ANNUAL REPORT: EASTERN REGIONAL COORDINATOR OCTOBER 2001
Indoor Regional Championship 2001
The indoor meet was held on March 17, at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover Maryland. It was hosted by the Maryland Elite Athletic Club. The facility is a fairly new one. There is a synthetic track and all of the championship events were contested. The meet was not well attended by the track athletes. When I spoke to some of them and some of the athletes representatives I was told that they prefer to run on the fast track at the 168th Street Armory (in Washington Heights in NYC.) There was a small meet held there with a limited number of running events. The club hosting the event did not receive the medals they ordered. I spent the day before, rushing around picking up medals, patches and T-shirts to use as awards. I then drove to Maryland to deliver the merchandise in time to be set up for the meet the next day. Unfortunately Maryland Elite never paid for their portion of the bill. The meet cost most of the Regional Budget. I thank the office staff of The Metropolitan Athletics Congress (MAC) for scurrying around to locate and deliver the merchandise needed for the meet. The organization was in the midst of moving the office from downtown Manhattan to downtown Brooklyn, and everything was already packed. I also appreciate their patience in waiting for payment.
Outdoor Regional Championship 2001
Steve Vaitones and the New England Association again hosted the championship at Springfield College, Springfield Massachusetts. The meet was held on August 18, (some age group throwing events) and August 19. The facility is marvelous. There are multiple jumping and throwing areas, and enough officials. The officials are exceptional. The meet was well attended. As in the past the hosts assumed all costs. Results and medals were available soon after each event. The two-day meet format was tried because there are a large number of throwers who normally attend this meet. This format may be expanded to include more age groups next year. I thank all of the people involved in putting on this meet.
There is no site/host at this time for the 2002 meet. At the present time adequate affordable indoor facilities in the Eastern Region are hard to come by. Those individuals and/or organizations capable of hosting the meet are busy with collegiate/school T&F, and because of these responsibilities, are unable to host a meet until after the Masters National Championships. In addition track athletes "voted with their feet" and have let it be known that they want a fast track. There are two new facilities (one "state of the art"), being planned for the NY area. They will not be completed for at least two years. Each will provide an affordable facility with several organizations capable of hosting the meet.
The New England Association will again host this meet in 2002. The date will be set to best serve the athletes.
I would like to use the budget for more than the Indoor Regional meet. The Outdoor Regional has had no financial support for the past few years. The hosts deserve that support. I would also like to offer financial support to encourage Associations and clubs/teams, which don't currently provide Masters competition to do so. Support other than financial of course will also be provided.
Several times over the past few years, and more often this year, I considered resigning as Eastern Regional Coordinator. The time and energy spent trying to do a satisfactory job is time consuming and energy sapping. There are unfortunately many athletes who whine and complain, but never offer ideas. When they do, they are not willing to do what's necessary to implement those ideas. After being verbally assaulted (totally non-regional related), I was physically threatened at a meet. I was with two other female throwers who were ready to react with physical force if necessary. Fortunately it wasn't necessary.
I know from conversations that I have had, that I was not the only Regional Coordinator to have these experiences. It is easy to complain. If there are individuals who are willing to volunteer to do the job, they should speak up and step forward.
170-11 65th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11365
Mid-America Regional Coordinator's Report to the Executive Committee of Masters Track & Field 2001
I. Regional Meets.
The Mid-America Regional Championship track & field meet for 2001 was held on June 9 and 10, 2001 at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Attendance was good, and some outstanding performances were noted, particularly in the sprints.
Over the summer, I worked with and LDR representative to help facilitate the Mid-America Regional Championship cross-country meet in Boulder on October 6, 2001. Working together, we obtained a good price on awards, some of which were used at the cross-country meet, and some of which will be made available for next year's track & field championships.
I am working with Bill Butterworth of Kansas to see if we can organize an indoor regional track & field championship for 2002
As noted above, I have made some progress on regional championship awards. Specifically, I had Maxwell Medals create a regional championship medal for track & field and a modified version of the same for cross-country. Working on these together helped save significant money. Additionally, I opted to purchase only one color (gold) medals. Finish order will be differentiated by ribbon color.
