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USATF Masters Track & Field Mission Statement

March 2003
George Mathews

At the 2002 Annual Meeting in Kansas City, your Masters Track & Field Committee unanimously approved the following mission statement: The USATF Masters Track & Field Committee is the official governing body of the sport of Masters Track & Field. Its mission is to establish and conduct masters age-group programs that will provide opportunities for competition, fitness, health and camaraderie from the local to the international levels.

Is everyone happy with this? Are we missing anything? How do we differentiate ourselves from the National Senior Games Track & Field? I would appreciate your input on this.

Now that we have a mission statement, we need to use it. We need to print it and refer to it whenever we are identifying our group. Hopefully, it will find a prominent place in the National Masters News and the USATF Masters Web site as well as all national, regional and association masters meets and correspondence.

Now that we have our Mission Statement, the next step should be a strategic plan. In the strategic plan we should include these: INITIATIVES-----GOALS----STRATEGIES-----RESPONSIBLE PARTIES------ACTION PLANS------BENCHMARK-------BUDGET.

Do we have the volunteers to work on this? Please identify yourselves!

WMA World Championships in Puerto Rico

The deadline for the USATF National Headquarters receiving entries has been extended to April 7, 2003. Don't wait until the last minute to make your travel and accommodation arrangements. Remember, Puerto Rico is an island, and the primary way to get there is by plane. If you wait too long, flights on the days you plan to arrive and leave may be filled.

Also, remember that there will drug testing at this meet. All drug testing and medical exemption procedures are under the IAAF. If you wait too long, you may not have enough time for exemptions etc. This is your responsibility. More specific information on this subject is being included with the entry booklets sent out by the USATF National Headquarters.

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