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Athlete Representatives Newsletter

September 2005 Issue:


Authorized Athlete Representative Open Enrollment Period

The open enrollment period for authorized athlete representatives (AARs) is September 1 to December 31, 2005. The 2006 USATF application is available online and will be e-mailed to current AARs.

Post Collegiate Special Assistance Fund Application Process

USA Track and Field is proud to be building on the success of the Post-Collegiate Special Assistance Fund (PCSAF), which was launched in 2001. Last year, the PCSAF distributed more than $125,000 in aid and provided Elite Athlete Health Insurance to fifteen post-collegiate athletes. The PCSAF fund was created to assist post-collegiate athletes who have completed their college eligibility but wish to continue their track & field career.

In order to receive funding from the PCSAF, an athlete must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be eligible to represent the United States in international competition
  3. Have competed in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  4. Have obtained an IAAF World Outdoor "A" standard at the time of application
  5. Have placed in the top three in their respective event, at anytime during their career, at the NCAA, NAIA, or JUCO Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  6. Not have a published income greater than $30,000
  7. Have completed and submitted a PCSAF application form
  8. Have completed (or forfeited) their remaining college eligibility within the past two years

The USATF Athlete Support Committee will be responsible for reviewing all PCSAF applications and for selecting the program's recipients and the amount of funding received. Funding will vary among recipients given that distributions are based upon an athlete's athletic ability as well as their "reported" financial need. All potential recipients must be present at the Annual Meeting starting November 30, 2005 in Jacksonville, FL, to be eligible to receive these funds. In addition, athletes will be required to attend an Educational Summit featuring seminars on drug testing, life as an Elite Athlete, USOC/USATF support programs, and media training. As noted above, most athletes receiving PCSAF funding may also be eligible to participate in the USOC/USATF Elite Athlete Health Insurance Program.

If you have any questions regarding the Post-Collegiate Special Assistance Fund, please contact Melissa Beasley at 317-261-0478 x335 or by e-mail at Melissa.Beasley@usatf.org.

PCSAF Application (PDF)

Deadline: October 3, 2005

Elite Athlete Retreat Information

The 2005 Elite Athlete Retreat will be held in Miami, Florida on October 20-23. Athletes invited to the retreat will include the 2004 Olympic Medalists, 2005 IAAF World Championship Finalist, those ranked in the World's top ten and other special guests.

The retreat will focus on ways of improving the sport of for Elite Athletes, a possible AAR educational seminar as well as celebrating the success of the past year.

For more information contact Kari Pinnock at 317-261-0500 or Kari.Pinnock@usatf.org

Annual Meeting Reminder

The 2005 USATF Annual Meeting will take place in Jacksonville, Florida on November 30 - December 4, 2005. Visit the Annual Meeting section for more information.

Anti-Doping News

Athlete Location Forms: The 4th quarter USADA Athlete Location Forms were due to USADA on September 1. Athletes can still submit forms until September 30 to avoid being charged with a missed test. Contact Melissa Beasley or Kari Pinnock at 317-261-0500 if you have questions.

More anti-doping information is available in the Zero Tolerance Newsletter.

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