Finally, I ordered a new item, a championships patch, which will be awarded to regional resident event champions. With the first order, I obtained 76 patches, and I hope to obtain an additional supply with the funds which I will not need to spend on the Convention (see Finance section).
Images of the design as produced by Maxwell appear below.
Regional outdoor championship records are complete and up to date. A copy of the records is attached to the original of this report.
IV. Convention Delegates.
To date, I have been able to confirm the attendance of only one association delegate to MTF for the convention - Norm Fones of New Mexico.
Expenditures for the year are as follows:
Awards to date: $394.96
Anticipated awards: $(Budget balance)
I will be unable to attend the convention because of a schedule imposed upon me by a judge in one of my cases; therefore, I anticipate utilizing the remaining 2001 budget for regional awards.
Respectfully submitted to the Committee,
Douglas G. Schneebeck
4250 Aspen Road, NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
SOUTHWEST REGION ANNUAL REPORT 2001
I was appointed southwest regional masters coordinator early in 2001. This is my first appointed position in USATF masters track and field. I volunteered to serve in this position when I noticed that the spot was listed as open in the National Masters News. I did not inherit a single note, phone number, invoice, receipt, memo, letter, record, archive, or anything that would serve as a transition from previous coordinators. When I discovered that none of this was to be forthcoming, I proceeded to take inventory of where the region was with respect to masters track and field.
Our regional comprises eight USATF associations. These are the Southwestern, Southern, Arkansas, South Texas, West Texas, Oklahoma, Gulf, and Border. The region stretches from El Paso to Biloxi, from Houston to Oklahoma. Some of these associations are active in masters track while some are not. Some are very active in all aspects of track and field. Most of the associations are primarily youth-oriented associations. Our USATF membership is 7206, or 10.24% of total USATF membership.
The first priority I had was to set up a USATF Regional Masters Championships for the summer season. Other ongoing youth and masters meets had already been scheduled by that time, leaving only two possible weekends for the regional meet. Due to commitments by officials to work other meets, the preferred Dallas area was not feasible. A meet director was identified in the New Orleans area, and we began to plan the meet. It was then threatened by the terrible flooding that hit south Louisiana and south Texas in June. However, after having to relocate the meet, it was successfully conducted on June 28th in Slidell, LA outside New Orleans. The regional meet had been held in south Louisiana for several years 10 year ago with success. The participation was disappointing in number of entrants, but the meet itself was well staged in beautiful weather. A nice contingent of throwers had a lively competition and were the center of attention. We spent money to have nice, customized medals, and these were appreciated. We have some left over available for 2002. It appears that masters will not travel too far for a regional meet, so we will try to have the meet in central Texas next year, closer to the concentration of athletes.
I established lines of communication with the associations and the masters coordinators of those associations. Only three associations held an official masters championships. That was the Southwestern Association in Dallas, Oklahoma, and the Southern association. Other associations have not felt they had enough masters locally to justify a masters meet. I want to change this attitude, and perhaps find a way to combine meets in order to have more recognized association championships. In truth, however, several of our associations are remote and have very limited masters track and field activity.
I have begun planning to hold the first ever Southwest Regional Indoor Masters Championships in 2002. Texas Tech's indoor facility would be the venue. The Lubbock location is somewhat remote for some associations, but might attract participants from the Midwest as well as the southwest since indoor meets are very limited in this area. This meet would be held in conjunction with a high school meet in order to make the entry numbers worthwhile for the promoters. Initial response has been positive from athletes questioned.
