
•
Changed staff names to staff titles.
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Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter C - Youth Clubs
•
Changed staff names to staff titles.
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Miscellaneous text corrections.
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Chapter D - Travel Grant Program
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Chapter E - Forms
•
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Updated to the 2009 forms.
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Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter J - Sponsorship
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March 2008
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Chapter O - Contacts
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Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter N - Technology
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Miscellaneous text corrections.
Chapter M - Meet Management Guide
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Updated youth championship information.
New Section with list of contracts referenced in the manual.
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Overview Youth Program
Section 1
Mission Statement
USA TRACK & FIELD GRASS ROOTS PROGRAMS
MISSION STATEMENT
USA TRACK & FIELD DRIVES COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE
AND POPULAR ENGAGEMENT IN OUT SPORT.
The backbone of USATF’s pursuit of excellence is its developmental programs -- grass roots outreach efforts to
shape the next generation of champions and maintain our status as the World’s #1 Track & Field Team. These
grass roots efforts include:
USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships: Participation in this event requires qualification
through four USATF Zone Championships (West, Midwest, South and Northeast). Top six (6) participants in each
event at the Zone Championships will qualify for the National Competition.
USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships: A national championship with entry based upon
qualifying standards. A qualifier for international competitions (e.g. World Junior Championships, Junior Pan
American Championships) which annually attracts 1,000 athletes ages 14 through 19. The USA Cross Country
Championships also has a Junior division competition.
USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships: A national championship series consisting of
preliminary meets, Association Championships, Regional Championships and a National Championship.
Athletes advance on the basis of performance. National Championships attract more than 9,000 entries and
6,000 competitors. Junior Olympic Track & Field is the most visible developmental program in the world.
USATF Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships: A national championship with entry based upon
achievement of performance standards per event. The USA Youth Outdoor T & F Championships is cluboriented, with team championships awarded in every age division. The event annually attracts more than 2,500
participants and is well attended by many of USATF’s more than 1,900 member-clubs.
USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships: Entry and advancement follows the model
of the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships with a progressional series of competitions leading to a
National Championships. Individual and team trophies are awarded at National Championships which annually
attracts more than 2,500 athletes.
IAAF World Youth Championships: Since 1999, the IAAF World Youth Athletics Championship has been
contested for athletes age 15-17.The IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships take place Bi-Annually in odd
years. Previous qualifying standards included participation (in even years) at the National Junior Olympic T & F
Championships, USA Youth Outdoor T & F Championships and USA Junior Outdoor T & F Championships serve
as the primary selection meets for the IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships. In 2009 the inaugural World
Youth Trials served as the qualifying event for selection to the team.
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Youth Olympic Games: The inaugural youth Olympic competition was held in 2010.Athletes ages 16 and 17
were nominated for selection to the Americas Youth Olympic Team based on performance at the U.S. Area
Youth Olympic Selection Trials - Track & Field held in the spring. The Youth Olympic Games was identified as an
event where youth athletes would have the opportunity to balance sport, education and culture. These Games
work as a catalyst in these fields throughout the Olympic Movement.
To learn more about USA Track & field and to view up-to-date information link to:
www.USATF.org
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Section 2
Key Personnel
Throughout the manual, key personnel are listed by their titles. Current information for these personnel are given
in the contact list found under the “Contacts” Tab of this manual. Additionally, the Youth Guide published by
USATF each year provides contact information.
Section 3
Calendar of Events
This detailed calendar for each year has been removed. A general calendar has been included.
Please refer to the USATF web page for the latest calendar with locations and specific dates of the youth
calendar
General Championship Calendar:
Junior Outdoor
Youth Outdoor
Junior Olympic T&F
Junior Olympic CC
3rd week
June
6 days
June - July
7 days
July - August
Second Saturday
December
Meet
Selection
qualifying bid
qualifying bid
qualifying bid
rotation
qualifying bid
rotation
Meet
Location
as bid
as bid
East - Central - West
rotation
East - Central - West
rotation
Entry
Deadline
Check USATF website
for entry/deadline info
Typical Days
and Month
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for entry/deadline info
Online registration
deadline following
regional qualifier
Online registration
deadline following either
association or regional
qualifier
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Section 4
Annual Checklist - Month by Month Calendar Timeline
for Association Youth Chairs and Regional Coordinators
Please complete the following tasks or preparations in each month. Check off each box as you fulfill the job.
JANUARY

Renew individual (http://www.usatf.org/membership) and
club (http://www.usatf.org/clubs/) memberships.


Submit updated committee information to the Associations and Organizational Services Manager.
Submit the following information to the Grass Roots and Youth Programs Assistant for inclusion in the
Youth Guide.
 Association Youth Chair contact information (name, address, phone, fax, email).
 Regional Coordinator contact information (name, address, phone, fax, email).
 Junior Olympic Association meet information (Association, date, track location, city, website,
meet director's contact information - name, phone, email).
 Regional Championships meet information (Region, date, track location, city, website, meet
director's contact information - name, phone, email).

Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming developmental meets to the Organizational Services
Representative-Sanctions.


Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Plan for Junior Olympic Indoor Zone Championships.
FEBRUARY




Attend Junior Olympic Indoor Zone Championships (if held in February).
Apply for Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant (http://www.usatf.org/clubs/).
Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.
MARCH






Attend National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships (if held in March).
Apply for Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant (http://www.usatf.org/clubs/).
Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Request medals and bibs for Junior Olympic Championships meets.
Ensure that you have renewed club memberships (http://www.usatf.org/clubs/).
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.
APRIL




Submit Mark Springer Travel Grant paperwork by early April deadline.
Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Request medals and bibs for Junior Olympic Championships meets.
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets, such as preliminary junior olympic meets, to the
Organizational Services Representative-Sanctions.
MAY



A-4
Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Request medals and bibs for Junior Olympic Championships meets.
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.
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JUNE


Attend Junior Olympic Association Championships.


Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.
Attend Youth Outdoor T&F Championships.
JULY


Attend Junior Olympic Regional Championships.


Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.
Attend National Junior Olympic T&F Championships.
AUGUST


Attend Association Workshop.

Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.

Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
For Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant recipients, submit receipts and paperwork to the National
Office.
SEPTEMBER

Determine Junior Olympic Cross Country Association Championships meet date and site.
 Add meet to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).

Determine Junior Olympic Cross Country Regional Championships meet date and site.
 Add meet to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).

Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.



Request medals and bibs for Junior Olympic Championships meets.
Register for Annual Meeting.
Secure travel and housing accommodations for Annual Meeting.
OCTOBER



Request medals and bibs for Junior Olympic Championships meets.

Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
For Annual Meeting Session Leaders, request audio-visual and/or catering needs for Annual Meeting.
Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.
NOVEMBER

Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.


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

Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
Attend Junior Olympic Association Cross Country Championships.
Attend Junior Olympic Regional Cross Country Championships.
Attend Annual Youth Administrators Training and Development Workshop.
Attend Annual Meeting.
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DECEMBER
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Attend USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
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Submit sanction paperwork for any upcoming meets to the Organizational Services RepresentativeSanctions.

