Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field

Youth

Youth Cross Country, Track & Field, Race Walking


Important! Youth Birth Certificate Policy Change

Approved 11/24/2020

USATF Date of Birth Verification Policy Document showing changes, which includes: “all birth certs must be uploaded at the National Website no later than FIVE days prior to the meet deadline.”

USATF Youth Page with Youth Birth Certificate Policy Change

For assistance and questions, call 317-261-0500.

 

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.

JOIN USATF today and make your Olympic dreams come true!

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PA Abuse Prevention Systems Webinar

Posted by on Jan 11, 2021 in Coach, coaching education, Cross Country, pausatf, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

USATF Abuse Prevention Systems Webinar with Gregory Love

In a continuing effort to create a safe and healthy environment for our participants, USATF invites you to a unique opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leaders in abuse prevention training and risk management. Gregory Love is hosting a live seminar for ALL USATF member that will educate USATF members on effective, efficient, and inexpensive tools you can use to reduce the risk of sexual abuse in your programs on Tuesday, January 12 at 8:30pm ET. You don’t want to miss it. REGISTER HERE!

(Note: once you click this link, you will be directed to a Philadelphia Insurance event page, Next to “Event Status: not started” you will see a link to register. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you used to register.)

COACHES Level 1 School via Zoom – 29 Jan-1 Feb info

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021 in Coach, pausatf, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

Become a USATF Level 1 Coach at Home!

USATF has begun the delivery of online Level 1 Schools via Zoom in real-time across a four-day schedule. The Pacific Level 1 School will be 29 Jan-1 Feb and taught by veteran Pacific coaches Dave Shrock-Ken Grace and April Smith in addition to SoCal coach Chris Richardson.

Click here for school info and registration link

YOUTH 2020 Natl. USATF JO XC Champs Dec. 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