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USATF now requires certification of home-based facilities

Unread postby mjaubbs40 » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:40 pm

I received my USATF 2008 club renewal packet today and noticed on the club practice insurance form under the "what is not covered?" section that:

"Home-Based Practice Facilities (unless specifically approved by USATF)" are not covered. "For more information contact the National Office (317) 713-4665."

What/how do those of you with USATF clubs out of your home handle this and what is involved?
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Unread postby lonestar » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:54 am

News to me. I'll be on the phone with USATF Monday morning.
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Unread postby dj » Sun Dec 16, 2007 1:42 pm

i also will be making a call to duffy...

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:08 am

My sources at USATF say the person to talk to in the national office is Jim Elias.

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:05 pm

Anyone call yet? I don't mind calling, but they're gonna be annoyed if they have already talked to several people.

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Unread postby lonestar » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:32 pm

I haven't yet. Won't have time today.
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Re: Home based practice facilities

Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:41 pm

mjaubbs40 wrote:I received my USATF 2008 club renewal packet today and noticed on the club practice insurance form under the "what is not covered?" section that:

"Home-Based Practice Facilities (unless specifically approved by USATF)" are not covered. "For more information contact the National Office (317) 713-4665."

What/how do those of you with USATF clubs out of your home handle this and what is involved?


I called that number and it goes to Christina Herbie (sp?) in member services. It went straight to voice mail. I didn't leave a message yet because I will be running around and my cell phone doesn't work at home, but I will try calling again in a little bit.

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Unread postby ADTF Academy » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:54 pm

well if you think about it home practice facilities are made by you and I. Usually speaking they are built by us and all the equipment we have peiced together.


Honestly would you insure a practice when you don't know if the location is actually safe. Hence you probably will need to get your practice facility saunctioned by the USATF. Who knows how or who can, but thats my guess to make sure the equipment and location is up to code.

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:01 pm

ADTF Academy wrote:well if you think about it home practice facilities are made by you and I. Usually speaking they are built by us and all the equipment we have peiced together.


Honestly would you insure a practice when you don't know if the location is actually safe. Hence you probably will need to get your practice facility saunctioned by the USATF. Who knows how or who can, but thats my guess to make sure the equipment and location is up to code.


I'd guess most home-based facilities are safer than most schools if for no other reason than the pits are usually on grass instead of concrete.

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:30 pm

OK I just got off the phone with Kristina Hervey.

USATF decided a few months ago that they wanted to individually approve each home-based pole vault facility because of concerns about safety.

Clubs with home-based pole vault facilities need to submit the following:
- Pictures of the facility
- Practice hours
- Who will be supervising (remember that USATF rules now require anyone who has alone time with the kids to pass a background check)

These can be emailed to Kristina.Hervey@usatf.org

A few people will then look at these and decide whether or not the facility is approved.

If you are not approved by January 1st, practices at your home-based facility will no longer be covered under USATF insurance.

If you have any questions contact Kristina at (317) 713-4665

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:46 pm

Moved to the News and Announcements forum to make it easier for people to comment.

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Home based practice facilities

Unread postby mjaubbs40 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:55 pm

rainbowgirl28 wrote:Moved to the News and Announcements forum to make it easier for people to comment.

Thanks Becca. I am emailing Kristina now. It will be interesting to see how this effects people.
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