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USATF Annual Meeting closes with State of the Sport, committee reports


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- USATF CEO Max Siegel delivered his State of the Sport address to close out the 2017 USATF Annual Meeting Sunday morning at Hyatt Regency Columbus. Siegel praised Team USATF’s success both on and off the track, including an historic performance at IAAF World Championships in London and the organization’s continuing fulfillment of its promise to support the entire constituency.

“We don’t just have the world’s greatest athletes, we have the world’s greatest coaches, officials and volunteers in the world,” Siegel said.


Highlights from 2017 highlighted by Siegel included:

  • Launching a Talent Protection Program to increase support for young athletes as they move to the elite level.

  • Working with the USATF Officials Committee to develop a long-term plan to ensure a steady pipeline of young talent in the officials’ ranks.

  • USATF’s Partnership with the American Cancer Society to unite the world’s leading cancer organization with the world’s #1 track & field team with “Together: Nothing Is Impossible.”

  • The launch of the “Team USATF” concept and look, designed to unite all USATF members under one umbrella.


USATF reaches gold-tier status with USOC

On the business front, Siegel delved into a breakdown of USATF financial responsibilities to its athletes, coaches, officials, constituents, associations and more.


Highlights include:

  • USATF began fulfilling its commitment to paying athletes $9M over five years through the newly-created Athlete Revenue Distribution Program.

  • USATF also provided funding for coaches - a total of more than $850,000 in 2017 alone.

  • For the first time ever, USATF qualifies as a USOC gold-tier federation, which will provide consistent funding from the USOC for USATF’s High Performance Plan for the next three years


Siegel emphasized USATF’s responsibilities outside the financial ledger, including every National Governing Body’s primary duty to protect its sport and young athletes.


A breakdown of USATF’s 2017 by-the-numbers is as follows:

  • 131,144 - USATF Members

  • 9,160 - Events sanctioned by USATF

  • 3,432 - USATF registered clubs

  • 272 - Points scored by Team USATF at the 2017 World Championships

  • 265 - Medals won by Team USATF at NACAC World Masters Regional Championships

  • 53 - USATF championship events

  • 31 - American records set in 2017

  • 30 - Medals on by Team USATF at the 2017 World Championships

  • 15 - World records set by Team USATF athletes in 2017


Siegel closed by reminding the audience, “All those numbers tell a story, but in the end, the most important number is: One. There is only one Team USATF.”


Committee Reports presented

A series of reports, including Law and Legislation, Records and Rules were presented. In L&L, roughly 60 proposals for amendment were entertained; 41 were presented and 11 were tabled. The report was accepted as written.


The records committee received approval for 2017 records and the Rules committee had all items approved; amendment 23 was passed with alteration to match that of the IAAF Rules.


President Vin Lananna introduced the remaining committees to present reports, which included Men’s and Women’s Track & Field , Race Walk, Long Distance Running, Mountain Ultra Trail, Coaching Education, Associations, Youth, Masters Track & Field and Masters Long Distance Running, Officials, Alumni, Coaches Advisory, Diversity & Leadership, and Women’s Advisory.


USATF’s Annual Meeting document library is available online and includes full reports from each committee.


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