National Youth Athletics Minutes
Executive Board Meeting
April 12, 2003
Meeting called to order at 8:15 a.m. In attendance were Larry Seifert
(Regional Coordinator representative), Dorothy Dawson, Mark Springer, Kim
Haines, Lefty Martin, Glenn Fortune, Rita Ramsey, Bob Kreutz, Linda Phelps,
Erika Baxter, Norinne Richardson, Robin Beamon (JO Presentation) Nancy Seifert,
Bob Flint, Hali Robinson (World Youth Presentation).
Nancy asked for approval of the agenda. Additions made. Agenda approved.
Minutes approved from the February teleconference and December meeting. The
minutes will be put on the web site.
ISSUES DISCUSSED AND ACTED UPON
A new form for Pole Vaulting was presented from Pat Pretty showing name,
weight, pole rating and signature of coach and athletic director. This form will
be implemented at the Youth and Junior Olympic Meets.
The Youth National Championship needs to be looked into, as far as raising
the numbers. We may consider it being held by USATF or possibly having the
different Zones holding it. Bob Flint and Mark will look into the possibilities.
Information for all USATF Youth meets is on the Web site. Online registration
is being tried for the Youth Meet in Buffalo. Mark passed out samples of the new
medals that will be used this year for the Youth Meets.
Erika asked that we go back to using certificates of participation for the
Youth Meets. It was suggested they be put in the Packets handed out to the
athletes. This will be done at the meets starting this year.
Should we require USATF membership at the preliminary meets? This is an
Ray Vandersteen presented a waiver form for the athlete to sign, that would
be good for the calendar year. Board felt it was a good idea. Mark will work on
The concept of a USATF National Youth Club Relay Challenge was mentioned, to
be held during the summer. The Board felt it would be a bad time and also the
question of mixing age groups we felt would not work out.
At the convention the Associations were presented apparel packets. Mark would
like us to consider ordering, and will send information to youth chairs for an
optional Association and Regional JO program T-shirt. The board feels that the
Associations should consider ordering.
Lionel gave a report on the Youth National in Buffalo. Everything is right on
schedule. More hotels are being added to the web site. You can use your credit
card on the web. A mailing is going to each Association to encourage online
Robin gave a presentation on the Junior Olympic Meet in Miami. All is in
order and on schedule. There will be a video board put up at the meet. There
will also be some additional seating put in for the meet.
Bob Flint reported that the Youth National meet for 2004 may have to change
their site. A time frame of six weeks will be given to them to let us know what
they are going to do. Bob will get a letter regarding the above out to the
committee in charge.
Larry presented changes in the forms for the JO meet. These were approved by
the Board. The cross country entry form will be looked at for approval at a
later time. If a problem with advancement comes up this should be worked out
with the Association Youth chair person and the Regional Coordinator, and then
the Zone Rep. If the problem can't be resolved it should then be presented to
the Youth Chair.
Some of the Associations are asking that the entry fees be raised. Lionel
made a motion that the Executive Board make a recommendation at convention that
the maximum entry fees be raised $1.00 across the board for track & field.
Bob Kreutz made a motion that the Executive Board make a recommendation at
convention that the national Cross Country fee be raised to $10.00. Motions
It was suggested that Meet Results from the Youth Meets be given to Regional
Coordinators only upon request to Rita. Larry requested the full results be put
on the USATF web.
The problems at the Cross Country meet in Carrollton were mentioned. Some
felt the boxes too small, and the starting procedure not acceptable, and the
course closed because of inclement weather. The Board concurred that there were
just a few complaints and the overall consensus was that it was a good meet
considering the weather.
USATF events and Association event date conflicts. We need to make this a
rule that Associations and USATF organizations cannot put on events that
conflict with a National meet.
Glenn will present a change in the rule 240 3b regarding the 400 meter track
at the Regional meet. He will request that the "shall" part of the
rule be changed.
Lionel and the Coaches Background Screening Task Force reported they would
like to come up with a generic type of coaches investigation. They will continue
to work on this.
Hali reported that the World Youth team will be selected by end of April or
beginning of May 2003. He discussed the qualifying standards for the athletes
chosen. Bob Flint feels we should take the highest ranked persons. The list of
athletes is being updated based on their best times, etc.
Travel will be done with buses for the athletes only.
Security will be taken care of possibly by the USOC.
Lefty suggested that we have a functional committee regarding the World Youth
Program and have some permanent guidelines as to how matters should be
conducted. Rita and Mark would handle matters from the National Office.
Meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Youth National Secretary