Add any upcoming meets to the USATF online calendar (http://www.usatf.org/calendars/search/).
For Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant recipients, submit receipts and paperwork to the National
Office.
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Job Description
Section 1
Introduction
Throughout this manual there a numerous individuals who play key roles in the USATF Youth Programs. This
section provides a list of the individuals and the subsequent sections in this chapter provide the job descriptions.
This is a guide for all Youth Chairs and Regional Coordinators with the hopes to answer any questions or
address any situations you may come across. This is only a guide and we understand that all situations that
occur may differ for a given association and region.
This guide should help you understand the position you hold as well as give you a better understanding of
Logistics, Staff, Executive Committee, and the Chain of Command.
Section 2 provides information on the Youth Chair at the Association level.
Section 3 provides information on the Regional Coordinator position appointed by the National Youth Chair.
Section 4 provides information on Meet/Event positions. These positions include:
1.
Games Committee
2.
Event Coordinator
3.
Administrative Director
4.
Operations Director
5.
Official Coordinator
6.
Site Coordinator
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Association Youth Chair
The Youth Chair is an elected position among most USATF Associations and responsibilities and duties may
vary.
At the annual meeting of USATF, this individual or their designee is a voting member of the USATF National
Youth Committee.
2.1
Requirements and Responsibilities
Each youth chair must possess knowledge, integrity, and a sense of fair play. A youth chair’s primary functions
are those of service and information.
From time to time, a youth chair may be called upon to act on questions or even handle disputes, should they
arise. Disputes that are not resolved by the Youth Chair may be passed on to the Regional Coordinator, and then
to the Zonal Representative. If the dispute is still not resolved, the Zonal Representative will present the matter to
the Youth Athletics Executive Committee for final resolution.
2.2
Duties
Duties of Youth Chairs may include (but are not limited to) the following (consult your local Association for
specific responsibilities):
1
Facilitate communications within the Association to the benefit of all member clubs and athletes.
2
Manage situations that might be unique to the specific Association so long as they are in harmony with the
national guidelines, rules and procedures.
3
Follow the USATF Competition Rule Book. No other interpretations are allowed.
4
Work with other youth chairs within the region to establish the event rotation policies for the region.
5
Take responsibility for establishing the Association Junior Olympic meet sites and meet directors, while
adhering to the specific meet dates as reported each year by the Youth Calendar Committee. This also
requires that all necessary documentation, including a USATF Sanction Application and the USATF Award
Request Form, has been completed.
6
Establish a schedule of events for the track. Review field events schedule, which depends on facility set-up.
7
Verify that all entry forms and information flyers pertaining to the various competitions fully describe all
necessary information, especially qualification criteria for all subsequent competitions.
8
Be prepared to serve on Jury of Appeals for your Regional meet.
9
Process and forward entry forms, fees and results from the Association meet to the Regional meet in a
timely fashion.
10
Attend the Regional meet to support the Association’s athletes and perform any duties assigned by the
Regional Coordinator or meet director.
11
Perform any and all duties that may be assigned by the National Youth Chair as needed.
2.3
Association Youth Committee
UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Suggested Topics:
Organization: Committee structure, meetings (Roberts Rules of Order), Youth Operating Procedures, etc.
Calendar: Developmental meets, Junior Olympic Meets, etc.
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Section 3
Regional Coordinator
The Regional Coordinator is a member of the National Youth Committee. This individual is appointed by the
National Youth Chair.
The National Youth Chair shall appoint a Regional Coordinator from each USATF Region to serve at the pleasure
of the chair. This is a four year term to run concurrently with the term of the chair. A regional coordinator may be
replaced by the chair of the committee or by a 2/3vote of the Executive Committee. The Regional Coordinators
will elect a representative to act as an advisor to the Executive Committee. This election will occur in the year of
the Executive Committee election.
3.1
Requirements and Responsibilities
The Regional Coordinators are volunteers who are dedicated to our youth programs. Each coordinator must
possess knowledge, integrity, and a sense of fair play, rather than being in a position of authority. The Regional
Coordinator's prime functions are those of service and information.
From time to time, a Regional Coordinator may be called upon to act on questions or even handle disputes,
should they arise. This does not mean to infer a position of absolute final authority but to take the proper steps
according to our by-laws, policies and procedures. Disputes may not always be resolved by the Regional
Coordinator but may have to take the proper steps up the chain of command to the Zonal Representative. If the
dispute is still not resolved, the Zonal Representative will present the matter to the Youth Athletics Executive
Committee, for final resolution.
The Regional Coordinator should provide the following information to all associations and to the protest referee
at each regional meet and association meet. In addition, a standard protest form should be used at each meet.
(See Form 7, Region ## Junior Olympic Protest Form)
During the Regional/Association meet you will encounter all kinds of problems including protest issues.
Always remember your protest chain of command and follow them without prejudice.
For complaints, protest or grievances here's your chain of command:
Youth Chair USATF:
(Name)
Zone Rep:
(Name of Your Zonal Representative)
Regional Coord:
(Name of Your Region Coordinator), Region #
Association Youth Chairs:
(Association 1:
Chair 1)
(Association 2:
Chair 2)
(Association 3:
Chair 3)
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Duties
Duties of Regional Coordinators include (but are not limited to) the following:
1
Facilitate communications with member Associations to the benefit of all member clubs and athletes.
2
Manage situations that might be unique to the specific Region and affiliated Associations so long as they
are in harmony with the National guidelines, rules and procedures.
3
Follow the USATF Rule Book. Requests for athlete waivers into the National competition must be presented
to the Youth Executive Committee based on extraordinary circumstances for approval. Regional
Coordinators cannot waive athletes into the National Championships.
4
Take responsibility for establishing the Regional Junior Olympic meet sites and meet directors in
cooperation with the Association Youth Chairs of the Region. Assure that the Regional meet will be
conducted on or prior to the date established by the Youth Calendar Committee.
5
The Regional Coordinator shall establish and publish rotation policies for the Region in cooperation with the
Association Youth Chairs of the Region. A change to rotation policies or site locations can only take place
under extraordinary circumstances or conditions. The Association hosting the Regional Junior Olympic
meet must provide the Regional Coordinator with a maximum four nights housing and four days per diem at
$40.001 for track & field, and two nights housing and two days per diem at $40.00 for cross country.
6
Establish a Regional schedule of events for the track in cooperation with the Associations Youth Chairs of
the Region. Review field events schedules which depends on facility set-up.
7
Verify that all entry forms and information flyers pertaining to the various competitions fully describe all
necessary information, especially qualification criteria for all future subsequent competitions.
8
Serve as the Referee for the Regional Junior Olympic competition, if qualified, or appoint the Regional
Junior Olympic Meet Referee(s) (requires certification as National or Master level official). (Rule 240-3-c).
Establish the Youth Chairs or their designees as the Jury of Appeals.
9
Attend the Regional meet to collect, process and forward entry forms, fees and results from the Regional
meet to the National meet in a timely fashion.
10
Attend the National Junior Olympic track and field meet to support the regional athletes and perform any
duties assigned by the National Youth Chair.
11
Perform any and all duties that may be assigned by the National Youth Chair as needed.
1. Per diem is based on the USATF Travel and Business expense policy. This value may change depending on
USATF practices.
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Processing Regional Advancement Information
The regional coordinator is for forwarding a backup file of complete meet results to Henry McCallum
[email protected] no later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the meet.
There are many similarities, however please note the following “Things to Remember”:
X-Country
•
Association Top {#} athletes in each division + {#} Teams advance to Regional's
{numbers advance based on regional agreement}
•
Regional advancement to National Meet
•
Top 20 per division + 3 Teams
•
Teams minimum of (5) maximum of (8)
Note:
If you do not have a regional meet you can send 10 athletes per division and 1st Team from each
Association meet.
Track & Field
•
Association Top {#} athletes in each division in each event advance to the Regional JO Meet
{advancement numbers vary based on regional agreement}
•
Regional Advancement to National Meet
•
Top 5 per division in each event (see advancement procedures for combined events)
Cross Country Registration Process
You will receive specific instructions from the USATF Executive committee with the Regional Coordinator's
Hy-Tek and Advancement information. Please do not vary from these instructions. The instructions will come to
you in advance for you to submit them to your associations computer personnel to set up their computers during
their association meet so that all information is compatible with the Regional meet. (SEE HY-TEK SECTION OF
MANUAL)
Remember that the instructions will differ for Track & Field and Cross Country so it is important that you are
aware of the requirements for the instructions for each type of meet.
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Regional Communication
One of the key responsibilities of the regional coordinator is communication. Proper and timely communication
includes distributing information from the National Youth Division to each associations youth chair and other key
individuals within the region; distributing information between the associations within the region; and distributing
information from the region to the national youth organization.
It is recommended that the regional coordinator introduce himself or herself, when initially assigned as a regional
coordinator and when changes are made in positions within the associations in the region. A sample introduction
letter is included as Table 1, Sample Letter of Introduction.
For each regional meet, the regional coordinator should coordinate the flow of meet information. Starting as early
as possible, the regional coordinator should share information on each regional championship between the
associations and with both the National Youth Division and National Office.
For each regional meet, the following information has been provided by the South Carolina Association as an
example of the process used to coordinate the meet management activities of the meet.
Sample Meet Management Guide
It is important that we double check our responsibilities and in doing so it is wise to create check list, and things
to remember list. These lists can be distributed to volunteers at the gate, packet pickup, awards, and
declarations, so that all volunteers will have clear directions and be on the same page.
Remember: preparation is the key!
1.
Make sure that you make binders for entry information, results, declarations, and awards. Include tabs
and indexes, so that everything will be at your fingertips.
2.
If you use file folders for entry information, make folders with labels so that any volunteers can easily
follow your directions.
3.
Organize a filing system for packet pick-up.
4.
Make sure your have all necessary supplies (pens, pencil, paper clips, staples, etc.) and verification
stamp.
You can have these items prepared at 3 months prior to the meet.
To further facilitate the activities at the meet, the following set of instructions were developed by Valerie Beesley,
South Carolina Youth Chair. These sample instructions are provided in the following tables:
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Table 2, Sample Declaration Instructions for Association Meet, provides the instructions each association needs to use in order to process the advancement paperwork for athletes who qualify and declare
to compete in the regional meet.
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Table 3, Sample Declaration Instructions for Regional Meet, provides the instructions used at the
regional advancement table.
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Table 4, Sample Instructions for Gate Personnel.
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Table 5, Sample Instructions for Packet Pick-Up Personnel.
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Table 6, Sample Instructions for Awards Personnel.
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Table 7, Sample Instruction Sheet for the Unattached Athlete.
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Regional Rotation
All Regions should have a Rotation order of each Association hosting the Region meet. It is the responsibility of
the Regional Coordinator to maintain the list and know who will host the upcoming Regional meet. It is also your
responsibility to know all of the Youth Chairs within your Region and their most current contact information.
3.5.1
Example Regional Rotation
The following rotation is from Region 3. To facilitate the paper work at the regional level, each association uses
an assigned color for printing their entry forms.
Rotation Order & Color Code of Entry Forms
South Carolina-Blue
Potomac Valley- Pink
North Carolina- Green
Georgia- Peach
Virginia-Yellow
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Track & Field
Cross Country
2010
North Carolina
Potomac Valley
2011
Georgia
Potomac Valley
2012
Virginia
North Carolina
2013
South Carolina
Virginia
2014
Potomac Valley
South Carolina
2015
North Carolina
Potomac Valley
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Regional Meet Fliers
It is the Regional Coordinators responsibility to prepare the Regional meet flyer and approve all aspects of the
meet according to your Regional Coordinator duties. It is also your responsibility to include and review with the
youth chair the meet schedule before any and all finished versions go out to teams, individuals and are posted
on any web sites. (SEE FORMS SECTION OF MANUAL)
An Example of a meet information flyer will be emailed in a template to all youth chairs or you can email the
Youth Programs Coordinator for assistance. This template can be easily used by replacing the items in Red with
your own information.
The Regional Coordinator will receive an email from the USATF National Office advising that the Junior Olympic
forms are available for the current year and provide them the location for download. It is the Regional
Coordinator’s responsibility to forward that information to the Region’s Youth Chairs so that they have the most
recent forms for their association meet.
The recent forms should include the following;
•
Meet Information Template
•
Junior Olympic Logos and Guidelines
•
Junior Outdoors/ World Youth Team Waiver Form
•
Rule 300 Waiver
•
USATF National Junior Olympic Special Advancement Form
•
Junior Olympic Participant Waiver
•
Online Entry Set Up Instructions
It is important to communicate with all the youth chairs in your region and make sure that everyone is in
accordance with their responsibilities for the Regional meet. This informational letter or email can be used to
better communicate your needs and expectations of the Youth Chair(s). You may be sent some very specific
instructions from the USATF Executive committee which would need to be forwarded to appropriate meet
management personnel.
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Regional Track & Field Meet Guidelines
The following are two general guidelines that can be used to host your Regional Track & Field Championship
meet. All associations and regions are different and vary in size based on the number of athlete's competing;
however, this guideline should help guide you move in the right direction.
3.7.1
Sample 1 - Guidelines for hosting USATF Regional Track & Field Championships
The following guide is from Region 8, Frosty and DeEtte Anderson, Regional Coordinators
A good Region meet doesn't just happen. You must plan and communicate with all Youth Chairs within your
Region.
Entries to the Region 8 championships typically range from 1,250 to 1,450 athletes. It can be a very intense
undertaking for the meet hosts, and we will attempt to address the myriad of issues facing those in charge. We
use the schedule attached. Although the various association championships in Region 8 don’t all take place on
the same dates, we have agreed that electronic entries are due the Monday of the week before the regional
meet, and the paper entries are due 2 days later on Wednesday of the week before the meet. This gives
association meet directors time to obtain needed documentation on entry forms. It is required that associations
use the Hy-Tek Meet Manager program at their association meets. Also, at the Association level the person
making the advancer file must have access to the paper entries in order to create the file.
We have agreed within Region 8 that entry fees will be set at $1 below the maximum allowed by USATF.
Associations will be assessed a $1 penalty if the Meet Manager advancer file contains more than just the athletes
that have signed up to compete in the regional meet.
We have also agreed to a maximum gate fee of $3 for adults, and $2 for kids 6-16 yrs old. Gate fees may be
charged for all sessions, including combined-events.
There are minimum standards that must be met to be approved to host the regional meet. They include:
•
The track must be a 400 meter track (an inside curb is required if a national record is to be
submitted)
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The track is to be a minimum of 8 lanes
•
2 venues each for long jump/triple jump and high jump, and 2 are preferred for shot and disc
(physically separate facilities for boys and girls in the throws is not acceptable)
•
1 venue each for pole vault and “big” javelin—mini-jav should be contested on the track infield
•
(a steel tape must be available for use in verifying height/distance of national record submission)
•
Steeplechase (could be at a separate facility)
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Press box or other area for computer processing
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Fully Automatic Timing (also hand held backup timing)
•
Hy-Tek Meet Manager program and operator(s)
•
Area to post results
•
Starting blocks (1 more than the number of lanes)
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Hurdles (10 ½ flights)
•
2 wind gauges (necessary for national record submission)
•
Measuring tapes including a couple 300 ft. tapes for disc and jav
•
8 flags for umpires
•
Standards and bars for high jump and pole vault (including extenders for youth heights)
•
“Track-master” or other measuring device for implements
•
Numerous fluid containers for athletes and officials
•
Communication equipment (walkie-talkies)
•
Implements for field events (optional)
•
Batons (optional)
•
Race walk judges (minimum of 3)
•
Adequate stands, concessions, and restrooms
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P.A. system
•
Medical support
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Provide USATF medals through 6th place (national office provides 1-3)
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Awards area and presentation ceremony
(determine how to get awards to athletes that leave before ceremony)
•
Sheltered area for packet pickup and national advancers sign-up
•
Some sort or uniformed security presence, whether campus police or local law enforcement
The regional meet is to be run under USATF rules. It is the job of the regional coordinator to appoint the Meet
Referee(s) and establish the Youth Chairs or their designees as the Jury of Appeals (these individuals can also
serve as resource personnel to answer questions or review rules for athletes and parents from their local
association. It is a good idea to list them in the program or give them meet credentials designating their position).
The regional coordinator is responsible for forwarding the hy-tek back up file of complete results to the
appropriate contact for entry in o the National Championships. Meet administration is required to provide the
regional coordinator with a motel room for up to 4 days, and $40.00/day per diem.
It takes a while to “put the meet together,” so start preparations at least 6 months out—if not 1 year. Having the
right people in the right positions is an important part of a successful undertaking. It is preferable to have both a
track referee, and a field referee to handle questions or complaints. Try to use USATF certified officials in “high
profile” positions. Start with an official in charge of each venue. In field events, you can easily “get away with” 1
official to run off the event, and 4 or 5 volunteers to round out the crew. It is advisable to have the same crew take
one event and see it all the way through the meet. On the track, you should have at least 2 clerks at the start,
and a clerk of the finish, responsible for making sure contestants are lined up correctly at the beginning, and
accounted for upon completion of the event.
The use of the Hy-Tek Meet Manager software in conjunction with a Finish Lynx timing system adds a new
dimension to our efforts. Finish Lynx does a fantastic job of determining the order of finish as long as all
contestants are accounted for to begin with, and additionally for races run in lanes, that all runners
compete in their assigned lanes. Because of this, it is necessary to require an early check-in so we can
determine who will actually be competing in each race. We have found that a 45 minute check in deadline is “just
barely enough” time for the Hy-Tek operator to process the scratches, reheat the race, generate the heat sheets,
and turn them over to both the clerks and the Finish Lynx folks. You need a strong individual in charge of your
clerking area. You also need good communication between the clerking area and your P.A. announcer. It is very
important that the announcer keep the crowd up to date on where you are on check in for events (it is also helpful
to have a bullhorn or smaller P.A. system in the clerking area). For example, the bantam 100 meter prelims are
scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday. That means the deadline for check in is at 10:45 a.m. You will need to have
plenty of help in the clerking area to sort through the chaos of where you want the different age groups to check
in. Remember that when using a FAT system, you will need to order hip numbers to be used on all running event
athletes for identification. If you have 2 cameras on the finish line, you need numbers on both hips. I’ll caution
you to calculate this yourself, but for a “rough estimate” on hip numbers, you will need about 215 sets of 1-8’s, 16
sets of 9-12’s, and 10 sets of 9-18’s. Remember, “sets” means 2 of each number, one for each side.
Your Hy-Tek operator provides one of the crucial functions of the meet. It is extremely important to use
someone that is familiar with the program, preferably a person that has used the program before. Make sure that
you have a computer with enough speed and memory. You will want to have a high-speed printer also. Meet
entries are to be posted on the host Association website the week before the meet, with a procedure established
to accept changes or corrections. The predominance of the changes are spelling, but there are incidences where
athletes may show up in the wrong events or age group. Be careful about accepting event changes carte
blanche. Work with the respective Association meet directors for verification. It is also important for the Hy-Tek
operator to have the meet set up correctly in terms of seeding. USATF seeding rules apply, and the meet director
should review how the meet is set up ahead of time. In particular, make sure that the races that have prelims on
Saturday are seeded as “semis”—that will put the fastest 4 in the middle 4 lanes, and the others on the outside
lanes. At the conclusion of the meet, a full backup of the Hy-Tek file must be e-mailed to the regional coordinator.
Also, the results should be posted on the local association website, and/or e-mailed to the national office for
posting on that website.
Your announcer is another key member of the team putting on the meet. Use the P.A. to communicate important
updates—keep the customer informed! In fact, if the physical setup permits, using 2 announcers is a good idea.
One can handle event reporting—race being contested, participants, records, that kind of thing. Meanwhile the
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2nd announcer keeps up to date on “admin details,” like what event is being handled at check in, results from both
field and track events, award ceremony announcements, etc. Before any relays are announced, it is helpful to
remind everyone of our uniform rule. Additional announcements should be made repeatedly regarding sign-up
for nationals, merchandise sales, and concessions.
It is prudent to pay special attention to any DQ’s that occur. Take time before you start the meet to review the
rules with the marshals—especially the relay zone officials. Marshals should be furnished with pencil and note
cards to document any disqualifications. Make sure they know ahead of time that they are expected to write
down the infraction, taking special care to identify the athlete by bib number or uniform color, or whatever means
they have to pin down exactly who they are talking about (heat sheets can be a big aid in this). The DQ card is
then to be given to the referee for further action. It is the referee that decides if the information provided warrants
the disqualification. If a DQ does occur, you need to inform the coach, parent, or athlete right away. The
announcer can have them report to the referee to break the bad news.
It is advisable to have one person in charge of all your meet workers. In a meet of this size, you really cannot
have too many volunteers. However, there is a cost associated with your helpers. Typically, you provide shirts to
the workers. You will also want to make sure that they get adequate food and beverages. With the meet spanning
several days, you will probably not get everybody to come and help every day. One way to approach it is to get
crews to take certain jobs. One crew for finish line, one for check-in, sets of marshals, awards, etc. Go through
and look at every separate function that will take place during the meet, and figure the number of workers you
need (each day) to handle the job. Having enough help at the meet is definitely your biggest challenge.
Here are some other random thoughts pertaining to the meet:
•
We sold about 500 shirts at the 2004 Nebraska regional meet
•
Sell results packets. Determine the price and have people write name and address on manila envelope
•
Have rulebooks for sale. Many don’t even realize that we operate under a set of published rules!
•
Use secure radios—everybody seems to have the multiple channel “home brands”
•
Use the regional passport to address problem issues such as:
•
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$5 incomplete entry charge for entry forms without USATF # or proof of birth stamp
•
3rd place in combined-events needs to meet a certain standard to advance
•
Implements—you should be prepared to provide them, but you can allow athletes to bring their
own into the competition, as long as it becomes shared like all other implements
•
Protest fee and where to file a protest
Provide information on where entries will be posted on web so they can double check their entries
Sample 2 - Guidelines for hosting USATF Regional Track & Field Championships
The following guides are from Region 3 Coordinator
The following outline (sample from Region 3) contains the suggested requirements for the regional cross country
meet. (Please note: the sub-bantam group is not required.)
For information on specification for the track and field venue see Section 2, Regional Facility Standards, on
page K-1 in Chapter K, "Facilities".
OFFICIALS
A
Referee
B
Wind Gauge Operator
C
Chief Timer and Judge
D
Implement Inspector
E
Chief Clerk
F
Chief Race Walk Judge
G
Two Starters
H
Two Clerks
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One Lap Scorer
J
Three each event (shot, discus, hammer, long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault and javelin)
K
One announcer
L
Trainer/ Medical
M
Two Marshals
N
Chief Field Judge
OFFICE SUPPLIES
A
Binders (11)
B
Safety Pins
C
Box of paper
D
Tape
E
Staples, stapler, Staple Remover
F
Bib Numbers (order from national office)
G
Hip Numbers (500 sets of 1 – 9, 50 sets of 10 – 18)
H
Receipt Books (at least 5)
I
Envelopes (Legal size)
J
Cash Box (2)
K
Pens, pencils and hi liters)
L
Clip Boards
M
Pencil Sharpener
N
Thumb tacks
O
Paper clips
P
Rubber bands.
VOLUNTEERS
A
Packet assembly
B
Packet Pick-up
C
Declaration
D
Awards
E
Posting Results
F
Hurdle Crew (Check Asheville Lighting, North Carolina)
G
Clerking
H
Water Stations
I
Hospitality (Official/Volunteers)
J
Field Events
K
Set-up (Prior to Meet)
L
Break-down (After Meet)
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A
All written publication regarding Association and Regional Championship competition must be submitted to
the Regional Coordinator for approval prior to disbursement.
B
At the association level Registration forms must have the following completed information:
1.
Athletes full legal name
2.
Complete address
3.
USATF Membership number
4.
Parents/guardians signature
5.
Proof of age validation stamp
C
Make sure field event areas are clearly and correctly marked per youth handbook.
D
Measure and mark the track for placement of 80(midget) and 100 (youth girls) meter hurdles prior to
beginning of the meet.
E
Mark any special board for small age groups on long jump board.
F
All officials should be current USATF certified.
G
Know the rules of the game and follow them. All supplementary rules should be printed in the meet flyer,
(example tent rule)
H
Announce all changes and disqualifications as soon as they are official.
I
Mark and monitor all implements to be used in the games.
J
The referee should not have any other function in the meet.
K
Notify and correct, or disqualify teams or persons with improper paperwork immediately. Never let a
participant proceed when paperwork is not correct. The association youth chair must authorize exceptions in
writing.
L
Umpires must be on the track at all times, both straight and curved races.
M
Do not allow anyone to coach, teach rules or give advice inside the field of competition.
N
Allow participants adequate time to warm-up after sitting around in the clerking tent, or have an area in the
restricted clerking area for participants to continue warming up.
O
No one is allowed to perform timing (FinishLynx) duties at our regional meet if they have a team or athletes
competing in the meet.
ENTRY PROCEDURES FROM ASSOCIATION TO REGIONAL HOST.
A
Email top 5 advancers (merge file) and complete meet backup by deadline set at regional meeting.
B
All entries must be in Hy-Tek meet manager format.
C
Mail certified, cashier, or association check (not club check), hard copy of results, and disks with complete
meet results and top 5 advancers.
D
Send all paperwork in a binder by teams in alphabetical order to youth chair by entry deadline as set forth at
the annual meeting.
E
Each youth chair is responsible for the preparing, collection and processing of their declarations and fees
from the regional level to national.
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AWARDS
A
Supplied from national office, but must include numbers for Sub-Bantams. Medals are ordered in Sets. Sets
include 1Gold, 1Silver, and 1Bronze.
Sub- Bantam
32 sets
Youth
58 sets
Bantams
38 sets
Intermediate
62 sets
Midgets
52 sets
Young M/W
62 sets
Total Medals
B
Sets 304
Not supplied from national office, but must include number for Sub-Bantams.
1.
Ribbons (must order from separate vendor 4th – 8th place)
2.
1st place relay plaque 8 x 10 for each group (male and female) including sub bantams.
a. 4 x 100 = 12 plaques
b.
4 x 400 = 12 plaques
c.
4 x 800 = 8 plaques
EVENTS
USATF Divisions where age is based on year of birth.
Sub Bantam: 7 and 8 years of age
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
Mini Javelin (300g)
Long Jump
Shot Put
4 x 100 Meter Relay
4 x 400 Meter Relay
Bantam: 9 and 10 years of age
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Dash
1500 Meter Run
1500 Meter Race walk
Shot Put (6 lbs)
Mini Javelin (300g)
High Jump
Long Jump
4 x 100 Meter Relay
4 x 400 Meter Relay
Triathlon: Shot Put, High Jump, 200Meter Girls, 400 Meters Boys (Not included in three events)
Midget: 11 and 12 years of age
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
1500 Meter Race Walk
80 Meter Hurdles (30”)
Long Jump
High Jump
Shot Put (6 lbs)
Discus (1 kilo)
Mini Javelin (300 g)
4 x 100 Meter Relay
4 x 400 Meter Relay
4 x 800 Meter Relay
Pentathlon: 80 meter Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, Long Jump, 800 Meter Run Girls, 1500 Meter Run
Boys (Not included in three events)
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100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
100 Meter Hurdles (G-30”/B-33’)
200 Meter Hurdles (30”)
Triple Jump
High Jump
Shot Put (G-6lb/B-4 kilo)
Long Jump
Discus (1 kilo)
Pole Vault
Javelin (600 g)
3000 Meter Race Walk
4x 100 Meter Relay
4 x 400 Meter Relay
4 x 800 Meter Relay
Pentathlon: 80 meter Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, Long Jump, 800 Meter Run Girls, 1500 Mete Run
Boys (Not included in four events)
Intermediate: 15 and 16 and
Young Men/Young Women 17 and 18
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter RW
3000 Meter Run (IG, IB,YW))
5000 Meter Run (YM)
Pole Vault
100/110 M. Hurdles (G-33”/B-36”)
400 M. Hurdles (G-30”/B-36”)
Shot Put (G-4K/B-12 lb)
Long Jump
High Jump
Discus (G-1k/B1.6K)
Triple Jump
Hammer (G-4kg/B-12 lbs)
Javelin (G-600g/B-800)
4 x 100 Meter Relay
4 x 400 Meter Relay
4 x 800 Meter Relay
2000 Meter Steeplechase (G-30”/B-36”)
Heptathlon (IG, YW):
First Day: 100 Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200 Meter Dash
Second Day: Long Jump, Javelin, 800 Meter Run
Decathlon (IB/YM):
First Day: 100 Meter dash, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400 Meter Run
Second Day: 110 Meter Hurdles, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, 1500 Meter Run.
(Not included in four events)
Host Association Responsibility:
A
Provide rooms for all Youth Chairs from the Region and the Regional Coordinator.
B
Provide per diem for Regional Coordinator at a rate of $35.00 per day for a maximum of 4 days with
payment made prior to the completion of competition.
C
Provide lunch during meet for youth chairs, regional coordinators, and volunteers.
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3.8
Regional Cross Country Program Guidelines
In compliance with Rule 305 (3)(d) a vote is required in each Region to determine if both an Association and
Regional meet will be held to qualify athletes in the Junior Olympic program. When a regional meet is held, the
region will qualify the top three (3) teams and the top 20 individuals from the region meet to the national meet in
each age division.
The following tables provide instructions for personnel at the meet.
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Table 8, Sample Instruction Sheet for Cross Country Registration.
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Table 9, Sample Instruction Sheet for Clerking at a Cross Country Meet.
Cross Country Meet Requirements
The following outline (sample from Region 3) contains the suggested requirements for the regional cross country
meet.
1. COURSE
A.
Course clearly marked appropriately 2K, 3K, 4K and 5K
B.
Common Finish Line
C.
Finish Chute
D.
Spectator area roped off for athlete safety
2. OFFICIALS
A.
Referee
B.
Course Monitors
C.
Finish Chute
D.
Timers with finish tape
3. OFFICE SUPPLIES
A.
Same as for Track and Field
4. AWARDS
A.
B.
Order awards from national office with extras for sub-bantams
1.
Sub-Bantam, Bantam, Midget, Youth, Intermediate, Young- 10 Sets of 20 (sets include
1gold, 1 silver, and 18 bronze)
2.
Total Medal Count- 12 Sets of 20
Order additional team medals for Region III Cross Country Championship with no date or year
so they can be shared.
1.
Sub-Bantam thru Young Men and Women (8 per age group and gender)
16 first, 16 second, 16 third (Total Count 48)
2.
Total Medal Count- 288
5. CLASSIFICATION OF TEAM SCORING
A.
Minimum 5, maximum of 8 (as per rule 305 (3)(C.)
6. ADVANCEMENT FROM ASSOCIATION TO REGIONALS
A.
Top 3 teams and top 25 individuals in each age group and gender.
7. ENTRY PROCEDURES FROM ASSOCIATION TO REGIONAL
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A.
Email top 3 teams and top 25 individuals in each age group and gender (merge file) and
complete meet backup by deadline.
B.
All entries must be sent in Hy-Tek meet manager format.
C.
Mail certified, cashier, or Association check (not club check), hard copy of results, and disks
with complete meet results and advancer file.
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D.
Send all paperwork in a binder by teams in alphabetical order to youth chair by entry deadline
as set forth at the annual meeting.
E.
Each youth chair is responsible for the preparing, collecting, and processing
their declarations and fees from the regional level to national.
8. PROCEDURES
A.
All written publications regarding Association and/or Regional Championship Competition
must be submitted to the Regional Coordinator for approval prior to disbursement.
9. HOST ASSOCIATION RESONSIBILITY
A.
Provide rooms for all Youth Chairs from the Region and the Regional Coordinator.
B.
Provide per diem for Regional Coordinator at a rate of $35.00 per day for a maximum of 2 days
with payment made prior to the completion of competition.
C.
Provide lunch during meet for youth chairs, regional coordinators, and volunteers.
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3.9
Expense Information Sheet
BUDGET
The budget allocation for one Regional Coordinator in one fiscal year is $1,100 dollars. The fiscal year begins
January 1 and ends December 31
EXPENSES COVERED IN BUDGET
The following items are reimbursable as Regional Coordinator expenses. Other expenses may apply if they are
necessary to fulfill Regional Coordinator job duties.
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Airline travel
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Vehicle mileage (“current mileage rate” $.50mile)
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Administrative expenses (regular postage, express delivery, printing, ink cartridges, paper)
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Meals while traveling to and from Championship meets. NOTE: Meals at Championship sites or per
diem (“current per diem rate” per day on a per Region basis) are covered by the host.
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Housing (incidentals not included)
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Telephone calls related to job duties
* Note: Regional Coordinators who have money left in their budget may use these funds for expenses in order to
attend the Youth Administrators Workshop.
The following items are examples of non-reimbursable expenses. Any expenses not related to Regional
Coordinator job fulfillment is not reimbursable.
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Annual Meeting expenses (travel, housing, or meals)
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Travel to meets that are not Junior Olympic Association, Regional, or National Championships
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Expenses related to USA Youth Outdoor Championships (host responsibility to invite Regional Coordinator (s) and pay for travel, housing, and/or meals)
JUNIOR OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The host group for the Regional Championships will provide the following for Regional Coordinators:
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Hotel Room (up to four nights)
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$40 per diem (per Region not per person; up to four days)
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Beverages and snacks during competition
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The host group for the Regional Championships will provide the following for Regional Coordinators:
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Hotel Room (up to four nights)
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$40.00 per diem (per Region, per person: up to two days)
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Beverages and snacks during competition
Travel Junior Olympic National Championships Meet
The host for the National Championships will provide the following for Regional Coordinators:
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Hotel Room
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Meals
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Ground transportation to and from the airport and hotel
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Ground transportation to and from the hotel and meet site
* Note: Regional Coordinators must have enough money left in budget to pay for travel in order to attend the
National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
REIMBURSEMENTS
To properly monitor expenses and prevent overspending, please submit your reimbursement forms (for any
permissible items) within 30 days of event completion. Copies of all receipts, bills, and mileage must accompany
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the reimbursement form. A check will be sent out within two weeks upon receipt of all required materials.
Incomplete reimbursements or those not submitted within 30 days may take longer to fulfill.
Please submit reimbursement forms - within 30 days of the event’s completion - to National Youth Division Chair,
Lionel Leach and Associate Director of Youth Programs, Tricia Floyd.
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Tricia Floyd
USATF
132 E. Washington St., Ste 800
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
[email protected]
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202 Maple Ave.
Irvington, NJ 07111
[email protected]
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3.9.1
Sample Regional Coordinator Expenses
Junior Olympic Association Meets
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Travel to Site location personal vehicle @ Cerritos College
@ 32 Miles Round trip x 2 days = 64miles @.501 per mile=$32.00
Junior Olympic Regional Meet
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Travel to Site location person vehicle @ Oaks Christian High School
@ 120 miles round trip x 2 including Site visit and preparation=240 miles @.50= $120.00
Junior Olympic Regional Meet/ Region 15/ Las Vegas California
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Site Visit/ Youth Chair meeting & meet management preparation one month prior to meet/
personal vehicle @ 284 miles/ round trip 568 miles @.50= $284.00
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Junior Olympic Regional Meet/ Region 15 Las Vegas NV/
Flight $236.80/ (Receipt 1) Rental Vehicle x 3 days = $89.25/ (Receipt 2)
Misc
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Paper/ Ink Cart
$69.25 (Receipt 3/4/&5)
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Verification Stamps $95.22 (3 verification stamps for Southern, Las Vegas/ San Diego - Receipt 6)
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Fax
$5.00 (Receipt 7)
Age Group National
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None
Junior Olympics Association Meet
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Personal Vehicle to and from meet
14 mile round trip x 7 days= 98 miles @.50=$47.50
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Transport Junior Olympic forms (Late overnight to my home)
@ 36 miles /72 miles round trip @.50=$36.00
Total Reimbursement: $1015.02
1. The sample uses $.50 for a mileage rate, check for current mileage rate when submitting expense claims.
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Section 4
Meet Management Team - Roles and Responsibilities
This section names the various meet management positions and defines the responsibilities of each role.
Roles
Responsibilities
Games Committee
Responsible for pre-planning and management
Events Coordinator
Responsible for the implementation of the Games Committee Plan
Administrative Director Responsible for making all decisions regarding the eligibility of all entrants to compete
per rules and regulations of the Youth Committee's Level of Competition
Operations Director
Responsible for making all decisions as they apply to the Rules of Competition
Official Coordinator
Responsible for the recruitment and assignment of all meet day officials and support
personnel.
Note - The Referee and three other members of the Jury of Appeals must not serve as
Meet Day Officials operating under the authority of the Rules of Competition
Site Coordinator
Responsible for set-up, clean up and all meet equipment and supplies. Assignment of
two Assistants, one to work with the Administrative Director (administrative set-up and
supplies) and the second to work with the Operations Director (competition equipment
and support)
Technical Assistant
Responsible for facilitating correspondence to sponsors, donors, volunteers, and
disseminating information to news media.
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Table 1 Sample Letter of Introduction
Dear Association Youth Chair;
I have been appointed as the Regional Coordinator for Region #. I welcome this position and look forward to
working closely with you in our efforts for a smooth transition. As you know with different people will come a
different style of organization. I will thank you ahead of time for the time and effort that will be spent processing
your regional advancement entries for the upcoming Regional X-Country Meet. I have attached a few forms I
would like your entry processor to use when turning in your regional entries to me. Please have your entry
processor return these forms to me with the entries for regional advancement. I have attached the following:
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Regional advancement entry “Top Sheet.”
I would like this form filled out and placed on top of all your divisional advancement entries. Please place each
division in separate folders (or) if you use a notebook, separate the divisions with each “Top Sheet”
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X-Country entry advancement receipt of funds.
I would like this form filled out and placed on top of your entire advancement entries. Please have your entry
processor get a signature from the youth chair on this form. I will also sign this form and give you a copy. This will
serve as your receipt of funds when turning over your entry fees to the regional coordinator.
I have also attached one additional form for the “Host Association”, this year in “Association”.
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(Check list for the regional coordinator.)
This form includes what I will need from you prior to meet, upon completion of the meet as well as completion of
travel.
Sincerely,
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Table 2 Sample Declaration Instructions for Association Meet
Registration for the USATF Junior Olympic Regional Championships is now completed through online
registration.
Information should be provided to the athletes, clubs and parents for accessing the online registration system. All
pertinent information should be provided including entry fees and registration deadlines.
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Table 3 Sample Declaration Instructions for Regional Meet
Registration for the USATF Junior Olympic National meet is now done through online registration.
Information should be provided to the athletes, clubs and parents for accessing the online registration system. All
pertinent information should be provided including qualifying standards for the combined events.
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Table 4 Sample Instructions for Gate Personnel
In the fanny pack is your float money. We will be by through the day to collect from you so that you do not feel
uncomfortable with a lot of money in this bag. If you need us for anything at all - use the walkie talkie and be sure
to tell us your gate location - main gate, parking lot or clerking gate.
Provide the gate areas with listings (in a binder) of officials, volunteers and coaches that will be admitted for freeyou must highlight their name and put your initial beside it. give them a wristband color that has been designated
for volunteers, officials and coaches.
If a coach tries to give you a hard time that he is not on the list - remind them that they must have purchased a
USATF membership and had coach as a designation to be on the list and this will also apply to regionals and
nationals. The membership system is the data base which these names are pulled from.
Volunteers - if their names are not on the list - ask them to pay - give them a note to present to me signed by you
that you charged them and how much - tell them to bring that to me and I will be sure to assign them a job and
give them a refund. If they are on the list - highlight their name, give them a wristband and remind them to collect
their volunteer shirt either after their duty or beforehand - they will be in the volunteer check-in area.
Please mark on the scratch pad how many you have charged. This helps with our headcount for next year. you
can break this down by $5 fee and $3 fee that you have collected.
Scissors are provided to cut off the excess band if people wish to.
Thank you so much for helping out!!!
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Table 5 Sample Instructions for Packet Pick-Up Personnel
Pull the packet for the team from the box. if unattached athlete pull the unattached envelope.
If the club/athlete owes money it will be marked. collect the money. Mark paid on the envelope and sheet. if
requested write out a receipt. Put the money in the “pulled sheets from packet pick up” binder. staple money to
this sheet please.
Ask the club how they are declaring and write on the declaration instructions sheets. example - are they
automatically taking anyone in the top five that qualify and running a tab. Are they only taking the top three and
anyone in 4th place on must come and declare and pay themselves. Are their parents/athletes to declare and
pay for themselves. Are they not going to regionals at all. If they are taking anyone that qualifies do they know of
any athletes who will not be going.
If you do not have to collect money or straighten out anything else get the person picking up the packet to sign
on the sheet, cell phone number where they can be reached during the meet and mark where which hotel/motel
they are staying at. This number is needed in case people are looking for their number and cannot find this
person who is picking up the packet. the hotel/motel is required for this as well and so that we can follow up with
this hotel after the meet. Place the signed sheet in the “pulled sheets from packet pick up” binder.
If unattached athlete ask them to initial beside their name on the sheet and put where they are staying on the
next sheet. give the athlete 4 pins, an “instructions on declaring” sheet and a magnet.
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Table 6 Sample Instructions for Awards Personnel
Medals are given for first, second and third place (gold, silver and bronze). First place winners also receive a
crest.
Some teams will want you to collect all their awards. They present them at home to their athletes - we will let you