Masters competition within the region is available to most athletes. Houston and Dallas hold all-comer meets that attract top fields. We are in danger of losing one long-time running masters meet in Mason, Texas due to retirements. One meet in Houston was resurrected this year. Senior Olympics are strong in Texas and the southwest region, and I would like to help make these competition opportunities more official and respected as track events since many of our masters athletes participate. One substantial WR was set this year at the Texas State Senior Olympics. These performances need to be recognized and accepted as legitimate, and the meets need to ensure that the proper prerequisites are met. Whereas the national Senior Olympics are subscribing to USATF stipulations, the local games are still very loosely conducted with unreliable timing and measurements by city parks and recreation volunteers. Track and field is just one of the many sports involved in Senior Olympics.
Southwest region athletes showed well in the WMA Championships in Brisbane and the USATF nationals in Boston and Baton Rouge, winning numerous medals and setting world and American records.
Southwest Regional Masters Coordinator
West Regional Coordinators Report to the Executive Committee of Masters Track & Field 2001
The West Regional Track & Field Championships were held June 23, 2001, at San Diego State University. We had 244 participants compete. I observed and talked to many athletes who really felt the meet was well run and that the facilities were very good. This meet was managed by San Diego Sports Festival, a division of the Senior Olympics. Sue Loveall was the meet director and Graeme and Joanie Shirley acted as meet organizers as well as meet officials and were critical to the success of our meet.
I am currently working on the 2002 Regional Championships with Santa Barbara City College. They hosted our Regional Championships three years ago and did an outstanding job. Robin Paulsen, who is the coach there, has been a longtime supporter of Masters track and field.
My two main goals are to increase the participation in this meet by locking in the date by the end of this year and promoting the meet early as well as taking the meet back to a two-day format. I feel the Regional meet should be a quality two-day meet.
We were close in our estimate of the medals needed for the Regionals. We needed to make a small supplemental order. I had only one athlete e-mail me to ask when he would receive his medal. We had all the supplemental medals mailed out within 35 days of the meet. We paid $1.65 per unit (an exceptional price) and the athletes seemed to like them.
3. Convention Delegates
I called our Association and talked with the office manager. She would not give me the Southern California delegate list for the convention. I faxed her the e-mail from Suzy Hess requesting the Regional Coordinators collect that information. I never heard back from her.
Expenditures for this year are as follows:
$750 for championship medals
$425 for my airfare to the 2001 convention
$125 applied toward my convention registration
Note: $77 overpaid for medals will be reimbursed back to the account.
5. Regional Goals
I want to increase the level of participation at the Regionals.
I want to work with the Southern California Association to ensure that there is an Association Championship meet held before the Regional Championships.
I want to see every Association in the West Region hold an Association Championships.
My goal is to put on a track meet through my club, So Cal Track Club, during the 2002 season, which would provide one more opportunity for West Region athletes to compete.
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. 92668
2001 USA Track & Field Masters Combined Events Report
USATF National Championships:
2001 00 99 98 97
Indoor Heptathlon: Site: Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
Date: 9-10Feb01 Director: Jeff Watry
Sub-Master Men: 3 (2) (0) (3) (3)
Master Men: 20 (21) (21) (20) (22)
Guest Men: 1 (1) (1) (0) (0)
Sub-Master Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0)
Master Women: 0 (0) (0) (1) (2)
Guest Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0)
Total: 24 (24) (22) (23) (27)
Comments: Thanks once again to Jeff Watry and the Midwest Masters Track Club for organizing this championship. The attendance, matching the second most ever, was good considering the blizzard on the starting afternoon and evening. This was an experiment, running the first day's events in conjunction with an evening college invitational meet. It did not work too well in this case as the college events lagged badly and we did not finish until very late at night. The second day, we had the track to ourselves and finished nicely. Thanks to the coaches and administrators at Lewis University.
Indoor Pentathlon: Site: Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA
Date: 23Mar01 Director: Steve Viatones
2001 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93
Sub-Master Men: 10 (6) (0) (4) (5) (1) (4) (8) (6)
Master Men: 29 (25) (30) (17) (22) (32) (24) (36) (25)
Guest Men: 2 (0) (0) (3) (0) (0) (0) (3) (1)
Sub-Master Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (2) (0) (1)
Master Women: 8 (6) (5) (0) (0) (4) (1) (6) (4)
Guest Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0) (1) (0) (1) (1)
Total: 49 (37) (35) (24) (27) (38) (31) (54) (38)
Comments: Steve Viatones and the USATF Masters Games Committee are working very well together and providing a more efficient and pleasant Combined Events competition every year. The best evidence of this is the fact that we had the most women and the second most total entries ever.
