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Adidas Boston Indoor Games
January 31, 2004
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Live)
Verizon Millrose Games
February 7, 2004
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Tyson Foods Invitational
February 14, 2004
9:00 to 10:30 p.m.
USA Indoor Track & Field Championships
February 28, 2004
February 29, 2004
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
2004 MEMBERSHIP CARD UPDATEIf you have not already received your 2004 membership card you will be receiving it shortly. Membership cards for those registered prior to December 15, 2003 were mailed on Wednesday, January 13. If you registered between December 15 and December 31 your card was mailed on January 26. The cards are mailed via a bulk-rate permit, which means it may take up to 20 business days to receive.
Please note you may always obtain your current USATF membership number via the "Membership Number Lookup" function at www.usatf.org/membership.
DISCOUNT TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR
MILLROSE GAMES AND USA INDOOR T&F CHAMPIONSHIPSMillrose Games - On February 6, the Verizon Millrose Games returns for its 97th year and USATF would like to extend a special offer on tickets to our valued members. Ticket prices start at just $15, and are conveniently available at Ticketmaster by phone (212-307-7171), online at www.verizonmillrosegames.com, or by visiting the Madison Square Garden Box Office.
USATF members will receive a $5-$10 discount on tickets in the $25 to $60 range. Be sure to mention the code "DB" to receive this special offer when ordering your tickets. Note: A special handling charge will apply to orders through Ticketmaster. Discounts will not be applied to tickets previously purchased.
USA Indoor Track & Field Championships - Come and enjoy the excitement of the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships February 28-29, 2004 in Boston. MA! The meet, which will be held in the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, will determine who represents Team USA at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics in Budapest, Hungary, March 5-7.
2004 USATF members will receive a 25% discount on ticket purchases made prior to February 25. Ticket prices are $25 per day for Gold seating and $15 per day for Silver seating. To take advantage of this opportunity, visit: www.usatf.org/events/2004/USAIndoorTFChampionships/tickets.shtml or call 1-800-858-8184 Ext 353. Discounts will not be applied to tickets previously purchased.
Tickets will arrive by U.S. Mail beginning the week of February 16th. Don't wait!! This event is expected to be a sell out.
Event Date Location February 7
February 7 - 8
Chula vista, California
February 27 - 29
March 6 - 7
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
USA 15 km Championships
USA Masters Half-Marathon Championships
New Bedford, Massesschusets
USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 26 - 28
USA Men's 8 km Championships
New York, New York
St. Louis, Missouri
USATF Colorado Association - Minutes - July 16, 2003
Called to order at 7:13PM
Attending: Theresa Daus-Weber, Jerry Donley, Nancy Hobbs, John O'Neill, Chris Turner, Morris Vogel, Ben Whisenton.
Accreditation Updates: Each association must comply with National's set criteria in order to retain accreditation. Chris distributed a report from 2002 on all associations and compliance with accreditation. Colorado met 8 of 8 required standards and 8 of 9 other standards. The only area lacking was in coaching education programs.
CO/WY status: Although Chris has not yet received a formal document from national, Chris has spoken to Andy Martin, Harry Simons, and Bill Roe about the Wyoming situation. Wyoming has their accreditation now and is no longer in the CO association, nor is CO/WY on our moniker (or if it is listed as such in print, it should be removed). Chris had discussed with national that CO would support Wyoming's efforts and help where we could, but not agree to any name change. USATF national apologized for changing the listing to CO/WY. Any athletes who participated prior to the JO meet, CO allowed WY athletes to compete.
National Office: Sherry Quark is back in the office. Should you need any assistance with national contact Sherry or Andy Martin.
USATF Foundation: Jerry Donley spoke about the newly formed (at convention '02) USATF Foundation. Tom Jakovich has been hired as the Director of Development. The concept is to form a board of directors with individuals on the board committing to raise $25,000 each per year (either through a personal donation, or through securing funds from other sources). Identify track and field buffs you know who have been successful financially and contact Jerry with their names. Grants from foundation will not be made immediately although nearly $200,000 has been raised (all personal contributions) already with little promotion. Guidelines are being produced regarding grants and application process. Associations should identifying programs, or creating a "wish list" of programs that funding would be used for. Ben asked about foundation goals and elite athlete funding: To provide funding for development of our sport at the grass roots, open, masters levels, not for elite athletes. Jerry went on to say that youth don't have dollars, but they have lots of needs whereas masters have the most financial resources of all of the groups. This is a long-range program, the first one of its kind for USATF. Other sports already have foundations and have been very successful raising money. Morris asked where the foundation fits in. It is a separate non-profit. The group involved is fairly representative of all groups within USATF to include Bill Roe, John McCardle, Bob Hersch, and Jim Elias. The next step is to appoint the board of directors who will control assets and granting funds. Jerry thinks it will be two years before real dollars come in and five years before granting process begins.
