2017 Association Newsletter - September

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September, 2017

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Notes from the Desk of Our Chair

Don't Miss Renewing Your Background Check: The required Background Screens for officials are good for two years. That means that the Background Screens for some are expiring. You will receive email reminder 30-days before your screen expires. Be aware, however, that though it may come from "coaching@usatf.org" and may be addressed to "Coach" it still applies to officials. If your Background Screen expires, your certification becomes invalid and it may cause you to be ineligible to apply for the 2018 championship meets. If you have questions about when your Background Screen is set to expire, contact your Association Certification Chair.

USATF National Championship Applications: Later this month, applications for the 2018 USATF Junior and Senior Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field championship meets will be emailed to National and Master level officials. Please make sure your certification is current - including your Background Screen. If you have any questions, let us know.

Annual Meeting Schedule: Here is a list of the N.O.C. meetings and events at the 2017 USATF Annual Meeting.

Meet Applications: The page on our website for meets needing officials is active again (or will be soon). If you have championship meets that need officials or are looking for meets to work, check the "Applications" link.

NCAA Officials Assignor: Nathan Smurdon has been named NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field National Officials Assignor. He will work with the eight meets that comprise the Division I, II and III NCAA Track & Field Championships each season. For officiating questions or information on the NCAA championships officials’ application process, please feel free to contact Nathan at ncaaofficials@gmail.com.

You can contact Mike Armstrong via email at USATF.Officials.Chair@gmail.com.

N.O.C. to Sponsor Young Official Travel Grants in 2018

The National Officials Committee remains concerned about the number of young officials who are not able to travel to officiate USATF national championship meets. The Committee recognizes the financial commitment each official makes in order to travel to and officiate these national level meets. The Committee has investigated a number of options designed to assist young officials with financial assistance in order to obtain the experience necessary to become effective officials at national level meets. Continue reading . . .

N.O.C. Young Official’s Grant Application

2017 N.O.C. Special Election

This year the National Officials Committee shall hold a special election for the Vice Chair of Certification, whose term of office shall be one year.

In accordance with the National Officials Committee operating procedures, below you will find a link to the official letter and application form. As stated, any candidate submission by membership should be forwarded to Valaree Langley-Foss or Lillian Mahoney so that a listing can be compiled. We would like each voting member to receive advance notification of the running candidate prior to the annual meeting being held in Columbus, Ohio; although nominations will be accepted at the floor during the convention. Once all nominations have been received, a listing of nominated candidates will be forwarded to the voting membership shortly after October 16th, and listed in the next official’s newsletter.

2017 Nominating Committee Letter

Nomination From 2017

N.O.C. Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017

To the USATF Officials,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2017 officials who have been selected for induction into the National Officials Hall of Fame. The officials across the country truly appreciate all the hard work each of these individuals have done to make our sport great and to help their colleagues over the years.

The 2017 Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday evening, December 1, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. We invite you to join us in celebration of the National Officials Hall of Fame Banquet.

The following individuals will be inducted on that evening:

     Tom Hott
     David Katz
     Richard Messenger
     Bob Tice

In closing, allow me to add my personal congratulations to these individuals on their induction. This is an honor that is well deserved.

Karen Krsak, Chair
Hall of Fame Committee

Annual Meeting

The USATF Annual Meeting will be held this year in Columbus Ohio, from Thursday, Nov 29th to Sunday, Dec 3rd. We’ll have a large number of officials’ meetings Thursday thru Friday; see above for link to the schedule of those meetings. If you’d like to attend, you must register online at via the USATF Events/Calendar. After your registration is confirmed, you may make hotel reservations online from the confirmation page.

USATF Rule of the Month

Steeplechase - USATF Rule 169.1 and 169.2C
The standard distance shall be 3000 meters. Races of 1500 and 2000 meters may also be contested. The 3000 Meter Steeplechase shall have 28 hurdle jumps and 7 water jumps. The 2000 Meter Steeplechase shall have 18 hurdle jumps and 5 water jumps. The 1500 Meter Steeplechase shall have 13 hurdles and 3 water jumps.

Clarification of USATF Rule 180.11(c)
This was addressed in the April Newsletter. Since then, there seems to be two interpretations even Internationally.

  1. The consecutive time is applicable only for attempts within a round.
  2. Consecutive attempts rule should apply both within a round and between rounds.

We are now hearing consecutive trials are applicable both within a round and between rounds. We will get final clarification when the ITOs meet in London this October or sooner. Any questions feel free to contact Laurie Boemker, 401-286-9281.

World Para Athletics

Rule 7.18 (Guidelines for Jumping Events in Class T11)
Athletes in class T-11 may have 2 guides in the High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump. One guide assists by orienting the athlete at the start of the approach before each attempt. The other guide gives the athlete acoustic orientation during the approach.


IAAF Competition Rules Book

The new IAAF Competition Rules Book should be available by November 1, 2017. Jane Edstrom (Canada) and George Kleeman (USA) put together some of the expected changes. To view . . .

Did You Know?

You can convert hurdle inches to meters with this simple formula: meters = inches x 0.0254 For example, 36 inches x 0.0254 = 0.9144 (.914 m)

USATF N.O.C. Rules Subcommittee Members

We are in the process of updating the directory.

     Laurie Boemker - Chair
     Regina Bagley, Southwestern
     Nick Campbell, Oregon
     Lloyd M. Cornelius Jr, New York
     Paula Everdell, Pacific Northwest
     David Fergus, Minnesota
     Tish Hanna, Ozark
     Susan Marie Harris, Southern California
     Courtney Kromko, Maine
     Travis Kupiec, New England
     Mary Onken, New York
     Richard Robert, Southern California
     Mike Trego, Indiana
     Dustin Williamson, Maine


Good Luck Lindsay

USATF and in particular the National Officials Committee is losing a major asset in the departure of Lindsay Toussant from the USATF Events. For those of us that have worked a National meet, be it the Junior/Senior Outdoors, Masters or a LDR event has been assisted by Lindsay.

After four years at USATF, Lindsay is off to a new adventure as the Director of Events with the Omaha Sports Commission. Thank you Lindsay for all that you have done and Good Luck.

Be Athlete-Friendly


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Announcements for the Newsletter

If you have an item you would like included in the newsletter, please send your submissions to NOCnewsletters@gmail.com. The submission deadline is the 25th of each month in order to be included in the subsequent issue. We will accept announcements, articles and other news-type items that are national in scope. Local announcements and opinion pieces will not be included. Please be aware that all submissions are subject to approval by the N.O.C. Executive Committee.


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