know what teams and have provided envelopes for this purpose. Mark the team name and address on the
envelope please. List a cell phone number and hotel where the team is staying. Try to give medals before they
leave meet.
The athletes must show their bib number to receive the award.
The awards sheets will be brought to you as the meet progresses. Please 3 hole punch and put in the
corresponding book and event.
Go to the event in the corresponding book (running or field events).
Highlight the athlete name and get them to initial beside their name that they have received the award.
For teams that you are putting awards in envelopes - highlight and put ENV beside name.
Put the event, (and athlete name for teams collecting awards), time or distance/height on a label and put on the
award. For teams collecting the awards also put the name, event
For relays - all 4 athletes will receive award (and crest for 1st place). None are given to alternates.
This is the first year for the new logo so there are no extra medals if we goof up here. Please be sure to mark
accordingly and hand out accordingly as we have no back up medals for mistakes.
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Table 7 Sample Instruction Sheet for the Unattached Athlete
Welcome to all unattached athletes. We are glad that you joined up this weekend. Reminder - be sure to check in
well in advance. Be aware of what events are going off - we do not make announcements to page you to clerking
- you are responsible to be there a minimum of a half hour before your event - I would recommend an hour. We
are known to run ahead of schedule - especially in the field events. Do not lose your bib number. You can get
another one but it will cost you $5.00 (can be purchased at packet up/declarations area). Do not lose your wrist
band - wear it in the shower - it is your free admittance to the meet and must be shown at the gate.
Field Events - you must report to the official at the event and check in an hour in advance. If you have a running
event you must let them know this and they will allow you the proper time to get back to your field event.
Remember - you must check in at field event first and inform the official if you are in a running event. They will
inform you - and ask them - what the rules are about leaving the field event. They are different depending upon
what stage you are at in the field event.
Declaring - The top 5 automatically qualify for Regionals. Once the results are posted on the results board you
have one hour to declare your intention of going to Regionals. Note that if there is a protest (we rarely have many
at our state meet - Regionals can be a different story) than the results are put on hold and you will have to hang
around and wait for the reposting. Come to the Declarations Area - same area as Packet Pick Up - and let us
know you want to declare - tell us you are unattached - we will record your place and time on the same entry
form you entered the meet in and pass this on to Regionals. It will cost you $6 per event for each entry to
Regionals. Try to have exact change please.
If you are NOT going to Regionals - please let us know. What happens is we can then bump 6 to 8th place up
and take 5 athletes. We start by asking 6th place if they want to go, and so on. This is why it is crucial that you
come and declare in the hour after the posting - if you do not - we presume you are not wanting to go to
Regionals. I always panic that athletes have forgotten and will usually page you to come to Declarations and ask
you if you want to go - make our lives easier here and tell us if you do not want to go - believe me 6 - 8th place
will jump at the change to go.
Warning - at Regionals - they will not announce your name and ask you to come up and see if you did want to go
to Nationals. Regionals - USATF “Association” pays the entry fee for every athlete who wishes to go to Nationals
- but you must let me know if you intend to go. I will be working at Declarations at Regionals, just let me know
and if you qualify I will automatically declare you and pay the entry fee.
Next year our association will be hosting not only our JO Association (state) meet but also Regionals. At
Regionals the top 5 athletes of every event from the other associations in Region 3 compete against each other
for entrance to the Nationals. The other associations in our Region are Georgia, Potomac Valley, Virginia, North
Carolina. We have one of the top 3 Regions in the Nation - you will most likely see an athlete from our Region on
the podium (top 8) at Nationals in every event!
Awards - If you are in the top 3 - remember to go to the Awards area and pick up your medal. At Regionals there
are also ribbons to 6th place.
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Table 8 Sample Instruction Sheet for Cross Country Registration
MEMBERSHIPS
Selling a membership - give them form from box to fill in
Verify DOB - mark on membership form that you have done this please
Collect $20 - youth, $30 - adult - please mark paid on membership form
Write out receipt for athlete
Put the dollars collected and the form in the membership cash box please
We will purchase membership online when we get home after meet - will send copy of internet receipt and
membership number to athlete then
DAY OF ENTRY
Fill out entry form
Verify DOB and mark that you have done so please on entry form and on Membership Info To Be Updated After
Meet sheet - in cash box
Collect entry funds and place in envelope marked DAY OF ENTRIES in cash box - enter athlete name and
money ($) collected on envelope.
Mark on entry sheet that paid money ($) and amount.
Write out receipt.
Get number - STAY IN NUMBER ORDER - write athlete name, sex, division on tear off portion of number. If B,M,I
or YM/YW mark in large marker the division on tear off tag. Mark number given on entry form.
Add athlete to finish line sheets and clerk sheets. If these have gone already you need to put the information
(athlete, sex, division and number) on piece of paper and run to finish line and clerk area.
Take entry form to timer area - they need to add athlete into hytek. When they have done this return blue form to
proper folder in box in sex/alpha order
PACKET PICK UP
I have marked in anyone owes ($) or DOB verification.
DOB verify issues are in problem folder with their number. Remember if you verify a DOB you need to note this
on Membership TO Update When Get Home sheet that is in cash box.
Once have paid or verified DOB you can issue number to athlete.
Get person picking up packet to sign for it - for unattached athletes get them to initial beside their name on sheet
on front of envelope.
Put signed packet pick up sheets on clipboard.
If collected money mark paid on the packet pick up sheet and put money and sheet in cash box in properly
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Table 9 Sample Instruction Sheet for Clerking at a Cross Country Meet
You will clerk on the line. You can either line up and call names or get athletes to check with you as they enter the
area.
The time the race is to go off is marked on the clerk sheets.
Races should be contested by age group and gender unless otherwise agreed communicated to participants:
* Sub-bantam
* Bantam
* Midget
* Youth
* Intermediate
* Young Women/Men
When you clerk them please pick one age group of the 2 groups and give each athlete 2 hip numbers. Ask them
to place them on their front and back of shirts. This way the athletes and spectators will know which group the
athletes are in.
You need to do a final count and confirm that it balances with the total number of athletes that you have check in
on the clerk sheet. If not - make sure all on the line - call the names out and find out where the error is (athlete
not here and mistakenly checked in or athlete on line that did not check in).
Total the number of athletes at bottom of sheet. (confirm you have that many on the line)
Communicate to the marshals by use of walkie talkie a total number of athletes going out onto the course.
Run the clerk sheet over to the finish line area.
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Youth Club Development
Section 1
Introduction
The initial release of this section provides information and materials targeted to assist the Association Youth
Chair / Association Membership Chair in their work with new clubs.
Section 2
Create a Packet for Starting a New Club
Each year every association is contacted by individuals/groups who are interested starting a new “Youth Club”.
This section provides information and materials that you can use. Section 2.1, "Process for Starting a Club"
gives step by step instructions for starting a club.
All clubs must register with USA Track & Field whether, an adult, elite, or youth club; in order for its athletes to
run relays or compete on a cross country team.
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First, there are two different sample cover letters. Table 1, Sample New Club Letter, is an example of a
cover letter for an Association packet on “How to Start A Club.”
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Attachment 1, A Sport for Everyone -- For Life, this attachment gives information about USATF and
USATF/Georgia.
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Registration Forms
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Attachment 2, Sample - Georgia USA Track & Field Youth Committee Code of Ethics,This form is the
pledge by the coach(s) to abide by the USATF Code of Ethics.
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Attachment 3, Sample Medical Form, this form is used by the club when traveling to meets to act on
behalf of a parent who will not be with their child.
Next, is the Organization/Club Application to submit to your local association. Fees for club organization
membership varies from one association to another and requirements to register varies; therefore, check the
website: http://www.usatf.org/clubs/search/ for your association club information.
2.1
Process for Starting a Club
The following step-by-step instructions will assist the new club in startup process.
1.
Organization Application and By-Laws
The first step is to organize your club and develop its purposes and a set of by-laws with which to
operate. You will need By-Laws for incorporation. Establish “Your Team Name.” Get your name
approved by your association. No two teams within an association can have the same or similar names
that cause confusion with the other. Your must fill out the Organizational/ Club Membership
Application. Your club will be assigned a club number. Once assigned a club number, it will be yours
permanently. You must be a club member to enter relay teams in Track and Field, and to enter a
team in Cross Country in a USATF sanctioned meet.
2.
Practice Application and Practice Schedule
The second step is to complete the Practice Application and Practice Schedule in order to insure your
practices and to provide liability insurance for the facility where you practice. If your practice facility
needs to be named as “Third Party,” you must fill out the section for Third party and pay an additional
$15.00 for each Third Party Insurance. Please complete all of the forms thoroughly and send to your
Association Club Membership Chair.
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Background Screening
Any coach or volunteer that supervises youth must have a Background Screening. Please fill out the
Coach/ Volunteer Application and submit with club application. Check with your association about their
process for Background Screening.
If you are submitting the application to your local Screening Agent, you must include Photo
Government ID or Driver's license and Social Security Number. All Associations are using T.C. Logiq,
Inc. as a screening agent. This is an on-line service which takes only 5 minutes and costs $8.00 per
person. Please go to www.usatf.org and click on “Background Screening.” Follow the directions for
Background Screening. It should only take 5 minutes.
4.
Athlete Registration / Parental Consent
After completing the first three steps, signing up your athletes is the next step. It is good to develop a
club registration form that each parent should complete that provides name and address, etc. plus
medical and emergency information. A parental consent and release form should be included which
gives the parent’s consent for the child’s participation. Some clubs obtain permission from the parent
for the club to sign meet entry waivers and releases to save time and to avoid incomplete applications.
Each individual in your club must have a current athlete USATF membership number which costs $20
per youth athlete. You must have proof of birth (Copy of Birth Certificate, Drivers License, Passport
or Government ID) to purchase membership numbers. Membership numbers are only valid for one
calendar year. In a medium to large club, it is generally a good idea for the club to apply for and renew
individual memberships, but never put the club address on individual membership numbers.
Always put the athlete’s home address, email address, and phone number on the membership
application, in order to receive mailings/e-mails about programs such as Travel Grants, Nike shoe/
spike offers, and other new member benefits and initiatives. To obtain a USATF Membership number,
you can register on-line at www.usatf.org/ membership or you can mail the application to the
Membership Chair of the Association.
5.
Athlete’s Proof of Birth
You should get a clear copy of each child’s birth certificate or proof of birth and make copies for the
whole season. You should also keep a permanent file with athletes’ proof of birth, so that once they
join your team you do not have to collect these each year. DOB verification will not need to be
conducted each year, IF, memberships are “renewed” versus purchased “new” for the following year.
It is a good idea to make a travel folder that contains medical releases, individual USATF membership
numbers, and birth certificate copies. This can be a life saver at meet registration where something
always comes up missing. In addition, if you are traveling without the parent, you must have a release
from the parent to obtain emergency medical treatment at most hospitals.
6.
Practice and Meet Schedules & Projected Costs
Now that the paper work is out of the way, you should plan your track & field and, or cross country
calendar; your practice schedule; and projected club cost. This information should be disseminated to
your parents so that plans can be made for a successful season.
7.
Coach’s Certification
Most Associations of USA Track & Field recommend that each Youth Club have at least one USATF
Certified Coach. A Level 1 Coaches Education School is held at the National Junior Olympics each
year. Check the Association Calendar for the next Coaches Education School in your Association.
Each registered club will receive one rule book at no cost from the National Headquarters, so that you
can learn all the Rules and Regulation of USA Track and Field. You can also purchase additional
USATF Competition Rule Books. Many Associations will host several official’s clinics throughout the
year. Please check the web site for these opportunities.
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8.
Sponsorships / Non-Profit Organization
The cost of participating in summer track & field and cross country has climbed each year; therefore,
unless you are well financed you might want to raise money from local merchants, or giant
corporations. Donations and Sponsorship can be received by your club, but if your club is not
registered as a non-profit organization, you cannot offer contributors a tax deduction unless you have
received non-profit status from the IRS. (501 3c)
The application process for the various non-profit classifications can be complicated, so you may want
to check with your attorney when completing the forms from the IRS. The IRS does offer free
assistance to applicants if an attorney is too expensive.
9.
Club Materials from USATF Membership
Upon becoming a USATF Member Club, you receive a Rule Book, Youth Guide, and Certificate of
Membership good for one calendar year and one vote at your association annual convention/meeting.
Your participation in the local youth committee is strongly recommended. Each club gets one vote on
the Youth Committee which governs youth activities in the state (association). The Youth Committee
meets as prescribed in their Association’s Operating Procedures.
Although your club only gets one vote at convention, as many members and friends as you want may
attend and participate in the discussions, debates, and recommendations.
10. For additional support in starting your club, please contact your:
Association Youth Chair, who can answer most questions or provide information and materials or USA
Track & Field Association. Also, information is available on the Website www.usatf.org/association/.
Section 3
Create a Packet for Renewing a Club Membership
Each year every association provides the member clubs with a membership renewal packet. Table 2, “Sample
Renewal Club Letter,” on page 15 provides information and materials that you can use.
Section 4
Athlete Program - Win With Integrity
USATF's “Win With Integrity” reaches kids from coast to coast.
To celebrate the Olympic year, USA Track & Field has rebranded and revamped this cornerstone community
outreach program. Now called “Win With Integrity,” the program continues to grow.
Since the inception of the program in October 2004, nearly 75 athletes have spoken to more than 30,000 young
people from coast to coast, and many more students have been reached through athletes visiting schools in their
hometown communities. In addition, USATF last year partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine in
a special program where Olympian Walter Davis presented the Southern Association and two local New Orleans
track teams with Gill equipment, Nike uniforms and spikes to assist in the recovery of items lost during the
aftermath of hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
“My motto is hard work knows no limit,” says World Champion and 2006 Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year
Lauryn Williams. “I always tell kids that no matter what your circumstances don't use that as an excuse. Work
hard.”
Background
Win With Integrity is aimed at educating youth, parents, educators, and coaches about the positive results that
come from leading a physically active, drug-free and healthy lifestyle. A program in which the heroes of track and
field work directly with young people around the nation, it has grown from a start-up program to one of USA Track
& Field's most successful initiatives.
At each Win With Integrity visit, athletes speak to children about living with integrity, staying away from drugs of
all kinds, being healthy and staying fit. Children interact with the athletes, asking them questions relevant to their
own lives.
Program Content
The Win With Integrity program includes the introduction of the participating athletes by a USATF emcee, who
also provides background on the goals and themes of USA Track & Field and of Win With Integrity, stressing the
importance of active, drug-free lifestyles and good decision-making. The USATF Year-in-Review Video is then
played, providing visual motivation for the students and displaying the excitement of our sport and athletes.
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Following the video, athletes engage in an interactive question-and-answer session with students, focusing on
the key themes of good sportsmanship, the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, and the need to avoid
drugs. The program concludes with the recitation of the Win With Integrity program pledge (see below) and an
athlete autograph session.
When available, the program is held inside an auditorium, where a Win With Integrity program banner is
displayed across the stage. As students file into the auditorium, they are handed a Win With Integrity pledge
card. At the end of the program, participants recite a pledge indicating their commitment to be active and drugfree. USATF staff script the program and suggest athlete talking points based on feedback from local educators
and the Win With Integrity pledge. (See Form 10, Win With Integrity Pledge,)
For more information on USATF's Win With Integrity program, visit www.usatf.org
Section 5
Background Check Program
Program Overview
Sports are supposed to be fun. One way to ensure our sport remains a fun and safe environment for everyone is
to perform criminal background screening on coaches and volunteers who have direct contact with youth
athletes.
As such, USATF is following the lead of other youth-based organizations in implementing a criminal background
screening program on youth coaches and volunteers. USATF's 57 local Associations have the option of
implementing the program in 2006. In 2007, all Associations will be required to implement the program.
Background Checks have been implemented by USATF to:
1
Promote a safe, nurturing, and supportive athletic environment in which youth athletes can pursue their
athletic goals
2
Maintain the sport of track & field as a hostile environment for those who would seek to harm youth athletes.
Offenses Screened For
The following offenses are being screened for when a background check is performed on an applicant:
1.
any crimes against children
2.
any sexual offenses
3.
drug convictions (within 5 years)
4.
weapons violations
5.
assaults, battery or any other crime of violence
6.
lewd conduct
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1
Why is USATF implementing a background screening program?
2
What do we, as a club, have to do to comply with this program?
3
What type of offenses are being screened for?
4
What if a criminal background search reveals a drug conviction that is 16 years old?
5
Who will be conducting the background searches?
6
The Coach/Volunteer application requires the applicant's social security number. Why?
7
What steps will be taken to protect the applicant's personal information, including the social security
number?
8
Where will USATF obtain information to make a decision on whether to approve or deny a coach/volunteer
applicant?
9
What if an individual has previously had a background check performed?
10
How do we know if our coaches/volunteers applications have been approved?
11
What if a search reveals a criminal record?
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Who will be notified if an application is denied?
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What if we do not submit a Coach/Volunteer application for one of our coaches or volunteers?
14
Some of our volunteer coaches are under the age of 18, do they have to be screened?
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FAQ-1
Why is USATF implementing a background screening program?
Background Checks have been implemented by USATF to:
1.
Promote a safe, nurturing, and supportive athletic environment in which youth athletes can pursue their
athletic goals; and
2.
Maintain the sport of track and field as a hostile environment for those who would seek to harm youth
athletes.
FAQ-2
What do we, as a club, have to do to comply with this program?
Your club is required to have any coach or volunteer who has access to or contact with youth athletes (under the
age of 18) during scheduled club practices or activities to submit a USATF Coach/Volunteer Application. This
includes individuals who regularly attend club practices or assist with club activities, especially driving, escorting,
or supervising the club's youth athletes. Your USATF Association then will conduct a background check on each
of these individuals.
FAQ-3
What type of offenses are being screened for?
The following offenses are being screened for:
1.
any crimes against children
2.
any sexual offenses
3.
drug convictions (within 5 years)
4.
weapons violations
5.
assaults, battery or any other crime of violence
6.
lewd conduct
FAQ-4
What if a criminal background search reveals a drug conviction that is 16 years old?
Assuming that the screening does not indicate any other offences, the applicant will be approved as a youth
coach or volunteer, because the listed offence is over 5 years old.
FAQ-5
Who will be conducting the background searches?
Each Association will appoint one individual (the “screening agent”) to be responsible for conducting the
background checks. The screening agent will be selected by the Association's board of directors. Every effort will
be made with a legal background, or at least be acknowledged as trustful and thoughtful. Prior to being
approved, the screening agent will be subject to a background check which will be conducted by the USATF
national office. The screening agent will be required to sign a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement which will
be on file in the USATF national office to appoint individuals who have professional background in this area, such
as law enforcement officers or individuals.
FAQ-6
The Coach/Volunteer application requires the applicant's social security number. Why?
The social security number will assist the screening agent to conduct the most thorough and accurate search on
the applicant.
FAQ-7
What steps will be taken to protect the applicant's personal information, including the social
security number.
The screening agent in each Association will be the only individual to have access to the Coach/Volunteer
applications that include the personal information. Pursuant to the confidentiality agreement that each screening
agent must sign they are not permitted to disclose personal identifying information to any other person. The
Coach/Volunteer applications will be kept by the Association screening agent under lock and key.
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Where will USATF obtain information to make a decision on whether to approve or deny a
coach/volunteer applicant?
The Screening Agents in each Association will utilize all available public records to ensure a “due diligence”
search has been performed on each applicant. They will use county and state criminal and sex offender
databases that are available. Additionally, a third party “national” database, such as ChoicePoint's
VolunteerSelectPlus, will be utilized to perform “single-searches” of available state and county criminal
databases and state sex offender registry databases. Currently the VolunteerSelectPlus provides access to over
176 million criminal records. Use of this system will provide the Association screening agent with a “singlesearch” access to 41 states (plus the District of Columbia), including Sex Offender Registries from 30 states (and
the District of Columbia). This means that if an individual was convicted of a crime in a state other than where he/
she currently resides, his or her criminal history from the previous state(s) could be accessed and used to make
a determination on an applicant.
FAQ-9
What if an individual has previously had a background check performed?
The coach/volunteer will still be required to have a background check performed by USATF.
FAQ-10 How do we know if our coaches/volunteers applications have been approved?
Coaches and volunteers who have successfully completed the USATF coach/volunteer application process
(including the background screening) will have their names posted on the USATF web site as being in “good
standing.”
A club coach or volunteer's name will not appear on the USATF web site if: 1) she or he is not a current USATF
member; 2) he or she fails to submit the Coach/Volunteer Application form (including signing the “Background
Screening Acknowledgement”); or 3) his or her club coach/volunteer application is denied due to information
revealed during the background screening process, or for any other reason.
FAQ-11 What if a search reveals a criminal record?
If a search on an applicant reveals a criminal record for one of the six screened offenses, she or he will be
provided an opportunity to clarify or explain the contents of the report. If the applicant does not respond to the
request for clarification/explanation, then a National Screening Panel (NSP) will decide to approve or deny the
application based on the available information. If the applicant does respond, then the NSP will review the
available information, including the applicant's submitted clarification/explanation, and will make a decision on
the application.
FAQ-12 Who will be notified if an application is denied?
If the National Screening Panel determines that the application should be denied, USATF will notify the following
individuals by mail:
•
applicant (coach/volunteer)
•
President and Secretary of the club
•
USATF President
•
USATF CEO
•
Association President
•
Association Screening Agent
•
USATF General Counsel
•
All identifiable parents of athletes that are registered with the applicable club
The notification will not indicate the offenses or content of the background check report. It will only indicate that
the application has been denied and that the coach is not eligible to be involved in club practices or activities.
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FAQ-13 What if we do not submit a Coach/Volunteer application for one of our coaches or volunteers?
Parents are likely to choose to place their children with other youth track club programs that evidence a
commitment to safeguarding their youth members by conducting criminal background screening on all persons
affiliated with the club. Additionally, if a lawsuit is filed against your club because of an act performed by a
volunteer who is not in “good standing,” your club will not be protected by USATF's general liability insurance
policy. As a consequence, the club will have to hire an attorney and defend against the charges in court. In
addition to the substantial legal fees paid to attorneys, if the club looses the lawsuit it is likely to have to pay
monetary damages as well.
FAQ-14 Some of our volunteer coaches are under the age of 18, do they have to be screened?
USATF has determined that age 16 is the minimum age required for background checks for volunteers or hired
workers who provide regular service to the club and/or have repetitive access to or contact with youth members.
USATF has come to this determination based on the following:
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Many states consider age 16 to be the age of consent.
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States generally view the age of consent as the age at which a minor can be held responsible for their
actions in relation to sexual relations.
•
Some states also hold minors at age 16 accountable for certain sexual crimes such as statutory rape.
•
Minors 16 year of age and older can be treated as adults in criminal proceedings.
•
Minors 16 years of age and older when charged with serious crimes are often tried as adults.
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Table 1 Sample New Club Letter
(Provided by Region 3.)
Dear Prospective Youth Club Organizer:
So you are interested in starting youth club in track & field, cross country or racewalking and don’t know where to
get started. First, let me tell you about USA Track & Field and its Youth Athletics Program.
What is USATF? USA Track & Field is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Sport of Track & Field,
Long Distance Running, and Race Walking in the United States. Enclosed is a copy of USA Track & Field- A
Sport for Everyone-For Life.
The Youth Athletics Committee is a Standing Sports Committee which governs all athletics for youth ages 0 to 18
through the last day of the National Junior Olympic Championship. The Youth Athletic program is devised to
permit an unlimited number of competitions in Track & Field, Cross Country, Race Walking, and Long Distance
for youth to stimulate and broaden their interest in sports. The youth program starts with “grass roots” series of
local meets which lead to a highly competitive national competition in all disciplines.
USATF Youth Athletics consist of two programs: Junior Olympics and Youth Outdoor Nationals. USATF
Junior Olympics, more commonly known as “Age Group Track” is the grassroots program and is the first
introduction to track & field for many athletes. These athletes gain experience by competing in preliminary meets
within their association. Athletes compete by age and gender groups in the following categories:
8 and under- Sub-Bantam
13-14 Youth
10 and under - Bantam
15-16 Intermediate
11-12 - Midget
17-18 Young Men or Women
USATF Junior Olympics Program uses a promotional system to qualify for its National Championships. First,
athletes compete on the association level. Georgia Association is made up of the state boundary lines. Next,
these athletes advance to Region. Georgia Association is in Region III which includes Georgia, South Carolina,
North Carolina, Virginia, and Potomac Valley (Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. & Maryland) Associations.
Finally, these athletes advance to the National Championship.
From the Area Preliminary Meets, the top 8 athletes in each age/gender group advance to the Georgia
Association Track & Field Junior Olympics. From the Association Championship, the top 5 athletes in each age/
gender group advance to the Region III meet, and top 3 in each age/gender group advance from Regions to the
National Junior Olympics Championships. Sub-Bantams only advance as far as Regionals.
The USATF Youth Outdoor National Program uses qualifying guidelines to accept entries to the Youth Outdoor
National Championship. This meet is design for team competition and uses team scoring. The qualifying
guidelines are established by the Youth Committee each year at USATF National Convention.
Cross Country also uses a promotional process to get to the Cross Country National Junior Olympics. The top 3
teams and top 25 individual athletes advance to Regionals. The top 3 teams and the top 20 individual athletes
advance from Regionals to the National Championship.
The first attachment contains step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the process of starting your
club.
The following step-by-step instructions will assist the new club in startup process.
1. The first step is to organize your club and develop its purposes and a set of by-laws with which to
operate. You will need By-Laws for incorporation. Establish “Your Team Name.” Get your name
approved by your association. No two teams within an Association can have the same or similar names
that cause confusion with the other. Your must fill out the Organizational/ Club Membership
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Application. Your club will be assigned a club number. Once assigned a club number, it will be yours
permanently. You must be a club member to enter relay teams in Track & Field, and to enter a team
in Cross Country in a USATF sanctioned meet.
2. The second step, you must complete the Practice Application and Practice Schedule in order to
insure your practices and to provide liability insurance for the facility where you practice. If your
practice facility needs to be named as “Third Party,” you must fill out the section for Third party and pay
an additional $15.00 for each Third Party Insurance. Please complete all of the forms thoroughly and
send to: Inez Finch, 3440 Winter Wood Court; Marietta Georgia 30062.
3. Any coach or volunteer that supervise youth must have a background check. Please fill out the
Coach/ Volunteer Application and submit with club application. Because we are using T.C. Logiq, Inc.
as our screening agent, it is not necessary to include Driver’s license or Social Security number on this
form, but sign permission for Background Screening. Background Screening will cost $8.00 per
application, but Georgia Association will pay for the first 5 applications from each club for free. Please
go to www.usatfga.org, then click on “Youth,” then click on “Background Screening.” Follow the
directions for Background Screening. It should only take 5 minutes.
4. After completing the first three steps, signing up your athletes is the next step. It is good to develop
a club registration form that each parent should complete that provides name and address, etc. plus
medical and emergency information. A parental consent and release form should be included which
gives the parent’s consent for the child’s participation. Some clubs obtain permission from the parent
for the club to sign meet entry waivers and releases to save time and to avoid incomplete applications.
Each individual in your club must have a current athlete USATF membership number which cost $20
per youth athlete. You must have proof of birth (Copy of Birth Certificate, Drivers License, Passport
or Government ID) to purchase membership numbers. Membership numbers are only valid for one
calendar year. In a medium to large club, it is generally a good idea for the club to apply for and renew
individual memberships, but never put the club address on individual membership numbers.
Always put the athletes home address, email address, and phone number on the membership
application, in order to receive mailings/e-mails about programs such as Travel Grants, Nike shoe/
spike offers, and other new member benefits and initiatives. To obtain a USATF Membership number,
you can register on-line at www.usatfgeorgia.org/ membership or you can mail the application to our
Membership Chair to Linda Bommicino, c/o USATF Georgia Association, 114 Hubbard Road,
Woodstock, GA 30188 or call 770-591-8806 for additional information.
5. You should get a clear copy of each child’s birth certificate or proof of birth and make copies for the
whole season. You should also keep a permanent file with athlete’s proof of birth, so that once they
join your team you do not have to collect this each year. It is a good idea to make a travel folder that
contains medical releases, individual USATF membership numbers, and birth certificates copies. This
can be a life saver at meet registration where something always comes up missing. In addition, if you
are traveling without the parent, you must have a release from the parent to obtain emergency medical
treatment at most hospitals.
6. Now that the paper work is out of the way, you should plan your track & field and, or cross country
calendar; your practice schedule; and projected club cost. This information should be disseminated to
your parents so that plans can be made for a successful season.
7.Most Associations of USA Track & Field recommend that each Youth Club have at least one USATF
Certified Coach. A Level I Coaches Education School is held at the National Junior Olympics each
year. Check the Association Calendar for the next Coaches Education School in our Association. Each
registered club will receive 1 rule book at no cost from the National Headquarters, so that you can
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learn all the Rules and Regulation of USA Track & Field. You can also purchase additional USATF
Competition Rules Book. The Georgia Association will host several official clinics throughout the year.
Please check the web site for these opportunities.
8. The cost of participating in summer track & field and cross country has climbed each year;
therefore, unless you are well financed you might want to raise money from local merchants, or giant
corporations. Donations and Sponsorship can be received by your club, but if your club is not
registered as a non-profit organization, you cannot offer contributors a tax deduction unless you have
received non-profit status from the IRS.
The application process for the various non-profit classifications can be complicated, so you may want
to check with your attorney when completing the forms from the IRS. The IRS does offer free
assistance to applicants if an attorney is too expensive.
9. Once becoming a member club in Georgia USATF, you receive a Rule Book, Directory, Certificate
of Membership good for one calendar year and one vote at your association convention held the third
Saturday in August each year. Your participation at our local convention is strongly urged. This is
where we put our program together. Each club gets one vote on the Youth Committee which governs
youth activities in the state (association). The Youth Committee meets at the Association Convention in
August, and once in the fall or winter.
Although your club only gets one vote at convention, as many members and friends as you want may
attend and participate in the discussions, debates, and recommendations.
If you have questions as you work through the process, you may contact:
Association Youth Chair, who can answer most questions or provide information and materials with just
one call.
or
USA Track & Field Georgia Association at ## or Check the Website www.usatfga.org
Thank you for your interest in forming a USA Track & Field Youth Club. I think that you will see that participation
in Junior Olympics and other USATF sanctioned meets is both exciting and challenging. Not only will you be
competing under the auspices of the National Governing Body for track & field, long distance running, and
racewalking, but you will be competing in the nation’s developmental program for our elite athletes and national
teams. As I list steps to organizing a youth club, I will touch on information that might answer questions usually
asked about our Youth Program.
Good luck! We look forward to the additional competition.
Yours in Track and Field,
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Attachment 1 A Sport for Everyone -- For Life
Sample from the Georgia Association
What Is USA Track & Field?
USA Track & Field Georgia Association:
Formerly The Athletic Congress or TAC, USA Track & Field
is the national governing body for track & field, cross
country, road racing, and racewalking. USA Track & Field
(then TAC) replaced the AAU in 1979 after the U.S.
Congress passed the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. The AAU
had governed all Olympic sports since 1896 and the
Amateur Sports Act created many individual governing
bodies for each sport. USA Track & Field is the United
States’ member of the International Amateur Athletic
Federation (IAAF), the world governing body, and a member
of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
USATF Georgia Association is one of 57 autonomous
associations throughout the U.S. and is responsible for
carrying out the duties of the national governing body at the
local level. The state boundary lines form the Georgia
Association. Our mission focuses on the development of the
sport at all levels of ability for all age groups. Throughout the
year we host competitive events and championships,
official’s clinics, coaching clinics and certification schools,
camps, seminars, and other activities.
Through its nationwide membership of some 2,500 clubs,
schools, colleges and universities, and other organizations
interested in track & field, long distance running, and
racewalking, USATF promotes programs of training and
competition for men and women and boys and girls of all
ages, protects the interests and eligibility of its some
100,000 member-athletes, and establishes and maintains
the sports’ rules of competition. In addition, USATF’s
National Championships each year serve as the means of
selecting the teams representing the United States in
international competition.
USA Track & Field is comprised of 57 member Associations,
each representing a geographic area as defined in the
organization bylaws. Each Association establishes its own
bylaws and elects its own officers. Association
responsibilities include athlete membership, enrollment of
organization members (clubs), the sanctioning of events,
and conducting programs at the local level. Our programs,
including Junior Olympics, Youth Athletics, and Junior
programs for younger athletes, are established and
conducted by Standing Sport Committees at both the
National and Association levels-- all of which have at least
20% athlete representation.
The Mission of USATF is to foster sustained
competitive excellence, interest, and participation in the
sports of track & field, long distance running, and race
walking.
USA Track & Field is “run” by people like you-- those
involved and interested in track & field, long distance
running, and racewalking. USA Track & Field is a grass
roots, non profit organization with one of the smallest paid
staff of any organization of comparable size. Most of the
work is done by volunteers. At both the National and
Association level athletes, club members, officials, coaches,
event organizers, and others involved in the sport work
together to govern the organization and conduct its
programs.
For more Information go to: www.usatf.org
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One of the Georgia Association’s most important functions
is its Youth Athletics Program. Over 60 USATF registered
youth clubs and 2,500 athletes ages 5 to 18 participate each
year in our Junior Olympic Program. In both track & field
and cross country, Georgia’s youth have the opportunity to
compete in a series of events leading to our Association
Championships, at which they may qualify to advance to the
USATF Regional and National Championships. This
program has produced some of the finest talent in the nation
including many National Champions, and Olympians such
as Gwen Torrence, Terrance Trammell, Angelo Taylor,
Adam Nelson, DeDe Trotter, Milton Campbell, and Dwight
Philips.
The Georgia Association Men’s and Women’s Long
Distance Running Committee hosts Open Association
Championships in conjunction with major road races around
the state. Currently championships in the 5K, 10K, half
marathon, and cross country are being conducted. Men’s
and Women’s Track and Field Committee hosts an annual
Track and Field Championship. Master’s Committee also
host both a track and field and distance run Championships.
Our goal is for each Standing Sport Committee to hold an
Association Championship.
Why Join?
Although there are many benefits to becoming a USATF
member, the most important reason for joining is that your
membership fee makes possible the programs and activities
discussed above. Each membership enables us to improve
and expand our services and programs and allows us to
achieve goals in developing the sport. Only current athlete
members of USATF are eligible for selection to our National
teams or compete in our national meets. In addition, all
registered athletes are provided with group accident
insurance which covers them at all sanctioned meets and
practices. USATF has recently broaden the appeal of its
membership package by offering discounts for running
apparel, athletic shoes, car rentals, hotels and a host of
other products and services. Whether you are a masters
marathon runner, a post collegiate track and field athlete, an
ultra runner, a beginning racewalker, youth cross country
runner, official, coach, parent, or etc., USA Track and Field
Membership is for you! We invite you to join today. Youth
membership is $20. Adults (19 and older) membership is
$30. Contact- Linda Bommicino, Membership Chair at
770-591-8806.
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Attachment 2 Sample - Georgia USA Track & Field
Youth Committee Code of Ethics
I hereby pledge on behalf of this organization that myself and the entire coaching staff and all the administrators
of this club will abide by these following Codes of Ethics as members of the Georgia USA Track and Field Youth
Program.
1. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my athletes ahead of any personal desire to win.
2. I will remember to treat each athlete as an individual, remembering the large spread of emotional and physical
development for the same age group, as well as be honest, fair, and respectful of others.
3. I will do my very best to provide a safe training situation for my athletes.
4. I will not consume and/or appear under the influence of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or any foreign substance that
might impair my abilities to function properly.
5. I agree that any member of this organization that is charged with a criminal offense against a youth will be
suspended from all activities involving all youth until the matter is fully resolved and cleared of all charges by the
authorities.
6. Procedures for Athlete Transfer and Recruitment:
a. If a parent or athlete decides to move from one club to another on his own accord, prior to the
beginning of a season, such transfer will be allowed without reservation. Such transfer must be at the
volition of the parent and/or athlete. No coach, assistant or officer of a registered club is permitted to
make any ovations, invitations, solicitation or any actions to induce a member away from one club to
another. Be aware that any athlete that participating for a club in a USATF sanctioned event must wait
ninety days before they are eligible to compete for another club in a USATF event. An athlete may
compete at any time in “un-attached” status.
b. An athlete is considered registered with a club once he competes in any sanctioned meet as a
member of such club. Club affiliation for any term is designated by possession of a USATF
Membership card, team registration, or wearing that teams uniform.
c. If such affiliation is terminated at any time during the season, further participation by such athlete will
be allowed only as an independent (unattached athlete). USA T&F regulation 7, paragraph C2 allows
for changing team affiliation 90 days after the last USA T&F sanctioned meet.
d. It is common courtesy of the coaches and members of the Georgia Association to contact a member
organization, either by phone or in person, when a change of affiliation is considered.
e. New clubs may openly solicit for membership throughout the Association (e.g., newspaper, radio,
public announcements). However, knowingly making any selective or direct communication to any
members of an affiliate organization is strictly prohibited.
f. No solicitation or advertisements for membership may be disseminated purporting to be members of
USA Track & Field without the expressed approval of the Chairperson of the Youth Athletics
Committee.
g. Further, no solicitation should include undocumented or unsubstantiated claims of membership of
USA T&F, coaching qualification, official certification or other benefits without the sanction of the Youth
Athletics Committee.
7. Violation of any of the above codes could result in hearings before the Ethics Committee, the Youth
Committee, and/or the Georgia Association. The result could be as serious as suspension of the coach,
athlete(s), and/or team in question.
NAME___________________________________________TITLE____________________________
SIGNATURE_______________________________________________ DATE___________________
NAME OF ORGANIZATION___________________________________________________________
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Attachment 3 Sample Medical Form
[CLUB]
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION / MEDICAL EMERGENCY FORM
Participant’s Name _____________________________Date of Birth _________M__F__
Name of Parent or Guardian________________________________________________
Address_____________________________City_________________ST____Zip______
Phone: Home (____)________________________Father’s Work (___)______________
Email Address_______________________
Mother’s Work (___)______________
I, _____________________hereby authorize the coach accompanying the [CLUB] from [City, State] to
seek immediate medical treatment for my child listed above, if medical emergency arises while on the way
to, returning from, or during any practice or meet in which the team participates. I also authorize the
attending physician to perform any emergency treatment necessary, after consultation with the coach, if I
cannot be reached.
If the child has any on-going medical problem, please indicate below:
______________________________________________________________________________
If the child is currently taking any form of medication, please indicate the type of medication and frequency:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
If the child has a reaction to any medication, please indicate the medication:
_______________________________________________________________________________
Name of Child’s Physician __________________________________Phone (___) ______________
Insurance Company________________________________________________________________
Insurance Company ID Number_______________________________________________________
Date:_____________ Signature____________________________________________
Please complete and return this form immediately.
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Table 2 Sample Renewal Club Letter
Dear USATF Youth Club Members:
Welcome to both new and returning clubs to another USATF membership year. My name is Toni Nichols, and I
am the Southwestern Association contact for Club Membership. Enclosed, you will find 2008 club membership
packet complete with an application and related forms.
•
•
It is important that you utilize the enclosed applications and forms due to the following updates.
•
It will be important to have completed background checks before submitting club applications for
current year memberships.
•
Club membership late fee information added.
•
Request for Certificate of Insurance – e-mail field added for issuance of certificate to Club.