President's Report: We are sustaining many active programs. However, there is a need to become more proficient and efficient in regard to membership (nearly 2000 are processed per year for CO) and sanctioning (150-200 per year). A paid administrator to handle these tasks and others was again discussed. Chris met with the Denver Foundation about office space and support and has some good ideas and leads. Chris said that we must put together a solid business plan. We need to look at models of other associations and see what has worked for them such as New Mexico, and also what the remuneration is for work done. Some associations pay a monthly stipend to an "employee," others outsource membership and sanctions. Chris will put together an initial job description by July 25 and send it to Nancy to distribute to the committee chairs and board for review and input. A special meeting was set for September 17 at 7PM (Village Branch Library on Florida and Dahlia) to review the position and the direction the association will head.
Committee Reports: Masters Track and Field: Jerry just returned from the World Masters Association Games in Puerto Rico. The WMA will accept men at age 35 and beyond for masters competition provided the IAAF makes this a ruling at their congress meetings next month in Paris. The WMA will have its first indoor international track and field competition in March 2004 in Germany. The WMA outdoor will be held again in 2005 in San Sebastian, Spain. The Rocky Mountain Masters Games will be held in Ft. Collins on Labor Day weekend. The National Masters outdoor will be in Eugene in August. The Colorado State Games and the Senior Games in Colorado offer masters age groups. CO doesn't have as broad a base as some states, but has events for youth, masters. Jerry would like to see more activity/events in the open competition.
LDR: John is working with Creigh to solidify the Governor's Cup 10K in September as the masters/open champs. John will make a presentation on USATF at a meeting before the race. The Stadium Stampede hosted our 5K open championships on June 29. John is working with Tim Dolen on the cross country series and will host an event in Colorado Springs on November 15 in Bear Creek Park.
Cross Country: Tim was unable to attend, but provided an update on the CO USATF Cross Country Championships slated for October 4 in Boulder. In order to accommodate the CU coach, the masters 40-49 and 50-59 men will move to the 8K at 9:15 a.m. and run the Open Women, Masters women, and senior men (60+) at 8:30 a.m. This will cut the event down to just two USATF events and the two CU Rocky Mountain events.
MUT: Theresa reported that the 25K and 50K association trail and ultra trail championships will be held in Leadville on July 19. This is the first ultra championship for our association in quite some time, and the first 50K trail championship. There will be provision for signups of USATF memberships on race morning that Theresa will facilitate before she runs (the 50K). Brian Metzler is most likely attending to provide some USATF support and will probably run. Theresa asked about an update of the 100K World event and masters competition. The event will be held on November 16 in Taiwan. Nancy will try to get a contact for the event. The World Mountain Trophy races will be held in Alaska this September and we have many team members from Colorado participating in the junior and open events. The final team roster will be announced in August following the final selection race in Alaska on August 9. Vail hosted the USA Mountain Running Championships (first ever) on July 6 with great success. Vail also hosted our association trail championship on June 7.
Officials: Morris reported that we have 173 certified officials. Two more people were certified on June 5 and this is in the remaining days of this four-year cycle (Morris somewhat discourages getting certified since the new Olympiad and re-certification starts in mid- to late fall). Morris is out of rule books. He needs to order 150 rule books to start with the re-certification. Morris asked about budget for officials to see about providing to all re-certified officials as an incentive, an officials' shirt. If an event is USATF sanctioned, there must be USATF officials present. We discussed putting a list of officials on the website and decided not to do this. A good system is in place now in the various communities for officials. Meet directors can contact Morris if they need officials. Jerry said that in CA there is an officials committee that is very active in supplying officials for events. Morris said that Boulder, Air Academy, Colorado Springs each have a well-organized group.
All-Comers Meets: The upcoming July 27 meet at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs needs about 10 volunteers. Parking is at a premium at the venue. Morris will contact Richard Robb to help him finalize the paperwork for the event. There will be track and long jump on July 22 at Sand Creek that John is hosting.
Website: Chris reported that Denny would like to make a presentation on the website - how to send files, how updates on the site work, format, etc. - to the group at an upcoming meeting.
Athlete Funding: Nancy received a request in June from Sarah Gall who competed at the Palo Alto nationals in Steeplechase where she was ninth. Prior to the event Sarah sent a letter to Nancy which she passed on to Chris seeking funding for her trip. Chris will send the request on to Aspen Burkhett tomorrow, but anticipates some funding for Sarah. Ben asked about Sarah's upcoming move to Iowa and Nancy stated that Sarah made the request as a Colorado athlete and should be considered as such for the request.
