2000 USATF 22nd Annual Meeting
December 1, 2000 - 1:00 p.m.
Joint Meeting with Masters T&F and Masters LDR Minutes
Jerry Crockett, Masters LDR chair, opened the meeting. He expressed pleasure in working with Ken Weinbel across the past several years. Ken reciprocated, noting that he and Jerry at Executive Committee meetings had raised Masters visibility and concerns in the minds of other committee members.
Tom Jordan reported that Brisbane preparations are going well and should result in the best games ever. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is up in the air. Members of the Local Organizing Committee that met with WAVA Council and signed the contract have subsequently resigned. The LOC lacks financial support. Unless it can authenticate a $1.5 Million guarantee, the games will be shifted to Puerto Rico or Italy.
Tom then reported that the Kathy Jager case was previously before IAAF but has now been passed to WAVA. Stan Perkins who went with Thorsten Carlius, WAVA president, to Monaco to discover what IAAF had as drug abuse cases, chairs WAVA’s doping committee. Charles DesJardins, a member of that committee, has not received materials and must be included in the decision making before Tom and others of the WAVA Council will accept the recommendation. Drug policies in general are up for discussion. Presently they mirror IAAF policies for elite athletes but may need adjustment for masters athletes on prescription drugs.
Tom was asked how soon the Kuala Lumpur decision would be made. He said by end of next week.
Jerry announced that copies of the US Anti-Doping Agency book are available on the front table.
Jerry noted that approximately 600 U.S. T&F athletes and 60 LDR athletes could go to Brisbane. He then introduced Don Austin, T&F team manager.
Don Austin said that he and Charles DesJardins would serve as co-team managers. The WAVA championships are scheduled for July 4-14, 2001. Entry books are available. WAVA rules will apply (e.g. 700g javelin, hurdle heights, etc.) All applications are to be sent to Indianapolis where they will be verified, copies sent to Don, and forwarded to Brisbane. Fees must be paid by bank draft or credit card. Confirmations will be sent by May 1 from Brisbane. Australia has a strict visa requirement. Don listed several tour managers from which athletes can choose. USATF Website will have information on WAVA and link to the LOC. Names of individuals will be posted on the website: name, state, event are the only items that will be posted. Officials who want to go to Brisbane should contact Rex Harvey. Protests will have to be made through the team managers. Athletes can expect changes on a day to day basis, so should attend team meetings and check the U.S. board.
Don further said that athletes 70+ would require a health disclosure statement. There will be drug testing. Team uniform has not yet been decided. [December issue of National Masters News, pg 7, describes the official team uniform.] Don said that Charles would manage Cross-Country teams, while he does relays. Charles said they are still waiting for feedback from Brisbane about the requirement on “no criminal record.” Barbara Kousky reminded everyone that all accompanying persons must complete an entry form and order an accompaniment package. Don also reminded the group that the exchange rate is U.S. 53 cents to Australia $1.
Order of the Day: Sacramento, CA, bid for WAVA 2005
This bid presentation is for information only. Charles DesJardins expressed pleasure in bringing the Sacramento bid from the Pacific Association and the Sacramento Sports Commission. Charles has competed in 8 of the last 9 WAVA championships. WAVA wants bids four years ahead, and so far reactions about a Sacramento bid have been very positive.
George Kleeman, President of Pacific Association, stated that the non-stadia venues have not been selected yet, but the stadia choices are strong. Spanos Stadium was used for the U.S. Olympic Trials this year. It has 8 lanes, 9 straightaway; it seats 22,000 and has a mondo surface. The 3 tracks are separated about five miles. Hughes Stadium has been used for national championships. Both stadia have lights. Beaver Stadium has 10 lanes straight, 9 on curve. All 3 stadia have agreed to host the championships.
In terms of non-stadia, George said they want to put the Marathon in the Bay Area, possibly with the San Francisco marathon, because it will be cooler. While they could host the marathon in Sacramento, it would be much hotter. Cross-Country could be contested 20 miles north of Sacramento, but their preferred site is Belmont, south of San Francisco. They have a 2km closed loop course for race-walking as used for the Olympic Trials.
John McCasey, Executive Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission, said that Sacramento wants to be involved in all levels of Track & Field. They will soon host a JO event. Besides facilities and housing, they can handle transportation and have 2000 volunteers ready to work. If we endorse the bid, they have a lot of work to accomplish by May 1 deadline. Sacramento offers a wide variety of hotel choices and also college dorm rooms. Their July weather guarantees no rain and probably a daily temperature change of 35 degrees.
Questions: Lloyd Stephenson wanted to know how many competitors they should expect. Tom Jordan said 7,000. Al Sheahen said there had been talk of covering the grandstand. John McCasey said Mr. Spanos still wants to do it, but at best it would be temporary and not likely to be in place for the 2005 championships. John Cosgrove asked who would be meet director? George responded that they had several options, with no choice made yet.
Marilyn Mitchell asked if there would be one U.S. bid or several? Tom Jordan said that WAVA will require the bid to come from the affiliate (USATF). Charles said that because of the timing, if we open the bidding to other cities, 2005 would be out of the window. Becky Sisley asked what is the financial picture? John McCasey said the Olympic Trials had a shortfall that was covered by the city and county. In the future the city and county will be giving the sports commission an annual grant plus Mr. Spanos has offered $1 Million. Another question was whether there would be parking and spectator fees such as at the Olympic Trials. John said they don’t know yet. John Cosgrove asked if they need funding support to prepare the bid? John said, no, they were prepared to cover the cost of bidding. They also expect a state grant for this kind of international event.