Enclosures:
•
Organizational/Club membership applications
•
Club Practice Insurance information/form
•
Coach/Volunteer Application
•
Coach/Volunteer Registration Form
•
Tentative Indoor and Outdoor Schedules (tentative)
•
1st Youth Meeting Date
Organizational/Club Membership applications:
It is imperative that Org/Club membership applications are submitted to the Association in a timely manner!
Why?
1.
Clubs will be denied the ability to enter or score in the National or Regional Championships if they are
not in the National membership database.
2.
Liability issues – Delays in receipt of membership applications may result in insurance processing
delays of certificates of insurance and/or lack of coverage for practices.
3.
Club benefit packets are sent out at least once a month. We would like all registered clubs to receive
these packets as quickly as possible. Packets include Competition Rule Book.
4.
Only “current” clubs in our database will receive mailings/e-mails about programs such as Travel
Grants, Nike shoe/spike offers, and other new member benefits and initiatives. All information must be
complete and legible. Incomplete information or illegible handwriting may cause Clubs to not receive
pertinent information on competition/events, programs, offers, grants and other mailings such as the
club benefit packet, which includes a Club Certificate of Membership and Competition Rule Book.
Incomplete and illegible handwriting might cause Club information on the USATF website to be posted
incorrectly.
Club Practice Insurance information/forms (cost is $15.00):
Table 3
Provides Coverage to:
Organizational/Club entity & officers
By submitting the following form(s)
Organizational/Club Membership
Application & Club Practice Schedule
Coaches/Volunteers & other practice
Coach/Volunteer Registration
Supervisor’s
form/application & current individual
Membership application for each coach
Volunteer
3rd Party (additional insured)
Request for 3rd Party Certificate of
Insurance
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Coach/Volunteer Application
This form is required for ALL individuals representing your organization that will come into contact with
youth athletes. All coaches and volunteers who have direct contact with youth athletes during scheduled club
practices and other club activities must submit this application, along with a copy of a valid government issued
ID. This is for verification of membership; it is to be sent to the membership chair, [Name]. Please make sure you
sign the Background Screening Acknowledgement section. This includes president, vice president, secretary,
any/all officers, coaches and volunteers. Incomplete forms will delay the processing of your application.
Addendum: Please do not write either your driver license or social security on the form.
The background screening is an online process. The cost is [$$]. It will take you through the prompts including
personal information such as your driver license and social security. Go www.swusatf.org for an explanation and
completion of the process.
Coach/Volunteer Registration Form
This form is required for ALL persons who are coaching/supervising/assisting during club practices.
Fees
Club Application Fee is $65.00 per year
Background Screening is $8.00 per person/per coach/volunteer form
Practice Site Insurance is $15.00 per site.
3rd Party Insurance $15.00 (might be required by facility your using for practice)
The Association will charge a $50.00 late for Org/Club membership applications received after April 1,
2008, per month. This late fee will only be charged for renewing COMPETITIVE CLUBS only. The
National Office will charge $100 fee for late applications of renewing clubs after May 1st of the
current year, 2008.
I hope I have identified and addressed any and all issues dealing with Club memberships.
Please direct all questions, issues and payment information relevant to Club
Memberships to my attention. I look forward to working with you and let’s make this a successful year.
Sincerely,
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Attachment 4 Sample Organization Membership Packet
Enclosed are:
A
B
Organizational/Club Membership Packet
1.
Organizational/ Club Membership Application
2.
Individual Membership Application
3.
Club/ Coaches Code of Ethics
4.
USATF Club Practice Schedule
Coach/ Volunteer Application- Background Screening Application
Complete Part A
Form 1. Organizational/ Club Membership
Part A. Organization Club Membership Application. All Officers of USATF Clubs/ Organizations must
be registered members of USA Track and Field.
__0__This (X) indicates you have outstanding debt, and you are not in good standing. This must be paid
before your club application can be renewed.
You owe $_______________for___________________________________________.
Form 2. Individual Memberships are $20 youth (18 & under) and $30 Adults. Please make a separate check
for individual memberships.
Form 3. For Youth Clubs Only- Please sign code of ethics
Form 4. Club Practice Schedule. Fill out “Name of Third Party” only if certificate of insurance is requested.
There is a $15.00 fee for “each” certificate of insurance. - $15.00 additional for each Third Party Certificate
of Insurance.
Complete Part B
Complete a Coaches/Volunteer Application on each person that will supervise youth athletes (Any athlete under
age 18). Do not list driver's License or Social Security Number.
AFTER COMPLETION OF ALL FORMS AND ATTACHMENTS, SEND ALL COPIES WITH THE FOLLOWING
FEES:
Youth Clubs ONLY
Early Bird Special for “Renewals only” -If completed forms received from November 1, 2007 to
December 31, 2007- $40.00.
Youth (January 1 - April 30,2008), Adult, Open, Master, and Mixed Clubs- Fees- $60.00
All clubs renewing memberships received on May 1st or later is considered late!!!! National
Headquarters will charge $100.00 LATE FEE. Georgia Association will still charge a $40.00 late
fee!
Total Club Renewal Fee on May 1, 2008 or later is $200.00. Don't be Late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clubs Must
Be Received By April 30, 2008 or LATE.
Please return forms and check(s) payable to USATF Georgia Association to: “NAME”
For additional information call “NAME”.
For USATF membership cards or membership information call “NAME”.
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Table 4 Sample Club Application (Sheet 1 of 3)
e
MEMBER ORGANIZATION
MEMBER CLUB
ORGANIZATIONAL/CLUB
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
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BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP & GENERAL INFORMATION
OR
BENEFITS
Each year all registered USA Track & Field (USATF) Organizational
Members receive the following member benefits:
Certificate indicating the organization/Club is
registered with USATF for the current year.
Welcome letter from the CEO of USATF;
USATF Competition Rule Book;
Notices of grant opportunities, fund raising opportuni-
USATF
competit
ion
rules
Type
ties other materials as they become available;
Liability insurance during registered club practices;
Subscription to Fast Forward and Track Coach
Magazine;
The right to enter relay teams and have athletes
CO
represent their organization at USATF Championships;
Each local Association provides member-organizations
(clubs) with Association-specific benefits;
Voting privileges at Association meetings.
The right to use the USATF Club or USATF Organizational
Member logo on promotional materials.
GENERALINFORMATION
INFORMATION
GENERAL
Organizational/Club Membership Duration
Similar to individual memberships, organizational memberships are on a calendar year
basis. This means they expire on December
31st each year. Member organizations joining in November or December will be afforded membership for the remainder of that
year as well as all of the following year
(example: the organization submits an application to the Association on November 14,
2007; the organization will be considered a
valid member for the remainder of 2007 and
all of 2008).
cation Program
Coaching Educ
Each year USATF offers a variety of educational opportunities. To learn more about this
program or to find a Coaching Education
school near you visit www.usatf.org.
USATF Governance Manual / Competition
Rules
A current copy of the USATF Governance
Manual and USATF Rules of Competition are
available at www.usatf.org.
Can't remember your membership number or
password; lost your membership card? Use
the Lookup feature to retrieve your number
and/or password. Visit the Membership Page
at www.usatf.org.
Event Calendar
Looking for an event? Whether it is a youth,
open, masters, long distance running, track &
field or race walking event be sure to check
out USATF’s website for the most comprehensive Athletics calendar around.
Our o
and t
Membership Number & Password Lookup Feature
Retu
*$100 late fee
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Table 4 Sample Club Application (Sheet 3 of 3)
ORGANIZATIONAL/CLUB
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
FOR ASSOCIATION USE ONLY
Date Rec’d
# of Membership Years ________________
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Membership Year(s)
*Organization Name ________________________________________
Principal Location of the Organization
Approved By __________________________
Date Approved________________________
CHECK ONE:
*Website Address ____________________________________________________
*Age Demographics
Type of Organization
❒ Youth
❒ Masters
❒ Event Organizer
❒ Corporate
❒ Other
❒ Open
Check all that apply
CONTACT INFORMATION
__________________
Assoc. # __________Club # ____________
*City ____________________________*ST ________Zip ____________
❒ Competitive Club
__________________________
Check#___________Amt $ ______________
❒ New Membership
❒ Renewal from Last Year
❒ Renewal but not from Last Year
❒ Update Multi-year Membership
Sports
❒ Track
❒ Field
❒ Road
❒ XC
❒ Mountain
❒ Ultra
❒ Trail ❒ Race Walking
*Specified contact information will be posted on
USATF website, www.usatf.org
All mail and e-mail correspondence from USATF will be sent to the following
Contact Person ________________________________________________________________________
Current USATF Membership # ____________________________________________________________
Shipping/Mailing Address ________________________________________________________________
City ________________________________________ST________________Zip ______________________
*Phone (Main)(
) _______________________________ Phone (Alternate)(
*E-mail Address ____________________________________Fax (
Officers:
) ______________
) __________________________
President
Current USATF Membership #
Secretary
Current USATF Membership #
Other
Current USATF Membership #
Our organization, if accepted, hereby agrees to abide by the Rules and Regulations of USA Track & Fiield
and to respect and enforce all decisions of USA Track & Field and its Associations.
Signature of Organization Officer
ure
Return this application form to:
Date
PLEASE REGISTER OUR
CLUB/ORGANIZATION FOR:
❒ 2 YEARS
❒ 1 YEAR
❒ 3 YEARS ❒ 4 YEARS
Fee = number of years X annual membership fee
*$100 late fee; Renewal applications received after May 1st
NOTE: To maintain current contact information and to properly activate the liability insurance, clubs/organizations who
apply for multi-year memberships must file a membership
application, applicable coach’s registration forms, and club
practice schedule each year.
FOR NATIONAL OFFICE USE ONLY
Date Rec’d____________________________________
Date Ent’d ____________________________________
Entered By ____________CC $ __________________
Check ________________Amt. $ ________________
COMPETITIVE CLUBS ONLY
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Table 5 Sample Individual Membership Application
USATF Membership Application
‰ New Member ‰ Renewal (from previous year – USATF Number
)
Please print or type information
Last Name
First Name
Initial
Address
City
Sex M/F
State
USA Citizen
Age Today
Yes No
Date of Birth
Zip Code
- - (MM-DD-YYYY – i.e.: 02-19-1958)
If no, country of Citizenship
--
Club No. Club Name
Phone Number
Email
(Your membership # will be emailed to you. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.)
Please check all appropriate sports codes here:
Track Field Road Running/LDR Cross Country Ultra-Marathon Mountain/Trail Race Walking
Membership Category Codes
Membership Fees & Registration Options
AT: Athlete
PA: Parent
DA: Disabled Athlete
OF: Official -uncertified
OA: Official – Association
ON: Official - National
OM: Official - Master
CH: Coach-uncertified
CD: Developmental certified
C1: Coach - Level 1 certified
C2: Coach - Level 2 certified
C3: Coach - Level 3 certified
JOIN ONLINE AT
OPTION 1
Please use the codes below – you may indicate one or
more categories.
You will receive your new
Membership # – Instantly!!
Have your previous membership # and password ready as
they will be needed for the renewal process
MAIL TO:
USATF National Membership Center
One RCA Dome Suite 140
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1023
AD: Administrator
By signature below, I, a prospective member of USA Track
& Field, agree to abide by the applicable USATF Bylaws,
Operating Regulations, and Competition Rules for my
level(s) and category(ies) of membership.
sign)
Date of Application
-- (MM-DD-YYYY)
Important information for youth members: New or lapsed
memberships must submit a copy of birth certificate or
other ID.
Check here if you do not wish your address used as art of a
direct mail list.
PTI
Adult Membership (19 yrs & over)
$ __________
$ 29.95 (1-year)
$ 79.95 (3-years)
$ 54.95 (2-years)
$ 99.95 (4-years)
OPTION 2
Signature (If an athlete is under age 18, parent or guardian must
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Youth Membership (18 yrs & under)
$ 19.95 x ___________ =
$ __________
# of membership years
$
CONTRIBUTIONS (TAX DEDUCTIBLE)
Please direct my contribution to ܼ LDR ܼ Youth
ܼ Masters T & F ܼ RW ܼAssociation Programs
ܼ Unrestricted
TOTAL
$
Please make checks payable to USATF.
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Table 6 Sample Club Practice Insurance (Sheet 1 of 2)
Organizational / Club Membership
Club Practice Insurance Information & Forms
Overview: An important benefit USATF provides to its member organizations/clubs is General Liability Insurance
coverage. Liability insurance provides coverage for certain types of lawsuits brought against the club, its officers,
coaches, and volunteers. Detailed information on the coverage is available at www.usatf.org/clubs/benefits
To form a USATF Club, club organizers must register through their local association by submitting the following:
9Organizational/club application
9Club Practice Schedule for each practice facility
9Coach/Volunteer Registration form or the Club/Volunteer Application (for clubs who provide programs for
youth members) for each coach or volunteer that will be supervising practice
To qualify as a bona fide club practice and the liability insurance coverage benefit, each club shall:
9Club Practice Schedules: declare practice details for each practice site by submitting a Club Practice Schedule
form for each facility. Club Practice Schedules must be on file prior to practices taking place. There is no
additional fee to register club practices; however, there is a $15 fee for each 3rd party certificate of insurance
request. A separate request must be submitted for each 3rd Party. To request a certificate of insurance for a 3rd
Party, fill out Sections 1 & 2 of the Club Practice Schedule.
9Coach/Volunteer Requirements: have all coaches & volunteers who are supervising practices submit a
Coach/Volunteer Registration form or the Coach/Volunteer Application (for clubs who conducting practices
where youth members are present). The USATF General Liability Insurance policy will cover only those
coaches and volunteers with a current USATF membership and have submitted the appropriate coach/volunteer
form. Additionally, for practices where youth athletes will be present the coach/volunteer must have passed a
criminal background check.
9Supervision: maintain reasonable coach supervision levels (usually measured by the athletes per coach ratio)
given the circumstances of the practice.
9Safety: develop printed safety guidelines and distribute it to all coaches and to all club members.
9Waiver of Liability: Collect a signed waiver of liability form from each participant (parent/guardian if under the
age of 18). For youth athletes this form should provide parental permission for the athlete to attend the club
practice(s). These forms do not have to be submitted to USATF but should be kept on file by the club (for at
least five years) and available to USATF if requested. Failure to collect waivers may invalidate your coverage.
9Venues: ensure that participants under that age of 18 do not practice on “open” streets (open to vehicular traffic)
or any other uncontrolled area – youth practices/training runs must be in a controlled and enclosed area such as
track stadium, fenced-in athletic area, etc.
What is not covered?:
9Overnight camps
9 Clinics where non-club members are invited to attend
9 Fundraising activities (e.g., car washes, product sales, etc.)
9 Sports and activities other than track & field, running, race walking
9 Home-Based Practice Facilities (unless specifically approved by USATF). For more information contact the
National Office (317) 713-4665.
Ô Failure to complete all forms in their entirety may nullify your club’s insurance coverage.
Ô USA Track & Field reserves the right to restrict insurance certificates and insurance limits. Generally, certificates
will only be issued to a third party when required by an executed contract or governmental permit application.
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Table 6 Sample Club Practice Insurance (Sheet 2 of 2)
Make Copies as Needed
Club Practice Schedule
A separate Club Practice Schedule must be submitted for each practice facility.
Completion of these sections will register your practices with USATF and provide liability coverage for your organization/club. In order for your
coach/volunteer to be added to the policy, they must complete the Coach/Volunteer Registration or the Coach/Volunteer Application form (see
attached).
SECTION 1
Club Name
Address
City
Club #
Association #
Practice Location & Address
ST
Today’s Date
I,
Zip
(Facility)
have obtained permission from
for the club’s use of their facility as a practice site. Signature
January
February
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ˆJan ˆFeb ˆMarch ˆApril ˆMay ˆJune ˆJuly ˆAug ˆSept ˆOct ˆNovˆDec
ˆJan ˆFeb ˆMarch ˆApril ˆMay ˆJune ˆJuly ˆAug ˆSept ˆOct ˆNovˆDec
SECTION 2
Request for 3rd Party Certificate of Insurance - $15.00 per Request
All fields must be completed if a 3rd Party (e.g. school, facility, municipality, etc.) needs to be added to the policy. Failure to provide all of the
information or illegible writing may result in the certificate not being properly issued. Only list the 3rd Party’s mailing address.
Name of 3rd Party
Contact Person
Address
State
City
Zip Code
Fax
Phone
(area code)
E-mail (3rd Party)
(area code)
E-mail (Org/Club)
For Official Use Only
VISA #
Amount $
Check #
Date Received
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Travel Grant Program
Section 1
Introduction
In partnership with the USA Track & Field Foundation, USATF continues to sponsor the Mark Springer Youth
Travel Grant program to aid in bringing athletes to USATF's four National Youth and Junior championship events
each year.
Section 2
Events
The events eligible for the grants are:
USA Junior Outdoor T&F Championships
USA Youth Outdoor T&F Championships
USATF National Junior Olympic T&F Championships
USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships
Note: See the USATF calendar for exact dates and location.
Section 3
Background
Named after the former USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs and Planning and originator of the program,
the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant Program offers travel assistance grants to eligible youth clubs across the
country. Since 2000, the grants have helped clubs offset expenses related to bringing athletes to USATF national
or developmental championships. Over $380,000 has been awarded to more than 350 clubs, with an average
grant of $1000, since the program's inception, making it one of USATF's most popular grass roots efforts and a
direct benefit for your membership as a USATF Club.
Section 4
Grant Subsidies
In 2008, increased donations from the USATF Foundation provided to the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant
recipients with additional funding. A total of $50,000 in grants have been awarded each successive year.
Section 5
Application Process
We encourage you to apply early and pay special attention to how the grant funds may best serve deserving
members of your club. If your club has been awarded a travel grant in the past, we encourage you to provide
history of how the funds were utilized (e.g. how many additional athletes were able to attend because of the
grant, medal winners, etc.).
Please note that these grants may only be used for the championships listed above and receipts must be
submitted for travel expenses in order to receive grant reimbursement. In addition, those clubs awarded a grant
must participate in USATF's Win With Integrity program by completing the Win With Integrity pledge which will be
provided upon grant award.
Please complete the application and return it to the USATF National Office no later than the early April deadline.
NOTE: You can also fax the completed application to USATF at 800-833-1466 or send it via e-mail. To be eligible
for this program, your USATF club membership must be renewed for the current year prior to application
submission.
We wish every USATF member club the best of luck this year and we look forward to seeing many of you at our
National championships.
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Please print and complete the downloadable application and return it no later than the specified April deadline to
the USATF National Office.
USA Track & Field
c/o Youth Programs
132 E. Washington St., Ste 800
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
NOTE: You can also fax the completed application to USATF at 800-833-1466.
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Forms
Section 1
Introduction
The youth committee maintains forms for the various activities.
Section 2 contains many of the forms used in the youth programs. Where available, it defines where these forms
can be accessed on the USATF web site from which the forms can be downloaded and used.
Section 3 provides instruction information to give guidance for completing some of the forms.
Forms are available on the Youth Athletics website:
http://www.usatf.org/groups/Youth/
Section 2
List of Forms
This section provides sample forms for the following programs: Junior Olympics, Youth Athletics, Cross Country,
and Win With Integrity. [All underlined Form Numbers and Titles below are links to the forms in the manual.]
Entry forms are presented as samples only. Actual entry into the meet is done through an online system on the
internet. These forms are provided as a reference to the information that will be required for each athlete.
2.1
2.2
2.3
Junior Olympics Track & Field
Form 1
Sample JO T&F Individual Entry - Advancement
Form 2
Sample JO T&F Relay Roster
Junior Olympics Cross Country
Form 3
Sample JO XC Individual Entry - Advancement
Form 4
Sample JO XC Team Entry - Advancement
Youth Athletics Track & Field
This section contains links to sample entry form for the Youth Athletics meet. Actual entry into the
meet is done through an online system on the internet. These forms are provided as a reference to the
information that will be required for each athlete.
2.4
Form 5
Sample YA T&F Individual Entry
Form 6
Sample - YA T&F Relay Entry
Meet Forms
Form 7
Region ## Junior Olympic Protest Form
Form 8
Record Application
Form 9
Incident Report Form
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2.5
Special Programs
Form 10
Win With Integrity Pledge
Form 11
Sample Mark Springer Travel Grant
To download these forms from the web site go to: http://www.usatf.org/clubs/benefits/travelGrants/
Additionally, this site contains information about past recipients of the travel grants.
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Regional Coordinator Forms
Form 12
USA Junior Outdoor Championships / IAAF World Youth Championships Reconciliation
Form 13
USA Track & Field Request for Reimbursement
Section 3
Instructions for Completing Forms
This section contains instruction for completing the forms for the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field forms.
3.1
Directions for the Junior Olympic Event Entry & Advancement Form
All participants are required to complete the Junior Olympic Event Entry & Advancement Form in order
to be properly entered in the Junior Olympic Program.
Please provide the required information accurately:
Name:
Please provide the athlete name as it appears on the USATF membership card.
Address:
Each athlete's address complete with zip code is necessary.
Telephone Number:
A telephone number including area code where questions can be answered if needed.
Full USATF Club Name as it appears in the USATF Directory
USATF Club Number
beginning with the association number.
USATF Association:
Provide clearly the association number
USATF Region:
Provide the region number
Membership Number:
Current year membership number required.
Select the age division: Place checks in the appropriate boxes for gender and age division.
Write Birth Date
Legibly enter date in a month/date/year format.
All birthdates must be verified and stamped by the Association Youth Chair or their
designee in order to compete.
Complete the Association Championships section for the first round of competition:
List the events being competed and if preliminary meets held indicate times/marks from the preliminary meet.
The combined events section is only for the triathlon, heptathlon etc.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Regional Championships Section
This is to be completed only by those athletes advancing to the Regional Junior Olympics Meet.
As the athlete advances in the competition, the events qualified in will be indicated under the heading: Regional
Championships. Only the events that the athlete is advancing in should be indicated under this heading. Indicate
qualifying times/marks attained at the Association Meet.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The National Championships Section
This is to be completed only by those athletes advancing to the USATF National Junior Olympic T&F
Championships.
Only the events where the athlete qualified should be noted. Indicate qualifying times/marks attained at the
Regional Meet.
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All Entry/Advancement Forms MUST be signed by the athlete and the Parent/Guardian. An athlete may not
compete if the signature portion of the form is incomplete.
3.2
Directions for the Relay Roster Form
Each relay team entered in the competition must have a completed relay roster form.
For more information on the relay procedures see YA Procedure 103: Junior Olympic Relay Procedures
Please provide the required information accurately:
Provide Complete USATF Club Name Legibly
Provide Club Number beginning with the Association Number
Clearly identify the age division, distance and gender.
If you have multiply teams competing (example an a, b or c team) each team must have
a separate roster completed.
Complete the coach’s information.
The Phone Number should be a number where the coach most often can be reached.
Any questions pertaining to the relay will be directed to the coach. An e-mail address
most often will expedite the contacting of the coach.
A coach's signature is required on all Relay Declarations.
All members of the club in the gender and age group should be listed on the roster.
Eligible athletes will be taken from the roster, when a replacement athlete is needed.
Rostered athletes may never compete on the relay unless specifically entered, but
would be available if a situation arose that required a substitution of an athlete.
Clearly print First Name and Last Name on the Roster of each athlete. At each round of competition a check
mark will be required to declare the athlete as competing at that particular round of competition.
The relay roster form is due to meet management prior to the start of competition at the
Association or Preliminary level.
The submitted rosters will become the responsibility of the Youth Chair and Regional
Coordinator and will be available at each of the subsequent meets.
Only athletes who are registered members of a club may be listed on the club roster form.
All athletes listed on the roster must also have completed an individual entry and advancement form in order to
compete at that round.
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Form 1 Sample JO T&F Individual Entry - Advancement
INFORMATION ONLY
2009 USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Event Entry & Advancement Form
Sex:
Please type or print legibly
Last Name ________________________ First _________________________
Sub- Bantam (Born 2001 and later)
Bantam (Born 1999 and later)
Midget (Born 1997 – 1998)
Youth (Born 1995 – 1996)
Intermediate (Born 1993 – 1994)
Young M/W (Born 19901– 1992)*
Address ________________________________________________________
City ______________________ State ____________ Zip _______________
Telephone (
*(See Rule 300.1.c - Includes athletes who
are still 18 thru August 2, 2008)
) ______________Email (opt.)_________________________
Full USATF Club Name ____________________________________________
AGE DIVISION
Male
Female
Birth Date _____/_____/_____
BIRTH DATE VERIFIED**
USATF Club Number ____/____/- ____/____/____/_____/
USATF Association ______________________ USATF Region ___________
2009 USATF Memb. No. ___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/ (Required)
Association Championships
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Please list events in which you are going to compete. If Preliminary meets were contested, use time/mark and place. If not, use approximate
time/mark for seeding purposes.
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Event
1) ______________________
Time/Mark Place
_________ ______
Event
Time/Mark
3) _____________________ __________
Place
______
2) ______________________
_________ ______
4) ____________________
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Combined Events ________________________ Total Pts __________ Place _________
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Regional Championships
Please list events in which you are going to compete: list place and time/mark achieved at the association meet.
Event
1) ______________________
Time/Mark Place
_________ ______
Event
Time/Mark
3) _____________________ __________
Place
______
2) ______________________
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4) _____________________ __________
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Combined Events ________________________ Total Pts__________ Place_________
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July 28 – August 2
National Championships
Irwin Belk Track – Greensboro, NC
Entry Fees $8.00 Indiv. Events, $32.00 Per Relay, $24.00 Heptathlon/Decathlon, $20.00 Triathlon/Pentathlon
Please list events in which you are going to compete: list place and time/mark achieved at the regional meet.
Event
1) ______________________
Time/Mark Place
_________ ______
Event
Time/Mark
3) _____________________ __________
Place
______
2) ______________________
_________
4) _____________________ __________
______
______
Combined Events ________________________ Total Pts__________ Place________
Athlete’s Release: I voluntarily agree to participate in the 2009 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships and knowingly assume any and all risks of loss, damage to my person or property, injury
(including death), both foreseen and unforeseen, of my attendance at and participation in the 2009 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships, from any cause whatsoever, including the fault or
negligence of Releasees (as defined below). I, for myself, my heirs, personal representatives and assigns do hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue USA Track & Field, Inc., the local
USATF Association, the Local Organizing Committee, the Facility and Championship Sponsors, their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and volunteers (collectively "Releasees") from all
liability, loss, claims, demands, possible causes of action, court costs, settlement costs and fees, attorneys fees and any other expenses arising from any claim or lawsuit that may arise from any loss,
damage or injury (including death) to me or my property resulting from or arising in connection with, or related to, my attendance at or participation in the 2009 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic
Championships. In the event that I am injured, I hereby consent to the provision of necessary and appropriate emergency medical treatment.
By entering this competition, I grant USA Track & Field, Inc. a limited license to use my name, likeness, image, voice, video, athletic performance, biographical and other information, in any format
whatsoever, and to distribute, broadcast and exhibit these without charge, restriction or liability, but only for the purposes of advertising or promoting the sport of Athletics. In no event, however, will such
usage constitute an endorsement of any product or service without my specific written consent.
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to drug testing. Visit the competition's Athlete Information page (www.usatf.org/events/2009/USATFJuniorOlympicTFChampionships) for more
information..
Signature - ATHLETE
Signature - PARENT / GUARDIAN (Must be signed if athlete is under 18 years of age.)
ADA request: I am requesting an accommodation for a disability as follows: ____________
* Please note: All requests for accommodations must be received six weeks prior to the date of competition.
(visit www.usatf.org/about/legal/policies/ADA.asp for forms and procedures)
List allergies and current medications: __________________________________________________________________________________________
THIS ENTRY FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO THE REGISTRATION AREA BEFORE LEAVING THIS MEET.
**Proof of Age: Verification Stamp (based on Birth Certificate, Certified Baptismal Record, Passport, Driver’s License, or United States Government Identification)
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INFORMATION ONLY
2009 USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
RELAY ROSTER FORM
(Please type or print legibly)
Junior Olympic Rule 302.3 – Relays: Please Read Rules and Procedures on Back
COACHES: This Relay Form must be completed and filed at the first round whether Preliminary Meet or
Association Championship prior to your team’s participation. You need only file this roster one time as it is passed on to succeeding meets, and
only athletes listed on this roster may compete on your relay team. (There is no longer a relay entry form for National Junior Olympics -- athletes now enter by means of their
individual entry form.)
Use a separate form for each Age Division, Gender, and Relay Event
Full USATF Club Name_________________________________________ Club Number__/__/-__/__/__/__
Check the corresponding age division and relay (1 per form)
Bantam
Midget
Youth
Intermediate
Young
Sex:
͘M ͘ F
Circle the appropriate
team:
4x100
4x400
4x800
A B C D E F
Coach’s Name ______________________________________ Phone (_ _ _) ____________________
Email ____________________________________ Region _______ Association ________________
Street Address _____________________________________________________________________
City _________________________ State ___________________ Zip _________________________
COACH’S DECLARATION
I certify that all listed athletes listed on this roster are USATF members of my club, comply with the rules, and are in compliance with their
age division. I am aware that to be properly entered, each must file an individual entry form and specify their entry for this relay event. To
compete on the relay, each athlete must be listed on the Relay Roster.
Signature (REQUIRED) _____________________________________________________
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level’s entry registration coordinator. Alterations are not allowed. (See Procedures on BACK)
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Form 2 (Continued) Sample JO T&F Relay Roster
Back of Form
INFORMATION ONLY
2009 USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
RELAY ROSTER RULES
Junior Olympic Rule 302
3. Relays
(a.) The procedure for entering a relay is given in the Youth Guide. Failure to comply with the procedure may result in
disqualification.
(b.) A Relay team shall consist of four (4) members.
(c.) Participation of relays teams shall be limited to those clubs that hold a valid club membership in USATF.
(d.) All participants shall wear a top of the same color. At Regional and National Championships, all participants shall wear a
top of the same color as well as shorts of a same color. The Games Committee shall assign an individual to review colors of team
uniforms in the clerking area.
(e.) An athlete may drop an individual event to compete on a relay as long as the athlete has not competed in any round of that
event. A ‘no show’ does not constitute a drop in the event. A change form must be submitted at registration 1 ½ hours prior to
the schedule start of the event being dropped.
Junior Olympics
(g.) To enter a relay in the Junior Olympics a relay roster is required.
(h.) The procedure for submitting roster is given in the Youth Guide. The relay roster must be submitted by the entry deadline of
the meet whether the Association championship or preliminary meet, as specified in the entry material but not later than the first
(1st) round of competition.
(i.) Any athlete listed on the club’s relay roster in the same age division/sex is eligible for that relay team.
(j.) All competitors listed on the official roster are eligible to compete if they are entered in the meet in individual events or other
relays. If an individual is not entered in the meet by either of the above methods stated above, that individual must complete and
submit an entry form placing the word “roster” in the event section. An additional cost equal to the cost of a single event may be
charged for each member entering by this method.
Youth Athletic Procedures
YA-103: Junior Olympic Relay Procedures
1.
Rev. 0, 4/2007
To enter a relay in the Junior Olympic Program, a club coach or administrator must first complete a Relay Roster.
a. Complete the personal information, including club name, club number, address, and phone number. Coaches must sign the form.
b. In order for an athlete to be eligible to be on a club roster, he /she MUST be a member of USATF and MUST have the club number
listed on his/her membership in the USATF Membership Data Base. Each club must be a current USATF registered club.
c. Coaches are encouraged to list every eligible athlete in the same division and sex of the club (whether participating in this relay or not)
on the roster. Example: Make an alphabetical list of all Bantam Girls in the club. Note: There must be a minimum of 4 athletes in the
same age division and sex to form a Relay roster.
d. Copy the completed relay roster for each age division and sex and enter one roster for each event:
- 4x100 A, B, C, etc.
- 4x400 A, B, C, etc.
- 4x800 A, B, C, etc.
2. The relay roster must be submitted at the first round of competition by the entry deadline of the meet as specified in the entry material whether
the preliminary or the association meet. Once this roster is submitted at the first level, no additions or alterations can be made and the
roster may not be returned to the coach, parent or athlete.
3. To declare a relay team into the meet, a club coach or administrator must do the following:
a. Check off a minimum of four (4) athletes and maximum of six (6) athletes on their relay roster in the column of the level (preliminary,
association, regional or national) next to their names. Subsequently, complete the individual entry forms with entry into the relay for the
cost of entering a relay.
b. When the club’s relay team checks in at the event clerking area, four (4) athletes must be present to run. To change the composition of
the team, any athlete can be substituted provided the athlete has a competitor number and is listed on the club’s relay roster. To drop an
event, a change form must be submitted at registration 1 ½ hours prior to the schedule start of the event being dropped.
Note: The substituted athlete may not exceed the maximum number of events he/she is allowed to compete in at the meet per Rule
300.1(e).
4. To advance a Relay team to the next level of competition, a club’s relay must compete and qualify at the current level. The make up of the
relay need not be the same throughout the rounds or various levels of competition as long as the athletes are listed on the original relay roster
submitted at the first level.
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Form 3 Sample JO XC Individual Entry - Advancement
INFORMATION ONLY
2009 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Program
Individual Entry & Advancement Form
Please type or print legibly
Last Name
Sex:
First
Bantam (Born 1999 and later)
Midget (Born 1997-1998)
Youth (Born 1995 -1996)
Intermediate (Born 1993-1994)
Young M/W (Born 1991-1992)
Address
City
State
Telephone: (
)
Zip
Email
Full USATF Club Name
Birth Date _____/_____/_____
BIRTH DATE VERIFIED**
USATF Club Number ____ ___ / ___ ___ ___ ___
USATF Association
AGE DIVISION
Male
Female
USATF Region #
USATF Membership Number ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
(Required)
Section 1
(Indicate place/time from Association Championships)
Time
Place
Section 3
Section 2
Association Championships
(Check appropriate age division to enter the Association Championship)
ˆ Youth (4 km)
ˆ Intermediate (5 km)
ˆ Young Men/Women (5 km)
ˆ Bantam (3 km)
ˆ Midget (3 km)
Regional Championships
Time
ˆ Bantam (3 km)
ˆ Midget (3 km)
National Championships Reno, NV. December 12th, 2009
(Indicate place/time from Regional Championships)
Time
ˆ Bantam (3 km)
ˆ Midget (3 km)
Place
ˆ Youth (4 km)
ˆ Intermediate (5 km)
ˆ Young Men/Women (5 km)
Entry Fee: $20.00 per athlete
Place
Time
Place
ˆ Youth (4 km)
ˆ Intermediate (5 km)
ˆ Young Men/Women (5 km)
Athlete’s Release: I voluntarily agree to participate in the 2009 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships and knowingly assume any and all risks of loss, damage to my person or
property, injury (including death), both foreseen and unforeseen, of my attendance at and participation in the 2009 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, from any cause
whatsoever, including the fault or negligence of Releasees (as defined below). I, for myself, my heirs, personal representatives and assigns do hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue
USA Track & Field, Inc., the local USATF Association, the Local Organizing Committee, the Facility and Championship Sponsors, their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and volunteers
(collectively "Releasees") from all liability, loss, claims, demands, possible causes of action, court costs, settlement costs and fees, attorneys fees and any other expenses arising from any claim or lawsuit
that may arise from any loss, damage or injury (including death) to me or my property resulting from or arising in connection with, or related to, my attendance at or participation in the 2009 USA Track &
Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. In the event that I am injured, I hereby consent to the provision of necessary and appropriate emergency medical treatment.
By entering this competition, I grant USA Track & Field, Inc. a limited license to use my name, likeness, image, voice, video, athletic performance, biographical and other information, in any format
whatsoever, and to distribute, broadcast and exhibit these without charge, restriction or liability, but only for the purposes of advertising or promoting the sport of Athletics. In no event, however, will such
usage constitute an endorsement of any product or service without my specific written consent.
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to drug testing. Visit the competition's Athlete Information page (www.usatf.org/events/2009/USATFJuniorOlympicXCChampionships) for more
information.
Signature - ATHLETE
Signature - PARENT/GUARDIAN (Must be signed if athlete is under 18 years of age.)
ADA request: I am requesting an accommodation for a disability as follows:
(Visit www.usatf.org/about/legal/policies/ADA.asp for forms and procedures)
*Please note: All requests for accommodations must be received six weeks prior to the date of competition.
List allergies and current medications:
THIS ENTRY FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO THE REGISTRATION AREA BEFORE LEAVING THIS MEET.
**Proof of Age: Verification Stamp (based on Birth Certificate, Certified Baptismal Record, Passport, Driver’s License, or U.S. government identification)
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Form 4 Sample JO XC Team Entry - Advancement
INFORMATION ONLY
2009 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Program
Team Entry/Advancement and Declaration Roster
Sex:
USATF Club Name
USATF Club #___ ___ / ___ ___ ___ ___
USATF Region #
USATF Association
AGE DIVISION
Male
Female
Youth (1995-1996)
Bantam (1999 and later)
Intermediate (1993-1994)
Midget (1997-1998)
Young M/W (1991-1992)
Directions:
Coach Name
1) Complete and submit one (1) form per age/sex division.
2) Attach all individual entry forms with proof of birth
Address
verification to this roster for all qualified team members.
City
ST
Phone (Day)
Phone (Evening)
3) List in alphabetical order all athletes on your club that will
Zip
represent any of your teams (A, B, C, etc.) in the age division
checked above. Starting with the Association Level, place “A”
next to names on “A” Team, place “B” next to names on “B”
team, etc. for your teams. You must have at least 5 and no
more than 8 athletes on a team.
National
(Declare 5 to 8 athletes per team)
Regional
First Name – Last Name
Association
(Declare 5 to 8 athletes per team)
National
First Name – Last Name
Print or Type
Regional
Print or Type
Association
Pursuant to USATF Rule 305.3 (c): “All members of the same club listed on the team declaration roster at the Association finals are eligible to
compete on the club’s team (minimum of 5, maximum of 8) in the next round of Qualifications up to and including the National Championships as
long as the team qualifies.” REMINDER: THIS IS A DECLARATION FORM AND YOU MUST DECLARE YOUR TEAM TO BE ENTERED INTO THE MEET!
I certify that the above-named athletes a) have completed individual entry forms; b) were registered with my USATF Member Club prior to the Association Meet and, pursuant to
USATF Regulation 7, are eligible to represent my club; c) have current individual USATF memberships; d) are entered in the proper age division; and e) have submitted “proof of
birth” documents.
An Individual Entry Form (with proof of age verified) for each declared team athlete must be provided with the Official entry. I understand that if these are not provided, a $10.00
processing fee for each that is not presented will be assessed at the time of packet pick-up.
By entering this competition, I grant USA Track & Field, Inc. a limited license to use my name, likeness, image, voice, video, athletic performance, biographical and other
information, in any format whatsoever, and to distribute, broadcast and exhibit these without charge, restriction or liability, but only for the purposes of advertising or promoting the
sport of Athletics. In no event, however, will such usage constitute an endorsement of any product or service without my specific written consent.
SIGNATURE (Club Coach or Official)
Association Team Place:
1st
2nd
3rd
Region Team Place:
1st
2nd
3rd
Regional and National Qualifiers:
THIS ENTRY FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO THE DECLARATION AREA BEFORE LEAVING THE MEET!
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Form 5 Sample YA T&F Individual Entry
INFORMATION ONLY
Event Entry Form
2007 USA YOUTH OUTDOOR
TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lisle, IL
July 3 – July 8
** Please type or print legibly all information below **
AGE DIVISION
Last Name ___/___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___/
First ___/___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /___ /
State
Telephone (
Female
Bantam (Born 1997-or later)
Midget (Born 1995-1996)
Youth (Born 1993-1994)
Intermediate (Born 1991-1992)
Address
City
Male
Zip
Young M/Y (Born 1989-1990)*
)
*(See Rule 300.1.c - Includes athletes who are
still 18 thru July 29, 2007)
E-mail (optional)
Birth Date ________/________/________
Full USATF Club Name
USATF Club #__/__ - __/__/__/__/ Association
**BIRTH DATE VERIFIED**
Region
2007 USATF Membership # ___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/ (Required)
Entry Fees - $8.00 Individual Events, $32.00 Per Relay, $24.00 Heptathlon/Decathlon, $20.00 Pentathlon/Triathlon
EVENT
TIME/MARK
EVENT
TIME/MARK
1)
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2)
_________
3)
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4)
_________
Combined Events:
Points
Athlete’s Release: I voluntarily agree to participate in the 2007 USA Youth Outdoor T & F Championships and knowingly assume any and all risks of loss, damage to my person or
property, injury (including death), both foreseen and unforeseen, of my attendance at and participation in the 2007 USA Youth Outdoor T & F Championships, from any cause
whatsoever, including the fault or negligence of Releasees (as defined below). I, for myself, my heirs, personal representatives and assigns do hereby release, waive, discharge
and covenant not to sue USA Track & Field, Inc., the local USATF Association, the Local Organizing Committee, the Facility and Championship Sponsors, their respective officers,
directors, employees, agents and volunteers (collectively "Releasees") from all liability, loss, claims, demands, possible causes of action, court costs, settlement costs and fees,
attorneys fees and any other expenses arising from any claim or lawsuit that may arise from any loss, damage or injury (including death) to me or my property resulting from or
arising in connection with, or related to, my attendance at or participation in the 2007 USA Youth Outdoor T & F Championships. In the event that I am injured, I hereby consent to
the provision of necessary and appropriate emergency medical treatment.
By entering this competition, I grant USA Track & Field, Inc. a limited license to use my name, likeness, image, voice, video, athletic performance, biographical and other
information, in any format whatsoever, and to distribute, broadcast and exhibit these without charge, restriction or liability, but only for the purposes of advertising or promoting the
sport of Athletics. In no event, however, will such usage constitute an endorsement of any product or service without my specific written consent.
Signature - ATHLETE
Signature - PARENT / GUARDIAN (Must be signed if athlete is under 18 years of age.)
ADA request: I am requesting an accommodation for a disability as follows:
(visit www.usatf.org/about/legal/policies/ADA.asp for forms and procedures)
* Please note: All requests for accommodations must be received six weeks prior to the date of competition.
List allergies and current medications:
PLEASE SUBMIT WITH ENTRY FORM, PROOF OF AGE (REQUIRED) FOR VERIFICATION STAMP: Birth Certificate, Certified Baptismal Record, Passport, Driver’s License or
U.S. Military Identification).
All entries mailed to Meet Management must be postmarked no later than June 22, 2007.
Mail entries to:
USATF Illinois
c/o Brenda Kimbrough
10735 W. Beach Rd
Beach Park, IL 60087-1672
Fax: (847) 782-9717
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Accepted methods of payments:
Certified check (bank check)
Money Order
Payable to: USATF Illinois
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Form 6 Sample - YA T&F Relay Entry
INFORMATION ONLY
Relay Roster Form
2007 USA YOUTH OUTDOOR
TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lisle, IL
July 3 – July 8, 2007
(Please type or print legibly)
Youth Outdoor Relays: Please Read Rules and Procedures on Back
COACHES:
This Relay Form must be completed and filed with only athletes in the USATF membership database with
your club number.
Use a separate form for each Age Division, Sex, and Relay Event
Full USATF Club Name_________________________________________ Club Number__/__ - __/__/__/__
Check the corresponding age division and relay (1 per form)
Bantam
Midget
Youth
Intermediate
Young
Sex: ͘M ͘ F
Circle the appropriate
team:
4x100
4x400
A
4x800
B
C
D
