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

Level 1

  • 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. 16-18 —- Life University — Marietta, GA
  • Nov. 17-18 —- Allen High School — Allen, TX
  • Nov. 17-18 —- Wellesley College — Wellesley, MA
  • Nov. 24-25 —- Virginia Wesleyan University — Virginia Beach, VA
  • Nov. 24-25 —- The Armory — New York City, NY
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 2 —- Greater Columbus Convention Center — Columbus, OH (in conjunction with the 2018 USATF Annual Meeting — special rate for Annual Meeting registrants)
  • Dec. 7-9 —- St. John’s School — Houston, TX
  • Dec. 8-9 —- Pine Crest School — Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Dec. 8-9 —- Cerritos College — Norwalk, CA
  • Dec. 14-16 —- University of South Carolina — Columbia, SC
  • Dec. 15-16 —- Tennessee State University — Nashville, TN

Level 2

  • Dec. 27-31 —- USATF Level 2 School
    IMG Academy — Bradenton, FL
    Sprints/Hurdles/Relays or Endurance

Level 3

  • Dec. 2-8 —- USATF/IAAF Academy
    IMG Academy — Bradenton, FL
    Sprints/Hurdles or Endurance

*Locations and dates for 2019 Level 1 Schools will be available by October 31 on the Calendar of Schools.

Space Filling in the USATF Level 2 School for Sprints/Hurdles/Relays or Endurance

Join an elite group of coaches in the USA and around the globe at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida, December 27-31, 2018 at the USATF Level 2 School for Sprints/Hurdles/Relays or Endurance. Recognized by NCACE and the IAAF, Level 2 is designed to elevate a coach to new professional levels with applied sports science modules and in-depth training methodology in a chosen event discipline. Boasting expert instructors and a program manual dedicated to the individual events comprising the event discipline, Level 2 provides a coach with the knowledge to greater implement individualized, sophisticated training, and enable them to explain the “why” to the athlete.

Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2018 or until capacity is reached. Complete program information, including featured instructors, is accessible at the link below.—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/Calendar-of-Schools/Level-2/2018/IMG-Academy.aspx

Lineup of Instructors Continues to Grow for the 2018 USATF/IAAF Academy

Earn the highest certification level from USATF and the IAAF at the USATF/IAAF Academy for Sprints/Hurdles or Endurance. The Academy encompasses the scientific base included in the previous levels, while providing coaches with comprehensive knowledge in a specific event group and prepares an individual to coach at the national and international level. The week-long course will be conducted December 2-8 at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida, and again boasts some of the world’s best instructors.

Featured Instructors:

Ralph Mann: One of the world’s premier biomechanists and a USATF National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Dr. Mann has been a longtime contributor to the USATF sports science and high-performance programs, focusing on using biomechanical analysis of elite sprinters and hurdlers to evaluate and improve their performances.

Jeremy Fischer: USATF Lead Coach at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center and specialist in the horizontal jumps, Fischer coached Brittney Reese and Will Claye to silver medals at the Rio Olympics.

Mike Holloway: Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at the University of Florida, where he has led the Gators to eight NCAA team championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Holloway coached Gator alums Kerron Clement and Arman Hall to gold medals in the 400mH and 4×400 relay, respectively.

Robert Chapman: USATF Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University. He currently leads USATF’s high performance sports science programs.

Gunter Lange: IAAF Senior Manager of the Development and Member Relations department. Lange oversees all aspects of the IAAF Coaching Education Program and is a recognized endurance specialist throughout the world.

Andreas Behm: Recruitment and Education Director and sprints/hurdles coach at elite training group ALTIS. Behm’s athletes include 110m hurdler Aries Merritt, whom he coached to an Olympic gold medal and 110mH world record in 2012.

Jim Radcliffe: One of the most acclaimed and innovative strength and conditioning coaches in the world, Radcliffe works with all athletes at the University of Oregon and oversees strength programs for the Oregon Elite Track Club.

Ulrich Hartmann: Professor in the Movement and Training Science Department, University of Leipzig, Germany, Hartmann speaks around the world on performance training and human physiology and has consistently lectured for IAAF in their CECS courses.

Anne Shadle: Specialist in coaching theory and holds a Ph.D. in Health Education with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. Her research focus has targeted understanding the psychosocial challenges, preparations and responses of Olympic gold medal-winning athletes.

Complete program and application information is accessible at the link below.—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/Calendar-of-Schools/Level-3/2018/IAAF-Academy.aspx

Reminder: New Education Standard for USATF Coaches Registry Effective January 2019

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.

Overview: 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.

Timeline: 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.

Eligibility: 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.

Deadline Approaching for 2018 USATF Coaching Education Awards

USATF annually recognizes coaching professionals for outstanding contributions and service to coaching education. If you know a deserving individual exemplifying the criteria below, please nominate him or her for consideration at the below link. Nominations are due October 1, 2018. Award winners will be recognized during the USATF Annual Meeting Awards Breakfast.


• Joe Vigil Sports Science Award
• Ron Buss Service Award
• Fred Wilt/Educator of the Year Award
• Vern Gambetta/Young Professional Award
• Terry Crawford/Distinguished Female in Coaching Award
• Kevin McGill/Legacy Award
• Level 2 Coaches/Rising Star Award

Examples of USATF Coaching Education organizational service that might qualify:

• A frequent speaker/contributor at USATF Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 coaching education schools
• A history of service to USATF CE at the club/local, state or national level
• A frequent contributor of articles, videos or books that strengthen the professionalism of coaching, or point the way to new, creative approaches
• Working with beginning coaches/coaching students to provide inspiration and direction (mentoring, shadowing)
• Offering support to the CE Committee to strengthen curricula, outreach and public relations in our CE schools

2019/2020 National Team Coaching Staff Applications Now Available

USA Track & Field (USATF) is now accepting applications for Head Coach and Assistant Coach positions for the following teams:

2019 Non-World Major Competitions Coaching Staff Selection

• 2019 IAAF World Relays — Location TBD (May)
• 2019 USA vs Europe — Minsk, Belarus (September 9-10)

2019/2020 World Major Competitions Coaching Staff Selection

• 2019 Pan American Games — Lima, Peru (August 4-10)
• 2019 IAAF World Championships — Doha, Qatar (September 28-October 6)
• 2020 Olympic Games — Tokyo, Japan (July 24-Aug 9)

Duties and application requirements for specified roles are outlined at the link below. Qualified individuals wishing to be considered for these national team staff positions should complete the online application no later than October 15, 2018.—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/2019-2020-National-Team-Coaching-Staff-Selecti.aspx

USATF/Indiana University Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

In partnership with the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health – Bloomington, Indiana University, earn continuing education units (CEUs) for completion of an approved USATF Coaching Education Program course. The CEU credit provides a higher education endorsement and can be applied to teaching license renewal and certifications from other national governing bodies. CEU credit is available for completion of the USATF professional pathway (Level 1, 2, 3), skill specialist courses and online USATF Campus coursework.

Click the link below to learn more about the program or to submit an application to receive CEU credit.—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/Earn-CEUs.aspx