USATF COACHING EDUCATION
2018 CALENDAR OF SCHOOLS – LEVEL 1
- Jan. 5-7 University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
- Jan. 6-7 Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL
- Jan. 12-14 Taylorview Middle School – Idaho Falls, ID
- Jan. 12-14 Skyline High School – Ann Arbor, MI
- Jan. 13-14 Chabot College – Hayward, CA
- Jan. 13-14 *(LA84) San Diego Mesa College – San Diego, CA
- Jan. 19-21 Parkview High School – Lilburn, GA
- Jan. 26-28 Kennedy Catholic High School – Burien, WA
- Jan. 27-28 Alhambra High School – Phoenix, AZ
- Feb. 16-18 Christian Brothers College High School – St. Louis, MO
- Feb. 17-18 Canby High School – Canby, OR
- Feb. 17-18 Benedictine University – Lisle, IL
- Mar. 9-11 Episcopal High School – Alexandria, VA
- Mar. 10-11 Meridian Community College – Meridian, MS
- Mar. 17-18 University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE
- Mar. 17-18 Villanova University – Villanova, PA
- May 19-20 Allen High School – Allen, TX
- June 2-3 National Training Center – Clermont, FL
- June 8-10 Atlantic Sports Health – Morristown, NJ
- June 8-10 Drury Inn La Cantera – San Antonio, TX
- June 9-10 Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA
- June 17-19 UNC Greensboro – Greensboro, NC
- June 18-19 Stillwater High School – Stillwater, MN
- June 22-24 Benedictine University – Lisle, IL
- June 23-24 Union High School – Tulsa, OK
- June 29-Jul 1 Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY
- July 7-8 Ironwood Throws Facility – Rathdrum, ID
- July 20-22 Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
- July 20-22 Nassau Community College – Garden City, NY
- Aug. 3-5 Yale University – New Haven, CT
- Aug. 10-12 St. Martin’s University – Lacey, WA
- Sept. 28-30 Community College of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
- Oct. 12-14 Marian University – Indianapolis, IN
- Oct. 13-14 University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
- Nov. 17-18 Allen High School – Allen, TX
- Nov. 17-18 Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA
- Nov. 24-25 Virginia Wesleyan University – Virginia Beach, VA
- Dec. 1-2 Tennessee State University – Nashville, TN
- Dec. 7-9 Westerville South High School – Westerville, OH
- Dec. 29-30 Loyola University – New Orleans, LA
Announcement of the Coaches Registry Education Standard as of January 1, 2018
Purpose: To raise the professional credibility of the USATF Coaches Registry by establishing a baseline standard of professional education and/or coaching experience. In following best practices in the industry, align the USATF Coaches Registry with other USOC NGB’s coach licensing protocols. A standard of professional education or coaching accomplishment in the sport of track and field would fully qualify an individual seeking admission to the Registry, thus receiving the benefits of the Registry as a track and field coach.
What: New component to the Coaches Registry, in addition to a coach having USATF membership, a current background screen from approved screening agency, and completion of USOC Safe Sport course.
Coaches meet this one time requirement as a component of the Coaches Registry for the Education Standard.
When: The educational standard will become a component of the Registry as of July 2018; USATF coaches may add their education standard to their Coaches Registry profile beginning in July of 2018. Requirement of the education standard to receive benefits of the Coaches Registry will not be implemented until January of 2019.
Who is the clearing house for evaluating education standard: USATF national office staff will provide oversight of all components of the Coaches Registry. An oversight sub-committee from the Coaches Advisory Committee will review and evaluate any issue with a coach’s education standard.
Who can meet the education standard for the Registry: Any person who has completed one of the approved coaching education courses for track or field or who qualifies based on career accomplishments as a track and field coach.
