Promoting Track & Field in the Bay Area
History of BAYTAF
Founded in 1991 by Samuel "Nate" Johnson, BAY AREA YOUTH TRACK AND FIELD (BAYTAF), INC. was created out of a need to unify efforts in promoting the sport of youth track and field throughout the Tampa Bay Area (i.e., Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties). It was also apparent that having a major track meet was not enough; our athletes needed funds for training and travel to other competitions around the state. Through a coordinated effort of team representatives and civic organizations from around the Bay Area the BAYTAF Classic was created. Our objectives are simple:
- To promote the sport of youth track and field through events such as the BAYTAF Classic to allow our local athletes the opportunity to compete with other youth from around the state and country.
- To use the proceeds raised from events such as this to help our local athletes reciprocate the support from other teams around the state by traveling to other local, state and national competition.
- To develop, train and coordinate certified meet officials to manage track and field meets at all levels of competition (i.e., high school, college and national competition).