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Masters Track & Field
Chair Report - April, 2011 - Gary Snyder

"Building the base, growing the future."

60m Timing Issues

Last month I wrote:

If you competed in Albuquerque you know there were problems again! As of today the USATF official on line results reflect the following:

All 60m races are currently under review

Currently the Games Committee and the timing company are reviewing the data and as soon as they’re confident that the results are accurate they will be posted again. That was incorrect because Jim Flanik the Games Committee Chair called me on Friday to let me know he just received the FIRST files from the timing company. So we may soon know if these files can be used to provide accurate and official 60m times; or not.

A number of you have offered suggestions to use alternative methods to provide accurate times. While they appear sound, results are defined by the following USATF Competition Rules for non-championship events:

Rule 165.13 states "A videotape-based system may be used for not-championship competition, provided:
(a) it complies with the provisions of Rule 165.10
(b) it uses a videotape camera aligned with the finish line and video tape that produces at least 50 frames per second; and
(c) it incorporates a timing device that generates a reading to 1/100th of a second"
Rule 165.10 (a) " The timing equipment must be fully automatic and certified to be accurate prior to the competition. It must be started automatically by the discharge of the Starter's pistol or authorized starting device at the instance of the flash/smoke for the charge, or it must be synchronized with the start signal, and it must record the finish times automatically when any part of the competitor's body or torso reaches the perpendicular plane of the nearer edge of the finish line. The overall delay between the report from the pistol or the initial sound of the electronic tone and the start of the timing system must be constant and less than 1 millisecond."

Senior Games Chair

I’ve appointed Lee Hess to fill the vacant Senior Games chair on the USATF Masters T&F Committee. Lee has extensive experience on both the USATF Masters and Senior Games organizations. He served as the USATF-New England Masters Chair for a number of years when the championship indoor meet was in Boston. Currently he is the Granite State Senior Games Track & Field Venue Manager. He also coaches the West High School girls track team.

WMA Athlete Social Event (aka party)

The gathering is scheduled for Sunday evening July 10th at Buca di Beppo (3 miles to track) 7:00 PM cost $15. Tickets will be via USATF website soon.

WMA Championships

Latest USA Team total at over 1000, see you there.

Gary Snyder

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