Arkansas Track Coaches:
This year is definitely unlike any other than we have ever had. Our sport has missed a season and our coaches have missed coaching, but more importantly our student athletes have missed being able to compete alongside their teammates for their schools and have not been afforded with many opportunities that they normally would get in an outdoor track season. Opportunities to reach individual and team goals, set new PRs, and to compete for conference or state championships, will be gone forever. However, we as an association would like to see our student athletes honored with awards that they deserve and to provide them with some sort of positivity during this time of crisis. The Arkansas Track Coaches Association would like to honor these athletes by awarding them with some of the typical awards we give and some additions. Our board has met over the past several days. We've decided we don't want to miss the opportunity to award kids amidst this crisis. Our awards are usually given out at the Arkansas Track Coaches Hall of Fame Banquet in June, which has been cancelled. We are asking for help from you as their coaches through this endeavor. Either nominating them for the academic award or making sure the certificates get from the schools to the recipient. We will be awarding awards in three different areas, while using a little modification to our selection process for this year. As we know anything can happen, however our plan is to return to the normal protocol in the future. Thanks for your support and understanding through these times.
Awards: (Awards will be a certificate and will be mailed to the school addresses of the recipient)
1- All Arkansas Academic Team-There is a criteria that we have used in the past and we will be using that same criteria with one exception, that is that the recipient will obviously not have competed in the state meet. There is a nomination form for this (see attachment) and the deadline is Friday May 1st. In the past, you have had to provide a transcript from your school's counseling office to confirm the criteria is accurate. This year we are going to go on the honor system. If you as the coach confirm it by nominating the student athlete, then we will accept it. These nominations will go to Karl Koonce.
Note:If you have had athletes compete in any of these seasons:XC, Indoor Track, or Outdoor Track (or if they were a part of the team and planned on competing in outdoor track) then they are eligible for this award as long as they meet the other criteria on the nomination form.
2- All Arkansas Indoor Team-This is usually an award that is based on outdoor performances. This year we will be using performances from indoor meets that athletes have competed in this school year. This will include, but NOT be limited to, the ATCA State Indoor Meet. We will give an award to each division and gender, and also will award 9 more overall awards in each gender (total of 30 awards on this team).
3- ATCA All State Indoor- This is the All State team (similar to what AAA uses/our criteria will be the same) and will be awarded to first and second place finishers in each event, each division, and in each gender.
If anyone has any questions in regards to this please feel free to email any of the people below.
Arkansas Track Coaches Association