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2018 CALENDAR OF SCHOOLS – LEVEL 1—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/Calendar-of-Schools.aspx

Level 1

• June 29 — Jul 1 — Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY
• July 7-8 — Ironwood Throws Facility – Rathdrum, ID
• July 20-21 — The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) – Murray, UT
• 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. 3-5 — Bishop Gorman High School – Las Vegas, NV
• Aug. 10-12 — St. Martin’s University – Lacey, WA
• Aug. 11-12 — San Diego Mesa College – San Diego, CA
• 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. 10-11 — Ventura College – Ventura, CA
• 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. 8-9 — Cerritos College – Norwalk, CA

Level 2

• Aug 6-10 — Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center – Chula Vista, CA; Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps and Endurance
• Dec 27-31 — IMG Academy – Bradenton, FL; Sprints/Hurdles/Relays and Endurance

Level 3

• Dec 2-8 — USATF/IAAF Academy; IMG Academy – Bradenton, FL; Sprints/Hurdles/Relays and Endurance

Effective January 2019 — New Education Standard for USATF Coaches Registry

To further elevate the professional credibility of the USATF Coaches Registry and its members, USATF has established a new Education Standard for qualification into the USATF Coaches Registry. The Education Standard provides for a baseline standard of professional education or coaching accomplishment in the sport of track and field for coaches seeking admission to the Registry.

By establishing a baseline standard of professional education or coaching experience, the Education Standard aligns with the best practices for professional certifications in other fields, within the coaching industry at large, and with licensing protocols of other Olympic family national governing bodies.

To be part of the USATF Coaches Registry, an individual must, currently, be a USATF member, undergo a background screen from approved screening agency, and have completed USOC Safe Sport training.

This Education Standard is a one-time requirement. Once a coach has met the Education Standard, he or she has fulfilled the requirement for as long as the coach is part of the Registry.

The Requirement of the Education Standard to receive benefits of the Coaches Registry will take effect beginning January 2019. USATF coaches may begin adding their Education Standard to their Coaches Registry profile beginning fall 2018. Instructions to complete the process will be provided prior to the start of the enrollment period. Coaches should be prepared to produce proof of qualification if so requested.

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 is eligible.

Meeting the Education Standard
There are two different paths to meet the Educational Standard for the Coaches Registry: Complete a verified educational course, OR achieve a specified coaching accomplishment.

Path 1: Complete a verified course of education. Complete any one of the following courses:

a. Level 1, 2, or 3 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification
b. USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
c. Completion of a USATF Event Skill Specialist Clinic (Learn By Doing)
d. NFHS Coaching Track and Field (online) AND any approved sports science course on USATF Campus (online)
e. Technical Basic course of the USTFCCCA Academy or any advanced course (online or classroom)
 Certificate of completion for any of the above courses serves as verification of Education Standard.

Path 2: Accomplish an Education Standard equivalency during one’s coaching career, through a body of work, a career honor, or demonstrated professional coaching career. Demonstrate any one of the following:

a. Member of an international coaching staff selected by USATF over the last 5 Olympic quadrennials.
b. Primary coach of record of a medalist athlete on any one of the “big three” teams (Olympics, World Champs, Pan-Am Games)
c. Elite technical coach of USA National Team athletes over a 10-year period (coach must list athletes’ names and contact information)
d. Hall of Fame Coach for USATF, USTFCCCA or National Scholastic Track Coaches Association
e. National Coach of the Year for USATF or USOC
f. USTFCCCA National Head or Assistant Coach of the Year for men’s or women’s (NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA) cross country, indoor or outdoor track & field
g. Employment as a track coach at a scholastic or collegiate institution for a 10-year period verified by employers’ information.

The USATF National Office staff will provide oversight of all components of the Coaches Registry. An oversight subcommittee from the Coaches Advisory Committee will review and evaluate any issue with a coach’s education standard.

For more information, contact Terry Crawford, USATF Director of Coaching.

USATF Campus Summer Registration Discount

Go to summer school on USATF Campus to propel your coaching knowledge. For a limited time, enroll in any course(s) on USATF Campus and receive 25% off.

• Basic Principles of Endurance Training
• Physiological Development Through the Athlete’s Lifespan
• Energy Systems and Motor Performance Abilities in Athletes
• Sport Specific Strength and Power
• Acute Fatigue Due to Overtraining
• Chronic Fatigue Due to Overtraining
• Science of Skill Acquisition
• Training Science

• Knowledge from Legend Coach Joe Vigil and Christine Brooks, Ph.D., lead sports science instructor
for the USATF Level 2 Program
• Each course provides repeat access and a certificate of completion
• Any combination of two courses is redeemable for one CEU from Indiana University
• Eligible Level 1 Recertification option for current certified coaches towards the 2021-2024 quad

Offer Details
Valid for 25% off any course(s) on USATF Campus. Must be redeemed by July 31, 2018. Enter coupon code HEATWAVE25 in the check out on USATF Campus to redeem.

Learn more at

2018 USATF Coaching Enhancement Grant Programs

USATF is pleased to offer select grants for the 2018 year to assist coaches in opportunities to enhance their professional growth. All applicants must be a member of the USATF Coaches Registry to be eligible; program description, application deadline and additional criteria are outlined below. For additional opportunities and to submit a grant application, click the link below.—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/Special-Programs/2018/Coaching-Enhancement-Grants.aspx

Master Coach Fall Mentorship

Location: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center or a designated High-Performance Training Center where a Master coach is in residence.

Date: Fall Training season, October – December 2018

Application Deadline: July 31, 2018

Grant: Four (4) emerging elite coaches will be awarded up to $800 towards expenses to visit on location a Master Coach to observe for 3 days of “on the field” routine as Fall training begins for the elite athlete. Locations to be selected: Chula Vista OTC; Los Angeles, California, Bradenton, Florida, Manhattan, Kansas, Eugene, Oregon. Applicants can request a Master Coach who must be approved by the Chair of the Coaches Advisory Committee.

• Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
• Level 2 Coaching Education Certificate in event being requested
• Current high school, college, or professional elite coach
• Application to include a brief statement of how you can use the information
• Complete coaching resume submitted at time of application

USATF/IAAF Academy Course: Sprints/Hurdles/Relays or Endurance

Location: IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL

Date: December 2-8, 2018

Grants: Four (4) $1640 grants towards tuition, academy expenses. All expenses must be receipted and submitted within 30 days of completion of Academy for reimbursement.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

The USATF/IAAF Academy is a high-performance course which earns a coach a USATF Level 3 Certificate and an IAAF Academy diploma in a specific event. An international faculty presents over 51 hours of lectures and laboratory sessions.

• Current member of the Coaches Registry
• Coaching resume submitted at time of application
• Minimal of 10 years of coaching as a full-time head or assistant coach in an interscholastic, collegiate,
or elite athlete club
• USATF Level 2 certificate in selected event
• Worked with athlete who has competed in USATF Junior or Senior Championships