What is MITCA?
The Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA)
is a coaching organization with a membership of approximately
twelve hundred, track and field and cross country coaches.
Founded in 1959, MITCA operates under a set of by-laws and is
dedicated to the education and recognition of the athlete and coach.
This is achieved through several programs:
Cross Country Clinic – annually held during the second weekend of November, this clinic typically draws four hundred cross country coaches to hear noted clinicians speak on a variety of topics.
Track and Field Clinic – annually held in February, this clinic typically draws up to nine hundred track and field coaches to hear noted clinicians speak on a variety of topics.
MITCA Newsletter – published quarterly includes meet results and articles of interest covering news, training tips, etc.
Team Michigan – in the fall, a group of ten senior boys and ten senior girls qualify to run and are sponsored by MITCA in the Mid-East Meet of Champions held in Ohio, competing against teams from several surrounding states. In the spring, a track team of senior boys and girls are sponsored by MITCA to compete in the Mid-West Meet of Champions.
Free Membership – in the Michigan High School Coaches Association, including supplemental liability insurance.
All-State – The top thirty runners in each boys and girls division race in cross country and the top eight finishers in each event in track and field are awarded a MITCA All- State Certificates.
Academic All-State – Top finishers in cross country and track and field, in each division, meeting a minimum grade point average receive a certificate honoring their athletic and academic accomplishments.
Coach of the Year – four boys’ team coaches and four girl’s team coaches from each of four divisions are nominated for Coach of the Year honors. A membership vote selects the COY.
(XC coaches must be members by October 1; TF coaches by May 1).
Assistant Coach of the Year and Middle School Coach of the Year – awarded to those nominated by their head coach.
15/25 Year Recognition – as coaches reach these career benchmarks, they are recognized at the cross country and track & field clinics, each receiving a certificate.
Patsy Arpeno Scholarship – two five hundred dollar scholarships are awarded via random draw to children of MITCA members in college.
“Mr/Ms Track and Field” and “Mr/Ms Cross Country” Awards
Track & Field and Cross Country “Dream Teams”
Hall of Fame – MITCA selects up to four coaches per year to be inducted into the MITCA Hall of Fame.
Additionally, each year a cross country and a track and field coach are recognized for life time achievement via the Ambrose and Sweeney awards respectively.
MITCA works to develop new ideas, and the rules necessary to create the best athletic experience for those boys and girls who participate in the sports of cross country and track and field. Because MITCA is not the governing organization for high school athletics, these ideas and rule suggestions are taken to the MHSAA for consideration. The flow-chart below diagrams this process.
Depending on your question and the current status of an idea or proposal, you may find answers related to this process by contacting:
Track & Field Committee Chair: David Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross Country Committee Chair: Jackson Fox – Jackson_1_fox@yahoo.com
MITCA Policital Action Liason: Steve Linn – email@example.com