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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
North Coast Section MOC Track & Field Committee Agenda
5 Crow Canyon Ct.,
Suite 209, SAN RAMON, CA 94583
TRACK & FIELD COMMITTEE
September 27, 2015- 6:00 pm.
Coast Section Office
I.Call meeting to order. (5 min.)
b.Sign-in/update contact information
of any items to agenda
III.Review locations for Area meets and MOC.
IV.Review BVAL proposal going to SAC in
AREA MEET ADVANCEMENT
PROPOSAL BY BVAL in response to EBAL proposal from 2015
Last year the
EBAL proposed and the athletic advisory committee along with the NCS Board of
mangers passed a bylaw change that affected ONLY the Tri-Valley Area Track
meet. The proposal changed how Tri-Valley Area Leagues advanced athletes to the
NCS Tri-Valley Area Track Meet and did not affect any other NCS Area Meet.
Prior to the proposal, each of the 4 leagues received 6 automatic qualifiers to
the NCS Area meet similar to the other current NCS Area Meets. The Proposal
approved last year stated that each Tri-Valley league would advance only 3
automatic qualifiers and then the next 12 best performance/times form all the
leagues would advance to creating a field of 24 competitors.
track coaches and schools were not even consulted on this proposed change as we
did not event learn about this change until Mid April. [I assume most of the
schools from other leagues were unaware either as almost every coach I talked
to did not know about the change until mid season as well.]
A note for the Advisory Board:
proposed bylaw change, the EBAL then set up an EBAL League Championship meet
format to maximized their leagues qualifiers using the new rule.1) The EBAL scheduled one week of rest
between the trials and finals during their championships. 2) EBAL also used a
non championship meet format by running 2 heats for each event calling them
finals. This allowed the EBAL to advance time qualifiers beyond the normal 8-9
athletes. So besides having a full weeks rest helping to run faster time in the
finals [which is acceptable], they also used the 2 heat final to qualify 10-12
athletes in number in most event at the 2016 NCS Area Meet.
athletes that ran in the BVAL Championship Meet ran trials on Thursday and
finals on Saturday with just 1 days rest which produced slower time in the
finals then time ran in the trials.Many
of our sprinters had faster times in the BVAL trials than the EBAL finals
runners that advanced which advanced on time. Because BVAL athletes were
competing only on 1 days rest, finals times were slower.The BVAL was told by NCS Area seeding
officials [also EBAL coaches] that only final times could be used to advance
athletes to the NCS Area Meet.
advisory committee minutes we believe last years proposal to move to 3 auto
qualifiers and 12 time qualifiers passed without all the facts.
more than other sports performance, can be greatly affected by environmental
conditions, such as winds, ran, heat, etc.Rest periods between trial and finals plays a large roll in
performance.The micro-climates for the
Tri-Valley Area leagues is very diverse. East Contra Costa County maybe 90-100
degrees with no wind, while at the same time Tri-Valley region
Pleasanton/Dublin/Danville area is in the 70’s and windy. Tail wins in the 100m
and 200m can be the difference of .5 second.
fact that leagues set their own League Championship format make comparing time
a big challenge. We feel leagues should set their Championship Meet format, but
if this format remains NCS many need to dictact to league their championship
format, ie. days of competition, wind gauges mandatory, etc.
reason stated for the for the proposal was the top athletes should be competing
at the NCS meets. It is true the prior system allowed a slower running from one
league to advance while a faster runners were left home because they were the 7th
in their league, but the athlete could still achieve NCS qualifying standards
to during their league meet to advance if they were 7th or 8th
in their league.BVAL points out that
there are automatic qualifying time so if a league may advance more then 6
athletes to NCS
points out that if we want to best athletes competing in the NCS competitions
is the true reason for voting the change in then why is the advancement formula
not being used to ALL NCS Area Meet.
We feel that
if the change would have been proposed for ALL Area Track Meets that it would
have never passed as now all the school and leagues voting would have been
effected and making the issue more of an issue.
The BVAL is
asking the advisory committee to VOTE to pass one of the following options:
to return to the prior NCS TRI-VALLEY AREA Meet qualifying formula which is
used for the other NCS Area Meets which is this.
a.Each League automatically qualified 6
participated in each event. Athletes may also qualify for NCS Area Meet by
running the qualifying standard during their league championship meet, either
during the trials or finals.
to use the same Advancement Formulas in ALL NCS Area Track Meets which is
a.Each league automatically qualifies 3
participates in each event.The
remaining competitors are selected based on time/performance rankings from
their respective League’s Championship Meet. PLUSPerformance marks recorded any time during a
League Championship Meet may be used for qualifying for an NCS Area Track Meet.
Marks achieved either during the trials or the finals may be used.
thanks you for your consideration of this issue.