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Online Entries Make Registration Easier

March 2005
George Mathews

At this time of the year, most us are well on our way to making competition plans for 2005. This year the USATF National Office is trying to make this easier than ever before. We now can enter the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa (Boise), Idaho and the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, online at www.usatf.org. That should make this chore much easier for people who hate writing out checks, as I do. Particularly paying bills. I was an early adopter of pay-by-phone and pay-by-computer as they rolled out.

The entry forms we are using are a variation of the online forms used by open athletes for several years. As is the case with anything new, there will be learning curves for all of us. For instance, the event marks, etc., NM (no mark) must be in upper case to move along. The National Office is working with us to make this a user-friendly experience. Feel free to give me your input on this.

Web Liaison

As I say this, I'm reminded that we really need a volunteer to act as liaison for our Masters Web page on www.usa.org. There are many opportunities to make this your number one "Go To" Web site for everything to do with Masters Track & Field. Please contact me directly to let me know of your interest in this position.

Besides this service, you may already know that all the information you need for entering the WMA World Outdoor Championships is available on www.usatf.org. The National Office will be processing all those entries, since they must be submitted by the Federation only.

New Appointments

Team manager for San Sebastian, Phil Greenwald, has announced his assistants: Marilyn Mitchell and Frank Lulich. Congratulations, Marilyn and Frank. We all need to appreciate this volunteer effort, since half of their expenses are coming out-of-pocket. Thank you, Phil, Marilyn and Frank.

Support for Championships

I would also like to ask for your support of our two National T&F Championships in Idaho and Hawaii, and the WMA Championships in San Sebastian, Spain. I know some are thinking about some "Games" meets in lieu of one of these meets. We would ask that you give these three meets top priority in your decision-making.

Strategic Plan

As most of you know by now, your executive committee will be holding the first of two all-day planning sessions prior to the Masters Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho, on March 10. I would again like to extend our request for your input on this very important activity. We hope to set the future course for USATF Masters Track & Field with this strategic plan.

The broad topics we will be dealing with include the following:

  1. Review mission statement
  2. Identify initiatives
  3. Analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

Your input is greatly appreciated.

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