Two Paths to meet the Educational Standard for the Coaches Registry:
1. Complete a verified course of education (completion of any one of the following courses):
a. Level 1, 2, or 3 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification
b. Technical Basic course of the USTFCCCA Academy or any advanced course (online or classroom)
c. NFHS Coaching Track and Field (online)
d. USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
e. Any approved course on USATF Campus (online)
f. Completion of a USATF Event Skill Specialist Clinic (Learn by Doing)
(certificate of completion for any of the above courses serves as verification of education standard)
2. Accomplish an education standard equivalency during one’s coaching career
Category 1. Credible Body of Work:
a. Member of an international coaching staff selected by USATF over the last 5 Olympic quads
b. Primary coach of record of a medalist athlete on any one of the BIG THREE teams (Olympics, World Championships, Pan-Am Games)
c. Elite technical coach of USA National Team athletes over an 8-year period (coach must list athletes’ name and contact information)
Category 2. Career Honors:
a. USATF Legend Coach
b. Hall of Fame Coach for USATF or USTFCCCA
c. National Coach of the Year for USATF or USTFCCCA, or USOC
d. USTFCCCA national assistant coach for men’s or women’s indoor and outdoor season
e. Hall of Fame Coach for National Scholastic Track Coaches Association
Category 3. Professional Coaching Career
a. Employment as a track coach at a scholastic or collegiate institution for a 10-year period verified by employers’ information.
Coaches may add their education standard to their coach profile as they update/renew their Coaches Registry in 2018. Coaches should be prepared to produce proof of qualification if so requested.
Recertification Guidelines for All Current Level 1 Coaches Before December 31, 2020 Expiration
All current Level 1 coaches are certified with USATF through December 31, 2020. The qualifying period for a current Level 1 certification is course completion from January 1, 2013-December 31, 2020. For coaches who choose not to seek a Level 2 certification before December 31, 2020, the options below apply to extend your Level 1 certification through the next Olympic Quad, 2021-2024.
Options to recertify are the following, choose one:
Option 1: Renewal certification earned by completing ONE course offered on USATF CAMPUS, from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2020.
Option 2: Renewal certification earned by completing ONE Event Skill Specialist certificate (i.e. Learn By Doing Clinic or Cross Country Specialist Course), from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2020.
Option 3: As of January 1, 2020-December 1, 2020, register for the online recertification exam to retest on the methodology and content of the Level 1 textbook, “Track & Field Coaching Essentials.”
A recertification application will be available in the last 12 months of the current certification period in which the coach will fill out with USATF membership number, coach profile, and the chosen option from one of the three above. After submission to the National Office coaching department, the option will be verified via the coach education databases and certification issued with an updated Level 1 certificate through 2024.
All offerings of courses or clinics available can be located on the Calendar of Schools.
Level 1 certification issued prior to December 31, 2012 are no longer current, and coaches will need to register and attend a Level 1 school.
Level 2 or 3 certified coaches are exempt from needing any recertification to maintain a current coach certification with USATF.
USATF COACHING EDUCATION AWARD WINNERS
USATF annually recognizes professional coaches for outstanding contributions and service to coaching education. Honorees were recently recognized at the 2017 USATF Annual Meeting.
Dr. Joe Vigil Sports Science Award: Dr. David Bellar, Director/Professor of School of Kinesiology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
This award recognizes a coach who is very active in the area of scholarship, and contributes to the coaching literature through presentations and publications. This award identifies a coach who utilizes scientific techniques as an integral part of his/her coaching methods, or has created innovative ways to use sport science.
Ron Buss Service Award: John Gartland, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Indiana State University
This award recognizes a coach that has a distinguished record of service to the profession in leadership roles, teaching, strengthening curricula and advising and mentoring coaches. This person is a leader, whose counsel others seek, and who selflessly gives his/her time and talent.
Fred Wilt Coach/Educator of the Year Award: Tony Veney, Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, Ventura College
This award recognizes a coach that has a distinguished record, which includes sustained, exceptional performance. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Vern Gambetta/Young Professional Award: Erin Gilreath, Assistant Coach, University of Central Florida
This award recognizes a young coach in the first 10 years of his/her career that has shown an exceptional level of passion and initiative in Coaching Education. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Terry Crawford/Distinguished Female in Coaching Award: Jennifer Potter, Head Women’s Track and Field Coach, Ithaca College
This award recognizes a female coach that has shown an exceptional level of accomplishment, passion and initiative in Coaching Education. This award will be presented annually to recognize one female coach who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Kevin McGill/Legacy Award: Dave Mills, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Boise State University
This award recognizes a veteran coach with 25+ years of involvement that has shown an exceptional level of passion and initiative in Coaching Education. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Level 2 Coaches/Rising Star Award: Kathy Butler, Development Team Coach, Boulder Track Club
This award recognizes a coach that has utilized the USATF level 2 CE program to make an impact on their coaching that includes sustained, exceptional performance. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has recently completed the level 2 school and it has helped to make an impact on their coaching. This award winner exemplifies the impact of the USATF Coaching Education program.