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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 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.


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 for updated information on COVID-19 and other related information.

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


Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Coach, Officials, pausatf, Youth | 0 comments

2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships cancelled

Indianapolis – The 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships to be held in Jacksonville, Florida July 27-August 2 have been cancelled, USATF announced today.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the University of North Florida and its local health authorities have closed its campus through at least July 30. USATF, in conjunction with the youth committee, is exploring possible alternate contingencies for the Junior Olympic athletes once the crisis allows track facilities to open.

The fate of the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships to be held in Miramar, Florida will be determined no later than April 30. The event is scheduled for June 23-28.

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

YTF Free Online Youth Nutrition Seminar

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Coach, coaching education, Youth | 0 comments

Live Nutrition Web Session – Thursday March 26th at 11AM ET

USATF New England  is hosting Laura Morretti (MS, RD, CSSD, LDN) and Nicole Farnwworth, Clinical Nutrition Specialist both with the Sports Medicine Division of Boston Children’s Hospital for a talk on nutrition in sports.  This session is focused on the needs of youth athletes  (middle school and up) and  is meant for their consumption and participation.  Parents, and coaches are welcome to learn. Youth athletes are managing the collective demands of training, growth, and learning.  Awareness of their  nutritional needs and the signs to look for when they are under-fueled is the goal of his session. Laura and Nicole will touch on the “athlete’s plate”, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S), fueling before and after  races and practice (what and when), hydration, and the unique development window that exists from 10 to 20 years old. The session will be a combination of presentation, interaction and will end with a Q&A session. It will last about 50 minutes.
We will accommodate as many as we can. Please RSVP using this form and a link to the Zoom session will be sent prior to the session.

More about our speaker and the topic

International Olympics Committee Consensus Statement on RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport)

Nicole Farnsworth, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

Nicole Farnsworth is a Dietitian with the Division of Sports Medicine and Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is additionally a NASM-certified personal trainer and the consulting sports dietitian for Wheaton College. Nicole received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.She has a special interest in working with athletes with low energy availability, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Nicole was a varsity track and field athlete at Harvard University, competing in the pentathlon and heptathlon.

Laura Moretti Reece MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Laura completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Didactic Program in Clinical Dietetics at New York University’s Steinhardt School. She completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian including intensive training at the Weill Cornell Medical Center inpatient eating disorder treatment program. Laura is a Board Certified Sports Dietitian (CSSD) specializing in sports performance based nutrition as well as treating low energy availability, disordered eating, and eating disorders in athletes. After spending six years as the Primary Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist at Appleman Nutrition and Columbus Park Collaborative in New York City,  Laura moved to Boston to take on her current role as Dietitian in the Division of Sports Medicine and the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Laura is the co-chair for the Sport and Exercise Special Interest Group of the International Academy of Eating Disorders, an instructor at the Institute for Rowing Leadership, and the consulting dietitian for the Boston Ballet Company and Schools.  She is an active member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, The International Academy of Eating Disorders, Sports/Cardiovascular/Wellness Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Laura is also an avid skier,  competitive triathlete, and a Boston Marathon Qualifier and Finisher.

Instagram: @lauramoretti.rd Twitter: @LMorettiRD

YTF 2020 USATF COVID-19 Update

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Youth | 0 comments

Dear USATF Members:

This is an unprecedented time for our country and our world.

USATF has established a Working Group of medical, scientific, and industry experts to advise us on matters related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This Working Group receives regular updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and other U.S. professional sports leagues. Dr. Robert Chapman is our ​National Office lead.

Earlier this week the USATF Masters Indoor Championships at LSU were canceled because of ​the added risk ​with this virus to those of ​advanced age and out of an abundance of caution for our athletes, officials and volunteers. Yesterday, we announced the cancellation of the Hershey Youth National Indoor Championships. We understand these decisions disappointed some and we assure you that we take these matters very seriously.

We continue to evaluate our championships and events throughout the country with our Working Group and receive input from local health authorities. Our primary goal is to protect the welfare of our constituents, fans and stakeholders.

​We also encourage everyone to follow the recommendations and updates from the CDC, including proper hygiene practices. Finally, we recommend membership and associations to seek the guidance of their local health authorities as this is a fluid issue being handled in different locations based on differing risk factors.

​Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this uncertainty.

YTF 2020 USATF National Youth Indoor Championships Canceled!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Coach, Youth | 0 comments

From: Youth Programs <[email protected]>

Date: March 11, 2020 at 1:43:56 PM PDT

Subject: 2020 USATF National Youth Indoor Championships Canceled

 2020 USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships Canceled

Indianapolis — The 2020 USATF Hershey Youth National Indoor Championships set to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, New York, March 20-22, have been canceled.

“Due to concerns over the increasing public health risk with the COVID-19 virus in and around New York City, the local organizing committee thought it prudent to cancel the event,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “We support the decision and continue to monitor this unprecedented situation in our country. The welfare of our members remains a top priority.”

Entry fees will be refunded.

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