National Youth Athletics Minutes
Executive Board Meeting
October 25, 2003
The meeting was called to order at 9:20 a.m. Our Chairman Bob Flint welcomed
everyone. In attendance were Erika Baxter, Dorothy Dawson, Mark Springer, Kim
Haines, Harold (Lefty) Martin, Rita Ramsey, Bob Kreutz, Glenn Fortune, Norine
Richardson, Nancy Seifert, Bob Flint and Larry Seifert.
Nancy asked for any additions to the agenda. There was one addition which
will be handled under new business. Agenda approved.
The minutes were handed out by Nancy for approval. A correction was made on
the Buffalo minutes for the location of the Youth Nationals for 2004. Change the
location to Morgan State. Motion made to accept. Motion carried.
ISSUES DISCUSSED AND ACTED UPON
Nancy Kreutz gave a presentation on uniforms to be worn by the Youth Staff.
The Board voted on and agreed on a shirt to be worn at Youth and JO Meets. Nancy
will order them. Competition officials are required to wear the official's
USATF now has a Zero Tolerance program. Bob handed out the written decree
from USATF. It will be implemented to all athletes except Youth.
At the World Youth Meet only four medals were given to the winning relay team
instead of eight to include the alternates. Bob Kreutz made a motion that Mark
send them a letter and medals. The Board agreed.
The background check subject was mentioned again at the National Ex. Board
Meeting. The Board feels that the program is still not workable.
Lionel Leach and Linda Phelps were brought in on a conference call to discuss
problems with some Regional Coordinators. Glenn, Kim and Norine are going to
handle the situation and present their progress to the Board at our Ex Board
meeting at the Annual Meeting.
Should we allow field event athletes to use their own implements? Board felt
it would present too many problems, and they voted to stay with the present
Glen mentioned one of the rules being brought up for discussion. Putting the
Hammer Throw in as a regular event in Youth and JO's. The Board recommended that
the rule be passed to put the hammer in as an official event at the Youth
National and an exhibition at the JO Association, Regional and National meets
upon availability of a venue. Another rule being presented deals with allowing
parents of under age unattached athletes to be allowed to vote at our youth
meetings. The Board feels this is not a feasible change. Glenn will review the
rule regarding the 200 start at indoor track meets.
Larry presented the entry forms for track and field which have been accepted.
A couple of changes were made in the Cross Country form and it is not
acceptable. He also handed out a guideline for the Regional Coordinators to
follow in case of problems at their Regional Meet. Raising the entry fees was
mentioned also. This will be discussed further at the Annual Meeting.
It was recommended that the Jury of Appeals be dropped to three instead of
five. We feel all the Zones should be represented. We will have at least three
out of the five for a Jury of Appeals.
Problems with the cross-country site in New Mexico were brought up. Bob
assured us that they have been taken care of. He and Ron Boemker went and
reviewed the site again.
The subject of the $500 travel grants for clubs was brought up. The Board
feels that the criteria for a club receiving the funds is that they should be an
active USATF registered club. This will be discussed by the Zonal Reps at the
Nancy mentioned all the sites for the 2005 bids. Cross-country: Rhode Island
and Miami. For JO's: Nebraska, Indiana and Texas. For Youth Nationals:
Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee. Members of the Board who will be doing
the on-sites will present their findings at the Annual Meeting.
Bob Kreutz made a motion that we accept the new track event schedule for day
1 and 2. Motion carried with the change of race lengths. He then made a motion
that for the JO meet we accept the new track event schedule presented for day 1
and 2. Motion carried. The field event schedule will be reviewed. The schedule
will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Youth National Secretary