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Meeting Minutes - Northwest Region - November 30, 2012

Northwest Regional Meeting, Associations Committee, USATF, 30NOV12

Mike Hinz, Regional Representative

In attendance:

Mike Hinz, Inland Northwest, hinzm@roadrunner.com;
Demetrio Cabanillas, Utah, dceljefe@hotmail.com;
Kris Erickson, Utah,  usatf34@gmail.com
Greg Mohl, Montana,  Mohl@vcn.com
Doug Bowman, Oregon, teamoregonusa@gmail.com
Melinda Owen, Montana, owen.melinda@gmail.com
George Ragan, Snake River,  Ragang@earthlink.net
Patti Petesch, Pacific Northwest, patti.petesch@seattle.gov

Items of discussion:

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There was discussion of providing meet schedules to the Officials Chairs and Communication chairs of contiguous associations so that officiating opportunities in nearby areas may be posted with the goal being to broaden the pool of officials available for meets.

Mike will work with Patti to put together a regional meet calendar to be posted at all NW Region association websites.

It was agreed to continue to work on assembly of a regional grievance panel.

Most of the discussion was on the new accreditation standards and the standards for gold, silver, bronze recognition awards.  Six of eight associations in the northwest region are small associations.  All members of the accreditation task force are from large, robust associations.

Here are some of the discussion of challenges facing the small associations and exacerbated by the new standards:

-Officials:  The membership requirement for officials has already decreased the number of registered officials in small associations. This will continue to be a challenge.
-Coaching Education: We thought Level I was going on line. Now we need to host every Olympiad instead of every other Olympiad.
-Representation: Many small associations have trouble sending 3 of 4 delegates to the annual meeting. Now,  8 are required.  USATF is going to continue to continue to kick the small associations while they are down.

Gold, silver, bronze standards: The requirements for gold level for membership in clubs, fiscal solvency, and delegates to the annual meeting show how out of touch with the small associations the committee is. As an example, $100,000 is ten times the annual budget for some associations. Not only could they never meet the gold standard, it would be irresponsible of them to try.

The main concern of the small associations is the potential for discouragement of the small cadre of leaders within such organizations. USATF will not be well served if the individuals who do all the administrative work in such associations give up or leave.

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