Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field

Para Athletics

Steven Toyoji Para Athlete

San Francisco’s Steven Toyoji took second in the men’s 1,500 51/52 class race at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at College of San Mateo, Sunday June 22.
Photo courtesy of the Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. Examiner


 

The Pacific Association’s Para Athletics Committee was established in 2012. Prior to 2012, this Committee was referred to as the Disabled Athletes Committee and chaired for many years by Charlie Sheppard. In 2014, under the leadership of the current Chair George Rehmet, and Charlie Sheppard, this committee was responsible for bringing the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Championships to the Pacific Association.

Para Athletes compete in Track & Field Paralympic events, which include track sprints and distance events, field events of throwing and jumping, and the marathon. Learn more by visiting the Track & Field page of Team USA.
 

 

PA/USATF Para Athletics Committee News

PA USATF Pacific loses Jim Hume – administrator, official, trainer, coach.

Posted by on Jun 28, 2020 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters News, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Officials News, Pacific Association USATF Foundation, Para Athletics, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Jim Hume 2019

Arrangements will be forthcoming. Below is Jim’s bio as written for the First Annual USATF Pacific Awards Banquet, 2019.

Jim Hume has been active in the Pacific Association as an administrator, an official, a trainer, and a coach, for more than the last 50 years.

As an administrator, Jim was the Women’s Statistician in the days before computers. He was the Youth Chair from the mid-‘70s until the mid-‘80s, served as the President of the Board of Athletics from ’82-’85, and has served as the Pacific Association Official’s Certification Chair for most of this century. With the inspiration of Dick Connors and the help of Bruce Colman, Jim has used his computer skills to help produce Turns & Distances, a newsletter from the Pacific Association officials.

In 1979 Jerry Colman asked Jim to accompany him to the Olympic Committee’s Sports Festival as his gopher. Gophering led to becoming the Women’s T&F Travel Coordinator for 13 of the 14 festivals.

In 1983 Jim was selected as the Head Manager for the Women’s Junior Team in the USA vs. Canada, and Italy meets in Canada and New Britain, Connecticut. In 1995 he was the Head manager for the women’s team for the USA vs. Great Britain meet in Newcastle, GB.

As an official, Jim has been active since 1968. He is currently a Master Level official who, since computers became available to run the paperwork part of a meet in the mid/late-80s, has spent most of his time behind a computer as the Competition Secretary. He took his advanced Competition Secretary degree while buried in the basement of the Olympic Stadium during the 1996 Olympics. Jim is a strong supporter of FieldLynx computer software to record/display field event results. In 2004 he headed the FieldLynx crew at the Olympic Trials.

As a coach, Jim worked with the Millbrae Lions Track Club (one of the first women’s track and field clubs) from the late-60s to the late 80s and saw the transition from club only opportunities to school-sponsored opportunities for women to participate. He spent 15 years at Hillsdale High, and in 1997 he was recognized as a CIF-CCS T&F Honor Coach.

Early in Jim’s coaching, teaching, administrating career, he became interested in helping produce well run track meet. This interest and his role as CertChair, has led to Jim’s involvement in training others to run an an efficient track and field meet. He has helped organize and taught at numerous local training clinics. In 2012 he received from the National Officials Committee of the USATF the James Gray Award for Leadership.

As a high school cross country coach since 1986, Jim has been interested in CSM’s Crystal Springs Cross Country Course and since the early-‘90s, had an increasing role in administering the course with Bob Rush.

And all of this was paid for with his job as a school teacher. Jim taught in a reading program at Ben Franklin Middle School for 17 years serving as a classroom teacher, the head of the reading lab, and as the program director. In 1986 the opportunity arose for him to move to Hillsdale High in San Mateo where he taught English, computer use, computer programming and coached cross country and track for 15 years.

PA Open-Masters TF Championships postponed – updated 4/7

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Officials, Para Athletics, pausatf, Track & Field | 0 comments

Unfortunately, our 2020 PA MTF/Open Championships Meet has been postponed until a later date to be determined, per the USATF COVID-19 Working Group recommendation “Suspend all USATF Championship events and all USATF sanctioned events indefinitely.”

Ideally, it will occur with a month of notice, and before our MTF Western Region and National Championships. But these are unusual times, so we are unsure of what will be legally allowed, medically wise, and according to USATF guidelines.