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Coach Name ______________________________________ Phone (_ _ _)____________________
Email ____________________________________ Region _______ Association ________________
Street Address ______________________________________________________________________
City _________________________ State ___________________ Zip __________________________
COACH DECLARATION
I certify that all listed athletes listed on this roster are USATF members of my club, comply with the rules, and are in compliance with
their age division. I am aware that to be properly entered, each athlete must file an individual entry form and specify their entry for this
relay event. To compete on the relay, each athlete must be listed on the Relay Roster.
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Print or Type
First Name-Last Name
COACH
USE ONLY
ORGANIZER
USE ONLY
Print or Type
First Name-Last Name
COACH
USE ONLY
Signature (REQUIRED) _____________________________________________
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Form 7 Region ## Junior Olympic Protest Form
Date:_______________
Fee:__________________(Cash Only)
Name:______________________________________ Club Name:_______________________
Age Group:____________________ Gender: M/F_________ Bib #______________________
Uniform color____________________________ Event Name/Number: __________________
Submitted By:___________________________ Time:____________ Receipt # _____________
Rule or Regulation # Violated__________________________________
Written Description of Protest:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Written Response To Protest:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Received By:__________________________________
Time:__________________________
Jury of Appeal:_____________________________; ___________________________________
_________________________________________;____________________________________
_________________________________________;____________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
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Form 8 Record Application
This form shall be used for American and World records. See instructions on reverse.
It may be used for collegiate or other jurisdictional performances.
APPLICATION FOR RECORD
‰
International Association of Athletic Federations (World Records)
‰
USA Track & Field (American Records, World Record Approval)
Address: One RCA Dome, Suite 140; Indianapolis, IN 46225-1023
‰
NCAA
‰
NAIA
‰
NJCAA
‰
Other
_______________________
To THE RECORD COMMITTEE:
Application is hereby made for a record, in support of which, the following information is submitted:
1. Description of Record: ‰
World
‰
Junior*
‰
American
‰
Association
‰
Championship
‰
Collegiate
‰
Age Group* ____________________ ‰
Masters* _____________________
*Application must be accompanied by copy of birth certificate or other proof of age.
Event ____________________________________________________________________________________ Men / Women Indoor / Outdoor
Competition Name _____________________________________________________________Date _______________ Time of Day _____________
Location:
Arena _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Town _______________________________________________________________ State ___________________ Country__USA __
Record Claimed (time, distance, height or points achieved): _________________________________________________________________________
Printed Full Name of Competitor, Club and Country: (Print first name first. List relay members in their running order.)
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. Starter’s Certificate: I certify I was the Starter and that the start of this race was in accordance with IAAF or applicable Rules.
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature____________________________________ USATF Cert # ___________________
3. Automatic Timing Certificate: A fully automatic timing device was used; manufactured by: _____________________________________________
As Chief Photo Finish Judge, I certify the time recorded was___________________________, and this was the official time.
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature____________________________________ USATF Cert # ___________________
4. Hand Timing Certificate: I, the undersigned official timekeeper for this event, do certify that the time set opposite my signature was the exact time
recorded by my watch, and that the watch used by me has been certified and approved by my National Association.
Time _________ Printed Name __________________________ Signature ______________________________ USATF Cert # ________________
Time _________ Printed Name __________________________ Signature ______________________________ USATF Cert # ________________
Time _________ Printed Name __________________________ Signature ______________________________ USATF Cert # ________________
I, as Chief Timekeeper or Referee, confirm the above Timekeepers exhibited their watches to me and that the times were as stated.
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature____________________________________ USATF Cert # ___________________
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5. Wind Gauge Certificate: I, as the Wind Gauge Operator, certify the force of the following wind as: ____________________________________ m/s
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature____________________________________ USATF Cert # ___________________
6. Field Judge Certificate: We certify that the measurement stated opposite our respective signatures is exact as measured in accordance with IAAF or
appropriate Rules. We also certify that the circle, sector and/or runway is in compliance with IAAF or appropriate specifications.
Mark _________ m Printed Name ________________________ Signature ______________________________ USATF Cert # ______________
Mark _________ m Printed Name ________________________ Signature ______________________________ USATF Cert # ______________
Mark _________ m Printed Name ________________________ Signature ______________________________ USATF Cert # ______________
7. Implement Certification: I certify that I weighed and measured the implement used for the claimed record in accordance with IAAF or appropriate
Rules and that the implement conforms exactly with relevant IAAF or appropriate Rule. For World Records, I further certify the implement as follows:
Manufactured by ____________________________ Model _______________________________________ IAAF Certification # ________________
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature ________________________________________ USATF Cert # ________________
8. Surveyor: I certify that the facilities used were in conformity with IAAF or appropriate Rules. The maximum allowance for inclination did not exceed
1:100 laterally and 1:1000 in the running direction. For running events, I have measured the course over which this event was held and the exact
distance was:
_________ meters _________ centimeters; or __________ miles ___________yards ___________ feet __________ inches.
For track events the length of one lap is as indicated below,
_________ meters _________ centimeters; or __________ miles ___________yards ___________ feet __________ inches.
And (check one):
_____ There was a 5 cm raised border on the inner edge of the track with cones used to replace the border as required.
_____ There was no raised border and cones were used as required. The one lap measurement was made 20 cm from the inside of lane 1.
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature____________________________________ Qualification _____________________
9. Doping Control Certification: (Required for World Records only) As a member of the Doping Committee for the event, I certify that a sample for a
doping test was obtained in accordance with IAAF or appropriate Rules from the named athlete(s) in my presence and dispatched to the following
laboratory:
Doping control date/time ____________________________ Laboratory _____________________________________________________________
Printed Name ______________________________ Signature____________________________________ Qualification _____________________
10. Guarantee by Referee: I certify that all information recorded on this form is accurate, that the Officials conducting the event were duly qualified and
that all IAAF or appropriate Rules of Competition were complied with.
Printed Name _______________________________________________________________________ Date _______________________________
Signature___________________________________________________________________________ USATF Cert # ________________________
Instructions:
World Records
For running events, use sections 1, 2, 3 or 4, 8, 9, 10. Add section 5 for outdoor events less than 300 m.
For field events, use sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Add section 5 for outdoor Long Jump or Triple Jump.
American Records
Same as for World Records, except exclusion of section 9. No application is required from competitions conducted by USATF.
The following must be enclosed with this application for World and American Records:
• The printed program for the competition.
• The complete results for the event as well as a copy of the Results Card and the official results.
• A printed Photo Finish photograph in the case of a track record using fully automatic timing (exempted for some competitions).
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Form 9 Incident Report Form
Fax or mail this form to:
American Specialty Insurance & Risk
Services, Inc.
Attn: Claims Department
PO Box 459
Roanoke, IN 46783-0309
Phone: (800)566-7941 Fax: (260)673-1291
USA Track & Field
INCIDENT REPORT FORM
Injury or Property Damage
INJURED PERSON INFORMATION / PROPERTY DAMAGE OWNER
Last Name
First
Middle
Address
† Married
† Female
Employer and Address
Date of Incident
Time of Incident
INJURED PERSON: † Participant
† Spectator
† Single
† Male
Telephone
† Volunteer
† Official
am / pm
† Coach
Date of Birth
† USATF Sanctioned Event
EVENT:
† USATF Member Club Practice
Does the injured person have other medical insurance? † Yes
† No
If yes, please provide name of company and policy #:
† Other:
NAME OF EVENT:
Club Name:
Association Name:
USATF Membership #:
GUARDIAN/PARENT (IF INJURED PERSON IS A MINOR)
Name
Telephone
Address, City, State, Zip
INCIDENT INFORMATION
BODY PART INJURED
† Ankle (L/R) † Shoulder (L/R) † Back
† Knee (L/R) † Wrist (L/R)
† Neck
† Nose
† Finger
† Internal
† Head
† Eye (L/R)
† No Injury
† Tooth
† Ear (L/R)
† Other
COURT SURFACE
† Concrete † Asphalt
† Grass
† Sand
† Wood
† Sport Court
If sport court, what is underlying surface? † Wood
† Concrete
† Asphalt
CLASSIFICATION
† Non-injury
† Minor injury or illness
† serious injury or illness
If Ankle Injury, was ankle:
† Taped
† Supported
† Unsupported
Shoes: † Yes † No
INCIDENT OR PROPERTY DAMAGE
†Collision (participant/spectator) †Collision (with object)
†Slip/Fall
†Collision (participant/participant) †Overexertion
†Collision (spectator/spectator) †Assault/Sexual
†Struck by falling/flying object †Assault/Non-Sexual
†Caught in, on, between
†Property Damage
†Animal/insect bite/sting
If Knee Injury, was knee:
† Braced † Supported
† Unsupported
Knee Pads: † Yes † No
PRIMARY INJURY
INCIDENT LOCATION
† Allergy
† Dislocation
† Before Competition/Event
† Amputation
† Nausea
† During Competition/Event
† After Competition/Event † Foreign Body † Burn
† Laceration
† Fracture
† Competition area
† Heat Exhaustion † Pain
† Concession area
† Hypertension † Cardiac
† Parking lot
† Cold Injury
† Contusion
† Admission area
† Electrical Shock † Seizures
† Restrooms/locker rooms
† Strain/Sprain
† Concussion
† Off property
† Abrasion
† Sting/bite
† Bleachers/stands
† Illness
† Death
DISPOSITION
No care given: † Patient refused
† Not needed
Released:
† To parent
† To personal vehicle
Referral:
† To doctor
† To hospital/clinic
EMS transport: † Trainer recommended
† Patient/parent requested
Describe how the injury or property damage occurred: (attach a separate sheet if necessary)
Name
WITNESS INFORMATION
Address
Telephone Number
1.
2.
Tournament Director, Club Director, Coach and/or USA Track & Field Official completing this form:
Name: __________________________ Signature: _____________________Title: ________________ Date: _________Phone #: (_____)_____________
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Form 10 Win With Integrity Pledge
I pledge to make good decisions in my life
I will be an enthusiastic and positive person.
I will live with integrity every day;
I will lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
I will take pride in my successes
on the playing field and in the classroom;
I will be honest and drug-free,
knowing cheaters never win.
I am a Champion!
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Form 11 Sample Mark Springer Travel Grant
2010 USA Track & Field
Mark Springer Youth Travel
Grant Application
Application Deadline April 2, 2010
Please type or print
Club Name
Club Contact
USATF Club #
Street Address
City
State _______ Zip
Phone: Work
Home
E-Mail Address
Years of USATF Club Membership
Name of athlete(s) you expect will benefit should your club be awarded this grant (attach additional
sheet if needed):
Has your club received a USATF Travel Grant in the past? ‰ Yes
If yes, what year(s) did you receive the grant?
‰ No
Did any of your club’s athletes participate in one or more of the eligible USATF National Championships
in 2009? ‰ Yes
‰ No
If yes, please list the athlete(s) name and their championship(s) result.
If selected, which 2010 USATF National Championship competition(s) will your athlete(s) compete in?
(Check all that apply)
‰
‰
‰
‰
USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships
USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships
USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships
USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
The following information is required:
On a separate sheet of paper, please tell us about your club/athlete(s). Specifically, explain how your
club has participated in one or more of the four USATF National Championships (as listed above) in the
past and, more importantly, how a Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant will impact your club and athletes
in 2010.
Travel grants may be used for 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, USA Youth Outdoor
Track & Field Championships, USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships or USATF
National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. Clubs approved for reimbursement must submit travel
receipts and Win With Integrity pledge forms before receiving the grant.
Applications can also be downloaded from the USATF Website at www.usatf.org/clubs.
Submit completed application by April 2, 2010 to:
Mail: USATF, Attn: Youth Programs, 132 East Washington St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Fax: 1-800-833-1466 (Attn: Marilyn Turner)
E-mail: [email protected]
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Form 12 USA Junior Outdoor Championships /
IAAF World Youth Championships Reconciliation
Waiver Reconciliation Form
(NOTE: This reconciliation form is only for athletes with waivers)
Region # ___________
Youth Girls
Individual Events
__________ x
$8.00 =
__________
Pentathlon
__________ x
$20.00 =
__________
Individual Events
__________ x
$8.00 =
__________
Pentathlon
__________ x
$20.00 =
__________
Individual Events
__________ x
$8.00 =
__________
Heptathlon
__________ x
$24.00 =
__________
Individual Events
__________ x
$8.00 =
__________
Decathlon
__________ x
$24.00 =
__________
Individual Events
__________ x
$8.00 =
__________
Heptathlon
__________ x
$24.00 =
__________
Individual Events
__________ x
$8.00 =
__________
Decathlon
__________ x
$24.00 =
__________
Youth Boys
Intermediate Girls
Intermediate Boys
Young Women
Young Men
TOTAL FEES__________
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Form 13 USA Track & Field
Request for Reimbursement
Program Account: ___________________________
Date check needed: __________________________
PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE
Make Check Payable To:
Name: ____________________________________
Street Address: _____________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: _______ Zip:
Social Security Number (required for honoraria):_______
For Honoraria, please attach a list with names, addresses, and social security numbers. Honoraria check must be paid directly to the recipient.
REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES (Receipts must be attached)
Transportation:
$
Food and Housing
$
Per Diem:
$
Telephone and Office:
$
Postage and Printing:
$
Other:_________________
$
TOTAL:
$
Return form to:
USATF Accounting
132 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
PAYMENT FOR SERVICE: $___________________
Description to appear on check: ____________________________________________
For USATF Office Use:
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Account ______________________________
Due Date
_____________________________________
Special Instructions:Accounting Approval
Staff Approval
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Workshop
Section 1
Introduction
In 2008, the USATF Youth Athletics Committee sponsored the first Youth Administrators Training and
Development Workshop which has become an annual event.
The goal of the workshop is to provide a better understanding of the youth programs, events and services. Each
year the Training and Development Sub-Committee identifies topics to provide up-to-date and educational
information to the youth program administrators. An overview of the Youth Division is given by the National Youth
Chair to share upcoming youth program changes and plans.
The workshop encourages participants to establish contacts and develop friends who can a assist one another
and share best practices in the day to day operations and administration of the youth programs.
Section 2
Workshop Subsidies
USATF provides a subsidy to each association to send one individual to the Youth Workshop. The subsidy
changes each year; in 2010, the subsidy to each association will be $350 for travel and lodging. The association
is required to file for reimbursement following the workshop.
Associations that send more than one representative must pay an additional fee per each additional person to
cover the Group Meeting Package (meals and meeting rooms) for the additional attendee(s). These attendees
will also be expected to pay their own lodging and travel expenses.
Section 3
Workshop Schedule
Initially, the workshop was held in the spring. In 2010, it was decided to hold the workshop in conjunction with the
USATF Annual Meeting.
It had been noted that a number of Associations had been unable to attend in the spring. As most Association do
attend the Annual Meeting, it is expected that this change will better support the participation of all associations.
The workshop activities are scheduled as follows for 2011:
Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Training Sessions
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dinner
Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Training Sessions
Each Association representative will be provided with one meal package which includes:
•
Wednesday: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Banquet
•
Sunday: Continental Breakfast
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Section 4
Workshop Registration
Registration and information is available on the USATF website. The special link to the workshop is provided
each year to youth members in an email announcing the event.
Information on the web site includes the Schedule, Participant Information and Registration.
Section 5
Workshop Agenda
There are six key areas that are covered in each workshop as provided in the list below. Under each of the key
areas are the subjects that have been covered during the previous workshops.
The topics in each subject area are customized each year to provide the latest information to assist the youth
chairs and regional coordinators during the upcoming outdoor and cross country seasons. The organizers
include topics recommended by workshop participants during the wrap-up session.
•
Youth Program Overview:
• Mission Statement
• Key Personnel
• Overview / Walkthrough Youth Manual
•
Focus Sessions for Youth Chairs and Regional Coordinators:
• Hy-Tek Overview
• Setting up Meet
• Create Merge File // Advancer File // Result File
• Job Descriptions / Roles &
Responsibilities
• Generating Revenue
• Grants
• Sponsorship
• Rules & Regulations Changes
• Supporting of Youth Chairs by Regional Coordinators
•
Speciality Topics:
• On-Line Registration
• Background Screening Process
• Drug Testing
•
Discussion Threads:
• Myths & Truths
• Entry Fees
• Performance Standards
• Special Entries
• Regulation 7/Rule 300. 1(g.) // Sub-Bantams/Peewees
• Chain of Command
•
Calendar of Events
• Timeline
• Due Dates
• Materials Needing Completion
• Special Events
• National JO (Disabled Race) 2009
• IAAF World Youth 2009/2011
• Youth Olympic Games 2010
•
Guest Speaker
• Conflict (Role Playing) (2008)
• Do’s & don’ts
• Personal conduct
• Tactical communication
• Reading Body Language (2009)
• Stance // Gestures // Micro - Expressions
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Communication Skills
Section 1
Introduction1
The following four communication skills are very helpful for mentors to develop and practice. These skills are
particularly useful when your goal is to open up communication with a young person. They are also useful skills
that you can help your mentee develop.
Section 2
Active Listening
Active listening is an attempt to truly understand the content and emotion of what the other person is saying by
paying attention to verbal and non-verbal messages. The task is to focus, hear, respect and communicate your
desire to understand. This is not the time to be planning a response or conveying how you feel.
Active listening is not nagging, cajoling, reminding, threatening, criticizing, questioning, advising, evaluating,
probing, judging or ridiculing.
Skills to Use:
•
Eye contact;
•
Body language: open and relaxed posture, forward lean, appropriate facial expressions, positive use of
gestures; and
•
Verbal cues such as “um-hmmm,” “sure,” “ah” and “yes.”
Results of Active Listening:
•
Encourages honesty — helps people free themselves of troublesome feelings by expressing them
openly;
•
Reduces fear — helps people become less afraid of negative feelings;
•
Builds respect and affection;
•
Increases acceptance — promotes a feeling of understanding; and
When you actively listen, you cooperate in solving the problem — and in preventing future problems.
Section 3
“I” Messages
These messages give the opportunity to keep the focus on you and explain your feelings in response to someone
else’s behavior. Because “I” messages don’t accuse, point fingers at the other person or place blame, they avoid
judgments and help keep communication open. At the same time, “I” messages continue to advance the situation
to a problem-solving stage.
For example: “I was really sad when you didn’t show up for our meeting last week. I look forward to our meetings
and was disappointed not to see you. In the future, I would appreciate it if you could call me and let me know if you
will not be able to make it.”
Avoid: “You didn’t show up, and I waited for an hour. You could have at least called me and let me know that you
wouldn’t be there. You are irresponsible.”
Take care that the following actions and behaviors are congruent with an honest, open heart:
•
Body language: slouching, turning away, pointing a finger;
•
Timing: speaking too fast or too slow;
•
Facial expression: smiling, squirming, raising eyebrows, gritting teeth;
•
Tone of voice: shouting, whispering, sneering, whining; and
1. Courtesy of Mass Mentoring Partnership, Mentoring 101 Training Curriculum.
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Choice of words: biting, accusative, pretentious, emotionally laden.
Results:
“I” messages present only one perspective. Allowing the other person to actually have a point of view and hearing
it doesn’t mean that he or she is right. “I” messages communicate both information and respect for each position.
Again, this skill moves both parties along to the problem-solving stage.
Section 4
Paraphrasing
Paraphrasing focuses on listening first and then reflecting the two parts of the speaker’s message — fact and
feeling — back to the speaker. Often, the fact is clearly stated, but a good listener is “listening between the lines”
for the “feeling” part of the communication. Using this skill is a way to check out what you heard for accuracy — did
you interpret what your mentee said correctly? This is particularly helpful with youth, as youth culture/language
change constantly. Often words that meant one thing when mentors were young could have an entirely different
meaning for youth today.
Examples for fact:
•
“So you’re saying that . . .”
•
“You believe that . . .”
•
“The problem is . . .”
Examples for feeling:
•
“You feel that . . .”
•
“Your reaction is . . .”
•
“And that made you feel . . .”
Paraphrases are not an opportunity to respond by evaluating, sympathizing, giving an opinion, offering advice,
analyzing or questioning.
Results:
Using active listening skills will enable you to gather the information and then be able to simply report back what
you heard in the message — the facts and the attitudes/feelings that were expressed. Doing so lets the other
person know that you hear, understand and care about his or her thoughts and feelings.
Section 5
Open-Ended Questions
Open-ended questions are intended to collect information by exploring feelings, attitudes and how the other person
views a situation. Open-ended questions are extremely helpful when dealing with young people. Youth, teenagers
especially, tend to answer questions with as few words as possible. To maintain an active dialogue without
interrogating, try to ask a few questions that cannot be answered with a “yes,” “no,” “I don’t know,” or a grunt.
Examples:
•
“How do you see this situation?”
•
“What are your reasons for . . . ?”
•
“Can you give me an example?”
•
“How does this affect you?”
•
“How did you decide that?”
•
“What would you like to do about it?”
•
“What part did you play?”
Note: Using the question “Why did you do that?” may sometimes yield a defensive response rather than a clarifying
response.
Results:
Because open-ended questions require a bit more time to answer than close-ended questions (questions that can
be answered by “yes,” “no,” or a brief phrase), they give the person a chance to explain. Open-ended questions
yield significant information that can in turn be used to problem solve.
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Youth Athletics Procedures
Youth Athletics Committee Operating Procedures
Approved Revision
December 2005
Section 1
Name
The name of this Committee shall be the Youth Athletics Committee of USA Track & Field (USATF), hereinafter
referred to as "this Committee".
Section 2
Purposes
The purpose of this Committee is to act as the Youth Athletics arm of USATF, the national governing body for the
sport of Athletics in the United States. In connection with such purpose, this Committee shall have the purposes
and duties as defined in Article 3 of the USATF Bylaws insofar as they relate to Youth Athletics.
Section 3
A
B
Authority
Autonomy: As the Youth Athletics arm of USATF, this Committee shall exercise the following powers
insofar as they relate to Youth Athletics.
1.
Goals: Establish national goals and encourage the attainment of those goals in the sport of Athletics;
2.
Coordination: Serve as the coordinating body for activity in Athletics in the United States; and
3.
Supervision: Supervise development and competition in the sport of Athletics, including national
championships in the United States, and establish procedures for the determination of eligibility standards for participation in such competitions.
Limitation: This Committee, in its governance of Youth Athletics in the United States, shall act only
pursuant to and in accordance with the authority granted by the USATF.
Section 4
Championships
In addition to those duties set forth elsewhere in these rules, this Committee shall:
A
Jurisdiction: Have jurisdiction over the national, regional, and/or sectional championships for Youth
Athletics, including junior Olympics, and shall institute, locate, conduct, and manage all such
championships.
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Championships: Award championship events for Youth Athletics.
C
Entries: Have the right to reject any entries for unqualified competitions at any national championship, or
may delegate this right to a subcommittee.
D
Expenses: Have the right to pay expenses of athletes and/or teams taking part in the championship with
funds for that purpose.
E
Subcommittees: Have the right to appoint subcommittees, whose members need not be members of the
Youth Athletics Committee, to manage but not conduct the various championships.
F
Officials: Approve officials for championships and international meetings involving Youth Athletics.
G
International relations: Administer all matters involving foreign countries in relation to Youth Athletics by
working in close cooperation with the USATF Board.
H
Open meetings: Except upon majority vote of those present, allow the attendance at its meetings of
athletic coaches, officials, or representative of any group engaged in the sport, allowing such invitees voice
but no vote.
I
National sports organization representation: With appropriate approval, authorize additional members
on the committee to insure proper representation of national sports organizations involved in Youth
Athletics. Any organization that considers its representation inadequate may appeal to the USATF Board.
Section 5
Committee Make-Up
The Youth Athletics Committee shall be constituted as defined in Article 13 of the USATF Bylaws with the
following clarification:
A
Elected officers and other positions: This section varies from Article 13, B.2.g. There will be five (5)
elected officers and four (4) zonal representatives as defined in Sections 8 and 11, respectively, of these
operating procedures.
Section 6
Meetings
A
General: This Committee shall meet annually in conjunction with and at the time and place fixed for the
annual meeting of USATF as provided in Article 8 of its Bylaws. This Committee shall hold special meetings
as may be called by the chair at his or her own invitation or that of 20 percent (20%) of the membership of
this Committee, upon two (2) weeks prior written notice.
B
Notice of Meetings:
C
1.
Annual meeting notice: Notice of annual meeting of USATF as provided in Article 8 of its Bylaws
shall constitute notice of the annual meeting of this Committee; and
2.
Special meetings: Special meetings of this Committee shall be held upon call by its executive committee.
Order of Business: Business of this committee shall include but not necessarily be limited to the agenda
items as listed in USATF Article 8, Section G.
Section 7
Voting
A
Oversight: The Organizational Committee of USATF shall oversee all elections and balloting of this
Committee.
B
General: Each Committee member shall have one (1) vote. Committee members representing an
Association of USATF who are absent during any vote may be replaced by an alternate member of said
Association whose name is, at any time during the meeting, given to the secretary, in writing by the ranking
association officer present. No committee member shall vote in more than one capacity. Except as
otherwise provided in these Operating Procedures or the USATF Bylaws all matters shall be decided by a
majority vote of those present and voting.
C
Issue voting: Motions and resolutions shall generally be by voice vote. If the voice vote is inconclusive to
the chair or the chair's determination is challenged, there shall then be a vote by show of hands. A roll call
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vote or, if specifically requested, a written ballot shall be taken instead of a voice vote upon oral motion and
seconded by members of this committee.
D
Uncontested Elections: When only one (1) candidate or site is nominated, a voice or hand vote shall be
permitted.
E
General Elections: Contested elections to be decided at the annual meeting of this Committee shall be
conducted in the following manner
1.
Nominations:
a. Subcommittee: The chair of this Committee shall, as part of his or her report, appoint a
Nominations Subcommittee, in the odd years, which shall include the Youth Athletics vice chair for
administration, who shall serve as chair;
b.
Process: Nominations shall be made orally at the annual meeting of this Committee or in writing
submitted to the chair with a copy submitted to the secretary at least ten (10) days prior to the
annual meeting or presented to the Nominations Subcommittee during the annual meeting prior to
the time for nominations designated in the order of business. The secretary shall present the
Nominations Subcommittee, prior to the time for nominations as designated in the order of business, with any written nominations received prior to the annual meeting;
c.
Order of nominations: At the time for nominations as designated in the order of business,
nominations shall be opened for all positions in the following order:
(i).
Secretary
(ii).
Vice chair for administration
(iii).
Vice chair for operations
(iv).
Executive vice chair
(v).
Chair
Before nominations for the next position can be considered, this Committee must approve closing
the nominations for the previous position; and
d.
2.
Speeches: Immediately following all nominations, the vice chair for administration shall call upon
one (1) nominator to speak for each candidate for a period not to exceed three (3) minutes. If the
candidate wishes to speak to his or her nomination, his or her time shall come from the nominator's allocation. All speeches for each position shall be called alphabetically. A candidate shall not
use his or her time allocation to promote a candidate for another office.
Election Process:
a. Posting requirement: All elections shall commence with nominations which shall take place at a
predetermined time which shall be announced and posted at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to
the nominations;
b.
Voting process: Ballots shall be collected, counted, and held secure by the Nominations
Subcommittee. The list of elected persons and still contested offices shall be immediately
announced to this Committee; and
c.
Runoffs: Runoff elections shall be held if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for
any office. The run-off election shall be contested by the two candidates receiving the greatest
number of votes cast for the office in question.
Section 8
Officers and Their Duties
A
Positions: The officers of this committee shall be: the chair, executive vice chair, vice chair for operations,
vice chair for administration/treasurer, and secretary, all to be elected biennially in the even-numbered years
annual meeting of this Committee, by the members of this Committee.
B
Vacancy: In the event a vacancy occurs, the executive council shall select a person to fill the vacancy from
without or within the executive council. If the vacancy involves the position of chair, this position shall be
filled by the executive vice chair. For the purpose of consecutive terms, an unexpired term of sixteen (16)
months or more shall count as a full term.
C
Removal: Any officer of this Committee may be removed for good cause by a two-thirds vote of those
members of this Committee present and voting at an annual meeting or special meeting called for that
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purpose and provided that the prerequisite notice of such meeting is given, properly setting forth on its
agenda the proposed removal.
D
Duties of officers: The officers shall perform the following duties and any other duties prescribed by these
Operating Procedures, the executive council, or the Committee of the whole.
1.
Chair: The duties of chair of this Committee shall be as follows:
a. preside at all meetings of this committee;
b.
ensure that all duties and responsibilities of this Committee are properly and promptly carried out;
c.
appoint subcommittees, with the approval of this Committee, as may be necessary to fulfill the
duties and responsibilities of this Committee;
d.
communicate with this Committee's members to keep them filly informed of happenings and
needed decisions to carry out this Committee's responsibilities;
e.
keep the USATF President and CEO informed on all Committee actions and recommendations;
f.
cause to be kept and promptly forward to all Committee members and the CEO of USATF, a copy
of the minutes of all meetings of this Committee;
g.
attend all the Youth Athletics national meets;
h.
conduct executive council meetings;
i.
provide a quarterly report to all Association Youth Athletics chairs, regional coordinators, and
zonal representatives; and
j.
Actively seek a national sponsor for the activities of this Committee.
All appointments to be made by the chair shall be made no later than January 15 of the year following
election.
2.
Executive vice chair: The executive vice chair shall, in the case of disability of the chair, succeed to
the office of and perform the duties of chair; in the absence of the chair, assume all of the responsibilities of the chair and execute the authority of that office; may serve as a member of the Site Evaluation
Subcommittee; and serve as ex-officio member of all special committees.
3.
Vice chair for operations: The vice chair for operation may serve as a member of the Site Evaluation
Subcommittee; coordinate the activities of regional coordinators; provide the executive committee a
written report of the activities of each sport subcommittee; and shall serve as ex-officio member of
each sports committees.
4.
Vice chair for administration: The vice chair for administration may serve as a member of the Site
Evaluation Subcommittee; serve as ex-officio member of each administrative and operations committee; report as needed to the executive committee the activity and progress of each administrative subcommittee; and serve as nominations supervisor.
5.
Secretary: The secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of this Committee and upon adjournment shall as soon as possible mail a copy of the written minutes to each member of this Committee;
and, in general, perform all duties normally pertaining to the office of
secretary.
Section 9
Executive Committee
There shall be an executive committee which shall be empowered to conduct the business of the Youth Athletics
Committee between meetings. This committee shall consist of the chair, the immediate past chair as an ex-officio
member, executive vice chair, vice chair for operations, vice chair for administration, secretary, and the four zonal
representatives.
There shall be two non-voting members, legal counsel and regional coordinator representative, who shall serve
as advisors to the executive committee.
The chair, at the annual meeting, shall give a report of any action taken by the Executive committee while the
committee as a whole was in recess.
Section 10
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Appointment: The chair of the Youth Committee shall appoint a regional coordinator from each USATF
Region to serve, at the pleasure of the chair, a two-year term to run concurrently with the term of the chair.
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Replacement: A regional coordinator may be replaced by the chair of this committee or by a 2/3 vote of the
executive committee.
C
Regional Coordinator Representative: The regional coordinators will elect a representative to act as an
advisor to the executive committee. This election will occur in the year of the executive committee election.
Section 11
Zonal Representatives
A
Election: The Youth Athletics representatives of the Associations within each zone shall elect a zonal
representative to serve a two (2) year term. Elections of zonal representative shall be held in the year
following the election of the Youth Athletics chair.
B
Representation: The zonal representatives shall be considered members of the executive committee and
have the power to vote on all matters placed before that committee. In the event that a zonal representative
is unable to attend an executive committee meeting, the zone representative may designate an alternate to
represent the zone.
C
Duties: The zonal representatives shall:
a.
Serve on the executive committee;
b.
Communicate with the regional coordinators within the respective zones;
c.
Assist the regional coordinators within the respective zones with the coordination of regional activity;
d.
Attend, when feasible, the Youth Athletics and Junior Olympic national track & field meets, and the
Junior Olympic cross country national meet and assist in the operation of these meets;
e.
Assist the Site Evaluation Subcommittee when any national championships meet is proposed in the
zone;
f.
Represent, without bias, the consensus of opinion of the zone on matters placed before the executive
committee;
g.
With the cooperation of the regional coordinators and the Associations, develop plans to strengthen
the Associations within the respective zones;
h.
Provide a written report of zonal activities to the members of this Committee at each annual meeting.
Section 12
A
Subcommittees
General: Subcommittees of this Committee shall be of two types, sport and administrative, and shall be
detailed as follows:
Sport
Subcommittees
Track
Field
Combined Events
Race Walk
Cross Country
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Subcommittees
Awards
Calendar
Communications
Computer Information
Cultural Exchange
Development
Equipment & Facilities Specialist
International Competition
Law & Legislation
Officials
Parliamentary
Records
Referee Protest
Rules
Site Evaluation
Sports Medicine
Standards
Representation to/from
Other Committees
Associations
Athletics for the Disabled
Coaches Advisory
Coaching Education
Organizational Committee
Men’s Subcommittee
Officials
Women’s Subcommittee
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Special subcommittees: Special subcommittees may be created from time to time by the chair with the
approval of the members as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of this Committee.
C
Chairs: Subcommittee chairs shall be appointed by the chair of this Committee to serve a two-year term to
run concurrently with the term of the chair. Subcommittee chairs may be removed for good cause by the
chair of this Committee or by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the Committee.
D
Members: Unless otherwise determined by these Operating Procedures or the USATF Bylaws, the chair of
this Committee or the subcommittee chairs may appoint any number of members of this Committee to serve
on a subcommittee.
Section 13
Site Selection
A
Award: All Youth national championship meets, including the Junior Olympics, shall be awarded at the
annual meeting of this Committee. Selection shall be made from those bids properly filed, in writing, with the
chair of this Committee, and a copy with the secretary prior to the Youth Athletics Track & Field
Championships. Bids beyond two upcoming years shall not be considered.
B
Submission: Bids shall be submitted, in writing, in the form prescribed by the USATF for bids for national
championship meets, or as otherwise approved by this Committee in absence of a USATF prescribed bid
form.
C
Subcommittee: One or more Site Evaluation Subcommittee(s) for JO T&F, JO CC or YA T&F shall be
selected by the chair of this Committee to evaluate each proposed national championship site that qualifies.
The Site Evaluation Subcommittee shall consist of members of this Committee chosen from the executive
committee and the chairs of the subcommittees.
D
Evaluation: The Site Evaluation Subcommittee shall evaluate each site personally or by any other means
deemed reasonable or practical by a majority of the members of said committee. The Site Evaluation
Committee shall notify, in writing, the organization filing each bid of its approval or disapproval of the
proposed site in a timely manner. Notice of disapproval shall include the specific reason for disapproval.
Only those organizations whose proposed sites have been approved by the Site Evaluation Subcommittee
shall be permitted to present their bid proposal for vote of the members of this Committee at the annual
meeting.
E
Voting: A national championship meet shall be awarded to the organization whose bid received a majority
of the votes cast. If no proposal receives a majority of the votes, a runoff shall be held between the two
proposals receiving the greatest number of votes. In the event that the organization submitting the winning
proposal is subsequently unable to run the meet or the site is for any reason determined to be
unacceptable, the executive council shall select a site from applicants previously approved as alternative
emergency championship sites.
F
Alternative sites: Organizations otherwise qualifying as sites for national championship meets may apply
to the Youth Athletics Committee to be considered as an alternative emergency championship site.
Following site evaluation and approval as such by the Site Evaluation Subcommittee and the executive
committee, the organization and site shall file its notice of intent to be considered as an alternative
championship site annually, no later than 45 days preceding the opening day of the USATF annual meeting.
If no alternative sites are available, the executive committee shall contact sites which have held meets in
previous years.
Section 14
Saving Clause
Failure of literal or complete compliance with the provisions of these Operating Procedures in respect to dates
and times of notice, or the sending or receipt of the same, or errors in phraseology of notice of proposals, which
in the judgment of the members of this Committee at meetings held do not cause substantial injury to the rights
of members, shall not invalidate the actions or proceedings of members at any meeting.
Section 15
Conflicts
In the event that any provision of these Operating Procedures conflicts with any applicable federal, state, or local
laws, or the Bylaws, Operating Regulations, or Rules of Competition of the USATF, said provision of these
Operating Procedures shall be void and of no effect. If any provision of these Operating Procedures is rendered
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void for conflict with law or the Bylaws, Operating Regulations, or Rules of Competition of USATF, all other
provisions of these Operating Procedures shall be unaffected thereby and continue in full force and effect.
Section 16
A
B
Amendments
General Rule: Amendments to these Operating Procedures shall be considered by this Committee as
follows:
a.
Consideration: Amendments to the Operating Procedures of this Committee shall be considered at
the annual meeting of this Committee in every odd-numbered year; and
b.
Super majority: Amendments to the Operating Procedures shall require a two thirds vote of those
members present and voting.
Exceptions: Notwithstanding paragraph (A) above, amendments may be considered at any meeting of this
Committee in any of the following circumstances:
a.
Tabled items: To act on a tabled amendment proposal;
b.
Conform to law: To make the Operating Procedures conform to federal or local law or regulation;
c.
Conform to Bylaws: To make the Operating Procedures conform to the USATF Bylaws or Operating
Regulations;
d.
Conform to Rules: To make the Operating Procedures conform to the USATF Rules of Competition;
or
e.
Emergencies: In emergency circumstances, upon ninety percent (90%) vote at any meeting of this
Committee.
C
Submission: Amendments shall be submitted at least ninety (90) days prior to the meeting at which they
are to be considered, so as to allow proper review and submittal to the members of this Committee. They
are to be submitted to the USATF Law & Legislation representative from the Youth Athletics Committee.
D
Form of Submission: The proposed amendments shall be in such form as to show the entire section,
subsection, or paragraph, as the case may be, as it will read if adopted, with all proposed additional
language underlined, and all proposed deleted language in double parentheses or shaded.
E
Persons Submitting: All proposed amendments must be first recommended for approval at the time of
submission by someone other than the submitter who shall be either the chair of any subcommittee of Youth
Athletics, any member of the Law & Legislation Subcommittee, the Youth Athletics representative of any
Association, or any officer of this Committee. Such approval must be in writing, dated, and placed on the
proposal when submitted.
F
Effective Date: Unless otherwise specified at the time of adoption, amendments to the Operating
Procedures shall be effective immediately.
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Program
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USA Track & Field uses online registration for entry and advancement through the Junior Olympic Program.
All entries including relays for Track & Field or teams for Cross Country must use this entry method at the
first round of entry, either a preliminary meet or an Association Meet. Once this entry is processed,
advancements will pass on to the next level of competition and athletes, Relays, and Cross Country Teams
must declare their participation online.
a.
b.
Online registration for each individual athlete requires the following:
i.
USATF Membership Number and Club Number.
ii.
Complete and submit the Participant Waiver & Release Form and turn into meet management at
the first level of competition.
iii.
Per USATF Rule 300 (i) verification of birth based on a copy of birth certificate, certified baptismal
record, driver's license, passport, or U.S. government identification sent to the athlete’s
Association membership chair to verify birth in the local Association membership database.
iv.
Payment of entry fees at the time of registration unless otherwise stated in the meet information.
Online entry only accepts VISA or electronic check.
In track and field, Relay Entry/Advancement requires the following:
i.
Registration as a USATF Member Club.
ii.
Selecting athletes of the same age division and sex.
Refer to Youth Athletics Procedure 103, Junior Olympic Relay Procedures, for detailed
requirements of relay entry.
c.
In cross country,Team Entry/Advancement requires the following:
i.
Registration as a USATF Member Club.
ii.
Selecting athletes of the same age division and sex.
Refer to Competition Rule 305.3 for detailed entry procedures.
2
Advancement will be handled electronically via the Online Entry System. Association Youth Chairs and/or
Regional Coordinators are responsible for sending advancement files to the next level of competition.
3
Preliminaries meet directors shall forward a backup file to their Association Youth Chair or Designee no
later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the meet with instruction on the number of top place finishers who
should be advanced in each event.
4
Association Youth Chairs shall forward a backup file of their complete results to their Regional
Championships meet director no later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the meet.
5
Regional Coordinators shall forward a backup file of their complete results to Henry McCallum at
[email protected] no later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the meet.
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USATF will furnish awards for all recognized USATF Junior Olympic competitions. Awards will be furnished
only if the following documents have been submitted to the National Office at least 21 days prior to the
competition:
a.
Meet Information Flyer (this flyer must include the list of events by age group, and the location, date
and time of competition),
b.
Copy of Official USATF Sanction, and
c.
Junior Olympic Award request application.
NOTE: Items b. and c. are also available from USATF Associations.
2
3
USATF Junior Olympics awards are provided free at no cost as follows:
Track & Field
Combined Events
Cross Country
Developmental meets
top 6 ribbons
top 6 ribbons
Preliminary meets
top 6 ribbons
top 6 ribbons
Association meets
top 3 medals
top 3 medals
top 10 medals
Regional meets
top 3 medals
top 3 medals
top 20 medals
National Championships
top 8 medals
top 8 medals
top 25 medals
Additional awards may be purchased from USATF.
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In order to enter a relay on-line in the USA Youth Outdoor Championships, all athletes must be USATF
members and designated with a USATF Club Number in the USATF Membership Database. Participation
of relay teams shall be limited to those clubs that hold a current valid club membership in USATF prior to
the on-line registration deadline of the Championships. Any athlete listed in the USATF Membership
Database with a club designated in the same division/sex is eligible to run on a relay team of that club.
Reminder: A club must be registered and approved through their local Association before it can
be processed at the USATF National Office and put in the USATF National Database. This