WAVA reports, continued
Charles DesJardins spoke about teams in cross-country. Rex Harvey described technical arrangements in Brisbane. He has been there twice to check schedule. There will be changes in the schedule that spread out field events across the week. The Australians use FinishLynx and HyTek and do a great job with them. They will try to have non-stadia events scored through HyTek and to computerize team scoring.
Rex continued by saying the Commonwealth Games were contested in the main stadium before the track was torn up. They are rebuilding it now with 10 lanes straight and oval. There will be continuous shuttle buses between stadia. No declarations will be required, but seeding of fields will be extremely important. The seeding mark you put on your entry will determine your flight/heat. Seeding updates can be made up to the last minute. Madeline Bost asked if there is any penalty for speed demons running in slow heats. Rex said only peer pressure, if one does not have an actual mark, give an estimate (and label it as such).
Masters Hall of Fame Report
Norm Green reviewed the process used in 2000. He noted the Old-Timers Committee considered 17 candidates and selected 5. The Hall of Fame Committee nominated 24 candidates and approved the ballot, data bios and covering letter. The mailing went on September 18 to 165 voters representing the Masters T&F Committee, the Masters LDR Committee, and all previous HOF awardees. By the November 15 deadline 91 voters had cast 818 votes, electing 9 active athletes.
Old-Timers elected were: Bill Andberg, Ernie Billups, Norm Bright, Anne Clarke, and Bill Fitzgerald. Actives elected were: Carolyn Cappetta, Rex Harvey, Mel Larsen, Ed Lukens, Leonore McDaniels, Phil Mulkey, Joan Ottaway, Stan Whitley, and Jerry Wojcik.
Norm reported that the Masters Hall of Fame now has 20 females, 39 males, with 34 T&F, 22 LDR, and 2 race-walkers.
He then stated that the 2001 Old-Timers ballot will carry-over George Braceland, Buell Crane, Bud Deacon, James Hartshorne, Tom McDermott, Arling Pitcher, and Marcie Trent. We add this year: Ray Hatton, Jim Law, Milo Lightfoot, Ham Morningstar, Marilla Salisbury, and Jaclyn Caselli.
The Active ballot for 2001 will carry over: Louise Adams, Bernice Holland, Jane Hutchison, Shirley Kinsey, Ruth Leff, Roy Pirrung, Dave Romansky, Cherrie Sherrard, Ed Stabler, Jim Sutton, Elaine Ward, Wen-Shi Yu. We add: Fay Bradley, Jack Bray, Phil Brusca, Stan Druckrey, Tom Gage, Burl Gist, Vanessa Hilliard, Everett Hosack, John Keston, Archie Messenger, Elton Richardson, Becky Sisley, and Ken Weinbel.
Norm expressed thanks to the other members of the Hall of Fame Committee: Ruth Anderson, Bob Fine, Dudley Healy, Len Olson and Louise Mead Tricard, supplemented for Old-Timers by Jerry Crocket, Al Sheahen, Ken Weinbel, and Evelyn White. He thanked everyone who participated in the process. Norm asked for permission to use the same process in 2001 as the past three years. The motion was made, seconded, and approved. Thanks were expressed to Norm for his management of this process.
National Masters News Report
Al Sheahen stated he has been publisher for about 20 years and introduced Jerry Wojcik and Suzy Hess. Al reported that National Masters News is owned by Runner’s World while published independently in Southern California. NMN main office is in Eugene, OR. Subscriptions have declined 5% this year to 6889. The main reason is likely that Runner’s World discontinued its bind-in NMN card. Subscription revenues are up 10%, while advertising revenues are up 89%.
Since 1997 USATF has not subsidized NMN, though WAVA continues a $300 per month subsidy. In response, NMN mails a complimentary copy to every WAVA affiliate (more than 100). This year total pages have increased 8%, results pages are up 19%, and advertising pages are up 32%.
Volunteers contribute most material in NMN. Five regular columnists are Mike Tymn, Dr. John Pagliano, Elaine Ward, Hal Higdon, and Jerry Wojcik. Al expressed appreciation for stories, results, letters and photos contributed by the readers.
Jerry Wojcik said that last year he had complained about the form in which he was receiving event results. Now website postings have greatly improved the situation, even when it means going through thousands of names for such events as the New York City Marathon. Andy Boyajian asked if they had thought of putting an NMN advertisement in the AARP Bulletin to reach non-runners. Al said no, but it is a good idea. John Cosgrove told Jerry there is a HyTek upgrade that will assist him further in handling results.
Suzy reported that they receive many advertisements and photos over the internet. Runner’s World does not publicize NMN at race expos. Al added that Runner’s World lets NMN alone, which has both its good and bad side. Suzy said Runner’s World was willing to put their “freebee” card on RW’s table at the Boston Marathon expo.
Jerry Crockett introduced the Hall of Fame 2000 honorees who were present (Rex Harvey and Jerry Wojcik) and then previous honorees who were present.
Bob Fine nominated and endorsed Rex Harvey as a candidate for WAVA Vice President (Stadia), with Al Sheahen seconding. Bob Langenbach wanted the motion to indicate the group strongly endorsed this nomination. That sentiment was fulfilled when the motion was passed UNANIMOUSLY.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.
Norman Green, Masters LDR secretary