November 9, 2020   The OATCCC would like to Congratulate all of the ALL-OHIO C.C. runners

                                  and Team Champions and Runner Up Teams at the State Meet.

 

October 7, 2020  The “in person” Track Clinic scheduled for January  has been changed to a “VIRTUAL” Clinic.

                         We need not explain to you all of the issues we are dealing with. You are dealing  with some of the same issues in your school and program.

                           WE are in the process of putting together the “best “virtual” clinic in the USA. We are putting together an exciting and very informative group of topics and speakers. We will be releasing more details over the next few weeks.    

                             We are looking forward to being together “in person” again in Columbus for the 2022 Track Clinic, January 27,28,29.

                             We would like to say to everyone “Be cautious but do not be afraid”

                              Stay safe and have a great 2020 season.

September 25, 2020:  We are proud to announce that MILESPLIT is now a Major sponsor of the  

                                OATCCC. More information to follow.

August 7, 2020:     ATTENTION ALL COACHES AND ATHLETES:

OATCCC Statement in Support of the

Mental and Physical Health and Safety of

Our Student-Athletes

Presented on August 4, 2020

The Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) was established in 1941 by a group of dedicated coaches led by the legendary Ed Barker. The OATCCC prides itself based on three key purposes: 1) to promote Track & Field and Cross Country in all the junior and senior high schools of Ohio; and also extend support to those programs in the state's colleges and universities, 2) to cooperate with and assist the OHSAA and Ohio's colleges and universities in all the matters pertaining to maintenance, promotion, and improvement of Track & Field, and Cross Country and 3) to recognize and award outstanding achievement and/or contribution by

athletes, coaches, officials.

In response to the ever-changing athletic environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OATCCC has drafted the following Statement in Support of the Mental and Physical Health and Safety of Our Student-Athletes:

The OATCCC recognizes that the world of our student-athletes is ever-changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The everyday experiences of their lives on which they relied have been disrupted through no fault of their own leaving them to feel hopeless and helpless. While the world struggles to move forward, the responsibility of helping our student-athletes move forward with it falls on the shoulders of the adults they trust the most. These adults are those with whom they have a direct relationships including family members, educators and coaches and with whom they may not know but rely upon such as community leaders. The OATCCC is committed to providing the safest opportunities for all of our student-athletes to train, develop, thrive and compete while keeping their best interests in the forefront.

Participation on an athletic team associated with a school provides a cocurricular experience that allows for better educational outcomes and is vital to the mental and emotional wellness of all student-athletes. Outside of a student-athlete’s trusted family, teachers and coaches are in an ideal position to help lead our student-athletes based upon their professional training and experience. In many cases, teachers and coaches provide the support needed when a student-athlete’s family is unable to do so. For these reasons, the connection between the student-athlete and the coach should not be broken. Regardless of what safety protocols are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they change, allowing for communication between student-athletes and their coaches is necessary. The ability of the student-athletes to reach out to their coaches and for the coaches to connect with their student-athletes, helps counter the negative impacts of isolation caused by COVID-19 that include anxiety, depression, loneliness and boredom. Depending upon the current status of an athletic program and the safety measures in place, the options for contact between the student-athlete and the coach may include in-person, telephone, video calls, email, text messaging, social media and other electronic platforms. The contact may be inclusive of the whole team, portions of the team or one-on-one when appropriate and again, complying with all safety guidelines if in-person. Every contact made provides a positive experience that will be valued by the student-athletes to help them develop the strength and confidence they need to succeed despite the ever-changing times.

In addition to the general contact between student-athletes and their coaches, the specific encouragement of the student-athletes to engage in regular, physical exercise also helps counter the negative impacts of isolation. Up and until March 2020, student-athletes relied primarily on the guidance and encouragement of their coaches for the everyday routines that provided them the opportunity to be the best physically trained athletes possible for themselves and their teammates. They found satisfaction and enjoyment by engaging in the activities they loved with their friends and their trusted coaches. Student-athletes cannot be expected to engage in regular exercise routines without the encouragement of their coaches. In the absence of in-person practices, coaches need the authority from their schools to provide their student-athletes with training schedules and resources to maintain regular exercise routines while following all safety guidelines in place at that time. As with the many other adjustments to how our student-athletes are expected to learn from their academic curriculum, they need the opportunity to benefit from the curriculum offered by their athletic experience. The delivery of the coaching needs to comply with all safety guidelines being implemented by the school and which are subject to change. Again, the delivery may translate into the use of communication in-person, telephone, video calls, email, text messaging, social media and other electronic platforms.

The OATCCC has every faith that our student-athletes will become stronger people who will be positive contributors to their communities by overcoming the challenges presented by COVID-19. Their ability to face and work with and through these challenges is contingent upon their ability to learn from their coaches and interact with their teammates using every creative and safe way possible whether in-person or not. As members of the OATCCC, we look forward to changing every challenge into an opportunity so our student-athletes gain life skills and values that will carry them through the rest of their lives.

This Statement is approved unanimously by every voting member of the OATCCC who represent our over 1,800 members who in turn advocate for all our student-athletes.