process takes a minimum of one week.
2
To change club affiliation in the USATF Membership Database, the parent/guardian must contact the
association membership chair following procedures in Regulation 7 prior to on-line registration of the relay.
3
When registering on–line, select a relay - 4x100, 4x400, or 4x800 - age division, and sex.
a.
A club’s team roster will appear in alphabetical order on the screen.
b.
Select a minimum of four (4) or a maximum of six (6) athletes for the relay.
Note: the on-line system prevents selecting an athlete from the wrong age group.
4
When registering an athlete in the meet as “roster” but he/she is not one of the six athletes entered on the
relay, and is not in any individual events, then, enter the athlete in the event called “other” (relay roster only)
for the cost of one (1) individual event. This athlete will then be eligible to run on any relay.
5
When the club’s relay checks in at the clerking area, four athletes must be present to check in to be
eligible to run. To change composition of the team, any athlete not listed on the heat sheet, can
be
substituted by the clerk provided he/ she has a competitor number listing him/ her with the
club in the
right division/sex provided he/she does not exceed the eligible number of events.
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a.
An athlete may drop an event to compete on a relay team as long as he/she has not competed in any
round of that event. A “no show” in an event does not constitute a drop in an event. A change form
must be submitted at registration 1 ½ hours prior to the event to be dropped.
b.
If an athlete is listed in the USATF Membership Database with a club and is needed to run, but is not
registered in the meet, he/she can be entered in relay “other” (relay roster only) and issued a
competition number provided he/she pays the late fee listed in the meet information.
All participants shall wear a top of a same color as well as shorts of a same color at this National
Championships. The Games Committee shall assign an individual to review colors of team uniforms in the
clerking area.
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To enter a relay in the Junior Olympic Program, a club coach or administrator must enter the relay online.
a.
In order for an athlete to be eligible to be on a club roster, he /she MUST be a member of
USATF and MUST have the club number listed on his/her membership in the USATF
Membership Database. Each club must be a current USATF registered club.
b.
Coaches are encouraged to list every eligible athlete in the same division and sex of the club
(whether participating in this relay or not) on the roster. Note 1: There must be a minimum of
four athletes in the same age division and sex to form a Relay Roster.
c.
Copy the completed relay roster for each age division and sex and enter one roster for each
event:
- 4x100 A, B, C, etc.
- 4x400 A, B, C, etc.
- 4x800 A, B, C, etc.
2
The relay must be entered at the first round of competition by the entry deadline of the meet as specified in
the entry material whether the preliminary or the association meet.
Once the team is entered at the first level, no additions or alterations can be made.
3
To declare a relay team into the meet, a club coach or administrator must do the following:
a.
Declare online during the official entry period and pay the applicable entry fees.
b.
When the club’s relay checks in at the clerking area, four (4) athletes must be present to run. To
change the composition of the team, any athlete can be substituted provided the athlete has a
competitor number and is listed on the club’s relay roster. To drop an event, a change form must be
submitted at registration 1 ½ hours prior to the schedule start of the event being dropped.
Note: The substituted athlete may not exceed the maximum number of events he/she is allowed
to compete in at the meet per Rule 300.1(e).
4
To advance a Relay team to the next level of competition, a club’s relay must compete and qualify at the
current level. The make up of the relay need not be the same throughout the rounds or various levels of
competition as long as the athletes are listed on the original relay roster submitted at the first level.
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These are instructions for Entry Input into Hy-Tek 2.0 Meet Manager.
2
A meet set-up file will be sent to association youth chairs by the regional coordinator. This file should be
forwarded to the individual assigned to input the entries for the meet. The file is set up for the national meet;
it is the meet manager or timing company’s responsibility to change the event set-up (entry fees, rounds &
sessions) to the format used for the preliminary, association and/or region championship meet as needed.
a.
3
DO NOT change the event names or numbers
Format for Entering Clubs
•
Team Abbreviation – Association # followed by two letter abbreviation
•
•
Full Team Name – Enter the team name (no assoc. # or region # needed)
•
Alternate Abbreviation – Enter the USATF Club # (optional)
•
Short Team Name – Enter the same full name or abbreviated version if that does not fit in the field.
•
•
•
4
This should be done at the association level
Make sure the abbreviated name can be distinguished from another team with the same name
from a different region
Select the appropriate association and region from the drop down boxes
Entering Athletes
•
USATF Membership # should be entered for all athletes
•
5
Example: 11PR
Make sure the option is selected in the set-up
•
Select – Set-Up on the top toolbar
•
Select – Athlete/Relay Preferences
•
Select “Enter Registration Numbers”
Entering Relays
•
Enter Relay in the Relay Menu Screen or by selecting the relay event for each athlete
•
A minimum of four and a maximum of six athletes should be selected for the cost of the relay
•
Additional alternates should be entered by selecting the “Other” event from the list of eligible events
•
An entry fee is required for all athletes with the “Other” event selected.
NOTE: The “Other” event is for relay alternate athletes not entered into the meet in any other
events and over the maximum of 6 athletes included in the cost of the relay.
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Grievance Guidelines
Section 1
Introduction
It is inevitable that certain members within your Association will, at some time, have a
complaint. Some disgruntled members will call the Association Office and make a verbal
complaint; some members may be motivated to complain in writing; and yet others will contact
the National Office to lodge their displeasure. Likewise, the Association may feel that an
individual has acted in a manner so detrimental to the purposes and goals of the sport that she
or he should be disciplined. What is the appropriate means of handling a serious complaint
from a member or a decision to pursue disciplining a participant in track and field activities at
the Association level? The following are some easy guidelines for handling complaints and
disciplinary proceedings that have been compiled by the USA Track & Field (USATF) legal
department. Please note that by listening, understanding and compromising, many complaints
can be resolved. Those that cannot be resolved by diplomacy must, in accordance with federal law, be handled
by providing a fair and impartial hearing process, as outlined below.
Section 2
Jurisdiction of Association over Grievances & Disciplinary Matters
USATF Bylaws authorize each Association to handle the disciplinary and formal grievance proceedings relating
to matters that arise within the boundaries of an Association. Therefore, it is the Association's responsibility to
handle disputes that occur within the Association. This should be done in accordance with the Association's
Bylaws. If necessary, the Association must implement a disciplinary or grievance hearing process. If the
Association's Bylaws do not provide for a hearing process, the USATF Bylaws may be consulted for guidance.
Generally, a disciplinary matter is brought by an Association when it believes a member of the Association or
other participant in Association activities has acted in a manner that violates fundamental principles, policies or
rules of USATF and the Association. A grievance is a dispute between two parties about any matter that occurs
within an Association. Associations may only hold disciplinary or grievance hearings about matters that are not
the exclusive responsibility of USATF to resolve, as dictated by USATF Bylaws, Operating Regulations, or
organizational policy. Once an Association receives a grievance or pursues a disciplinary action, it should make
every effort to resolve the matter informally (i.e. without a formal hearing). Such an effort can only be pursued if
all parties to the proceeding agree. The goal of this process is to work with the parties to find a mutually
acceptable solution. If the matter cannot be resolved informally, the Association must refer the matter to an
"unbiased hearing panel". Generally, a hearing panel should consist of three individuals who are not officers,
board or executive committee members of the Association
Section 3
Adequacy of Complaint
An Association member's grievance or an Association’s disciplinary action should be in writing and should be
filed with the appropriate Association officials; usually the President and Secretary. If the President and/or
secretary are named in the complaint, it should be filed with the entire board or executive committee, and an
officer or board member not involved in the dispute should oversee the whole resolution process. The complaint
should specify the conduct or Association bylaw, rule, or policy violation that has occurred and the resolution
sought. In addition, the complaint should be signed by the complainant(s) and notarized.
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Section 4
Choosing an Impartial and Unbiased Hearing Panel
“Impartial” or “unbiased”, means that none of the individual(s) serving on the hearing panel
have any involvement in the pending matter or close relationship to any of the parties to
the proceeding. If a potential panelist discloses a “conflict of interest,” the parties and
panelists may agree to proceed despite the conflict, and the person may serve on the
panel; but only if all parties are in agreement. If a potential hearing panelist does not
disclose a conflict of interest, and one or both parties has/have reason to believe that such
individual may be biased, he or she shall not serve on the hearing panel. For example, if
Paul files a grievance complaint that has been referred to a panel, his cousin, team
member, wife, or best friend should not be selected to sit on the panel. However, if Paul's
cousin discloses the relationship and asserts his/her ability to be impartial, notwithstanding
the relationship, the parties may agree to waive any objection to the conflict. This means
that after a decision is made, neither party can object to the result on the basis that particular panel member was
not impartial. If Paul's cousin, team member, wife, or best friend does not disclose the conflict, and the opposing
party has reason to believe that Paul's cousin, team member, wife, or best friend may not be impartial, the
opposing party may object to the participation of Paul's cousin, team member, wife, or best friend.
Section 5
The Hearing
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The hearing, itself, should consist of only the parties to the proceeding (complainant
and defendant(s)), any witnesses that may be called to testify, and the hearing panelists. In addition, a party may
at his/her own expense be represented by an attorney or other representative. Witness(es) should only be in the
hearing room (or on the telephone call) when testifying, unless the parties agree that they may be present at all
times. In making this determination, consideration should be given to concerns about privacy and confidentiality.
In addition, provisions should be made, although not mandatory, to record the hearing either by a court reporter
or tape recording. If a hearing is tape recorded, one individual, who is not a part of the proceeding, should be
designated to operate the recording device.
ROLE OF ASSOCIATION STAFF: Association officers and/or staff should not participate in a proceeding,
except as required to provide necessary evidence in their possession or the proper interpretation of Association
bylaws, rules or regulations. USATF Competition Rules, or USATF Bylaw or Regulation, interpretations should
be made by the chair of the USATF Rules Committee, the chair of the USATF Law & Legislation Committee or
the USATF General Counsel, respectively.
ROLE OF NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF & OTHERS: If questions of rule interpretation or proper procedure arise
during the proceeding, either a party or a panelist may consult with the USATF General Counsel, the Chair of the
Law & Legislation Committee and/or the Chair of the Rules Committee. However, said Counsel or Committee
Chairs, may only respond to questions regarding the administration of the hearing or the proper interpretation of
USATF Bylaws, Regulations or Competition Rules and should not serve to interpret an Association's Bylaws.
SETTING THE HEARING DATE: Once a panel has been selected, the parties and panelists should work
together to schedule a hearing date. However, the panel chairperson should control the conduct of the process.
The date should be convenient, allowing both parties sufficient time to prepare a thorough presentation. Except
in urgent matters, hearings should typically be held within 30 to 60 days after the matter has been referred to a
panel. However, if a party needs more time to adequately prepare, a reasonable delay should be granted at the
discretion of the panel chair. The hearing should be rescheduled as soon as reasonably possible. It is a generally
accepted legal principle that "fairness" of a hearing process, requires adequate preparation time for both parties.
Thus, for example, a hearing that has been rescheduled ten (10) days from the date of the original hearing would
generally be considered a reasonable delay. However, a hearing rescheduled fifty (50) days after the original
hearing date may be considered unreasonable.
CONDUCT OF HEARING: Once the panel has been confirmed, the panelists should select one panelist to serve
as panel chair. Alternatively, the panel chair may be pre-designated or appointed. The panel chair is responsible
for presiding over the entire hearing proceeding. Therefore, consideration should be given to leadership skills,
when selecting the panel chair. Thus, after consultation with the other panelists, the panel chair should issue the
panel decisions regarding requests for delays, pre-hearing exchange of information issues, submission dates for
written or documentary evidence, witness statements, and pre-hearing briefs, if necessary.
It is important to note that the formal rules of evidence are not followed in these disciplinary or grievance
proceedings. Thus, all relevant evidence should be presented to the panel, which shall reserve the right to
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disregard irrelevant information. Lack of relevancy, or repetitiveness, are generally the only valid objections to the
presentation of either party’s evidence at a hearing.
Typically, a hearing begins with the opening statements of each party; the claimant presenting first. Next, the
complainant presents his/her case, which may include calling any witnesses or presenting any written
documentation that s/he deems necessary to establish the allegation(s). The defendant must, however, have the
opportunity to cross-examine any witnesses once the complainant has finished his/her direct presentation or
questioning. Upon the completion of cross-examination, the defendant will have the opportunity to present his/
her case, which may also include calling any witnesses or presenting any written documentation. The
complainant should also have the opportunity to cross-examine the defendant's witnesses. After both direct
presentations, there can be limited re-direct by either party. It is appropriate for the panel to ask questions
regarding any issue(s) that may be unclear, during the course of the hearing. This should be done in a manner
that does not interfere with either party's presentation or indicate a bias toward either party's case. Once each
party has had the opportunity to re-direct, parties should be given the opportunity to present closing statements.
Closing statements should take place in the same order as the opening statement.
If a hearing is held by telephone, the panel and the parties should be aware that the presentation of written
evidence must be coordinated in advance. Parties should make arrangements to forward any written
documentation to all participants prior to the start of the hearing. Fairness requires that there be full disclosure of
written evidence prior to the hearing. (A witness would only receive documentary evidence relevant to his or her
testimony.) Also, if witnesses are called during a telephone hearing, the process for cross-examination is
inherently more difficult. In this event, any documents the witness may refer to must be distributed in advance to
the panel and the opposing party. If, during a telephone hearing, it becomes apparent that all parties do not have
the relevant documents, the hearing must immediately be postponed and rescheduled after all documents have
been properly distributed.
During the hearing, it is very important for both parties to remember that each side has the right to present his or
her case. Thus, parties should be respectful of and not interrupt one another. In addition, as with each party,
panelists should be respectful and courteous to all parties and of each other throughout the entire hearing. The
panelists should go out of their way to avoid showing bias toward either party's arguments during the hearing
process.
POST HEARING ISSUES: If, at the conclusion of the hearing, the panel feels that additional information,
testimony or evidence is necessary to make a decision, it may request that the parties submit such additional
information, or that an additional hearing date be set. In this event, the hearing will remain open until receipt of
the requested document(s) or the additional hearing takes place.
Once the panel has made a final determination, it should render a written decision within a short period of time -e.g. forty-eight (48) hours. As the written decision does not have to include an explanation, the panel should
provide a written opinion explaining the decision, within no more than thirty (30) days.
Section 6
Appeals
The losing party may appeal the Association's decision to a National Athletics Board of Review (NABR) panel, via
the USATF National Office, within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the written opinion. In addition, a party may
request that the hearing panel’s decision be stayed -- not enforced or implemented-- until the appeal has been
heard. However, such a request must be filed within thirty (30) days of the Association panel's decision and must
be made to the Chief Executive Officer of USATF.
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Best Practices & Sponsorship
Section 1
1.1
Best Practices
Tips for a Successful Meet
Tip 1: Selecting the Games Committee
Achieving the highest priorities when preparing for a track meet means that you must select a “Games
Committee” of six (6) to ten (10) hard working people. Make assignments based on their knowledge
and expertise of the person chosen to fill the position.
Tip 2: Competition Management Plan
The Leader and the Games Committee must create a Competition Management Plan that provides
consistent work across the sport. The plan must also contain checks and balances.
Tip 3: Structured Planning Meetings
The most meaningful manner to keep up with progress is to have biweekly meetings in the beginning
and weekly meetings two months immediately leading up to the meet.
Tip 4: Program Book
Sell Ads to pay for Printing of book
Section 2
2.1
Sponsorship
People to Contact
This section lists groups of people who can support your event and provides examples of what types of
sponsorships they support.
A
National Guard Company
1.
B
2.
Portable Generators
3.
Security Guards
Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
1.
C
D
E
Tents, large and small
Volunteers
Police Department
1.
Security for Area
2.
Grants
City Council
1.
Sponsorships (Grants)
2.
Volunteers
3.
Officials to give out Awards
Sponsorship funds/reduced vouchers
1.
Burger King
2.
McDonalds
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Pizza Hut
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Wendy's
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Area Restaurants
Area High Schools
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Matching Funds
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Wal-Mart
2.
Target
Gatorade
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Coolers
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Juice
Hinckley Water
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other local suppliers in your area
Food Companies that sell Children friendly Items
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local suppliers in your area
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Facilities
Section 1
Introduction
UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Suggested Topics:
Sample letters to request use of Facilities
Facility Contract: Cost of Facilities, Requirement for Concessions (negotiation for percentage), Use of
Equipment, Security, Parking, Secure Storage Area, Restrooms, Custodian/Maintenance, etc.
Section 2
Regional Facility Standards
This section provides guidelines from Region 3 for the facilities to host a USATF Regional Track & Field
Championships Meet. This was provided by Inez Finch, Southern Zonal Representative.
Information is provided in the form of a checklist which can be easily adapted for use by the other USATF youth
regions.
TRACK
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The track must be an eight (8) -lane 400-meter synthetic surface track.
Minimum 42” lane widths.
Lane Stripes, exchange zones and hurdle marks, etc. shall be clearly visible.
Must have an operable steeplechase.
Must have an inside curb or rail.
Track should be well maintained and in good repair.
The track should be certified as officially 400 meters, at the proper grade, and accurately
striped.
 Copy of the track certification shall be obtained.
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Minimum of two shot put rings.
One discus ring
One pole vault pit
Safety javelin runway and landing areas.
Two high jump pits.
Landing areas for javelin, shot and discus must be properly measured and striped.
Water stations at each track & field area.
Tents at field events and clerking area.
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 Must have stand and/or spectator areas to accommodate at least 4,000 participants and
spectators.
 Must have adequate warm-up area adjacent to track for warm-up events preparation.
 Must have adequate restroom facilities that are maintained over the weekend to accommodate
4000 plus people.
 Shaded area for officials to assemble and rest.
 Separate clerking areas.
 Packet pick-up and declaration area.
EQUIPMENT
Indicate equipment provided by the facility.
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Nine starting blocks in good working order.
Ten and one half (84) flights of hurdles
Standards, bars, and extension for high jump and pole vault.
Tables (8) and chairs (64) for clerking areas
Chairs/bleachers for field events
Adequate P.A. System
Individual megaphone or separate PA system for clerking area.
Fully automatic timing
Back-up media (3 ½” disk, thumb drive. Etc.)
Wind gauge (3)
Scale to weigh implements
One Steel 3000 ft. measuring tape
Implements for field events (1each)
Eight red and white sets of flags
Eight yellow and white sets of flags
No less than eight (8) walkie talkies
Batons (10)
Copy Machine
Golf cart if possible
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Management Plan
Section 1
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B
C
D
Three Main Objectives
1.
Your priorities
2.
Become better organized
3.
Become productive overall
Planning Process
1.
Daily (Plan)
2.
Plan weekly
3.
Set goals
4.
Identify values
Urgent
1.
Building
2.
Pressing Problems -> Prevention
3.
Deadline Driven (set dated) -> Planning
4.
Projects, Meetings (set dates) -> Relationship Building
5.
Reports (set dates) -> Re-creation, Value Clarification
Not Important
1.
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Achieving Your Highest Priorities - Strategic Outline
Needless Interruption
2.
Unnecessary Reports
3.
Unimportant Meetings, Phone Calls, Mail, E-mails
4.
Other People’s Minor Issues
Best Practices: Advance Competition Management Plans
1.
Goal
a. To create a generic competition management plan that can be used by a meet manager
b.
2.
Organize and administer a successful athletic centered competition regardless to size or level of
event
Objectives: Create a competition management plan that
a. Provides consistent management across the sport
b.
Will expand for individual sport needs
c.
Is compatible with any venue management structure
d.
Provides check and balances
e.
Address USATF requirements
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Competition Management Plan
a. See Attached chart
b.
c.
d.
e.
Competition secretariat
(i).
Scheduling
(ii).
Seeding / draws
(iii).
Awards
(iv).
Tech. Assistants
(v).
Clerical support
(vi).
Correspondence
(vii).
External communication
Competition Support
(i).
Volunteers
(ii).
Office Equipment
(iii).
Suppliers
(iv).
Transportation
(v).
Communications - Equipment
(vi).
Finances
Athlete Support and Services
(i).
Transportation
(ii).
Warm-up / Cool down
(iii).
Athlete Seating
(iv).
Personal Services
(v).
Medical Services
(vi).
Locker Rooms
(vii).
Lounges
Field of Plan
(i).
f.
g.
(ii).
Security
(iii).
Competition Officials
(iv).
Media
(v).
Announcers
(vi).
Warm-up Areas
(vii).
Equipment
Competition Officials
(i).
Schedule / Check-In
(ii).
Service and Support
(iii).
Equipment
(iv).
Training
(v).
Uniforms
(vi).
Transportation
(vii).
Housing
Sports Specific Equipment
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Athletic Equipment
(ii).
Competition Equipment
(iii).
Warm-up Equipment
(iv).
Training Site Equipment
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i.
Competition Results
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Timing / Scoring
(vi).
Results Quality Control
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Results - Posting
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Volunteers
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Announcers
(ii).
Sound / Music
(iii).
Video / Television
(iv).
Technicians
(v).
Video / Photo Technician
(vi).
Scoreboard Technicians
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Training and Development Manual
Meet Management Guide
Section 1
Introductory Material
The specific directive was to “Develop and disseminate a Meet Manual on how to conduct a well-run Track &
Field meet that ensures USATF meet certification and appropriate officials, support resources, and event
scheduling for an enjoyable athletic experience.”
Acknowledgement
The Youth Training and development Subcommittee would like to thank Dr. Becky L. Sisley, Ed. D. for graciously
allowing the USA Track & Field Youth to leverage her outstanding work and research. Her Masters Meet manual
truly serves as a model for the organization as well as exemplifies a spirit of good will, collaboration and synergy
that exists within the USA Track & Field organization. Her generosity will serve to further the advancement of the
USATF Youth program and the thousands of kids throughout the United States it serves.
About Becky L. Sisley: A retired University of Oregon professor, Sisley began her “track career” at age 49. She
served twice at the Hayward Classic Meet Director, was the USATF Masters Committee Northwest Regional
Coordinator from 1997-2003, and has been on the Games Committee for the USA Masters Indoor and Outdoor
Championships since 1999. In 2000 she was named Masters Track & Field “Administrator of the Year” and was
elected to the Masters Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2001.
Scope
This Manual has been developed as a source of information necessary for the planning of a meet ranging from a
low-key developmental meet up through a Youth Regional Junior Olympic Championship. There was no intention
to duplicate what is in the competition rule book; however, in some cases there may be references to specific
rules. Information that specifically details factors unique to Youth meets has been included.
Role of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
The LOC is responsible for the planning and execution of the track & field meet. It will typically be composed of
the Chair of the LOC, usually called the Meet Director, and key individuals primarily responsible for each of the
component areas. It is important that tasks be clearly identified and assigned to those individuals who make up
the LOC. The nature of the meet will affect the size of the LOC and its composition. There are many ways to
create a LOC. For a large invitational meet, Association Championships, or Regional Championships the LOC
will be larger to fulfill the demands of the many facets of the meet. For a much smaller meet (local club or
developmental) the delineation of tasks will not require so large a LOC. In this case the Meet Director usually
serves as the top technical official: the Competition Director. Members of the LOC may oversee a wide variety
of tasks and serve as liaisons to individuals who may be responsible for particular tasks, but who do not serve on
the LOC.
Meetings of the LOC should be held about every two to three weeks during the early planning stages and they
might be held weekly in the last month. Being alert to items in the suggested timeline may assist in determining
the need for a meeting. It is likely that some meetings will focus on major components or tasks to be completed,
e.g. budget preparation.
About the Organizational Chart
There are many ways to depict an organizational chart. A sample organization chart is shown in Figure 1,
Sample Meet Organization Chart, on page 4. The titles given to individuals on the LOC who are assigned various
responsibilities include director, officer, liaison, coordinator, or facilitator. For a small/local meet the
organizational chart depicting the structure probably will not be as complex as the one shown in this manual, and
one individual may oversee numerous component areas. The main concern is that all the functions needed for
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the success of the meet are clearly delegated to specific individuals. As noted in the chart, some meet personnel
have been given titles which are customary to identify those with major responsibilities.
Words of Advice for the Meet Director
There are many component areas that must be managed to host a successful track and field meet, and within
these areas are numerous tasks to be completed, often in a chronological order. It is critical that the Meet
Director effectively delegate responsibilities to individuals who have the skills, interest, and time to complete the
assigned tasks. In addition, the Meet Director must make sure that the policies and procedures used by the
LOC are clear and that they are followed. A definite chain of command must exist in the decision-making
process. This is especially critical when establishing protocol with potential sponsors. There is no reason to
duplicate efforts or give potentially conflicting information. It is the Meet Directors role to clarify these
responsibilities and to assist the various volunteers as needed. It is important to let these key people do their
jobs, to check in with them, and to have them report at LOC meetings. The Meet Director has the authority to
ensure the accountability of individuals assigned responsibilities. The ultimate success of the meet is dependent
upon the effective delegation of responsibility to competent volunteers and employees, as may be the case for
larger meets.
How to Use this Manual
The organization of this Meet Manual was meant to be “user friendly.” Many of the concepts and tasks described
are included in more than one place as they have an impact on several component areas of the meet. A number
of the tasks/activities have been cross-referenced to allow the reader to see the interrelationship of various
functions and to give further detail under a separate section of the Meet Manual. Duplication is not a concern; the
primary goal is that all the many details necessary for hosting a quality meet are understood so they can be
carried out during the meet.
It is recommended that the Meet Director first read through the Section 1,“Introductory Material” on page 1, and
Section 2,“Component Areas with Identification of Major Tasks” on page 5, to get an overview of the
responsibilities of hosting a meet. Next Section 3,“Suggested Timeline of Tasks” on page 8, will give an
understanding of what must be done and when. After this, the more detailed Section 4,“Elaboration of Tasks” on
page 13, will help the Meet Director decide who is appropriate to be delegated major responsibilities. Special
attention must be given to all references of “youth specific” rules, equipment, implements, procedures and rules.
These elements of the meet are critical to the athletes. The “Suggested Timeline” should be used to build
agendas for LOC meetings, and the “Exhibits” will give the Meet Director samples of actual documents, which
can be used as references in carrying out many of the tasks necessary to ensure a successful meet. It is
suggested that relevant portions from the “Component Areas and Checklists” be distributed to those responsible
for execution of specific tasks, and that this information is shared with other appropriate meet personnel.
About the Timeline
The nature of the meet affects the optimal timeline for the meet. Planning for a low-key meet designed primarily
for local area entrants may not begin until 4-6 months before the meet date, while the site for a Regional Junior
Olympic Championship meet may be selected more than a year in advance with planning meetings commencing
8-10 months out. The timeline in this Meet Manual should serve as a guide for the LOC in planning and
conducting the meet.
Elaboration of Selected Tasks
In order to assist the first-time meet organizers, the details are elaborated for some of the tasks listed in the
timeline. These “elaboration of tasks,” as indicated in the timeline, are included in a separate portion of this
manual immediately following the timeline. They are really the “how-to’s” of many of the tasks necessary to
conduct a successful meet.
Component Areas and Checklists
This part of the manual gives further details to each of the component areas. It is projected that this way of
organizing information may be helpful to those with little or no experience in meet management. The checklists
are guides to ensure that all the little details are attended to and completed.
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During the process of planning and conducting the meet, those individuals involved in managing component
areas or key tasks should keep a list of “Lessons Learned.” These notes will be extremely beneficial the next time
a LOC hosts a meet. The Meet Director should collect these lists at the wrap-up meeting.
A Starting Point
Below are some of the critical elements (who, what, where and when), which set the stage for conducting a meet.
For effective meet management, the following factors must be identified:
1.
Type of meet,
2.
Who is hosting the meet,
3.
Date of meet, and
4.
Location of the meet.
All these elements must be determined early. Refer to the “Suggested Timeline” section of the Manual.
What Kind of Youth Track & Field Meet? (the nature of the meet)
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Developmental meet held at new location
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Local club meet - may be annual event
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Local club invitational event
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USATF Preliminary Qualifying Junior Olympic Meets
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USATF Association Junior Olympic Championships
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USATF Regional Junior Olympic Championships
Who is Hosting the Meet?
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Local club
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USATF Association
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Local club with Regional Coordinator input
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Regional Coordinator with various representatives
When? (Determine at least 6 -10 months ahead)
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Clear date to fit into Youth regional calendar of events
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Avoid conflicts that might affect participation
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Availability of facility
Where?
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Site visit - need to know the facility
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Ability to hold all required events if a championship meet, e.g. steeplechase and hammer
•
Impact of location of field event venues on schedule of events
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Overlapping of throwing venues?
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Special amenities, e.g. access to automatic timing
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Facility crew availability
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Rental cost
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Figure 1 Sample Meet Organization Chart
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Section 2
Component Areas with Identification of Major Tasks
The component areas listed here are not stand-alone units. Many of the activities in these areas interface with
other activities in different component areas. The size of the meet will govern whether or not one individual
oversees the activities in a particular area and how the activities and subsequent tasks are broken down within
each area. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is responsible for the execution of all the activities within the
component areas and thus oversees the entire planning and conduct of the meet. Those activities/tasks that are
normally exclusively determined by the LOC are listed directly below. Many of these activities are included in the
checklists and some have been clarified in the “Elaboration of Tasks” section of the Manual. Below this LOC
listing are the component areas with identification of the major activities/tasks included with each area.
LOC – Administration/ Personnel/ Meet Operations
Note:
These activities are in the timeline and may appear in component area checklists; but there is no
separate LOC checklist.
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Oversees, coordinates entire meet - Meet Director
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Schedule of events
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Entry deadline, if there is day-of-meet registration
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Entry form
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Entry processing - Computer Operations Director
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Registration and packet pick-up - Registration Coordinator
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Awards: determination, selection, purchase
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Set-up for support services- traffic flow, signage, etc.
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Volunteer coordination - Volunteer Coordinator
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Medical support – Safety Officer
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Resource materials for PA announcers
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Financial Management - Financial Officer
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Budget preparation, management, reports
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Cash box
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Guidelines for fund raising
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Meet sponsors, event sponsors, concessions, sales of merchandise
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“Application for Sanction”
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Insurance: “Certificate of Liability Insurance”
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“Post-Event Report Form”
Marketing/Media Relations
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Publicize meet date
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Entry form distribution
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Fund raising activities: sponsors of varying levels, including “in kind” sponsors
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Liaison with Computer Operations- web site information, etc.
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Printed meet program - Program Coordinator
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News releases
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Media coverage
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Submit results
Support Services
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Meet Headquarters
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Athlete services
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Registration and packet pick-up
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Volunteer Services - Volunteer Coordinator
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Hospitality and **Special social event
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Awards distribution
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Medical Support
Safety Officer
Athletic Trainers
Massage
Physician
Ambulance-EMT
First Aid supplies
Water and electrolytes on field
Communication links
Liaison with Competition Director
Facilities and Equipment
•
Competitive venues set up
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Equipment necessary for meet
•
Implements meet will supply
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Timing System (Fully Automatic Timing)
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Tents and booths
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Set-up for support services (layout - traffic flow, signage, etc.)
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Communication links - field, clerk, announcer, computer, finish line, etc.
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Restrooms
•
Fluids on field
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Two-way Radios / Walkie-Talkies
Competition and Competition Director
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Games Committee (all or selected members of the LOC)
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Communication with Association Youth Chair or Regional Coordinator
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Event schedule
•
Conduct of the meet
•
Adherence to Rules of Competition
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Knowledge and application of youth specific rules
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Appeals procedure
•
Youth rules that differ
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Printed meet program information related to conduct of meet
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Liaison regarding facilities and equipment needs
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Liaison with Coordinator of Officials
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Liaison with Computer Operations Director
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Determination of heats and flights
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Recorder of Records; Relay Coordinator
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Public address announcers
Officials and Officials Coordinator
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Liaison with Competition Director
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Liaison regarding facilities and equipment needs
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Solicitation and assignment of officials
Referee(s)
Jury of Appeals (for Championship meets)
Race walk judges
Head judges
All other officials
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Adherence to Rules of Competition
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Knowledge and application of youth specific rules
Computer Operations – Computer Operations Director (IT Specialist)
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Obtain necessary hardware and software
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Set up meet management software
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Entry form
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Web site information
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Purchase computer supplies
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Data entry
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Entry verification
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Paper flow
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Liaison with Competition Director/LOC
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Seeding for events
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Prepare event sheets
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List of entrants and events
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Print results after each event
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Complete set of competition results
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Results for media and publications
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Computer network (links to appropriate places)
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Section 3
Suggested Timeline of Tasks
This timeline is set for a meet which is scheduled for the last weekend in June.
Note:
For a small local meet, with fewer than 100 entries projected, it may be reasonable to adapt this timeline
within a 5-6 month period. Informal developmental meets might be organized in even less time, as
arrangements will not be as complex. A double asterisk (**) indicates tasks that may be primarily for
larger meets.
8-9 months before meet (September/October)
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Solicit potential members of the LOC
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Conduct initial planning meeting - naming of Meet Director, if not yet determined
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Define kind of meet and give it a name
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Select site, determine date and receive confirmation for use of venue
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Formalize LOC
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Initiate communication with the Youth Track & Field Chairperson in your local USATF Association (or
Regional Coordinator if appropriate, for championship meets)
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**Identify potential major meet sponsors
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Secure USATF forms for sanctioned events (available at
www.usatf.org/events/sanctions application/download/):
Application for Sanction,
Request for Certificate of Liability Insurance,
Post-Event Report Form, and
Accident, Report Form
6-7 months before meet (November/December)
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Add event to the USATF Calendar (www.usatf.org/calendars)
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Identify additional personnel to oversee designated tasks, e.g. awards distribution
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Identify competitive events - if Association or Regional Championships, USATF Competition Rule 301
which stipulates the events to be held
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Determine schedule of events (see examples: Exhibit A:, One-day Meet Schedule (Sample 1), and
Exhibit B:, Two-day Regional Championship Meet Schedule (Sample),)
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Begin work on entry form (see Details-1 on page 13)
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Determine entry deadline, including if there will be a day-of-meet registration
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Publicize meet date and contact information (see Details-2 on page 14)
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Determine if there will be concessions
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Develop budget (see Details-3 on page 14)
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Discuss marketing plans and promotional materials
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Establish fund raising guidelines for sponsors, ads, etc. (see Exhibit C:, Fund raising Guidelines
(Sample),)
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**Solicit major meet sponsors
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Consider specific event sponsorships for smaller and larger meets
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Discuss services and benefits for officials and volunteers
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**Decide if a social event (athlete’s party; pasta dinner, etc.) will be held
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Determine awards (see Details-4 on page 14)
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Determine if meet will have youth specific equipment (see Details-5 on page 15)
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Make preliminary arrangements for fully automatic timing (F.A.T.) equipment and operator
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Determine Games Committee members
6 months before meet (end of December)
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Finalize entry form See Form 1, Sample JO T&F Individual Entry - Advancement,
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Confirm major sponsors and finalize agreements See Exhibit D:, Meet Sponsor Agreement (Sample),
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Set up computer software program
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Arrange for meet headquarters See Exhibit E:, Meet Headquarters Agreement (Sample),
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Submit USATF sanction application and fees (forms and fees are available at www.usatf.org/events/
sanctions/application/download/)
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Have volunteers confirmed for various key tasks/activities. Define tasks for these individuals
4-5 months before meet (January and February)
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Identify vendor for T-shirts
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Begin design work on meet logo for T-shirt and possibly program (see Details-6 on page 15)
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**Identify printer for meet program
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**Determine basic content for printed meet program (see Details-7 on page 16)
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Identify vendor for concessions, if appropriate (may not have a choice if using services at an institution)
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Purchase awards
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Focus on detailed planning for the meet: facilities and equipment
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Make contact with officials’ organization to put meet date on calendar
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Begin to distribute entry forms (see Details-8 on page 17)
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Begin planning for support services and volunteer needs
4 months before meet (by end of February)
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Submit calendar entry to USATF Website for publication.
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Make preliminary arrangements with T-shirt supplier/printer (for athletes, volunteers, officials, and meet
personnel)
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Purchase competition bib numbers, hip numbers and safety pins
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Confirm if meet will have Youth specific equipment and implements
2-3 months before meet (March and April)
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Insurance: If you have 3rd parties (facility, park, college, municipalities) that need to be added as
additional insured’s to the USATF general liability insurance policy submit the Request for Certificate of
