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Meeting Minutes

USATF Board of Directors
Conference Call
May 7, 2010

Stephanie Hightower, Dr. Evie Dennis, Kim Haines, Elizabeth Phillips, Deena Kastor, Philip Dunn, Bob Hersh, Darlene Hickman (non-voting Secretary)

Office Staff: Doug Logan, Mike McNees, Lamont Jones, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Jill Geer, Terry Crawford, Shayna Sangster

Quorum was not present. Stephanie Hightower opened the meeting at 4:04pm (EST).

A draft of the proposed Coaches Code of Conduct was distributed to the Board prior to the meeting. Board members had a chance to review the document and submit changes via email if they were unable to make the call.

Doug Logan suggested some revisions to the document to shorten its length.  He also requested that all pertinent groups get a chance to review the document and make comments before the final version is released.

The issue of anonymous complaints against coaches was raised as a concern. Logan noted that this has been discussed and, among other things, an anonymous hotline will be put into place to address this issue.

A timeline was presented where by the document will be refashioned within 4 – 5 days, then a dissemination plan presented to President Hightower. The code of conduct will be disseminated to different constituents (including Law & Legislation and the Athlete Advisory Committee) and a request will be made for input prior to the next Board meeting. To give constituents time to review the document the next Board meeting will be moved to Wednesday, May 26th at 4:00pm (EST).

Curtis Frye, President of the US Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), has been on the zero tolerance group of the Coaches Advisory Committee. He has seen every revision and supported the document. Efforts will still be made to reach out to Sam Seemes, USTFCCCA CEO, for input.

Meeting adjourned at 4:37pm (EST)

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