UPCOMING MEETINGS: October 15, site to be determined. This will be our "ANNUAL" meeting with elections and rules review.
ADJOURNMENT: 8:35 PM
LISTING OF ACTION ITEMS:
Chris1) Business Plan/Job Description - send to Nancy for distribution to committee chairs and board
2) Contact women's Track and Field re: funding for Sarah Gall
Morris1) Will contact Nancy with the start date for officials certification (2004 Olympiad)
John1) Finalize details with Creigh on the September 2003 Governor's Cup 10K championship status
2) Finalize details on the Nov 15 XC event in Colorado Springs
USATF Club Championship Series Announced
INDIANAPOLIS &endash; As part of its club revitalization efforts, USA Track & Field has created the USATF Club Championship Series. In 2003, the series will feature three national club championship events and over $20,000 in prize money. The events in the series will include national club championships in track & field, cross country, and road racing.
The highlights of the series events are:
USATF National Club Track & Field Championships - http://usatf.org/events/2003/USATFClubTFChampionships/
The national championship will be held on July 19 in Bloomington, IN. A total of $6,500 will be awarded. Four regional championships will be held in late June / early July with each club champion earning travel support to the national championship. In 2002, the Greater Boston Track Club won the men's and women's titles and is looking to defend these titles this year.
USATF National Club Marathon Relay Championships &endash; http://usatf.org/events/2003/USATFClubMarathonRelayChampionships/
2003 will mark the inaugural running of this championship. The event will be held on October 11 in Akron, OH in conjunction with the Road Runner Akron Marathon. A total of $10,500 in prize money will be awarded.
USATF National Club Cross Country Championships &endash; http://usatf.org/events/2003/USATFClubXCChampionships/
Now in its sixth year, this event will be held December 7 in Greensboro, NC. The 2002 champions were the Hansons Olympic Development Program (men) and Farm Team (women).
Clubs wishing to participate in these events must be registered 2003 USATF member clubs. Additionally, each athlete must be a 2003 USATF member and affiliated with their club as part of their USATF membership. Clubs should contact their local USATF Association to confirm their club and athlete's eligibility. Association contact information is available on the USATF website &endash; www.usatf.org/associations
As USATF expands the Club Championship Series, it will look to grow the events with enhanced promotional opportunities for sponsors and added support for clubs.
For more information on the series, visit the USATF website &endash; www.usatf.org
THE HOME DEPOT TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL
On June 1st you can be a part of history and experience the grand opening event at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA (on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills).
Olympic gold medallists Maurice Greene, Stacy Dragila, and Allen Johnson will compete in the first annual Home Depot Track & Field Invitation. More world-class athletes to be announced. Members of USATF may purchase their tickets now at a discounted rate.
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ORDER YOUR TICKETS BY CALLING 1-866-524-7687 You will need to provide your 2003 USATF Membership number to receive the discount.
The Home Depot Center, site of the 2006 IAAF World Cup, is a $140 million development dedicated to amateur, professional and Olympic sports training and competition. With state-of-the-art venues built specifically for soccer, tennis, cycling, baseball, softball and track & field, the privately financed Home Depot Center will be Southern Californias sports mecca and a true legacy to our nation's Olympic movement and the youth who strive for greatness at all levels of competition.
For more information on the Home Depot Track & Field Invitational and other
Golden Spike Tour events visit the USATF website - www.usatf.org.
GOLDEN SPIKE TOUR
Discounted tickets are now available for USA Track & Field members for many of the upcoming Golden Spike Tour meets.
For detailed information about ticket discounts for the following Golden Spike Tour meets visit the USATF website - www.usatf.org.:Adidas Oregon Track Classic (Portland OR - May 17),
Home Depot Track & Field Invitational (Los Angeles, CA - June 1),
Oracle U.S. Open (Palo Alto, CA - June 7), and
USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Palo Alto, CA - June 19-22)
These discounts are part of USATF's ongoing efforts to provide its members with value-added benefits.
Note: discounts can not be retroactively applied to purchases already made.
