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Speed Changes at U.S. Federation

DATE: October 28, 2002
FROM: Linda L Wood, Speed Committee,
United States Roller Sports Federation
SUBJECT: Speed Rule Changes Announced
at USARS Bard Meeting

Grand Veterans Category (Age 55+)
Finally after two years of trying (Jim White was originally responsible for the first letter to the speed committee requesting this new event), "Grand Veterans" will be held at the regional and national level effective this season as a DEMONSTRATION sport. What does this mean? It means that Jim you better get busy signing everyone and their brother up that is 55 years of age and older and get hem to skate regionals and nationals if they qualify as this division as well as JO MASTERS (age 35 years and older) will be reviewed at the end of the season to see if it should become a permenant division. The distances chosen were: JO MASTERS - 500 meter and 1000 meter and for the GRAND VETERANS - 500 meter 700 meter and 1000 meter, men and women. Congratulations to Jim and all of the coaches who were strong supporters of these two groups. NO new relay events were added.

500 Meter is Back for Pro Men and Women
Also passed and effective immediately, "to add the 500 meter back into the Pro Men and Women's division." The 100 meter will remain as well as the 1500 and 3000. There will now be four distances. For the Pro's another change, "use of the oval track (currently used by NIRA) will be used for the points race ONLY in the Pro division for men and women. Again all of these rules are effective IMMEDIATELY.

All Skaters Will Receive Amateur Cards
Something that many of us as coaches have been pushing for since the February board meeting was passed.....all skaters will receive an amateur card at the BOTTOM of the 8 1/2X11 sheet of paper stating that your registration has been received. Do you need to carry this card with you? No you do not, BUT if the rink or venue hosting the meet does not show you on their most "current" list of amateur speed skaters, and this has just recently happened, you will not be allowed to skate unless you purchase a card. So...if I were you, take this paper amateur card, have it laminated and put it in your wallet. For those of you who have already received your receipt of registration and your card is not at the bottom.....they will be sending out new ones. Please understand that all of these changes were made this past weekend and many "receipt of registration" letters have already gone out.

National Dates Have Changed Again
Due to regional dates being set in stone for so many regional events (held in auditoriums and such) the National have been moved two days so that all regional events can be completed. The board hated making more changes after it has been announced but this was important so that regionals could be held for those that had contracts. The new dates are as follows: JO starts with practice on July 13th, skating on July 14-15, Standard will start with 4 person relays on July 16, standard division on July 17-20. The Outdoor Corhusker Classic will be on Monday, July 21, 2003.

Outdoor Nationals in Colorado Springs
Outdoor Nationals will be held in Colorado Springs, CO this year over Memorial weekend plus a few days. Many changes will be happening with Jr and Sr World team and I would prefer to wait and have you all see these changes in print as I am not sure that I documented everything correctly. We will again have practice PRIOR to Outdoor Nationals for three days. Each day practice will be available on the track (although currently the Jr and Sr World team will be chosen from the ROAD only), from 8-11 am and 1-4pm for $10.00, whether you skate one or both practices. You are probably wondering why practice will be held on the track and not on the road course. Due to the lack of availablity of the road course for those times and that many days, it was decided that the practice was more to allow skaters to fly in early, loosen their legs and use the time to become acclamated to high alttitude, than it was to get used to the road course. If we were going to have practice it needed to be on the track. Again this is a choice that each skater must make and as a coach I am thankful that USARS is willing to have someone there to run practice for my skaters, no matter where it is.

Residency for 2003 World Team
For those that make the world team, residency has been scheduled from July 25 - August 15, 2003. It was decided to choose those dates with the option of making it shorter if needed. But once we put dates in to USOC we are stuck....so they wanted to be sure they had enough days. World's dates are supposed to be changing from the "first week in September" to the "last week in August". We will know more after the CIC meeting in December with China.

Banked Track Clinic in Colorado Springs
Banked track clinic in Colorado Springs; currently there is only one scheduled for spring. The dates have been approved by the board but MUST still be approved by USOC. They are: Thursday, May 1st 8:00am registration. IMMEDIATELY following registration you will head over to the track until 11:00am. Lunch will be 11:00am-1:00pm, next track session is 1:00-4:00pm and then off skates 6-8pm. this same schedule will continue for Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the clinic will start at 8:00am-11:00am and then 12:30pm-3:30pm. Then the clinic is over on Sunday after 3:30. Again USARS is awaiting final approval from USOC on these dates.

More Information
There were other changes made but I wanted to get these out to the skaters as they are very important. Please remember that I was there at the Board Meeting, but finalization of all rules and changes MUST come from USARS. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to e-mail me or call Richard Hawkins, Speed Director at USARS at (402) 483-7551.

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