Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field

Youth

Youth Cross Country, Track & Field, Race Walking


 

Today’s USATF Pacific youth athletes are tomorrow’s champions!  As the #1 youth participatory sport, every child competes alongside their peers in 2-year age divisions, from age 8 & younger up to 18. Everyone trains and competes  – no one is left on a bench! Track & Field events take place in the spring and summer; Cross Country events are held in the Fall; Race Walking competitions are held year round. All offer a variety of both competitive and fitness opportunities, and they lead up to regional, national and even international competitions. Only USATF members may participate in USA Track & Field’s Junior Olympic program.

The Pacific Association is the largest youth program Northern California, with nearly 4,000 young athletes competing each year. Success at the Junior Olympic level can led to college scholarships. Many of America’s top collegiate and post-collegiate athletes began their road to fame by competing in the USATF Junior Olympic programs. They include stars such as Amber and Ashton Purvis, Javid Best, Jordan Hasay and Olympians such as Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, and Lauryn Williams.

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PA USATF Annual Meeting info-reg. info

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Coach, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, pausatf, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

With an abundance of caution, the USATF Annual Meeting will be entirely virtual this year from Thursday, 3 Dec. to Sunday, 6 Dec.

Pre-registration cost is $110.00 until Sunday, 15 November when that late fee increases to $150.00.

Click here for further information and registration page:
https://www.usatf.org/events/2020/2020-usatf-annual-meeting

YOUTH 2020 Natl. USATF JO XC Champs Oct. 12 – No Qualifiers Needed

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Coach, Officials, pausatf, Race Walking, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Please be advised that due to COVID-19 there will be no Association nor Regional qualifying procedures for advancement into the 2020 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. 

The JOXC Championships will be held in Lexington and has now been scheduled to be a two (2) day competition on December 12-13, 2020.  This schedule change is necessary to assure that all precautions have been made to assure the safety and welfare of the Competitors, Officials, Staff and Spectators.   

The schedule and event information will be available at usatf.org the week of October 12, 2020. 

If further information is required, please contact: 

Chelsea Yeadon, USATF Youth Programs Coordinator 

[email protected] 

Please remember that during this Pandemic all plans are subject to change according to Local, State and/or Federal mandates. 

Youth Programs   

USATF 

130 E. Washington St., Suite 800 

Indianapolis, IN 46204 

Office: 317.261.0500 

PA Important Update for Coaches & Parents of Unattached Athletes

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 in 2019-usatf-national-junior-olympic-track-field-championships, pausatf, Youth | 0 comments

ATTENTION: ALL TEAM COACHES & PARENTS OF UNATTACHED ATHLETES

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING THE MEMBERSHIP & AGE VERIFICATION PROCESS

The USATF has made two (2) SIGNIFICANT changes that will affect Membership Registration and Age Verification. It is important that all coaches and parents of unattached athletes are aware of and understand these new changes to avoid any eligibility or participation conflicts with their athletes. Below is a brief outline of those changes and what your next steps are.

USATF CONNECT

USATF has updated it Membership Management System. The new system USATF Connect is currently in place and will be the primary portal for managing ALL memberships. This includes both individual and club/team memberships. Your first step will be to create your new USATF Connect account. This can be done by using your USATF Membership number and your legacy (previous system) password. Tutorials on how to create an account and more can be found at the following link. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the new system.

USATF Connect – Membership Management System Tutorials

NEW AGE VERIFICATION PROCESS

The Pacific Association office will NO LONGER PROCESS AGE VERIFICATIONS VIA EMAIL. ALL new or non-verified memberships will need to submit verification documents through USATF CONNECT WEBSITE, the NEW Membership Management System, for verification. Any members who verified their age on the old system will NOT need to re-verify on the new system. This change will be critical for all athletes wishing to participate in a USATF Championship event.

OFF John Murray and Jim Hume to be inducted into the Nat’l Officials Hall of Fame

Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in Coach, Masters LDR, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, pausatf, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Join us in congratulating John Murray, and Jim Hume (posthumously) into the National Officials Hall of Fame!
The induction would normally take place during the Officials Banquet at the Annual Meeting, though we are unsure as yet if the annual meeting will be in-person or virtual.  Determination to be made late September.

PA Jim Hume’s Celebration of Life video, pics and bio

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Coach, Cross Country, Masters T&F, Officials, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

On Friday, 21 August, 50 family members and friends joined together to celebrate Jim Hume’s life.  Click on the link below for video of the celebration (thanks JR Heberle and Sean Laughlin) along with Jim’s bio and photos.

https://www.pausatf.org/officials/

 

Jim Hume 2019

by Fred Baer, USATF Pacific Media

Hume died in June, following a series of illnesses in recent years. A memorial is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and will be streamed and posted on the USA Track & Field National Officials Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/98592597792.

Hume coached on the Peninsula for more than 50 years and was very involved nationally and internationally in track and field, serving as a track official beginning in 1968. He was a 2019 inductee to the Hall of Fame of USA Track & Field’s Pacific Association, of which he was a past president.

Hume was a regular fixture in the press boxes at both CSM’s College Heights Stadium and at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont, serving as a head official and coordinating computer entry of meet results, including at several state and regional championships.

Hume and his identical twin, Gray Hume, were born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he spent most of his childhood growing up on a farm with his siblings.

