Tips on Bidding for a National Championship
- Determine the scope of the bid - The scope, essential characteristics and
requirements for staging successful USA National Championship events vary
greatly. Some championships are part of a larger existing event, while
others are stand alone events organized entirely from scratch. Some are
large sports and entertainment productions that feature Olympic-caliber
athletes, are televised internationally, and pay varying prize purses to the
winning athletes, while others are smaller intimate events.
- Decide which championship(s) to bid for - It may be possible to bid for
more than one Championship at a time. If this is your first time bidding for
a National Championship, and your organization has never conducted a major
track & field or road racing competition, we recommend that you consider
bidding on a smaller Championship in order to gain experience.
- Contact your local Association of USA Track & Field - USA Track &
Field is geographically divided into 57 local Associations, all of which
conduct local track & field activities in their respective geographic
areas. These USATF Associations are experts in conducting local, and in some
instances, national-level competitions and may have many of the answers to
your questions. We encourage you to work closely with your local USATF
- Consider any special requirements - Depending on the type of National
Championship event you are bidding for, there will be special requirements
and considerations. For example, the Youth Track & Field Championships
have an anticipated competition pool of over 3,000 athletes. Weather
conditions are always a consideration for outdoor Championships and special
attention is paid to scheduling of long distance races. Some Championships
may require a rights fee and/or minimum prize purse. We recommend that you
consult the appropriate USATF Sports Committee Chairperson or the USATF
Director of Special Events at the National Office at (317) 261-0500
for assistance with these important requirements and considerations.
- Contact persons with knowledge and expertise - Please feel free to contact
any of the national
officers - all of whom have had experience with
Championships - or the appropriate USATF National
Office staff, for
assistance with your bid.
- Minority Participation - It is the policy of USATF to encourage the use of
Minority Business Enterprises ("MBE"s"). The purpose of this
program is to promote full and equal business opportunities for MBE's in bid
contracting for championship events in accordance with the goals outlined at
USATF's Annual Meeting. USATF serves a racially, culturally,
socio-economically and otherwise diverse constituency. The organization
seeks to create meaningful opportunities for participation of women, racial
and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, as well as encourage
their participation in all its activities.
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