SUBJECT: MINUTES FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING
COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF USA TRACK & FIELD
October 9, 2002
In attendance: Christopher Turner, Tim Rutherford, Michael Ortiz, Tim Edwards, Colorado Master Throwers; Teresa Daus-Weber, Lisa Paige, Ben Whisenton, Vice President; Jim Weed, Don Sinclair, Youth Chair; Tim Dolen, Terry Femmer, Member at large; Jeff Adams, Nancy Hobbs, Michael Blanchard, Athlete1s representative; Steve Rex, Landsharks Running Club; Anthony Wells, Colorado Flyers Track Club; Tiyo Smith, M1Za Flyers Track Club; Joseph Gentry, Member at large; Bob Carlson, Front Range Walkers; Bill MacIntosh and Darryl Woodson, Track Denver; John Smith, Fort Collins Track Club; John Smith, Colorado Springs Striders, Morris Vogel, Official1s Chair and Shirley Clemons, President.
The president called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.
The president reported that the Association had its problems this year but they were overcome and we had a pretty decent year in spite of all our trials and tribulations. It was a learning experience this year for which your president thanks you.
The minutes from the April 24, 2002 meeting were approved as written.
The treasurer's report was presented to those in attendance and the profit and loss statement and balance sheet for September 2002 was made available.
Committee ReportsYouth - Don Sinclair indicated we had a good outdoor season. The JO meet this year went very well. We had approximately 680 athletes. Biggest majority that qualified went on to the Regional. Overall cooperation was good from most of the clubs. We did fairly well at the regional. The XC will be at DeKoevend Park on November 9th. The indoor season has been set and we will have six or seven meets next year.
Indoor - John Smith reported on the indoor season for this year. We had one meet in Fort Collins and the remainder at Colorado University. All the meets were successful in terms of numbers.
Membership - Shirley reported for Raquel Bishop. We have to-date sanctioned 86 races which is slightly down but we still have several races yet for this year. We currently have over 2200 members, which is a higher number than previously. We have 54 clubs this year, which is a slight increase over last year.
LDR - Theresa Daus-Weber reported that this year we were able to have the Colorado Ultra and Trail championships. One will be in Leadville in 2003. It is a 50k and 25k distance. They will have selection races in Vale in 2004 and Vail is also bidding on a new event to be held in 2003.
Race Walk - Shirley reported that the race walk committee hosted 4 championship races this year and had fairly decent turn out at each event. The distances were a 5k track, a 10k track, a 10k road and a 1 hour track.
Masters - Jerry presented his report in writing as he could not be in attendance. It is appended to these minutes as part of the permanent record. Jerry did indicate that he would remain as the chair of the Master1s Committee.
Officials - Shirley presented the report for Morris. The number of officials has reduced over previous years. There were two clinics held this year. Next year, the first clinic will be held in January at CSU in Fort Collins.
Rocky Mountain State Games - Joe Gentry reported that the assistance of the Association in terms of officials was greatly appreciated. They had an attendance of over 600 athletes. He is stepping down from the position as commissioner of the meet.
ElectionChris Turner, President; Shirley Clemons, Secretary; Mike Blanchard, Treasurer.
Old BusinessJoe Gentry reported that he would like to hold a level one clinic after March of 2003 at a site somewhere in Denver. We will contact John Green to get a high school facility to get all the coaches to attend. Our Association requires that we hold a clinic during the year 2003.
The other old business from the last meeting was establishing a working coaches education committee. Joe Gentry, Tiyo Smith and Nancy Hobbs volunteered to work on this committee.
Delegate SelectionJoe Gentry, Don Sinclair, Chris Turner, Jerry Donely, Tim Edwards, Teresa Daus-Weber, Nancy Hobbs, John Smith, Dan Pierce, Darryl Woodson, Jim Weed, Mike Ortiz.
New BusinessWe, as an Association agreed to include a sports council for Mountain/Ultra/Trail, which council Nancy Hobbs, Teresa Daus-Weber and Mike Ortiz volunteered agreed to fill. We also agreed to include a sports council for Cross Country, which will be chaired by Tim Dolen. These sports councils will be under the long distance running division. Nancy also agreed to work with Tim on XC.
The president asked for volunteers to help solicit advertisers to our website and our newsletter to offset some of the expense for these benefits. Also ask these companies if they would offer discounts to our membership. We could contact Runners Roost, Boulder Running Company, Gart Brothers, Athletes Connection, Colorado Running. No person volunteered so Shirley will contact these firms.
Beginning in November we are going to begin publishing a quarterly newsletter, which will have Bob Carlson as the editor. One club each quarter will be designated to do a coach1s corner for the newsletter. Also one club a quarter will feature one of their outstanding athletes.
A motion was put on the floor to amend the bylaws to allow for proxy voting. After discussion, this motion was tabled.
There will be a youth meeting following the annual meeting to discuss the indoor season.
We had a request that we try and provide volunteers for the state high school cross-country meet on October 26th.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Submitted by Shirley Clemons, acting as Secretary
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