TTFCA February Update
Indoor Track and Field
From College Station to the University of Houston to McNeese to Texas Tech to the Universities of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas, as well as various event-specific competitions like the Belton Expo, Texas high school and college athletes have competed all over the region to work on their craft prior to the Outdoor season.
The collegians are breaking school and meet records at … record pace! … and it seems like everyone’s setting a PR. The blazing fast IAAF-certified track at the University of Houston (in partnership with FasTrak Athletix) has proven among the fastest in the world, while amazing performances from the collegians are taking place on every single track.
An abundance of high schoolers appear primed for an outstanding outdoor campaign. Makes one wonder how much longer before a sanctioned High School Indoor Season becomes a serious consideration.
Athletes of the Week
In an effort to recognize more student-athletes, this year the TTFCA will tweak its Athletes of the Week program. We will break down our recognition in the following manner:
Male and Female Track Athletes of the Week: 1-4A
Male and Female Field Athletes of the Week: 1-4A
Male and Female Track Athletes of the Week: 5-6A
Male and Female Field Athletes of the Week: 5-6A
Male and Female Track Athletes of the Week: Private
Male and Female Field Athletes of the Week: Private
AED: In Partnership with the Damani Gibson Foundation, the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association has begun an initiative to provide portable AEDs to member school’s XC/TF programs. The partnership will strive to give away as many brand new portable AEDs throughout the year as possible.
Applications may be turned in throughout the year, but the first turn-in date for the first AED giveaway is March 1, 2020. For more information on our joint effort to save lives, visit https://www.ttfca.org/just41day
Meet the Board
Executive Director: Stuart Kantor, Dallas Bishop Lynch
President: Ychlindria Spears, San Antonio MacArthur
Vice President: Shelton Ervin, Humble Summer Creek
Board Members: Ray Baca (Canyon), James Barr (Texas Relays), Barbara Crousen (McMurry – retired), Ruqayya Gibson (Damani Gibson Foundation), Tom Hill, Logan Kelly (Lucas Lovejoy), Andy Prior (WoodmenLife, USATF Official), Jessica Richards (McKinney North), Mike Sheaner (Past President), David Thurchak (St. Mary’s Hall), June Villers (DeSoto), Ray White (Barbers Hill), and Greg Williams (Lancaster.)
February 13-15: the first full weekend of Outdoor Track & Field gets under way
February 14-15: USATF Indoor Championships
February 18-19: Sun Belt Indoor Championships
February 20-21: SWAC Indoor Championships
February 21-22: Lone Star Conference Championships
February 22-23: C-USA Indoor Championships
February 24-25: Sun Belt Indoor Conference Championships
February 28-29: AAC / Big 12 / SEC / WAC Indoor Conference Championships
February 29: US Olympic Team Trials – Marathon
March 1-2: Southland Conference Indoor Championships
March 5-7: NAIA Indoor National Championships
March 6-7: NJCAA Indoor National Championships
March 13-14: DI NCAA Indoor National Championships
March 13-14: DII NCAA Indoor National Championships
March13-14: DIII NCAA Indoor National Championships
March 13-15: IAAF World Indoor Championships
March 25-28: Texas Relays
March 31-April 16: UIL District and Area Meets
April 16-18: American Southwest Conference Outdoor Championships
April 18: TAIAO State Championships
April 22-25: Drake Relays
April 23-25: Penn Relays
April 23-25: TAPPS Regionals
April 24-25: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships
April 24-25: UIL Regionals
April 30-2: Lone Star Conference Championships
May 1-2: TAPPS State Championships
May 1-3: SWAC Outdoor Championships
May 8-9: UIL State Championships
May 8-10: Sun Belt Outdoor Conference Championships
May 14-16: SEC / WAC Outdoor Conference Championships
May 14-17: C-USA Outdoor Conference Championships
May 15-16: TTFCA Meet of Champions
May 15-17: American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships
May 15-17: Big 12 Outdoor Conference Championships
May 15-17: Southland Outdoor Conference Championships
May 21-23: DII NCAA Outdoor National Championships
May 21-23: DIII NCAA Outdoor National Championships
May 21-23: NAIA Outdoor National Championships
May 28-30: DI NCAA East Prelims
May 28-30: DI NCAA West Prelims
June 10-13: DI NCAA Outdoor National Championships
18-21: New Balance Outdoor Nationals
19-28: U.S. Olympic Team Trials
July 5-6: Prefontaine Classic
July 7-12: IAAF U20 World Championships
July 24-August 9: 2020 Olympics
July 29-August 8: AAU Junior Olympics
*$4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy / *Health Services Discount Card / *Child Safe Kit ... All at NO COST to you as a Member ... Sponsored by American Income Life Insurance Company - FAQ regarding benefits … an AIL representative will call if you fill out the brochure sent to you soon. The brochure for additional insurance is sent because you are a TTFCA member.
In an effort to honor two lives lost too soon, the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association has established two scholarships, one in the name of SMU athlete Hannah Moss and the other in the name of Kierstin Eaddy of The Shelton School. We keep their memories alive via two non-performance-based scholarships open to current high school juniors.
Scholarship Requirements & Parameters
1. Athlete must be a current high school junior. Based on the Scholarship Timetable outlined below, the scholarship will be awarded January of the Athlete's senior year in high school.
2. Athlete's Head Coach must be a member in good standing of the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association. Membership information can be found toward the top of the Navigation bar to the left.
3. Athlete's Head Coach must nominate athlete via the process outlined below.
Both $500 scholarships are based on academic, extra-curricular and community service-oriented achievements of the athlete. Track & Field performance is not a prerequisite for either scholarship.
Meet of Champions
Registration for the 5th Annual TTFCA Meet of Champions (presented by WoodmenLife) opened on February 1st. The cost is $25 regardless of the number of events an athlete qualifies for.
An athlete qualifies one of two ways for the Meet of Champions:
He or she is a state champion from any conference in Texas; or
He or she meets our qualifying standards. Indoor marks from this season count.
Qualifying standards, as well as much more information, can be found at: www.txtfmeetofchampions.org
TTFCA Throws Symposium
The TTFCA’s Inaugural Summer Throws Symposium is June 26-27 at St. Mary’s Hall High School in San Antonio. This is a learn-by-doing symposium for both athletes and coaches.
The symposium features:
Will Blackburn, University of Houston
Bradley Foote, University of Texas-RGV
Brandon Kelso, University of North Texas
All Coaches will receive 8 hours of continuing education
Athletes will have their throws filmed
Shot Put / Discus / Hammer / Javelin
For more information, go to the webpage: https://www.ttfca.org/summer-throws-symposium
Membership in the TTFCA affords you multiple opportunities to take part in our great sport, from educational opportunities to voting privileges and discounts with many of our partners. There are two levels of discounts, all explained on the Membership webpage: https://www.ttfca.org/membership
Next Year’s Winter Clinic Dates and Location
January 8-9, 2021 at the Great Wolf Lodge.
Planning has already begun to make it bigger and better!
Stay tuned for updates, but mark your calendars. As members, your cost is $90, and that also keeps your TTFCA Membership intact.
Latest TTFCA Partner
Please welcome Balfour to the growing family of partners. Balfour will not only work with our coaches to provide the highest quality rings, etc. at the best pricing, but Balfour will also outfit our Hall of Famers with a commemorative ring to memorialize they’re immortality into the Texas Track & Field Hall of Fame.