Decathlon/Heptathlon:Site: Curtis HS, Tacoma, WA
Date: 16-17Jun01 Director: Mark Salzman
2001 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93
Sub-Master Men: 6 (3) (8) (4) (4) (0) (3) (16) (11)
Master Men: 26 (27) (31) (39) (47) (23) (43) (42) (39)
Guest Men: 2 (3) (4) (8) (8) (0) (2) (11) (9)
Sub-Master Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (1) (2) (0)
Master Women: 10 (4) (4) (3) (2) (3) (5) (4) (7)
Guest Women: 0 (2) (0) (1) (1) (0) (0) (0) (2)
Total: 44 (39) (47) (55) (62) (26) (54) (75) (68)
Comments: Longtime, coach, athlete, and administrator; Mark Salzman planned and conducted probably the best National Masters Decathlon/Heptathlon competition ever. The excellent facility that he and his school has built up was perfect for this competition. The attendance, while more than last year, was slightly down from normal perhaps because of the far NW location. Also some could not afford the Washington state and the overseas trip to WAVA. And the meet was held much earlier than usual this year to be compatible with, and provide high level preparation for the Brisbane WAVA Championships. One of the best aspects of this Championship was that we had more female entrants than ever before. There were actually five ladies competing head to head in the W40 category; much more fun than the solo walkovers that sometime occur.
USATF National Championships: 2001 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93
Outdoor Pentathlon: Site: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Date: 25Jul01 Directors: Vince Trinidad and David Burton
Sub-Master Men: 10 (8) (7) (8) (12) (3) (4) (11) (9)
Master Men: 31 (51) (33) (39) (40) (29) (39) (42) (44)
Guest Men: 1 (3) (3) (0) (1) (3) (0) (3) (5)
Sub-Master Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (1) (2) (1) (1) (2)
Master Women: 7 (7) (5) (3) (3) (2) (0) (6) (6)
Guest Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0) (2) (0) (0) (1)
Total: 49 (69) (48) (50) (57) (41) (44) (63) (67)
Comments: Encouragingly the female entry matched the most ever. And the overall average attendance was about average which was very good considering how close the Championships were to the Senior Olympics, and the WAVA Championships in Brisbane. The possible heat and humidity concerned many also, although it turned out to be little problem. Afternoon rainstorms did disrupt some, but the Pentathlon went on well around them although ending late for the women. The Bernie Moore track stadium is one of the most unique in the world with its sprint lanes in the infield. Vince Trinidad and David Burton ran a class act, and did an excellent overall job of planning, conducting, and following up on both the Senior Olympics, and the USATF Nat. Mas. Outdoor Championship meets. No small task!
Weight Pentathlon: Site: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Date: 25Aug01 Directors: Gary Crawford, Jim Alexander, Allen Bradd
2001 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93
Sub-Master Men: 4 (1) (2) (1) (3) (3) (1) (3) (0)
Master Men: 45 (34) (29) (25) (40) (29) (29) (20) (18)
Guest Men: 3 (1) (0) (0) (0) (1) (1) (2) (0)
Sub-Master Women: 1 (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (2) (2)
Master Women: 18 (13) (13) (2) (8) (6) (6) (8) (4)
Guest Women: 0 (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (1) (0) (0)
Total: 71 (49) (44) (28) (51) (39) (38) (35) (24)
Comments: By far the largest National Weight Pentathlon Championships to date was held in New York, and was very pleasant and successful in beautiful late summer weather. Almost a third of the competitors were female, a higher proportion than probably any other discipline in our sport. The ladies set one World record and two American records. On the male side, three American records were set. If the Championship continues at, or above, this level of participation, the sites will have to be carefully chosen to include dual, independent, venues. That should not be too difficult when you consider that a single extra cage can serve four of the five throws by having an 8' Discus circle with appropriate 7' inserts for Hammer, Weight, and Shotput. And a second Javelin venue could be set up on any independent grass area with a grass approach, although preferably with a synthetic approach which could be a portion of the track that is usually present and completely unused in a Weight Pentathlon.
