Purpose

The purpose of this Association is to encourage, improve and promote the sport of Amateur Track & Field in the State of Ohio.

Ohio is a member of the USATF Association's North Region, which includes the following Associations: Dakotas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Lake Erie, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Valley, Nebraska, Ohio, Ozark, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Visit us at our Facebook Page  where you can find posts on events happening in and around Ohio.
 

USATF SafeSport

SafeSportLogoAs of Jan. 1, 2016, USATF is in full compliance with U.S. Olympic Committee SafeSport requirements. This may mean different things to you as a member, based on the roles you have within our organization. Here are some key tips about what SafeSport means to our members:
 
SafeSport is helping to keep the athletic environment safe for you and all USATF members, especially children. If you are a Youth Member or the parent of a Youth Member, please reference our SafeSport Directory, which details all USATF members who have passed the USATF background screen and completed the USOC SafeSport Course. Any adult who works with your team or club should be listed here.
  • If you are a USATF club coach or volunteer who has regular interaction with youth athletes, you are obligated to meet two requirements:
    • Be a current USATF Member
    • Pass a USATF background screen and complete the USOC SafeSport Course either online or in person. 
       
  • Check the SafeSport Directory to make sure you have met both requirements. In order to maintain your current role with USATF, you must maintain these requirements.
     
  • If you are a coach on the USATF Coaches Registry, you must pass a USATF background screen and complete the USOC SafeSport course in order to continue to be a member of the program.
All USATF members should be familiar with the USATF SafeSport Handbook. This document details the goals of the SafeSport program, obligations we have as members to contribute to a safe environment, and tips for identifying and reporting potential abuse.

To complete the SafeSport course, click here.

Thank you to all of our members working to keep our sport safe!


Brief History of the Ohio Association of USA Track & Field

In December of 1983, a group of dedicated track and field enthusiasts gathered together to form the Ohio Athletic Congress of The Athletics Congress. Those individuals, Vince Peters, Harold Martin, Rebecca Armstrong, Jim Snow, Timothy Melfi and Scott Miller wished to combine their resources to promote the original athletics in the State of Ohio. In October of 1993, they changed their name to the Ohio Association of USA Track & Field.

Ohio TAC Presidents
Vince Peters ~ Dec. 1983 to Sept. 1987
Bob Garner ~ Sept. 1987 to Feb. 1988
Vince Peters ~ Feb. 1988 to Sept. 1989
Curtis Stitt ~ Sept. 1989 to Sept. 1993

Ohio USATF Presidents
Jim Engel ~ Sept. 1993 to Sept. 1997
Linda Melzer ~ Sept. 1997 to Sept. 2001
Karen Krsak ~ Sept. 2001 to Sept. 2014
Randal Hopkins ~ Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2016
Karen Krsak ~ Sept. 2016 to Present
 

Thank You Madame President

As I begin my term a President of our Ohio Association of USA Track and Field, I would first like to thank Karen Krsak for all the time, energy, and thought that she has put in to the position for the last decade plus of her tenure. Karen has been encouraging and she has been frank. When there was work to be done, she found the people for the job and made sure it got done. If you had a notion that did not square up with the realities of USATF, Karen was not shy about letting you know it. This association has benefited greatly from her leadership and I have benefited greatly from her guidance.

Randal Hopkins
President, Ohio Association USATF

A Letter from Our Association President ~ August 1, 2014

A Letter from Our Association President ~ Jan. 2014