Following his high school graduation in 1957 from Augusta Military Academy in Virginia, Hume served in the United States Coast Guard from 1959-63.

He was a student government member during his college days at CSM in the mid-1960s and had a lifelong affiliation with the local community college. He is also a San Francisco State University graduate, where he received a teaching credential.

He was a classroom teacher at San Francisco’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School for 17 years, serving as head of the reading lab and program director, while also assisting in coaching with the Millbrae Lions Track Club – which produced many top USA female athletes.

They included 1988 Olympian Leslie Maxie, who set national high school records in the 300 and 400 meter hurdles that lasted into this century. Hume was an official at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, so was able to see Maxie compete. He also officiated at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

In 15 years at Hillsdale High, Hume taught English and computer programming while coaching cross country, and track and field. In 1997 he was recognized as a California Interscholastic Federation-Central Coast Section Track & Field Honor Coach.

He worked with now-retired CSM cross country coach Bob Rush in administering the Crystal Springs course from the early 1990s until this year.

Hume served as women’s track & field travel coordinator for 13 of the 14 U.S. Olympic Sports Festivals. In 1983 he was selected as head manager of the USA Women’s Junior Team for meets with Canada and Italy in New Britain, Connecticut. He served as head manager for the USA women’s team in 1995 for a dual meet against Great Britain in Newcastle, England.

Hume was a master level official  who served the Pacific Association (Northern California and Northern Nevada) as Youth Chair from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, as president of the Board of Athletics from 1982-85 and as association certification chair for officials into this decade.

He was a classroom teacher at San Francisco’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School for 17 years, serving as head of the reading lab and program director, while also assisting in coaching with the Millbrae Lions Track Club – which produced many top USA female athletes.

They included 1988 Olympian Leslie Maxie, who set national high school records in the 300 and 400 meter hurdles that lasted into this century. Hume was an official at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, so was able to see Maxie compete. He also officiated at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

In 15 years at Hillsdale High, Hume taught English and computer programming while coaching cross country, and track and field. In 1997 he was recognized as a California Interscholastic Federation-Central Coast Section Track & Field Honor Coach.

He worked with now-retired CSM cross country coach Bob Rush in administering the Crystal Springs course from the early 1990s until this year.

Hume served as women’s track & field travel coordinator for 13 of the 14 U.S. Olympic Sports Festivals. In 1983 he was selected as head manager of the USA Women’s Junior Team for meets with Canada and Italy in New Britain, Connecticut. He served as head manager for the USA women’s team in 1995 for a dual meet against Great Britain in Newcastle, England.

Hume was a master level official  who served the Pacific Association (Northern California and Northern Nevada) as Youth Chair from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, as president of the Board of Athletics from 1982-85 and as association certification chair for officials into this decade.

He earned an official “advanced competition secretary” degree while at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and has used those skills to pioneer recording and displaying field event results during meets. He headed the Field Lynx crew in that capacity at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Hume also used his computer skills to edit and produce Turns & Distances, a newsletter for officials in the Pacific Association.

Daily Journal sports editor Nathan Mollat contributed to this report

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.

YTF YOUTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in 2019-usatf-national-junior-olympic-track-field-championships, Coach, Pacific Association USATF Foundation, pausatf, Youth | 0 comments

USATF Hershey 2020 National Junior Olympic Program & Miscellaneous FAQ’s

• Why was the 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships cancelled?

o Based upon the current State of Florida COVID-19 mandates, the University of North Florida has notified USATF that the venue will not be available for the hosting of the Event. In addition, USATF is committed to the safety and welfare of our constituency and will follow all State and Local government mandates.

• Does the cancellation of the Junior Olympic National Championship affect the Association and Region JO Qualifiers?

o Yes, those meets are cancelled as recommended by the Youth Executive Committee.

  • Will the cancellation of the JO’s change if there is a change in the COVID-19 status? o No
  • Where will the 2021 USATF JO’s be hosted?

o The location of the 2021 JO’s has not been determined to date.

  • Are there any plans in 2020 to create another National event to replace the JO’s? o There are no definitive plans for a 2020 National event. The USATF National Office in conjunction with the USATF Youth Committee will discuss exploringpossible 2020 options.
  • Has a decision been made on the hosting of the 2020 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships?o The Youth Executive Committee recommended cancellation to the Board and to the National Office. The recommendation was accepted.
  • How will USATF handle Sanction requests from Associations or individuals that may opt to host a Youth track & field event once the facilities become available again?

o USATF will continue to process Sanctions accordingly under the same policies and procedures. USATF continues to advise that all Local/State mandates be adhered to when considering hosting an event during the Summer 2020 season.

  • Please continue to access www.usatf.org for updated information on COVID-19 and other related information.
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YTF YOUTH OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in 2019-usatf-national-junior-olympic-track-field-championships, Coach, pausatf, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Indianapolis – The 2020 USATF Hershey National Youth Outdoor Championships to be held in Miramar, Florida June 23 – 28, 2020, have been canceled, USATF announced today (Monday).

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Miramar and its local health authorities informed USATF that it would not host the championships. USATF is working to seek alternate opportunities for youth participation for later in the summer if local health authorities allow.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 gathered by USATF’s Working Group, visit USATF.org/covid19.