MITCA NEWS & REMINDERS

2017-18 Track & Field Ballot Proposals

There will be two ballot items being voted on via our newly ratified (February, 2017) online voting system.  We are still working out the kinks in making this system work smoothly, so please be patient with us.  The two ballot items are listed below.  There will be an open comment period for a couple of weeks before the online vote takes place.  CURRENT MITCA MEMBERS will receive an email with a link to 2 forms (one for each ballot proposal item) in case they wish to comment on that proposal.  Members will also receive a link to a page that will show all of the comments that were made by other members. You may wan to check back periodically to see updates as members make their comments.

 

Ballot Proposal #1:

Should Michigan use a one-turn stagger for races of 800 meters and above for the MHSAA Regional and State meets?

 

Ballot Proposal #2:

In distance races using alleys for the start, should Michigan use the alley 2, position 1 as the preferred position? (It would be seeded as follows- alley 2 position 1, alley 3 position 1, alley 1 position 1, alley 4 position 1, etc).

 

Rationale for these proposals from the MITCA Track & Field Committee

 

2018 Track & Field Clinic – NEW LOCATION

Coaches,

As are reminder, this year’s MITCA Track & Field clinic will be held at a NEW LOCATION.

We believe that you will be very pleased with the new venue, but with the change we would like to ask your help to make this transition work as well as possible for the whole organization.

In order to acquire the conference space that we need to conduct a large clinic such as ours, we have to guarantee that our attendees will rent a certain number of rooms by a certain date…otherwise we can incur significant additional costs beyond our negotiated terms.

We are asking coaches to please do your best to:

1. Try to book your rooms by the end of December.

2. Make sure to tell them you are with MITCA when you reserve your room.

Our deadlines and terms are a little different than they were before, so we would greatly appreciate if you could do your best to book your rooms as soon as possible.

January 25-26-27, 2018

Crowne Plaza – Lansing West

925 South Creyts
Lansing 48917

(877) 322 – 5544

 

This year’s clinic will feature 400m guru and coach of Michael Johnson and Jeremy Warner, the world-renowned Clyde Hart !

Additional speakers, details, and tentative schedules will be posted in the coming days/weeks.

Visit www.mitca.org for more information as it is added.

MITCA TF TEAM STATE APPLICATION!

Want to host a great event and make money for your program? If so, then your program can apply to host a division of the 2018 MITCA Team State Track & Field Meet on Saturday, May 26th, 2018! The host application can be filled out at this link: MITCA TEAM STATE HOST APPLICATION

Contact Dave Lustig ( lustigd@wy.k12.mi.us ) for more info.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 2018

NOTE: WYANDOTTE ROOSEVELT (D1) WILL NOT BE APPLYING TO HOST IN 2018

Earn Graduate Credits at XC Clinic !

Details for the program remain roughly the same as they have in our recent offerings:

ONE Graduate Credit.  Cost = $155

Requirements are to select and complete each of the following:

1. Attend and Critique 8 sessions at the clinic
2. Critique 8 magazine articles that relate to the coaching of Track and/or Field.

TWO Graduate Credits.  Cost = $285

Requirements are to select and complete three of the following:

1. Attend and Critique 8 sessions at the clinic
2. Critique 8 articles that relate to the coaching of Track & Field.
3. Submit the athlete’s handbook for your team or department.
4. Write a five (5) page paper on any aspect of TF coaching

Other Details:

  • Regardless of your choice, your assignments are due for submission to by DATE.
  • You must have received an undergraduate degree from some university in order to participate in this program.
  • Check (preferred) or cash is only acceptable method of payment per University Policy and is due upon registration at the clinic.
  • Checks are not payable to MITCA but rather SoDak Mich Cross Country 2017.
  • Credit card payment with a 3% processing fee will also be accepted
  • Contact info and a more detailed description will be available at the clinic. Most likely in the vendor’s room.

http://a2racemanagement.com/2017-mitca-xc-clinic-college-credit-info/


Contact Kevin Behmer ( 
behmerkevin@gmail.com ) if you have any questions before the clinic!

MITCA Needs YOU!

There are many opportunities to serve the great sports of cross country and track and field as well as your colleagues in MITCA.

Each year, there are open spots for MITCA members to serve on the Track & Field committee, Cross Country committee, as well as Midwest and Mideast Meet of Champions’ staffs.  Additionally, each year MITCA members will elect a new Secretary who will serve a 4 year term, culminating the experience as the MITCA President in his/her fourth year.

Additionally, every 2 years there are 3 other Executive Board positions that come up for election.  In 2018, the positions that will be open for elections will be: Clinic Coordinator, Political Liaison, and Technology Officer.

If you have an interest in volunteering for ANY of these positions, contact MITCA President, Dave Lustig for more information.

After 3 years on the track and field committee and then 8 more years (2 terms) as the MITCA Technology Officer, I will be stepping down from the latter position at the end of this term.  Thus, we will need to elect a new Technology Officer in January.  Feel free to EMAIL ME directly if you are interested in the position and would like to know more about its responsibilities.

Interested applicants should be reasonably comfortable with basic A/V technology, computers, and website maintenance, but it is NOT necessary to be an “expert” in any of these areas as the bulk of one’s service is based on his/her ability to contribute to the over-arching work of the Executive Board in representing the MITCA membership, maintaining the MITCA organization, and working to better the sports of Track & Field and Cross Country in the state of Michigan.

It has been personally fulfilling to have directly served the MITCA membership over the past decade, and I highly encourage ALL members to find a way to get involved at some point in your career.  You won’t regret it!

Derek Gonzales
MITCA Technology