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STATE ASSOCIATION FORMATION
Status as of 1970

The origin of today’s statewide association of New York State Officials of Track & Field and Cross Country (NYSOTFCC) was in the New York State Certified Track and Field Officials Association (NYSCTFOA).  Early efforts toward organization and development of a state association of track officials came from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).  A notice invited interested parties to a meeting at Albany in January 1964.  This meeting was the beginning of efforts to form a state association and led to a meeting the following year.

Interested parties met the next two years at the annual Health, Physical Education and Recreation Conference.  At the organizational meeting in January 1967 a motion was passed to form a New York State Track & Field Officials Association.  The following slate of officers would serve for a period of one year:    

President/Chairman

C.J. Blandford

Westchester

Vice Chairman

Art Lynch

Westchester

Secretary-Treasurer

Carl Roesch

Western N Y

The Secretary was directed to form a Constitution to be voted upon at the June 1967 meeting.  The Constitution and Bylaws was adopted in January 1968 at a meeting where seven sections were represented.  Under the Constitution the association was to hold two meetings annually. One in conjunction with the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Conference in January and the second in June on the night prior to the Intersectional Track Meet.  Dues were established at $2.00 per member, and it was decided to continue with the same slate of officers elected at the organization meeting.

In response to notices from this association, six local officials organizations became members of the new state group.

1.         Nassau                         49 members
2.         Rochester                     16 members
3.         Rockland                      13 members
4.         Suffolk                         63 members
5.         Westchester                 27 members
6.         Western NY                 65 members

The June 1968 meeting was poorly attended and unfruitful.  During the winter meeting in January 1969 the Treasurer reported a cash balance of $348.10.  Attendees decided the first service provided to the membership was to be the issuance of rulebooks and exams.  This service was commenced in 1970 as many chapters had already purchased their 1969 books.  The following slate of officers was elected:

President

John E. Kleinfeller

Nassau

Vice President 

Guy “Dick” Teetsel

Rockland

Secretary - Treasurer

Carl J. Roesch

Western N.Y.

At the June 1969 meeting in Schenectady, two local chapters became affiliated with the State Association.  The new chapters were the Capital Track Officials and the Tri County Officials.  Our recommendation for the officers of the association to serve as the Appeals Committee for the Intersectional Championship became a partial reality when the track chairman for the NYSPHSAA appointed the President of our association to the Committee.  Attendees voted to reimburse chapter delegates for their travel expenses at the rate of five-cents a mile.  Areas for future development discussed were: fees, insurance, uniforms and statewide growth.

At the January 1970 meeting seven of eight chapters were represented.  The organization reaffirmed its intent to provide members with 1970 rulebooks and exams and agreed with the formation of the New York State Officials Coordinating Federation (NYSOCF).  The following slate of officers was elected for 1970-71      

President

Guy “Dick” Teetsel

Rockland

Vice President

Timothy Burns

Western N.Y.

Secretary-Treasurer

Carl J. Roesch

Western N.Y.

At an organizational meeting in Albany, the New York State Officials Coordinating Federation became an entity.  The NYSCTFOA signed a one-year agreement with the NYSPHSAA whose member schools agreed to use only certified officials on a varsity level.  This meant, those officiating track and field had to be certified and be members of a chapter affiliated with the State Track Association. 

Prior to the June, 1970 meeting in Rochester, the Southern Tier Track Officials indicated a desire to become the ninth member of the state group.