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National Youth Athletics Minutes
Executive Committee Meeting
Kansas City, MO
December 4 and 7, 2002

Meeting called to order at 9:15 am.

Bob welcomed all board members and visitors.

In attendance were: Mark Springer, John Wissler , Norine Richardson, Bob Kreutz, Bob Flint, Nancy Seifert, Dorothy Dawson, Larry Seifert, Linda Phelps, Glenn Fortune, Erika Baxter, Ken Emerick (rules), Harold "Lefty" Martin, Lionel Leach.

Nancy asked for approval of the agenda. Additions made. Agenda approved. Minutes approved from the October meeting. Mark will have them put on the web site.

ISSUES DISCUSSED AND ACTED UPON:

The Youth Budget has been accepted, if any discretionary funds come in later, Youth will be considered.

Bob is concerned about screening of coaches, as many issues have to be investigated before we can go ahead with the process.

The World Youth Team will have a meeting this Thursday to meet with the staff about potential candidates. We have been asked to include the Junior National Program. The Youth Committee feels athletes should have to compete at Youth or JO. The World Youth Committee will be here at the Annual Meeting. The IAAF will let us know what they will subsidize as far as the budget for the World Youth Team.

Kenny and Glenn reported on the rules. 172 proposals were submitted. Most do not affect Youth. Kenny and Glenn will present the package involving Youth to the Youth Committee. Our executive committee gave their recommendations on the rules submitted.

Bob Kreutz will have the check list available for the membership to read regarding the 2004 cross country bids. Everything is in order for the 2003 cross country meet.

Larry reported there will be a Regional Coordinators meeting. The new format and problems incurred by Inez regarding the cross country meet will be handled.

Lefty asked for some time for the Zone representatives to meet at the annual meeting. Bob will fit it in.

Linda and Glenn presented the Youth Calendar for 2007. It will be presented to the Committee

Sponsorship from Nike: They only sponsor the USATF World team uniforms. Youth cannot secure sponsors, it must come through National Headquarters.

Bob would like the executive board to be at the Regional Coordinators meeting to discuss their obligations.

Mr. Connolly, regarding the hammer is going to take our recommendations further as he is not in agreement with what we have recommended. (the hammer remain an exhibition for youth).

John Chaplin is inquiring about how the World Youth Team is picked. The executive committee would like to keep the selection process with Youth. Bob, Larry, Nancy and Bob K. met with Jim Murphy to discuss what is in the by-laws. We may have to put a change in the by-laws.

Meeting adjourned at 1:10.

Second Session - Saturday, December 7, 2002

A request was received by Hali Robinson, Head Coach, and Joy Kamini, Head Manager, to allow an athlete to become part of the World Youth team. The athlete was not able to participate at the Youth Meet or the JO's. The Board felt we could not make an exception to waive the athlete onto the World Youth Team.

That the Junior National be added to the World Youth for picking athletes was voted down by the Executive Board.

Meeting adjourned

Respectfully submitted by

Nancy Seifert, Youth National Secretary

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