Liability Insurance form to your local association office.
This form is available at
www.usatf.org/events/sanctions/application/download
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Stock entry forms in fitness centers, sporting goods and running stores
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Submit articles about meet to appropriate publications: e.g. National, Regional, and local News (due
10th of previous month)
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Focus on planning for medical aspects, hospitality, and special events
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Discuss hospitality plans for officials, volunteers, and meet personnel
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Develop list of equipment needed
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Make arrangements for “Youth specific” equipment needs, e.g.30” hurdles
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**Consider booth for “In kind” equipment supplier, if appropriate
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Identify needs for tents and booths
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Secure key officials: Referee(s), Clerk of Course, etc.
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Provide officials organization with event schedule, number of athletes and list of specific needs for
officials (Note: Officials’ organizations will function differently among the various associations in terms
of assigning or helping to secure officials for meets; the Coordinator of Officials may need to
personally contact each of the officials.)
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Make contact for race walk judges
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Begin to process entries as they arrive (see Details-9 on page 17)
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Determine appeal procedure
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Begin the process of soliciting volunteers for the meet (see Details-10 on page 18)
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** Begin to solicit advertising for printed meet program
1 month before meet (May)
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Restock entry forms in fitness centers, sporting goods and running stores
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Prepare relay guidelines and relay entry form See YA Procedure 103: Junior Olympic Relay
Procedures and , Form 2 (Continued) Sample JO T&F Relay Roster Back of Form, from the Forms
Section.
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Define day-of-meet registration procedures, if appropriate
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Clarify check in/declaration procedure for athletes
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Develop content for “Important Information for Athletes” for program or packet (see Details-11 on
page 19)
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Develop list of volunteers needed and begin to solicit
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Consider possible sources for food and beverage needs for meet personnel
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Secure and confirm medical personnel: physician at meet, athletic trainers, masseurs, EMT, Safety
Officer
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Define facility preparation needs
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Submit facility set-up specifications to those in charge of implementing See Exhibit F:, Track Meet Setup Request Sheet (Sample),
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Solicit officials for the meet starting with head field judges and head running officials
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Secure officials for all events, including race walk judges
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Secure equipment for paper flow: copy and fax machines; secure extra copy machine if necessary for
meet. Note: for small meets a print/copier is useful.
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Ensure that all conditions exist that will enable U.S. and World Records to be set (see Details-12 on
page 19)
3-4 weeks before meet (early June)
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Receive meet program materials from sponsors
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Continue to solicit volunteers
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Submit article to local newspaper to solicit volunteers
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Determine site layout and traffic flow including location for packet pick-up, officials and volunteer
check-in, awards, posting boards
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Determine how to post results (see Details-13 on page 20)
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Prepare list of signage needs
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Have awards in hand [medals, ribbons, and patches (for championship meets)]
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Determine tables/chairs, etc. needed for these areas: Clerk’s Circle, packet pick-up, day-of-meet
registration, awards, merchandise sales, other - ** EXPO space
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Make contact with Hurdle Coordinator to ensure spacing for hurdle events will be marked on the track
prior to the meet, provide specifications table
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Prepare “Instructions for Head Field Event Officials” See Exhibit G:, Instruction For Head Field Event
Officials (Sample),
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Prepare Meet Evaluation form See Exhibit I:, Meet Evaluation Form (Sample),
2 weeks before meet (mid June)
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Decide on contingency plans in case of rain, lightning, or extreme heat
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Contact media about pre-meet coverage
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Make/order necessary signs, if not done already
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Prepare preliminary list of announcements to be made during meet (see Details-14 on page 20) (kind
of items, topics)
4-10 days before meet (late June)
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Submit press release to local media
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Proof printed meet program (have exact date and time established to get proof)
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Determine number of program copies (remember sponsors!)
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Order lunches for volunteers, officials, and meet personnel
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Make reminder contacts with all officials and volunteers and confirm assignments
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Contact referee(s) to confirm responsibilities and clarify paper flow. (This is not necessary if there is a
meeting with head officials prior to the start of the meet.)
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Get appropriate tape to mark extra boards for horizontal jumps
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Make sure volunteer in charge of distributing awards has clear understanding of procedures (in some
cases there may be photo opportunities, duplicate awards) (see Details-15 on page 21)
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Be sure there are an adequate number of lap time recorder cards. See Exhibit J:, Lap Time Recorder
Card,
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Schedule wrap-up meeting for LOC
2 days before meet
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Collect materials necessary for day-of-meet registration
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Prepare heat sheets (running events) and flight sheets (field events), properly seeded, using meet
management software (see Details-16 on page 21)
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Prepare clipboards for all officials – to include events sheets for head officials (see Details-17 on
page 22)
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Prepare list of athletes and events entered (Precise timing will depend when entries close)
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Check meet two-way radios / walkie-talkies and have extra batteries
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Prepare resource packets for announcers (see Details-18 on page 23)
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Stuff packets - may be done just before packet pick-up, if starts evening before meet (see Details-19 on
page 23)
1 day before meet
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Pick up T-shirts and printed meet programs
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Verify all paperwork to be distributed is ready
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Staff registration and packet pick-up if scheduled evening prior to meet
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Set up tents for registration, awards, sponsors, masseurs, hospitality, etc.
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Make final check with venue personnel regarding (venue accessibility in the next morning, sprinkler
system, equipment requested, field event preparation, etc.)
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Confirm wind gauges needed for meet are in working order
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** Consider having meeting with all head officials to go over expectations
Day of meet: prior to start of competition
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Set up staging areas and signs - have ready one hour before registration starts
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Perform PA sound check
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Prepare fluid stations
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Post materials - one hour prior
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Distribute walkie-talkies to selected meet personnel, e.g. medical staff
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Distribute clipboards to head officials
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Make sure a steel tape is available (Field Referee and Head Field Judges need to use for record
measurements)
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**Set up field communication links between venues and PA
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Ensure that all communication lines/links are working properly
During the meet
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Meet Director - “manage by wandering around”
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Maintain close communications with Volunteer Coordinator and Coordinator of Officials
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Touch base with medical personnel
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Make sure field event crews are fully staffed
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Make sure there are a sufficient number of lap time recorders
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Pick up lunches for meet personnel
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Prepare additional PA announcements as need arises
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Ensure that U.S. and World Records are properly documented (see Details-20 on page 23)
At conclusion of competition
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If two-day meet, store meet items securely after first day
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Secure important meet materials, e.g. field event sheets
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Collect clipboards
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Collect meet management materials
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Each day submit results to local newspapers and web site (if appropriate)
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Clean up the facility as required
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Return all borrowed equipment (or week following)
1-2 weeks following the meet (early July)
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Send appropriate “thank-you” notes to volunteers, sponsors and officials
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Take meet program and T-shirts to sponsors
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Send results to USATF association and/or regional web sites as well as to USATF for posting on the
national web site
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Submit USATF Sanction Post-Event Report Form (to get the form go to www.usatf.org/events/
sanctions/application/download/)
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If injuries occurred, submit “First Report of Accident” form (to get the form go to www.usatf.org/events/
sanctions/application/download/)
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Hold Wrap-up meeting
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Collect “Lessons Learned” from key personnel
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Continue to receive billings and ensure all expenses are paid
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Section 4
Elaboration of Tasks
From the suggested Timeline in the previous section, these tasks provide additional details.
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Develop Entry Form
(7-8 months before meet; finalized by 6 months before meet)
Reference: See Form 1, Sample JO T&F Individual Entry - Advancement,
Critical elements that should be included on the entry form:
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Name of event
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Location, date, time
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Schedule of events
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General Meet information - include comment about implements, awards, etc.
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Due date, late fees, entry and T-shirt costs
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USATF Membership number and affiliation: club, association, etc.
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Contact person
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Mailing address for entry form return
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Sponsor logos and/or identification
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USATF ADA statement (see note below)
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Athlete waiver/release
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Double-check and triple-check for errors; have an “outsider” read for clarity
Notes:
a.
If standard championship event(s) cannot be held (e.g. steeplechase) this must be indicated on the
entry form. (See Rule 331.3.c. and d)
b.
If this is an Association Championships, the Youth Chair should review the entry, and for a Regional
Championships, the Regional Coordinator should review the entry.
c.
For Association and Regional Championships entry form, the USATF logo should appear. Contact
Andy Martin at the USATF national office to secure a transferable logo. ([email protected])
d.
Make it clear if entry deadline is “by date received” or “postmarked” date.
e.
Sanctioned meets are required to have a place on the entry to indicate if accommodation is needed for
a disability. Additional information on this requirement is available online at www.usatf.org/groups/
Event Directors/ADA/
f.
Examples of “ADA Check Box” language for entry forms:
 I have a disability for which I am requesting an accommodation
(visit www.usatf.org/about/legal/policies/ADA.asp for forms and procedures)
 My Americans With Disabilities Act Accommodation requested is: ____________
(visit www.usatf.org/about/legal/policies/ADA.asp for forms and procedures)
 I am requesting an accommodation for a disability as follows: ____________
(visit www.usatf.org/about/legal/policies/ADA.asp for forms and procedures)
g.
Following are a few sample “notes” that may be added:
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All requests for accommodations must be received six weeks prior to the date of competition.
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It generally takes six weeks from the receipt of all relevant documentation to evaluate such
requests.
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This section does not apply to athletes competing in the wheelchair or disabled division of the
race/event.
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No such requests will be granted if the necessary documentation has not been sent to
USATF at least six weeks prior to the date of the competition.
Form 1, Sample JO T&F Individual Entry - Advancement,, shows the importance of block spacing for
entering critical data, e.g. athlete’s name, address, etc.
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Prepare Preliminary Publicity for Meet
(7-8 months before meet)
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Suggested places to advertise date, contact information, etc.
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USATF Online Calendar: www.usatf.org/calendars/update
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Running publications
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Websites: local club, association, region, other
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Develop Budget
(7-8 months before meet) Reference – See Exhibit K:, Sample Proposed / Actual Budget,
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Basic elements to be determined early:
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Specific entry fees
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Projected costs for officials if customary to pay
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Cost for T-shirt (if purchased at time of entry)
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**For Regional Championships, find out from the USATF Regional Coordinator if there is a
regional surcharge of $5 and if the funds are designated for hosting the meet
Revenue opportunities – See Exhibit C:, Fund raising Guidelines (Sample),
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**Title sponsor
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**Meet sponsors
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Other sponsors
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Event sponsors
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**Ads in meet program
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“In kind” donations, e.g. food for volunteers, equipment, items for officials
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entry fees
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T-shirt sales
Major expense items: (this is not a definitive list)
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Awards
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T-Shirts
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Rental of facility, facility personnel - could include F.A.T. costs
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F.A.T. equipment and operator (may need to be hired)
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Food for Officials and Volunteers
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Benefits for Officials and Volunteers (shirts?)
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**For larger meets: marketing, meet promotion, printed meet program
Determine Awards
(7-8 months before meet)
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USATF will furnish the awards and bib numbers for Association and Regional Junior Olympic
Championships Meets (See Rule 305.5). Crown Awards is the official awards supplier of USATF
medals and awards. Follow the requirements in the rule to apply for meet awards.
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USATF will furnish ribbons for developmental meets. Contact Grass Roots and Youth Programs
Assistant
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Decide on type of awards you will present (medals, pins, ribbons, etc.)
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Estimate number needed
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Remember dated awards cannot be used after the event
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Determine if Meet will have Youth Specific Equipment and Implements
(7-8 months before meet)
Details the Competition Director must be concerned with:
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Adherence to Hurdle Heights and Spacing Tables (also includes steeplechase specifications).
Reference – See Exhibit L:, Hurdle Heights & Spacing, Steeplechase Specifications, and Implements,.
(Note: The Track Referee is responsible for adherence at the meet.)
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Make sure the steeplechase barriers and water jump goes down to 30” as this height is mandated for
all women.
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Adherence to Implements. Reference –See Exhibit L:, Hurdle Heights & Spacing, Steeplechase
Specifications, and Implements,. This table indicates which age groups use what weight of the various
implements. Note: The Field Referee is responsible for adherence to this rule at the meet.
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Extenders will need to be attached to the pole vault standards to ensure that the bar may be set at a
low height. See competition book
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The entry form should indicate if the meet will provide all or some throwing implements. (For small
meets, it is customary for athletes to bring their own equipment.)
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Design Meet Logo
(5-6 months before meet)
It is often common to have a meet T-shirt, but this is not required. The same design may be adapted to place on
the cover of the meet program. For larger meets, the design could be used on promotional materials. Consider
working with a graphic artist or negotiate an art project contest at a school.
Note:
For Junior Olympic meets, just a reminder that they Olympic Rings are solely the property of the United
States Olympic Committee and may not be used for the Junior Olympic program.
Cost Factors to consider: numbers of colors, number of printed surfaces on shirt, including logos of sponsors
and placement
Note:
Suggestions:
a. Some prefer to hire the process out to a company that prints shirts to order onsite. This allows the
buyer to select the shirt style, and the meet is not stuck with left over inventory.
b.
A nice collectable art design on the shirt makes a big difference in terms of shirt sales, and these
funds will add nicely to the meet income.
c.
USATF has many merchandising opportunities, see their website for more information
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Initiate Planning and Development of Meet Program
(3-6 months before meet)
Factors to consider: Vision of finished product (stapled pages, small printed program, larger more professional
printed program), total number of pages, use of color on cover, purchased ads, specific contents, cost to print, if
any programs will be sold, etc.
Below are examples of program content based on nature of the meet:
Small/Local
Schedule of events
Important information for Athletes
Association Championships
All above plus the following:
Meet personnel
**List of entrants and their events
**Purchased program ads
**Large Invitational/Regional Championships
All of the above plus the following:
Welcome message(s) from meet director, city/state government officials
Photographs
Relay guidelines
Information articles
Records from past meets
Regional Records
Sponsors ads
Note: Holding off the printing process to include names of most or all the entrants may not be ideal in big meets
with larger printed programs. A stapled list of all the entrants could be inserted into program or packet. Most
athletes want to see a complete listing of their competitors!
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Distribute Entry Forms
(2-6 months before meet)
Suggested places/methods for distribution:
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Submit to USATF calendar 2-3 months prior to meet entry deadline
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Mailing to Youth clubs in locale/region of the meet - may print form in newsletters
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Direct mail entries to past and prospective participants
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Submit sample form to Regional Coordinator for inclusion in regional email/newsletter
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Send entry form to those who participated in past meets (check out bulk mail)
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Post in running stores in areas the meet services - be sure to restock the supply
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Consider having forms available at meet sponsors
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Have entry forms available at other meets
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**Put on Association or Regional web sites, if this service is available
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Process Entries
(4 months before meet – until entries close)
The size of the meet, availability of computer assistance, and the software program used will all affect how data
are processed as entries arrive. A well laid-out entry form (Refer to the Forms Section, Form 1, Sample JO T&F
Individual Entry - Advancement,) will make it easy to read the data and to avoid data entry errors. As the data are
entered, information must also be verified to ensure completeness and accuracy, e.g. entry fee total correct and
age on meet starting date matches birth date figures. There may need to be follow-up contacts to secure missing
data and respond to problems.
Here are some suggestions:
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Be sure to back up database on a regular basis
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Assign competition numbers when data on individual athletes are entered
Note:
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It the meet is a combination of two meets in one, it will be necessary to code athletes to differentiate
those only in one meet for record keeping and awards distribution. At USATF Nationals, guest
competitors are noted with an asterisk. The coding (e.g. 3 or 4 digit contestant numbers) must follow the
athlete in the data processing so it appears on the results sheets.
Create a packet label at the time of data entry with: name, number, events, T-shirt order status, etc.
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Solicit Volunteers for the Meet
(4 months before meet - possibly until day before)
It is good to start early to identify volunteer needs. The task of securing enough volunteers may continue until
right before the meet. The Volunteer Checklist in the Sport Services Area is fairly complete; some tasks may be
in both parts of this Manual. The elaboration here gives a more detailed summary of the role of the Volunteer
Coordinator. As the planning process develops, members of the LOC will identify volunteer needs. These
individuals are separate from the officials.
Tasks for volunteers: Assisting at registration, packet pick-up, awards distribution, hospitality areas, and
posting board maintenance; raking of pits, managing performance boards, taking paperwork to the proper
locations (“runners”), assisting the announcers (“spotters”), setting up prior to the meet, taking down and
cleaning up after the meet.
Suggested process:
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Members of the LOC submit volunteer needs
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Start the list of needs by tasks and adjust as planning for the meet progresses
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Determine volunteer organizations/service clubs that may be able to help
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Consider high school students who need community service activities (contact the athletic director or
track coach)
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Solicit volunteers from service clubs, booster organizations, and recreation centers (LOC members
may suggest specific contacts)
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LOC may also suggest individuals who might want to volunteer
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Submit article to local newspaper to solicit volunteers
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Continually update the volunteer requirements
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Develop a data base for all volunteers
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Provide a rotating schedule for 2 or 4 hour assignments
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Prepare Contents for “Important Information for Athletes”
(2 months before meet)
At the time entries are distributed much of the information athletes need to know when they arrive to compete
has not yet been determined. Below is the kind of information that would appear in the printed meet program or in
the athletes’ packets.
Competition-related information to include:
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What to do if you think you might set an age group U.S. or World Record
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Appeal procedure
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Time schedule comments
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Changing events
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Conduct of running events: check-in, first call, last call - report to Clerk’s Circle
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Conduct of field events: first call - report to head field judge
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Measurements in metric units
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Increment progressions for vertical jumps
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Implement weigh-in procedure
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Relay fees, entries and guidelines
Other information to include:
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Medical support services
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Hospitality, concessions, social event
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Awards to be given and distribution process
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Ensure that all Conditions Necessary for Records to be set will exist at the Meet
(2 months before meet)
These are the kind of things that need to be done during the planning for the meet.
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The meet must be sanctioned by USATF
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Have copies of the current U.S. and World Age-group Records available (available at www.usatf.org/
statistics/records)
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Have wind gauges for LJ, TJ, 100, 200 and High Hurdle races
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Have hurdles that will go down to 27” for those races that specify 27” hurdles
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Have certified officials to operate the wind gauges and electronic timing equipment
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Have Weights and Measures equipment and certified officials who can ensure the implement used was
appropriate for the age-group and gender
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The sector area where the implement lands must be on “approximately the same plane as that of the
circle or runway with a maximum allowance of 1:1000 in the throwing direction”
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Have electronic timing for races up to and including 400m
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Have a steel tape available for measurements
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Have a minimum of 5 certified race walk judges: one must have a Masters level certification and at
least two more must have National level certification
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Have a competent person designated as the Recorder of Records
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Determine How to Post Results
(3-4 weeks before meet)
This task is really about having adequate space to post important meet information and about maintaining the
space as new information/data arrives.
Here are a few suggestions:
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Have distinguishable headings - so athletes can easily locate information
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Highlight the key factors on the posted page: e.g. what event for what age-group(s)
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Post all of the heat and flight sheets an hour before the first competition begins
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Separate running and field events, and men’s and women’s events
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Separate results from event sheets
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Have one person assigned to do the posting and keep the papers neatly organized
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This individual needs to understand the paper flow pattern and have supplies to maintain the space
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Have the supplies necessary to set up and maintain the posting spaces
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Prepare Preliminary List of Announcements for PA
(2 weeks before meet)
Listed below is the kind of information that is important to be announced.
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Welcome
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Thanks to major meet sponsors
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Checking in procedures for track and field events
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First and last calls for running events - indicate time to announce, relative to event
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Give reference to the important information in packets or programs (e.g. records, relays)
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Social Event
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Awards distribution procedure
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Specific information about the facility - parking restrictions, etc.
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Special information about any of the competitive events - e.g. how athletes are divided between the
two pole vault pits
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Medical support services
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Hospitality for athletes
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Relay guidelines and entry deadline
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Merchandise for sale
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List of event sponsors, if appropriate, to announce at the time the event begins
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Location of lost and found
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Meet evaluation form to complete
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Thanks to volunteers, officials and meet personnel
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Clarify Awards Distribution Procedure
(4-14 days before meet and to volunteers at meet)
Championship meets (Association and Regional) often have two variables that complicate the distribution of
awards: (1) There may be “guest” participants who do not hold USATF membership in the geographical area of
the championships, and (2) It is customary to give only one championship patch to a first-place winner from the
association/region.
Here are some suggestions to make the award distribution go smoothly:
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If there are “guest” participants, make sure they are coded by computer operations in some way so
they can be easily identified (e.g. asterisk by name or different number of digits in contestant number)
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Make sure the volunteer(s) distributing the awards understand the procedure of one patch and that
“guest” participants do not displace association/regional athletes at championship meets
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Follow USATF Rules that require that equivalent awards be given to “guest”
participants at Regional Championships. Note: There is no ruling relative to
Association Championships; so each Association should make a ruling.
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Mark off on the results sheet with a highlighter when an award has been given
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Have a system for noting/recording when an athlete has received a championship
patch (could be a paper punch hole on the contestant number)
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Have a system for filing the results sheets so they can easily be found when an athlete comes for an
award
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**For larger meets, have one person for field events and one for track events; this is helpful near the
end of the meet when there might be a long line at the awards area
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Prepare Heat Sheets and Flight Sheets
(2-3 days before meet -- or day before)
The “seeding meeting” should take place shortly after the deadline for receiving entries. If there will be day-ofmeet entries, preliminary seeding should be done the night before the meet. The later the seeding takes place,
the more pressure on meet management to have all the paper work prepared before the meet starts. Day-ofmeet entries should only be allowed up until one hour before the event is scheduled to start and only if there is
space in the heat or flight. The exception would be for all-comer meets where heat and flight sheets are not
prepared ahead of the event, and may not even be used for running events, as names and times will be recorded
at the conclusion of each race.
Distribution of event sheets
Running event heat sheets
Field event sheet
Computer files
Computer files
PA Head Announcer
PA - Head and/or **Field Announcer (2)
Photo Timer
Field Event Communications person
Clerk of the Course (2)
Field Referee
Track Referee
Head Field Judge for each event (extra
Head Finish Line
sheets for PV and HJ judges)
Head Umpire
Wind gauge operator for LJ and TJ
Wind gauge operator for 100, 200, high hurdles
Folders for all event sheets for:
PA Announcer (running and field events)
Posting board maintenance manager (posting format)
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Prepare Clipboards for All Officials
(2-3 days before -- or day before)
Some of the clipboard preparations may be done before this time, e.g. labeling clipboards to identify who they
belong to. Additionally, materials that are on the clipboards other than the heat sheets and field event flight
sheets can also be placed on the clipboards prior to the seeding meeting.
Standard Field Event Clipboards
Items for Field Event Clipboards:
Long Jump + one for wind gauge
Records for the Event
Triple Jump+ one for wind gauge
Instructions for Head Officials (See Exhibit G:, Instruction
For Head Field Event Officials (Sample),)
Pole Vault
Metric Conversions for HJ and PV
High Jump
Flight Sheets - this is what is essential
Shot Put
Throwing Implement Table for all Throws
Discus
Javelin
Hammer
*Weight
Field Referee
Other Clipboards Needs: Running Officials and Special
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Clerk of the Course - needs records
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Photo Timer - needs records
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Track Referee - needs records
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Head Finish Judge - needs records
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Head Umpire
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Wind gauge for running events - event sheets for 100, 200, and High Hurdles
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Relay Coordinator - have guidelines and entry forms (See YA Procedure 103: Junior Olympic Relay
Procedures and , Form 2 (Continued) Sample JO T&F Relay Roster Back of Form, from the Forms
Section.)
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Hurdles Steeplechase - with hurdle heights and spacing table (See Exhibit L:, Hurdle Heights &
Spacing, Steeplechase Specifications, and Implements,)
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Weights & Measures - with throwing implement table (See Exhibit L:, Hurdle Heights & Spacing,
Steeplechase Specifications, and Implements,)
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Field Referee - needs records
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Field Communication for field - needs records
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Field Communication for PA booth - needs records
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Lap Counter
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**Scoreboard Operator - event schedule and computer number
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Prepare Resource Packets for Announcers
(2-3 days before meet)
A couple days before the meet, the Meet Director, Competition Director and Computer Operations Director
should provide the following resources that will be available for the meet announcer(s).
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Current U.S. and World Age-Group Records
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Meet records if they exist
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Event schedule
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Meet program (may need to add at the last)
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List of entrants and their events
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List of entrants by number, if possible (this makes identification easier)
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Heats and Flight Sheets (grouped in folders by running and field events) - last to get
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List of announcements (from Task Details-14, Prepare Preliminary List of Announcements for PA,
above) that have been updated
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Stuff Packets – Prepare for Packet Pick-up
(2-3 days before meet)
Packets can be stuffed by volunteers just prior to when packet pick-up begins or several days before. It is
possible to actually create the packet at the time of data entry and to enclose the contestant number and four
pins. It is recommended separate packets with registration problems (e.g. USATF membership number or
incorrect fees so they can be addressed at the time of packet pick-up.
What might be included in the packet(s):
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Contestant number and 4 pins
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Meet program (may be inserted at last moment)
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**List of all participants and their events
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Materials from meet sponsors
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Ensure that Possible Youth Records are Properly Documented
(during the meet)
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Have record application forms (separate for track and field events) available at the meet (See Forms
Section, Form 8, Record Application, and Exhibit M:, Format for a Call to Media,)
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Make sure head field judges understand the procedures for measuring a record attempt (Note: The bar
must be measured before each record attempt and after each successful vertical jump attempt.)
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Height & distance measurements must be verified by three USATF certified officials
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Make sure the wind gauges are functioning properly and that wind gauge readings are recorded for
each horizontal jump or race 200m and below
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The wind gauge operator, the starter and chief photo finish judge must be certified officials
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For throwing records, the implement used must meet weight and specifications required by the rules
and the form must be signed by the Weights and Measures certified official
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Signatures and USATF Certification numbers of appropriate officials must be on the form
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Secure accompanying documentation:
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the meet program
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complete results of the event
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copy of the event sheet for field events
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a printed photo finish photograph for track events
Remember: All measurements must be in meters and centimeters and the
measurement on the events sheet must be the same as on the record form.
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Section 5
Checklists - Marketing / Media Relations
The Marketing/Media Relations Area includes the activities that interact with the public (including potential
participants), the media and sponsors for the event. Marketing for a small to Regional Championships meet will
focus on the following:
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Getting information out early about the meet,
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Distributing entry forms,
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Promoting the meet in the community, and
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Coordinating fund raising efforts.
There will probably not be ticket sales. Media will be involved with promoting the meet to the community,
preparing press releases, and creating the meet program.
It is likely that the LOC will be heavily involved in early planning of the marketing activities. They will brainstorm
ideas for fund raising, generate a list of potential meet sponsors and provide guidance to the particular
individual(s) who have been delegated specific responsibilities. The LOC will be responsible for developing
guidelines for sponsors. They will also provide input regarding the size and content of a printed meet program for
the larger meets.
For the purpose of this Manual the following activities/tasks have been selected to be grouped in the Marketing/
Media area:
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Publicize meet date
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Entry forms distribution
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Fund raising activities: sponsors of varying levels, including “in kind” sponsors
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Liaison with Computer Operations Director - web site information. etc.
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Printed meet program - Program Coordinator
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News releases
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Media coverage
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Submit results
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Marketing/Media Relations Checklists
Marketing the Meet – General Checklist
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Distribute entry forms to local running stores and in other major cities which the meet services
(www.usatf.org/calendars/update)
Submit calendar information to selected publications
Send letter and a couple entry forms to youth clubs in area of meet (of clubs are listed at
www.usatf.org/clubs)
Prepare article(s) for Association/Regional Newsletter, if appropriate
Send entry form to those who have attended the meet in the past
Distribute entry forms at other meets
If Regional Championships meet, send entry form (hard copy and electronic file) to USATF National
Office before April 1 for mailing to membership (get clearance and procedures from USATF Youth
T&F Chair)
Check supply of entry forms still available in running stores (closer to meet date)
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Consider varying levels of sponsorship
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Receive all sponsors’ logos
Develop guidelines for sponsors
Generate list of potential sponsors
Make contact with possible sponsors
Contact potential “in kind” sponsors or donors
Confirm arrangements/contract/ agreement with sponsors
(SeeExhibit D:, Meet Sponsor Agreement (Sample),)
Provide sponsors with meet items as appropriate (program, T-shirt, etc.)
Media Relations - Checklist
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Submit article in local newspaper to solicit volunteers for meet (coordinate this with Volunteer
Coordinator)
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Prepare pre-meet press release; specifying that there is no charge for spectators
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**Consider having a form that explains how athletes can call their home media
(See Exhibit M:, Format for a Call to Media,)
Make personal contact with local radio and television stations and newspaper after sending the press
release
**Printed Meet Program - Checklist Program Coordinator
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Discuss program format and contents with LOC
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Decide on vendor for printing
Determine contents and who is responsible for preparing material (Refer to Details-7, Initiate Planning
and Development of Meet Program,)
Decide if some programs will be available for sale and the cost
**Design cover of program
**Gather photographs, if appropriate
Establish deadlines for submission of material
Determine program layout and number of pages
Decide if participants and their events will be included in program
**Solicit advertising, if appropriate
**Get print-ready program materials from sponsors and advertisers
**Check on progress of information articles
Determine number of programs to print (remember copies for sponsors)
Determine final date to submit material to printer
Submit material to printer
Proof program
Get programs for packet stuffing
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Section 6
Checklists - Support Services
It is likely that no one person will coordinate all of the support services as this component area is often overseen
by the LOC. Members of the LOC may serve as coordinators for various support services or they may be
responsible for selecting, directing, and monitoring other individuals who serve as coordinators.
For the purpose of this Manual the following activities/topics have been selected to be grouped in the Support
Services Area:
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Meet Headquarters
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Athlete Services
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Registration and Packet Pick-up - Registration Coordinator
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Volunteer Services - Volunteer Coordinator
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Hospitality
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**Special social event
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Awards Distribution
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Medical Support
Support Services - General Checklist
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Identify individuals to serve as “coordinators” for sub-areas or selected tasks and clarify their
responsibilities
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Identify space layout for effective traffic flow
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Determine how and where to post information such as heat and flight sheets, results, general meet
information, entry forms for other meets, relay entry forms, etc.
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Identify individual to post information and maintain the posting area
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Secure parking spaces for key meet personnel
Identify signage needs and make plans to secure: i.e. Registration, Packet pick-up, Volunteer checkin, Officials check-in, Awards, Athlete Hospitality, Weights & Measures, Clerk’s Circle
Secure means for posting information and necessary supplies: e.g. pins, tape, scissors, marking
pens, bulletin board headings
Plan timing for meet set-up so all pre-meet procedures are ready one hour before the meet
Make arrangements with vendor for concessions, if appropriate
Meet Headquarters – Checklist
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Identify and confirm meet headquarters