This is my final report. I want to take this chance to thank everyone, and that includes a huge number of people over the years for their participation and help in conducting all the national Combined Events business and championships over the past 18 years that I have served as your Masters Combined Events Coordinator. It's been a long time since Jim Weed called from the 1983 National Convention and said I had been appointed knowing that I would accept the challenge. There has been a great deal of health and character built and maintained over that time by a lot of people and I am proud of being a part of it. That period is so long that it spans several names of the National Organization.
Jeff Watry, of Paddock Lake, (Milwaukee) WI, skilled and experienced Combined Events athlete and administrator, has agreed to take over this position with its attendant responsibilities and, I'm sure will do very well under the concerned and effective leadership of George Mathews and others. That will allow me more time to do even a better job of serving you and the world-wide Sport in my new WMA Vice President - Stadia position in the world governing body. Thank you Jeff, George, and everyone I've had the pleasure to work with.
from: Rex Harvey, USATF National Masters Combined Events Coordinator
2001 Masters Track & Field Awards Committee Report
The Masters Track & Field Awards Committee will meet again this year at the Annual Convention of USATF in November in Mobile, AL to select the outstanding performers for 2001.
The committee will include a cross-section of athletes and administrators from all ages, geographic areas and events in an effort to make the best possible selections for these awards.
As in the past, the awards will be given to U.S. citizens based on their performances in their regional championships, the U.S. national indoor and outdoor championships, the multi-event championships, and the WAVA championship in Brisbane. Awards will be given to men and women for outstanding athlete of the year, outstanding multi-event athlete of the year, outstanding single performance of the year, and for outstanding track athlete and field athlete in each 5-year age group starting with age 30. Also to be selected will be the outstanding male and female racewalkers of the year, and the outstanding administrator of the year.
No one criterion will determine the winners, as consideration will be given to finishing places in the events listed, age-graded performance, American and world records set, and overall consistency and participation.
Anyone who would like to nominate someone (including themselves) for any of these awards should feel free to do so by sending a brief letter to me outlining the reasons for the nomination. In this way we hope to make sure that we give proper consideration to all deserving candidates for these awards.
Please send the nominations to me by October 31 at:
55 Constellation Wharf
Charlestown, MA 02129
Philip M. Byrne, Chair
Masters Track & Field
Masters T&F Rankings Coordinator Annual Report for 2001
Work Accomplished Since Last Report:
The 2000 Rankings Book was completed in March and available at the 2001 Indoor Championships. The McMahon Family Trust Masters Indoor Rankings for 2001 were compiled and published in the July National Masters News. I would like the Committee to recognize the rankers for their contribution to the masters program and acknowledge their efforts by having their names read into the minutes. Larry Patz, New Hampshire, Ruth BreMiller, Oregon, David Ortman, Washington, and James Gerhardt, Texas, worked on both the indoor and outdoor rankings. Erich Reed, Oregon, Nadine OConnor, California, and Alan Russell, Iowa, helped compile the 2000 outdoor rankings. Phil Howell, Georgia, supplied the data for the racewalk ladders.
Work in Progress:
Rankers for the 2001 outdoor season have been appointed and are compiling the lists for the 2001 Outdoor Rankings Book to be published for availability at the 2002 Indoor Championships in Boston. The compilers are listed every month in the NMN. The compilers for the 2002 indoor season will be published in the NMN as soon as they have been selected. The 2002 indoor rankings will be in the July NMN.
The Task at Hand:
An increase of 31% in printing costs for the 2000 Rankings Book has resulted in my not yet recovering the cost of its publication from sales of the book.