BTW, USATF memberships were to increase May 1st, so maybe renew now 🙂

FYI, websites for other PA MTF meets currently say:

  • Bay Area Senior Games: “We are re-scheduling the meet to be held Sunday, November 15th.” 
  • Pride Meet: “We are currently exploring options for holding the Pride Meet later in the summer. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Wine Country 2020 Sr Games: “Due to the Corona Virus Epidemic, the 2020 Games have been cancelled.”
  • SG MTF Fest: “Thank you to all the athletes who attended the 2019 4th Annual Sierra Gold Masters and Open Track and Field Festival. We look forward to seeing you again at the event this year.”

Please be safe, keep training and checking the PA/MTF page, and ensure your PA/USATF membership is current since email will be sent when more is known.

Thank you! — Joseph Ols, PA Masters Chair

PA You’re invited! – Tues, 17 Sept. Assoc Annual Meeting details

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Awards, Coach, coaching education, coaching education, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Masters News, Officials, Officials News, Para Athletics, pausatf, Race Walking, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

USATF Pacific Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 @ 7:30PM

All Pacific Association members are invited to join us at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 17 September from 7:30-10:00pm.
Site: Foster City Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
 
Teleconference Option: We are offering a call-in and web conferencing option for those who wish to participate remotely. More information on how to access this service will be available prior to the meeting in an email and posted to the PAUSATF website in the Meeting Page.
Initial agenda items:
  1. Review of proposed 2020 committee budgets with comments/amendments before approval
  2. Selection of association delegates for 2019 USATF Annual Meeting in Reno (refer to Association Operating Procedures item 6 for requirements)
  3. Recap of past events including Association T&F Championships, etc.
  4. Future Association events
For full agenda, previous meeting minutes, committee reports, and additional information click on the Meeting Page. Items will be added closer to the meeting date.
Thank you all for contributing to our sports of USATF!
PA You’re invited! – Tues, 17 Sept. Assoc Annual Meeting details

Posted by on Sep 7, 2019 in Coach, coaching education, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Forms, legacy, Masters LDR, Masters News, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Officials News, PA Masters TF News, Para Athletics, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

USATF Pacific Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 @ 7:30PM

All Pacific Association members are invited to join us at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 17 September from 7:30-10:00pm.
Site: Foster City Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404
 
Teleconference Option: We are offering a call-in and web conferencing option for those who wish to participate remotely. More information on how to access this service will be available prior to the meeting in an email and posted to the PAUSATF website in the Meeting Page.
Initial agenda items:
  1. Review of proposed 2020 committee budgets with comments/amendments before approval
  2. Selection of association delegates for 2019 USATF Annual Meeting in Reno (refer to Association Operating Procedures item 6 for requirements)
  3. Recap of past events including Association T&F Championships, etc.
  4. Future Association events
For full agenda, previous meeting minutes, committee reports, and additional information click on the Meeting Page. Items will be added closer to the meeting date.
Thank you all for contributing to our sports of USATF!
PA PA Strategic Plan 2017-2020 (Revised 6.14.19) – Check it out!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters News, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Para Athletics, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to view USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan (Revised June 14, 2019).

This document is updated with information from the March 19, 2019 Board of Athletics meeting, where the ongoing Strategic Plan was discussed and conclusions were achieved, under the guidance of the Strategic Plan Coordinator, Mark Winitz. The primary emphasis for this Olympiad is “membership growth”. There are five planning areas:

  • Administration and Governance
  • Athlete Development and Competition
  • Communications
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Resources and Education/Training

At the meeting, after breakout sessions for each planning area, the leader of each session gave a report to all the meeting’s attendees, answered questions, and accepted additional input.

Following the meeting, the leaders of each of the planning areas updated their planning area’s strategic plan and submitted the information to Mark Winitz, who then compiled all five of the planning areas’ information into this document. USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan is a very useful document to show how PA Committees join forces to set goals for the USATF Pacific’s future. Review this document to understand how USATF Pacific plans to move forward as we approach the 2020 Olympics. If you have questions or suggestions, direct them to the “responsible party(ies)” listed for each planning area.

PA Statements for Contested Positions on PA Youth & Coaches Committees (rev. 1 June); post includes ballot details.

Posted by on Jun 1, 2019 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Para Athletics, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Board of Athletics members: Watch for an email arriving May 25 with the ballot for candidate voting.
Elections for these positions will take place from 25 May-26 June, with results announced before 30 June. Details below:

  1. June 26 at midnight is the deadline for ballots to be returned.
  2. Send ballots to [email protected]
  3. Email addresses that have opted out of Constant Contact will not receive the ballot. Please contact Secretary Stephanie Trafton if you think you have not received a ballot in error. Those in the Coaches Committee and Youth Committee (eligible clubs with SafeSport, 3+ athletes, etc.) and other eligible voters will receive a ballot for only the contested positions in their committee.

Direct questions to USATF Pacific Secretary, Stephanie Trafton.