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Ask to have a “”Welcome Youth/Association/Region T&F Athletes” sign on the marquee
Execute Memo of Agreement with meet headquarters
(See Exhibit E:, Meet Headquarters Agreement (Sample),)
Confirm arrangements with manager shortly before meet
Athlete Services/Registration, etc. – Checklist Registration Coordinator
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Determine registration and packet pick-up procedures
Purchase supplies for packets: envelope, labels, pins, athlete bib numbers
Record data for T-shirt orders
Code packets with registration information and problems to resolve
Prepare list of registration problems to be resolved at packet pick-up
Provide means to purchase USATF membership card
Have cash box available for use at registration area
Arrange for packet stuffing
Explain registration and packet pick-up procedure to volunteers assisting
Have a Lost & Found area; announce the location during the meet
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Identify volunteers needed to assist on days of meet
Solicit volunteers from service clubs, booster organizations, high schools (community service
opportunity) and recreation centers
Submit article to local newspaper to solicit volunteers
Update volunteer requirements
Develop data base for all volunteers: name, assignment, phone, e-mail, T-shirt size
Secure shirt sizes if T-shirts are to be given to volunteers
Submit data for volunteer check-in and assign this responsibility
Have identifiable vests or tops for volunteers
Monitor volunteers to reassign when duties are completed
Hospitality – Checklist
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Plan for coffee and “goodies” for early morning meet set-up
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Have shirts and lunches for main facility crew (this might be institution employees)
Identify food needs for volunteers, officials, and meet personnel
Determine hospitality for athletes, if any; e.g. cut up watermelon
Determine possible food donations
Decide on suppliers for food
Order food for meet hospitality
**Define social event, if one is to be held and confirm space for event
Plan for and execute social event including: food, set-up, program and clean-up
Develop system for issuing meals and clothing items for volunteer, officials, and meet personnel (LOC
may adopt a policy related to number of hours worked)
Make sure PA announcers, and others who may not leave their “stations,” get lunch
Awards Distribution – Checklist (Refer to Details-15, Clarify Awards Distribution Procedure,)
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Secure championship patches if hosting Association or Regional meet
Have medals and ribbons or other awards organized for ease of distribution
Determine system for distributing awards
Develop system to record when an award has been given to an athlete
Ensure that volunteers fully understand the awards distribution process
Clarify paper flow related to results posting and managing at awards distribution
Medical Support – Checklist
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Define payment structure for athletic trainers and masseurs
Appoint a Safety Officer and clarify this person’s duties
Secure services of certified Athletic Trainer, if possible
Identify Massage Coordinator who will solicit the service of masseurs to be at the meet
Reserve appropriate space at facility for athletic trainers and masseurs
Secure the volunteer services of physicians to be available at meet
Arrange for communication link between trainer, safety officer and physician at meet
Arrange for a fully equipped first aid kit to be available at the athletic training area
Arrange for EMT or ambulance service to be available on-site, or alerted to meet if close by
Complete the USATF required “First Report of Accident” for any injuries that occurred
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Section 7
Checklists - Facilities And Equipment
This area is responsible for securing and having ready all the physical facilities and equipment necessary to
conduct the meet. The Meet Director or LOC designee shall be responsible for:
(1) Ensuring the facility is suitable, (2) Confirming the date, and (3) Negotiating the contract to reserve the facility,
if a contract is required.
Most track and field facilities are owned and operated by a college/university or school district and thus
maintained by professional personnel. In some cases there may be a facilities crew which will work at the meet
and assist with the many aspects related to the field set-up, venue preparation, and equipment needs. The
particular features of the facility have a major impact on the schedule of events as well as meet logistics. Many
track and field facilities have most of the equipment necessary for conducting a meet.
The Competition Director should identify the specific facility and equipment needs related to competition. (For
smaller meets this will probably be the Meet Director.) Thus some of the responsibilities of the Competition
Director will be interfaced with the Facilities and Equipment Component Area; this will also be true for the
Computer Operations Director as are equipment needs to provide adequate communication links.
For the purpose of this Manual the following activities/topics have been grouped in the Facilities and Equipment
Area:
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Competitive venues set up
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Equipment necessary for meet
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Implements the meet will supply
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Fully Automatic Timing
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Tents and booths
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Set-up for support services (layout - traffic flow, signage, etc.)
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Communication links - field, clerk, announcer, computer, finish line, etc.
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Restrooms
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Fluids on Field
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Walkie-Talkies
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Facilities and Equipment Checklists - General
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Identify field set-up specifications for facility crew (See Exhibit F:, Track Meet Set-up Request Sheet
(Sample),)
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Field markings for throwing venues
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Placement of pennants to control traffic in areas for safety purposes; e.g. partitioning off the throwing sectors
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Clerk’s area (benches, podium, tables, chairs, hip numbers, communication link)
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Water, electrolyte and garbage containers at key locations (must have water at finish line and
located by several field event venues)
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Staging areas for awards, registration/packet pick-up, hospitality, etc.
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Benches for athlete seating at field event venues
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Prepare list of equipment needs for competition areas
**Arrange for use of scoreboard, if available
Arrange for Fully Automatic Timing and operators
Identify areas for Weights & Measures and Clerking
Make arrangement to secure youth specific equipment needs: e.g. hurdles, throwing implements for
various age-group specifications
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8-10 starting blocks in a cart
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Runway markers - LJ, TJ, Javelin and PV
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White duct tape to put down temporary take-off boards for LJ and TJ
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Measuring tapes for all field events
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Steel tape for measuring possible records
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Equipment for selected venues; standards and cross bars for vertical jumps, bar measuring
devices (if available)
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Performance indicators (boards) for displaying marks; HJ and PV need space to indicate the
attempt number
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Brooms, rakes and pit preparation implements for horizontal jumps
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Windsocks for LJ, TJ and PV venues
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2 red, 2 white and 1 yellow flag for each field event
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Chairs for officials at venues
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Extenders for the pole vault standards
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Cones for both running and field events
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7 small cones for “cut-in line” on track
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Wind gauges for track and horizontal jumps
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Squeegees in case of pooling water on runways, HJ apron, track
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Running clock at finish line
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Bell for finish line area
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8 batons for relays
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Determine signage needs (LOC input)
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Make contingency plans in case of rain (e.g. to keep papers dry), lightning or excessive heat, as
necessary
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Meet with facility personnel day before meet to confirm all is ready to go
Be prepared to put down temporary take-off boards for selected TJ and LJ flights
Order or identify source for tables and chairs necessary for registration and packet pick-up, volunteer
check-in, officials check-in, hospitality center, awards distribution, etc.
Secure tents and booths as needed (also consider tents for shade for athletes if none at the site)
Schedule time to put up tents/booths day before, or early day of meet - have helpers
Ensure that the sprinkler system will not go on during the meet or just prior to the start of the meet in
the morning
Arrange for clean-up crew
Equipment needs for Computer Operations and Meet Communication – Checklist
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Fax machine (often this may link Clerk's area to computer operations)
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Printer/copier - often all that’s needed for low-key meets
Copy machine - may need two for larger meets
Communication links to Clerk's area and Track Referee or Head Finish Judge (this could be by
phone, walkie-talkies, or direct, depending on location of computer operations)
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Separate channel for press box to communication on field
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Channel for Meet Director contact to medical area, referees
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Track Referee contact with clerk and head finish line judge
Bull horns - for Clerk’s area and for All-Comer meets
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Section 8
Competition
The Competition Area includes every aspect of the meet that must be executed to ensure the competition is run
smoothly, safely, in a fair manner, and on time. Formally, the Games Committee is the administrative body,
which determines the time schedule, governs the competition, and is responsible for the proper conduct of the
meet. The nature and size of the meet will determine the need for a formal Games Committee. For most small to
medium-sized meets, the LOC can serve as the Games Committee. It may be advisable for one member of the
LOC to be delegated the administrator responsible for the competition area. This individual, for the purpose of
this Manual, has the title of Competition Director. A small committee of the Meet Director, Competition
Director, Coordinator of Officials, and Computer Operations Director may serve as the informal Games
Committee. It is essential that the Competition Director establish effective lines of communication with the
individuals who are responsible for preparation of the venue for competition.
For the purpose of this Manual the following activities/topics have been selected to be grouped in the
Competition Area:
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Games Committee - often this is the LOC
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Communication with Association Youth Chair or Regional Coordinator, if appropriate
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Event Schedule
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Conduct of meet
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Adherence to Rules of Competition
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Knowledge and application of Youth specific rules
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Appeals procedure
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Printed meet program information related to conduct of meet
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Liaison regarding facility and equipment needs
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Liaison with Officials Coordinator
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Liaison with Computer Guru (IT support)
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Determination of heats and flights
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Recorder of Records
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Relay Coordinator
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Public address announcers
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Competition Checklist – General
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Ensure that conditions exist that will enable records (Refer to Details-20 on page 23)
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Prepare clipboards with necessary paperwork for head officials and other meet personnel Refer to
Details-17 on page 22
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Clarify record-keeping responsibilities with the Recorder of Records
Determine events to be held
Determine event schedule
Arrange for use of Fully Automatic Timing (F.A.T.) and operators at the facility
Define guidelines for relays
Prepare relay entry forms
Locate and secure batons for relays (may be handled by F & E)
Have a system for checking out and returning batons
Establish progressions for bar raises (increments) for HJ and PV competition
Prepare lap time recorder cards (See Exhibit J:, Lap Time Recorder Card,)
Establish time allowed for warm-up for field events
**Prepare information regarding conduct of the meet for printed meet program (Refer to Details-11 on
page 19)
Get copy of current USATF Youth Records (available at www.usatf.org/statistics/records/)
**Make sure all head judges and referees have the current records for their events
Prepare “Instructions of Head Field Judges” (See Exhibit G:, Instruction For Head Field Event
Officials (Sample),)
Liaison with Computer Operations Director – Checklist
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reference.
Determine heats for track events and lane assignments
Determine flights for field events
Establish paper flow (LOC input, also)
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Prepare facility set -up specifications (See Exhibit F:, Track Meet Set-up Request Sheet (Sample),)
Indicate location of “marked down” take-off boards for TJ (these are in addition to the permanent
boards at the facility) Youth need 12’,16’, 20’,24’, and 28’; these boards, ??? depending on the ages
of the athletes in the flight jumping.
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and boy in younger age groups.)
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Specify materials needed for marking the shorter take-off boards
Determine lowest possible height for PV and HJ
Make sure there are extenders for the PV standards to allow the bar to go down to at least 6’
Ensure there is a safe method to attach the PV extenders
Ensure youth specific equipment and implements are available or state on entry form (e.g. will not
have 27” hurdles; athletes must supply their own throwing implements and poles for vaulting). Note: It
is not customary to supply vaulting poles. (See Exhibit L:, Hurdle Heights & Spacing, Steeplechase
Specifications, and Implements,)
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Determine Jury of Appeals
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Assist with preparation of clipboard for officials
Select public address announcer(s) - may have input from LOC
Determine Meet Referee (for a large, two-day meet it is suggested to have both a Track Referee and
a Field Referee)
Prepare instructions for head field judges (See Exhibit G:, Instruction For Head Field Event Officials
(Sample),)
Ensure that all measurements are in metric, not feet and inches
Note: A listing of selected Youth Rules appears as Exhibit N:, Reference to Youth Athletics Rules,
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Section 9
Officials
The success of the meet is partially dependent upon having a competent group of officials confirmed to work the
meet. It is typical that one member of the LOC is delegated the responsibility of securing and assigning officials
for the meet. This Coordinator of Officials shall work with the Officials’ Organization that serves the area where
the meet is held, or in some cases shall make direct communication with the individual who sets up officials at
the facility where the meet is to be held. Such might be the case if the meet is held at a college or university
track.
For the success of the meet and the satisfaction of the athletes, it is extremely important that the officials are
knowledgeable of Youth specific rules and their implementation. It is the role of the Coordinator of Officials and
Competition Director to ensure adherence to the rules.
For the purpose of the Manual the following activities/ topics have been grouped in the Officials Area:
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Liaison with Competition Director
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Liaison regarding facilities and equipment needs
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Solicitation and assignment of officials (See Figure 2. and Figure 3. that follow this checklist for a listing
of officials for small or large meet)
Referee(s)
Jury of Appeals (for Association and Regional Championships meets)
Race walk judges
Head judges
All other officials
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Adherence to Rules of Competition
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Knowledge and application of youth specific rules
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Adequate staffing of officials during meet
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Make contact with officials’ organization or track office at institution where the meet will be held
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Make arrangements for Fully Automatic Timing (F.A.T.) to be used at the meet
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Ensure that all officials are reminded just prior to the meet of their responsibilities and check-in time
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Send thank-you notes to officials
Make sure meet date is on officials’ calendars
Make contact with the individual responsible for assigning race walk judges
Provide officials’ organization with event schedule, number of athletes and list of specific needs for
officials
Select Jury of Appeals and confirm their acceptance (for championship meets)
Select referee(s) with Competition Director and confirm acceptance
Select head judges and confirm acceptance
Assign officials to their preferred events, if possible
Obtain shirt sizes for officials if shirts are to be provided
Provide list of officials for the volunteer responsible for official check-in\
Determine number of lunches for officials
Establish method to distribute lunches (could be handled by hospitality)
Provide lap time recorder cards with numbered spaces for recording lap times
(See Exhibit J:, Lap Time Recorder Card,)
Prepare officials’ clipboards with necessary paperwork (Refer to Details-17, Prepare Clipboards for
All Officials,)
Liaison regarding facilities and equipment needs – Checklist
Listed here as a double check; how much the Coordinator of Officials is involved depends on experience of the
facility crew.
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Ensure there are enough operable wind gauges, dependent on event schedule Note: Wind gauges
are needed for LJ, TJ, 100, 200 and High Hurdles.
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Have extra fresh batteries available for wind gauges
Develop officials’ equipment list (see Facilities and Equipment Checklists - General)
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Figure 2 Officials Organization for All-Commers/Local Club Meet
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Section 10
Computer Operations
Competent management of the computer operations area is critical to the success of a meet. It is essential that
one member of the LOC has the skills to coordinate and implement all the aspects related to computer
operations. In recent years the Computer Operations Director (IT Specialist) has included the formal role of
“Competition Secretary.” Some “computer” tasks are part of the marketing/media relations component and not
related to the actual conduct of the meet. There may be other individuals with technical skills who can assist with
these responsibilities. For low-key all-comer meets, it is not necessary for data entry, data processing and results
to be computerized. However, using the computer and a good software program makes many aspects of the
meet go more smoothly.
There is one commonly used meet management software program that can be employed to manage and
conduct all the aspects of data entry, forming heats and flights, advancement, recording results, providing agegrading scores, and preparing results for distribution to the media and publications in various formats. It is called
“Meet Manager” and is from Hy-Tek, Ltd. Here is their contact information: 866-456-5111 and www.hy-tekltd.com.
For the purpose of this Manual the following activities/tasks have been grouped in the Computer Operations
area:
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Obtain necessary hardware and software
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Set up meet management software
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Entry form
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Web site information
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Purchase computer supplies
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Data entry
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Entry verification
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Paper flow
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Liaison with Competition Director/LOC
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Seeding for events
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Prepare event sheets
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List of entrants and events
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Print results after each event
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Complete set of competition results
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Results for media and publications
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Computer network (lines to appropriate places)
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Purchase and/or secure computer hardware and software
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Enter data and verify entries as they are received (Refer to Details-9, Process Entries,)
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Enter results data as required and make copies of event results to be distributed as follows:
computer operation files, announcers, awards distribution, and posting board
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At the end of the competition back up results data
Become familiar with software program
Purchase and/or gather supplies: folders, labels, paper, marking pens, highlighter, stapler, staple
remover, scotch tape
Back up entry data occasionally
Have the original entry forms available for quick reference in logical order
Prepare file folders with appropriate labels
Make sure computer equipment and connections are properly set up and operational
Define paper flow to clerk, head officials, wind gauges, for competition results processing and awards
Clarify day-of-meet registration procedures and impact on paper flow
Ensure there is direct communication between Computer Operations and Clerk’s area and Track
Referee
Make complete set of results and submit to media, web sites, and to USATF
Liaison with Competition Director/LOC – Checklist
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Enter meet schedule
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Submit information for web site(s) (depending on nature of meet, may include schedule of events,
entry form and entrant list)
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Execute seeding and prepare heat sheets for track events
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Make extra event sheets for HJ and PV head judges (their results usually run over several pages)
Assist with entry form preparation
Submit meet information and draft of entry form to Association Youth Chair or Regional Coordinator, if
appropriate
Determine flights and prepare flight sheets for field events
Make enough copies of the event sheets for all the clipboards (individuals) that need them (Refer to
Details-17, Prepare Clipboards for All Officials,)
Make event sheets for wind gauge operators (LJ, TJ, 100, 200 and high hurdles)
Equipment and Communication Needs for Computer Operations – Checklist
Note:
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This is also listed in the Facilities and Equipment Area.)
Fax machine (often this may link Clerk’s area to computer operations)
Printer/copier - often all that’s needed for low-key meets
Copy machine - may need two for larger meets
Communication links to Clerk’s area and Track Referee or Head Finish Judge (this could be by
phone, walkie-talkies, or direct, depending on location of computer operations)
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Section 11
Exhibits
Exhibit A: One-day Meet Schedule (Sample 1)
(Not an Association or Regional Championship Meet)
TRACK EVENTS
FIELD EVENTS
9:00 a.m. - 5000m
9:30
10:00 -
10:00 Pole Vault
Long Jump
Shot Put
Discus
10:30 Long Jump
11:00 - 80m Hurdles
11:00
High Jump
11:20 - 100m Hurdles
11:30 Long Jump - Men 30-59
11:40 - 110m Hurdles
12:00 - 100m
12:00 Javelin
- All Women
Shot Put - Men 30-59
Discus
- Men 60+
12:40 - 400m
1:00 5K Fitness Walk*
1:00
PV
1:30
HJ
2:00
Javelin
(May eliminate above event)
2:00 - 800m
Triple Jump
Shot Put
Discus
2:40 - 200m
3:10 - 300m Hurdles
3:25 - 400m Hurdles
3:50 - 4 x 100 Relays
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Exhibit B: Two-day Regional Championship Meet Schedule (Sample)
An example of a Regional Championship Schedule:
FRIDAY – FIELD EVENT ONLY
Hammer Throw (4k)
Hammer Throw (12 lb)
SATURDAY
RUNNING EVENTS
5000 Meter Run-Finals
3000 Meter Run-Finals
400 Meter Relays (Heats)*
800 Meter Run – Finals
100MSemi Finals*
400 Meter – Finals
80M Hurdles (Heats)*
100M Hurdles (Heats)*
100M Hurdles (Heats)*
100M Hurdles (Heats)*
110M Hurdles (Heats)*
200M Semi Finals*
3200M Relays – Finals
Int Girls/YW
Int Boys/YM
4:00
5:00
Young Men
All Divisions
All Divisions
All Divisions
All Divisions
All Divisions
Midgets
Youth
Int. Girls
Young Women
Int Boys/YM
All Divisions
Midget & Older
7:40
8:00
9:30
11:00
12:00
1:15
2:15
2:40
3:00
3:10
3:20
3:30
4:30
Midget Girls
Midget Boys
Bantam Girls
Bantam Boys
Youth Girls
Youth Boys
Int Girls
Int Boys
Young Women
Young Men
Bantam Boys
Bantam Girls
Midget Boys
Midget Girls
Youth Boys
Bantam Boys
Bantam Girls
Midget Boys
Midget Girls
Youth Boys
Bantam Girls
Bantam Boys
Midget Girls
Midget Boys
Int Boys
Int Girls
Int Boys
Young Men
Youth Boys
Youth Girls
Int Girls/YW
Youth Boys
8:00
8:00
9:00
9:00
10:15
10:15
11:30
11:30
12:15
1:00
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
1:15
8:00
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:15
8:00
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
1:00
9:00
10:30
12:00
9:00
10:00
11:15
*9 OR LESS RUN AS FINAL
FIELD EVENTS
Long Jump A
Long Jump B
Long Jump A
Long Jump B
Long Jump A
Long Jump B
Long Jump A
Long Jump B
Long Jump A
Long Jump B
Shot Put
Shot Put
Shot Put
Shot Put
Shot Put
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
High Jump
High Jump
High Jump
High Jump
High Jump
High Jump
Discus
Discus
Discus
Pole Vault
Pole Vault
Pole Vault
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RUNNING EVENTS
2000M Steeplechase
2000M Steeplechase
400M Relay Finals (If any)
1500 Meter Run – Finals
100M Finals
1500M Racewalk – Finals
3000M Racewalk – Finals
80M Hurdles – Finals
100M Hurdles-Finals
110M Hurdle – Finals
200M Finals
200M Hurdles – Finals
400M Hurdles – Finals
400M Hurdles – Finals
1600M Relays – finals
Int Girls/YW
Int Boys/YM
All Divisions
All Divisions
All Divisions
Bantam/Midget
Youth & Older
Midget
If Any
If Any
All Divisions
Youth
Int Girls/YW
Int Boys/YM
All Divisions
7:30
7:50
8:20
8:30
9:30
10:00
10:15
10:40
10:50
11:00
11:10
11:30
11:40
11:50
12:00
FIELD EVENTS
Triple Jump
Triple Jump
Triple Jump
Triple Jump
Triple Jump
Triple Jump
High Jump
High Jump
High Jump
High Jump
Pole Vault
Pole Vault
Shot Put
Shot Put
Shot Put
Shot Put
Discus
Discus
Discus
Discus
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
Youth Girls
Youth Boys
Int Girls
Int Boys
Young Women
Young Men
Youth Girls
Youth Boys
Young Women
Young Men
Int Boys
Young Men
Youth Girls
Int Girls/YW
Int Boys
Young Men
Midget Girls
Midget Boys
Youth Girls
Int Girls/YW
Youth Girls
Int Girls/YW
Int Boys
Young Men
8:00
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
12:30
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
9:00
10:15
8:00
9:00
10:00
11:15
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:15
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:15
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Exhibit C: Fund raising Guidelines (Sample)
Hayward Classic Fund raising Guidelines
Major Sponsors:
Title Sponsor (one and only one) $2500
1. Names is part of the meet title – The ____________ Meet/Event
2. Full page ad in meet program – back cover
3. Logo on meet T—shirt
4. Four meet T-shirts
5. Logo on entry form and website
6. PA mention throughout the meet
7. Opportunity to put items in competitors’ packets
8. Mention in program welcome as Title Sponsor
9. Mention in press releases as Title Sponsor
Meet Sponsor ($500) could be 4-5 meet sponsors
1. One-half page ad in program – preferred placement
2. Two meet T-shirts
3. Logo on meet T- shirt
4. Logo on entry form and website
5. PA mention throughout the meet
6. Opportunity to put items in competitors’ packets
7. Mention in program welcome as meet sponsor
8. Mention in press releases as meet sponsor
Event Sponsors: $75 (could split for Men’s event or Women’s events for $50)
1. Name/business listed in program
2. PA announcement during the event
3. Business card size ad in program
4. Sponsor listed by event in schedule of events
Amenities Sponsors: Trackside Trainers $100; Massage Therapists $100
1. Name listed in program
2. PA announcements during the meet
3. Business card size ad in program
Box Lunch Contributors: $50
1. Name listed in program
2. PA announcements during the meet
3. Business card size ad in program
Display Ads: (inside program)Preferred Placement (covers)
Full page$150$200
½ page $125$150
No preferred placement for: ¼ page - $100 or business card size ad $25
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Exhibit D: Meet Sponsor Agreement (Sample)
To:
Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor
Charlene Carter, President
(Sponsoring organization/company) (Represented by) Contact: 683-2900
From: Meet Organizer (enter name)
Contact: (enter number)
Re:
(enter event)
(enter meet dates)
Date:
(enter date)
Oregon Track Club Masters is delighted that Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor, has
agreed to serve as one of the meet sponsors, by contributing $500 toward the cost of the Hayward Classic. We
anticipate 350 competitors as this is a special year with our 25th Anniversary and the meet also serves as our
Northwest Regional Championships. About one half of the income for the meet comes from entry fees and the
balance from various donations. This meet has been called the best-run masters' track and field championships
outside of some of the USATF National Championships.
In return for the $500 contribution, The Club/Association:
1.
Will note in the meet program that Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor is one of
the meet sponsors. We anticipate having four meet sponsors.
2.
Will place the Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor logo on the meet T-shirt and
on the meet entry form and the Hayward Classic web site.
3.
Will provide Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor with two meet T-shirts.
4.
Will place Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor printed materials in the
competitors' packets. (Materials are to be received by June 10th.)
5.
Will announce several times over the public address system at the meet each day that Carter & Carter
Financial, Registered Investment Advisor is one of the meet sponsors.
6.
Will include a half page Carter & Carter Financial, Registered Investment Advisor ad in the program
in a preferred placement. (We will need to set up by May 25th.)
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Exhibit E: Meet Headquarters Agreement (Sample)
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
Between: ______________Club and __________________ Headquarters
Regarding: __________________ Track & Field Championships
For the dates: ______________________ (nights at hotel)
The Headquarters Hotel:
1.
Agrees to serve as meet headquarters for the Hayward Classic, to be held June 24-25, 2005. The
Hayward Classic Committee liaison is Becky Sisley, phone 342-3113.
Will provide an area for meet registration and packet pick up on Friday 6-8pm, June 23rd.
2.
3.
Will set aside 20-25 rooms for Hayward Classic competitors until June11, 2006. Meet participants will
get a special rate if they mention the Hayward Classic at the time the reservation is placed.
4.
Will provide a room for the reception to be held Saturday evening 4:30-6:00pm, June 24th. Set-up can
take place beginning at 3:45pm. It is understood that the Oregon Track Club Masters (OTCM) will provide the
food and beverages, and the servers. The OTCM contact person for the reception is phone ___________.
(Contact to be provided by April 1, 2006)
The Club:
1.
Will note on meet entry form that the Phoenix Inn is the meet headquarters. Phone numbers and directions to The Phoenix Inn will be included.
2.
The ____________ (hotel) Logo will appear on the meet entry form and the Event web site
at: www.event.
3.
The ____________ (hotel) must provide a copy of logo by __________________(date).
4.
The ____________ (hotel) will be mentioned in publicity releases as the meet headquarters.
5.
A one half-page ad for the _________________(hotel) will appear in the meet program.
We need the set-up for this ad by __________________(date).
6.
It will be announced several times over the public address system at the meet that the
_________________(hotel) is the meet headquarters and location for ___________________
(other activities, as appropriate).
Authorizing Signatures:
For the ____________ (hotel), Sales Manager,
____________________________
______________
______________________
Name
Date
Contact Number
____________________________
______________
______________________
Name
Date
Contact Number
For the ____________ (club), Title,
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Exhibit F: Track Meet Set-up Request Sheet (Sample)
EVENT:_______________________________________________ DATE:_________
(if this is multi day event, please complete one form for each day)
CONTACT PERSON: ______________________ PHONE #(s):___________________
This signed request sheet must be submitted to the Events Manager before a contract can be processed. A
schedule of events must be submitted to the Manager at the time the contract is returned. We will make every
attempt to meet your needs at the time of the event, however prior notification is always best.
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1) Time facility needed:______ Time of first event:______ Estimated ending:______
2) Flags
___yes
3) Fieldhouse open
___ no
___yes (requires adult supervision)
___no
(Please request chairs and tables. If you need more than this, please contact ________________. You will
be responsible for any additional tables and/or chairs and for payment for any loss/damage.)
4) Clerk circle set-up
___yes
5) Press row set-up
___yes
___ no;
# of chairs______
___no; # of chairs, # of head-sets
6) Pennants & placement ___yes
___no
7) Field Communication Radios yes
no
8) Track Vacuumed
___yes
# of tables______
Specify Placement
(radio system available for a fee $$/day)
___ no (available for a fee - $$/day)
9) Telephone(s) on Press Row: Contact ___________ at Telecommunications,
at least two weeks prior to event.
10) Distance arc for throwing events (in meters):
discus/hammer_____, shot _____, javelin _____
Special throwing event requests: (e.g. use of more than one ring):
11) Long Jump/Triple Jump ___yes ___no; # of pits to be used
12) Steeplechase___yes ___no
13) Scoreboard computer ___yes ___no
(UO provides operator, renter pays expenses)
14) Public Address system___yes ___no
(UO provides operator, renter pays expenses)
15) Concessions available ___yes ___no
If yes, clean-up requirements will be increased. The renter will be responsible for all clean-up
costs and wages regardless of whether concessions are available or not. (The crew working
during the meet is not part of the clean-up crew.)
16) Will tickets be sold for admission? ___yes ___no
17) What is the anticipated attendance? Spectator _____
Participant_____
18) Other requests:
Completed by, _______________________________________ Phone #__________________________
If you have any questions, please call:
Facility Questions: _________, Facility Manager
Scheduling Questions: ____________, Facility Scheduler
Event Questions: ___________, Event Manager
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Exhibit G: Instruction For Head Field Event Officials (Sample)
Important Information For Head Field Event Officials
From: Organizer, Clipboard preparer
Conduct of Field Events: Please note the flights (as necessary) for your event. Only have the athletes
competing in the current flight at the competition area. The competitors will be grouped into appropriate size
flights. Have each flight warm up separately. Write “SCRATCH” by the names of competitors who do not show
up.
Measurements: All measurements are to be recorded in meters and centimeters on your event sheets. You will
have a reader board operator for your event. This person can display the measurement in feet and inches, if you
give her/him the conversion. Otherwise, post the metric unit.
The increment to raise the bar for vertical jumps is as follows:
High Jump - 4cm. (1.6 inches)
Pole Vault - 10 cm (4inches)
Conversion table are on the clipboards.
Records: On your clipboard you will find a list of records for your event. Athletes are to inform you if they think
they might break an existing USA or World Age-Group Record. If an age-group USA or World Record is
broken, the measurement must be made with a steel tape. Get the Field Referee (XXXX) over to your event to
verify the measurement. For vertical jumps, the height of the bar is to be measured both before and after the
record jump. For the other field events leave the marker on the field or in the pit until the measurement (by three
certified officials) has been made with a steel tape and the Field Referee has verified the measurement.
The appropriate records forms are located at the Clerk’s Circle. The Recorder of Records (XXXX) will be
able during most of the meet to assist with records paper work. We have told the athletes that they are
responsible for timely completing of the forms.
Paper Flow: The clipboard(s) for the head officials will have all of the sheets with competitor’s name. When each
flight is completed, or at the end of the competition for vertical jumps, the results need to be checked over by the
Field Referee. This can be done while the next flight of athletes warm-up. This event sign-off will insure that the
sheet is filled out properly. We will want to make sure records are noted, appropriate measures are used and
places for each age-group and best performance is filled out and the form is signed by the head officials. Once
this is done the results sheets are to be given to (XXXX), Head of Field Communications, who will insure they
are sent to computer operations.
The Hayward Classic thanks you for the important role you play as a head official. Our meet could not go on
without your assistance.
Event Reception is Sat. 4:30-6pm at the Phoenix Inn. You are welcome to attend.
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Exhibit H: Clerking Instructions for Track & Field (Sample)
Trial and Finals
In any qualifying races with 8 or less - it will run as a final. Often many of the relays will run as finals.
Remember: do not change anything lane wise or athlete wise that has been given to you from the timer to clerk
with unless you pass it by the timer ahead of time. Ahead of time means at least a half hour. We are better off
with empty lanes than screwing up the results because athletes were put in lanes/races that the timer was not
made aware of in advance for him to make his changes. If you see a heat that has enough scratches to
condense a heat - go for it - but you must get approval from the timer before doing so. This way everyone is on
the same page when they start and finish the race.
Hip numbers for sprints and hurdles - left and right hip.
Hip numbers for 800m and up - left, right hip and left chest.
Distance races where we are combining age groups - we are going to numbers them so that the age groups are
in different number series (e.g. sub-bantam 1 to 9 and bantam teen numbers, etc.) Please provide numbers for
the athlete's backs as well so that they can tell if athlete in front of them is in their age group. Also providing blue
and pink paper and pins - give each age group a different color of paper to put on their chest (this if for the
coach's who cannot see and complain that they cannot tell who is in their kids division). If you feel it would be
advantageous to put the paper on their back as well go right ahead. Would suggest if there were 2 age groups on
track just put paper on one age group.
Relays
4 x 100 hip them all left and right hip - saves on the confusion when they leave you and make their way to track.
4 x 400 and 4 x 800 - double hip only for first and last leg.
Relay book has been given to you with relay change forms - make sure the athletes running the relay are filled in
and the coach signs off on this. these must go to the timer as well. Be sure that the athletes the coach puts in is
on your relay form in the book and on the athlete label. Remind the coaches that these change forms must be
completed a half hour before the event - per the rule book and at regionals this will be enforced.
Remind relay athletes of matching uniforms per rule book - at association meet must have top of same color. At
regionals must have matching top and bottom and they will be checked as well.
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Exhibit I: Meet Evaluation Form (Sample)
Please return to the
Awards Distribution Area
Check here _____ if this is
your first year at this meet
Event - Date(s)_________________________________
Host: Club/School_____________________________
Please rate the following categories with 5 representing the highest value and I representing the lowest value.
The committee appreciates your written comments in the space provided.
____ 1. Clarity of Entry form – Comments:
____ 2. Schedule of Events – Comments:
____ 3. Program (We'd particularly like your feed back here.) Note: Ads, meet and events sponsors help to
defray program cost
•
Liked the profiles/feature articles: yes___ no___
Comments:
•
Information contained is of value to athletes: yes ___ no ___
Comments:
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Is it worth our effort to have this quality of a program? yes ___ no ___
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What did you like best about the program?:__________________________________
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Will you keep your program as a souvenir? yes ___ no ___
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Other comments about program:
____ 4. Athletes Reception – Comments:
____ 5. Overall rating of this year's Hayward Classic – Comments:
____ 6. Awards and awards distribution – Comments:
Open-ended comments - officials, relays, atmosphere, awards, etc.
What did you like most about the meet?
Suggestions for improvements:
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Exhibit J: Lap Time Recorder Card
Athletes (Number/Uniform)
Laps to Go
at Finishline
5000:
12
11
10
9
8
3000:
7
6
5
4
1500:
3
2
1
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Exhibit K: Sample Proposed / Actual Budget
:
Income
Amenities Sponsors
Budgeted ($)
Actual ($)
100.00
50.00
Entry Fees
6,000.00
7,263.00
Event Sponsors
1,500.00
1,750.00
Hat Receipts
50.00
0.00
500.00
500.00
3,500.00
3,500.00
Program Ads
-
0.00
T-Shirt Sales
1,500.00
1,563.00
-
754.00
In-Kind Sponsorship
Major Meet Sponsors
Officials Fund
Total Income
13,150.00
15,380.00
Expenses
Advertising
800.00
280.00
Athletic Trainers
200.00
0.00
Bib Numbers
100.00
0.00
Bulk Mailings
100.00
0.00
Committee expenses
200.00
158.00
Computer Supplies
100.00
100.00
Equipment
100.00
0.00
In-Kind Shirts
-
500.00
Hip Numbers
100.00
0.00
Massage Service
150.00
150.00
Medals and Awards
2,000.00
Officials /Volunteers Sporthill Shirts
Officials/Volunteers Lunches
850.00
747.53
Postage
100.00
166.69
Printing and Copying
200.00
247.45
Programs
1,500.00
1,500.00
Reception
600.00
367.07
Recognition fund
100.00
0.00
Supplies (labels, packets, etc.)
200.00
289.84
25.00
0.00
1,250.00
1,487.00
170.00
170.00
2,000.00
1,777.00
400.00
150.00
Telephone
T-Shirts and Design Fee
USATF Sanction Fee
Use of Hayward Field/UO
Web Site
Officials Fund
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1,305.50
1,056.00
754.00
Total Expenses
11,295.00
11,206.08
Net Profit
1,855.00
4,173.92
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Exhibit L: Hurdle Heights & Spacing, Steeplechase Specifications, and Implements
The following tables has been generated from 2006 Competition Rules
Table 1 Hurdle Heights and Spacings (Rule 302)
Distance
Division
#
Height
To 1st
Between
to Finish
80m
MG & MB
8
30” (0.762m)
12.00m
7.5m
15.5m
100m
Youth Girls
10
30” (0.762m)
13.00m
8.0m
15.0m
100m
Youth Boys
10
33” (0.840m)
13.00m
8.5m
10.5m
100m
Int/Young W
10
33” (0.840m)
13.00m
8.5m
10.5m
110m
Int/Young M
10
39” (0.991m)
13.72m
9.14m
14.02m
200m
Youth B&B
5
30” (0.762m)
20m
35m
40m
400m
Int/Young W
10
30” (0.762m)
45m
35m
40m
400m
Int/Young M
10
36” (0.914m)
45m
35m
40m
Table 2 Hurdle Heights and Spacings (Rule 169)
# Jumps
Distance
Division
Hurdle
Water
Height
2000m
Int/Young W
18
5
2’6” (76.2cm (+/-2cm))
2000m
Int/Young M
18
5
3’ (91.4cm (+/-2cm))
Table 3 Implement Weights
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Shot
Discus
Hammer
Javelin
BG/BB
6 lb
--
--
300 g (mini)
MG/M‘B
6 lb
1 kg
--
300 g (mini)
YG
6 lb
1 kg
--
600 g
YB
4 kg
1 kg
--
600 g
IG/YW
4 kg
1 kg
4 kg
600 g
IB/YM
12 kb
1.6 kg
12 lb
800 g
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Exhibit M: Format for a Call to Media
After your event, especially if you medal, get the word about our sport out by calling your local Newspaper or TV
or Newsradio Switchboard and Ask for Sports, then for sports editor or reporter…
“Hi _______ (first name - sportscaster -news contact),
This is __________ from (your hometown) but right now in ___________ at the _________ Track and Field
Meet.
“I'd like to let you know that my athlete just won a (Gold First Place) (Silver Second Place) (Bronze Third Place)
(or Placed 4th, 5th, 6th) here at the _________ Meet in the (Event/Age Group)
(and if true… also won a ________ or placed __________ in the (second and third events).
(If true: “Also, I set a Junior Olympic Record in…”)
“It would be great if you could let folks at home know with a little blurb.”
“Here are some more details if you need them (your time, distance, who beat you in first place if true…).”
(Then be businesslike, end the call, and say:)
“I really appreciate your doing this - see you at home soon. Bye…”
(You may find that they ask you to do a more detailed interview with color on your race or even the meet as a
whole, maybe even to come in when you get back, etc. This may open the door for your becoming a media star
and an emissary for youth track! Or they may be very curt and politely take your information and that is that - and
then surprises you with a nice write-up anyway. Do not be dismayed by the possibility of short personalities - they
are on deadline. Sports writers and editors are as human as all of us.)
This form has been adapted from the form developed for use at USA Track & Field Championships.
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Exhibit N: Reference to Youth Athletics Rules
This section provides a listing of the sections in the 2006 Competition Rules that apply only to youth athletes and
youth athletic competitions.
Note:
The general rules of USATF apply to youth athletics competition unless they are superseded by the rules
in these sections.
Rule 300 General Rules
Defines the youth program and youth age divisions for track & field and cross country
Rule 301 Track and Field Events
Provides the list of events for each age division.
Rule 302 Regulations and Specifications
Provides rules in the following categories: general, track events, relays, hurdle and steeplechase specifications, field events, and combined events
Rule 303 Regulations for Lanes and Heats
Provides the recommended method for advancement and heat assignments.
Rule 304 National Cross Country Program
Provides the basics for the Junior Olympic Cross Country program.
Rule 305 Junior Olympics Program
Provides the basics for the Junior Olympic Track & Field program.
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Youth Athletics Division
Training and Development Manual
Contacts
Section 1
Introduction
This section provides a list of Contact Information based on the position titles which are found throughout the
manual.
More detailed information can be found for the complete youth committee and national staff in the Youth Guide
published annually or in the USATF Organizational Directory located on the USATF web site at:
http://www.usatf.org/about/directory/index_org.asp
Section 2
Contact List for USATF National Youth Executive Committee
Title
Name
E-mail Address
National Youth Chair
Lionel Leach
[email protected]
Executive Vice Chair
Bob Flint
[email protected]
Vice Chair of Administration
Dorothy Dawson
[email protected]
Vice Chair of Operations
Sam Germany
[email protected]
Secretary
Linda Ellis
[email protected]
Legal Counsel
Norine Richardson
[email protected]
Immediate Past National Youth
Chair
Linda Phelps
[email protected]
Northeast Zone Representative
Bruce Long
[email protected]
Southern Zone Representative
Inez Finch
[email protected]
Midwest Zone Representative
Marc Jones
[email protected]
West Zone Representative
Ron Mascarenas
[email protected]
Regional Coordinator
Representative (Region 3)
Henry McCallum
[email protected]
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Section 3
Contact List for USATF Youth Programs Department
Title
Name
Phone
E-mail Address
Associate Director of Youth
Programs
Tricia Floyd
317-713-4695
[email protected]
Youth Programs Coordinator
TBD
317-713-4678
TBD
Section 4
Contact List for USATF Membership & Association Department
Title
Name
Phone
E-mail Address
Director of Membership &
Associations
Andy Martin
317-713-4675
[email protected]
Associations and Member
Services Manager
Sherry Quack
317-713-4685
[email protected]
Member Services Representative
Marilyn Turner
317-713-4693
[email protected]
Member Services RepresentativeIndividual & Clubs
Lori Bird
317-713-4665
[email protected]
Sanction Coordinator
Carmen Triplet
317-713-4694
[email protected]
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