The annual Officials Clinic at the Penn Relays on April 21-22 is an excellent way to get started in the world of track and field officiating. The clinic includes both classroom instruction and hands-on outside activities. You will be able to complete your certification as a USATF official at the clinic. To enroll in the clinic, you must be a member of USATF and apply for certification as an Apprentice-level official by April 9. Read more.
The 25th annual USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Circuit opens with two races on the weekend of March 21-22. The circuit is a series of 11 road races at varying distances in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey, culminating in Marathon Weekend in November. Runners aging from their teens to their 90s, and some of the area's highest-profile Open athletes, compete in their five-year age group (starting with ages 15-19) and in overall age-graded competition. Read more.
Results are posted here for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Association Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships, which were held on Nov. 8 at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. About 140 young athletes participated in the championships.
President Cynthia Young and three other Mid-Atlantic Association officers were re-elected at the association's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, along with a new secretary.
The newest officer is Kisha Vaughn, a member of the Youth Committee. She will replace Paul Spencer, who is stepping down as secretary and his other posts of communications chair, webmaster and newsletter editor.
The other officers who were re-elected are Vice President Michael Hemsley, Treasurer Rogers Glispy and Financial Secretary Annette White. Also, Doreen McCoubrie was re-elected as membership and sanctions chair.
All of the candidates were unopposed, and the vote was by acclamation. Their new two-year term begins on Jan. 1, 2015.
The membership also elected 14 delegates to the upcoming USATF Annual Meeting in December. They are: Joseph McGonigle, Edwin Roberts, Cynthia Young, A. Monique White, Nelson Berrios, Earl Edwards, Solomiya Login, Carl Grossman, Mike Hemsley, Ed Richardson, Doreen McCoubrie, Zafirah Green, Rogers Glispy and Carolyn Griggs.
Copies of the officers' reports presented at the meeting are posted here, including the 2014 budget update from Annette White.
Mid-Atlantic is looking for people to chair our Long Distance Running Committee and to serve on the Awards Committee. This is an opportunity to serve the community and support track and field. For information, please contact President Cynthia Young.
USATF Mid-Atlantic officials who wish to seek an upgrade in their level of certification may now submit applications. The application form includes a list of the requirements under the new four-level certification system. A separate form should be used by officials who recommend upgrades.
The USATF Foundation is encouraging youth track clubs and programs to apply for its first round of 2014 youth grants. The foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, provide additional competitive opportunities for children and enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs based in low-income areas, and programs with a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach. For more information, read the press release. You can fill out a grant application at www.usatffoundation.org.
A new set of maps has been created for the cross-country courses run at the Belmont Plateau. The courses include 2K, 3K (two versions), 4K, 5K and 8K races. Our local course certifier extaordinaire, Bill Belleville, certified and mapped the courses. Dave Thomas, Mid-Atlantic's LDR cross country coordinator, managed the process.
All applications for event sanctions must now be filed online – a quicker, easier and more efficient process than the old paper applications. To read more about the change – and how you can suggest improvements – please click here.
To become a USATF-certified official, you must first become a member of USATF. Please visit the USATF website to learn about an array of membership benefits, including secondary insurance.) For step-by-step instructions on obtaining certification, please visit our Officials Certification page. The USATF national officials website also has more information. (Posted July 12, 2013)
The Mid-Atlantic officials shirt is available for purchase. The shirts are reasonably priced and well embroidered. The shirts are not required but will give you something distinctive to wear when a meet does not require the national shirt or meet-specific clothing. Order form.
USATF is the governing body for the Olympic sport of track and field in the United States.
This is USATF Mid-Atlantic, the home of support for the sport in our area.
We support event organizers, athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. We also host our own programs to build support for the sport.
If you're an official, we have information about meets, training and certification.
If you're an athlete, we have clinics, access to clubs, information on upcoming events, and access to the latest training information.
If you're a club organizer, this is where your members can find information about the sport, and where others can find your club. And this is where you can come for insurance to cover your practices.
If you're an event organizer, we can help advertise your event, get a road course certified, and provide sanctioning so you have proper liability coverage.
Whether you're an Olympic contender, a middle-schooler or a retiree, whether your sport is Track and Field, Long Distance Running, Cross Country or Race Walking, we are here to support you.