Right now, the compilers come from all areas of the country. which, even in this age of electronic communication, presents problems that would be lessened if the compilers are in close proximity to me and the National Masters News office in Eugene. Consequently, I have recruited three compilers from the Eugene area but may have difficulty in finding others who will volunteer their time. I would like to encourage the present experienced compilers, who have been become proficient in doing the rankings, to continue doing them, and recruit others in the Eugene area by offering them some form of compensation. Having paid compilers under my wing, so to speak, should result in better compilations and less stress on all involved in the production of the rankings. However, that cannot happen without economic support from the Masters T&F Committee.
I would like to thank Suzy Hess, of the National Masters News, for help in the publication of the Rankings Book; Pete Mundle, USATF Masters T&F Records Coordinator, for his input in both the indoor and outdoor rankings; and the USATF Masters T&F Committee for its financial assistance.
Person Reporting: Jerry Wojcik Date: October 1, 2001
TEAM MANAGERS REPORT: 2001 WAVA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
A total of 405 master athletes from the United States earned 172 Medals at the 14th Biennial WAVA World Veterans Athletics Championships July 4-14 in Brisbane, Australia.
Not being informed as to what to expect made matters difficult. We (Charles DesJardin of LDR) worked through the USATF Headquarters to insure that all entrants were legally registered. However, many individuals went around the organization to enter despite being told entries were closed. One will not have her name listed in the record book despite winning a medal because she did not enter through the US at all. We even had a Canadian try to change his citizenship after the competition started.
There was a lack of community involvement as they considered this a "tourist event" and were more concerned with the upcoming Goodwill Games. The athletes themselves all had a good time.
There were many glitches in the meet operation. Awards presentation made in a far corner, the competition board always behind and the computer results being hard to read, the lack of daily results (then they listed them by best times and you had no idea who won the heats and who qualified), problems in lap counting, lack of computers/printers to assist managers, etc.
The officials were good but I don't want to hear another one say " That's not the way we do it in the Olympics." But, where does an official ease up in a meet? Which rules does he/she4let go? Many were not qualified to head their event. Like the dropping of the elbow in the shot, the 47 flat throws in the one age group of the javelin, and the many disqualifications in running events. Especially the relays. I was able to correct two of the DQ's but after listening to what happened in the others, decided spending $100 to protest was a waste of good money. Individuals must realize they must take responsibility for themselves. The ones complaining are the ones I never did see until it was too late to make corrections. I do feel sorry for the relay teams I fouled up on. My apologies to those individuals. My heart also goes out to the F75 4x100-relay team when the organizers lost their entry; I did not have a copy to verify that I had entered them.
The WAVA committee voted that at future championships, all competitors must wear uniform clothing for competition that is approved by their national governing body. Rex Harvey was elected Vice-President of stadia events. Approved a motion to stage a 100-K World Championship during each odd-numbered year. Permitted performances in mixed competition to be accepted for world records. The 2003 Games will be staged in Puerto Rico.
Recommended that additional team managers be appointed. There should be one for Race Walk, Long distance Running and Track & Field should appoint one for each 150 entries as does other major countries. Trying to cover two facilities at one team was a monumental task. If I handled one situation at one site, I was out of the loop for maybe 60-90 minutes. The team manager meetings start one day prior to competition and are held daily. You hold a team meeting and maybe 20 show. Managers should arrive two days prior so as they will be familiar with the facilities, transportation and any other items that will be of assistance to athletes. Managers must voice their opinions each day as to the problems they have seen even though many times their advice is not heeded. Managers should not seek to be a WAVA delegate unless you are seriously interested in later being on the WAVA council. Being a delegate only ties up the two free days you have to achieve any required tasks. You sit there and listen all day but have no say-so as to what happens. If you are serious about your job, you will commit 12 hours a day to overseeing the operations.
I will assist any and all that becomes Team Manager. I did not receive assistance, but I assure you, I will give help when asked.