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USATF Contents for TC235


  • April 23-26 Level 1 Zoom #2021-16 (Central Time)
  • May 14-17 Level 1 Zoom #2021-19 (Mountain Time)
  • May 21-24 Level 1 Zoom #2021-20 (Eastern Time)
  • June 4-7 Level 1 Zoom #2021-22 (Pacific Time)
  • June 11-14 Level 1 Zoom #2021-23 (Central Time)
  • June 25-28 Level 1 Zoom #2021-25 (Eastern Time)
  • July 9-12 Level 1 Zoom #2021-27 (Pacific Time)
  • July 16-19 Level 1 Zoom #2021-28 (Mountain Time)
  • July 19-23 Level 2 School (Zoom)
  • July 23-26 Level 1 Zoom #2021-29 (Eastern Time)
  • July 30-Aug 2 Level 1 Zoom #2021-30 (Eastern Time)
  • Aug 6-9 Level 1 Zoom #2021-31 (Central Time)
  • Aug 13-16 Level 1 Zoom #2021-32 (Pacific Time)
  • Aug 20-23 Level 1 Zoom #2021-33 (Eastern Time)
  • Aug 27-30 Level 1 Zoom #2021-34 (Central Time)

USATF Level 2 School Set for July 19-23, 2021

USATF Coaching Education is pleased to announce the summer USATF Level 2 School is set for July 19-23, 2021. The course will again be conducted on Zoom. USATF members with a current Level 1 certificate and a minimum of three years coaching experience (track & field, cross country, club or personal run coach) are eligible to apply. The USATF Level 2 School provides an in-depth education in a singular event-group and the knowledge to write a comprehensive training plan. Individuals can choose to enroll in Endurance, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps, Throws or Youth Specialization. Enrollment will be limited to 50 per discipline. Early application is advised for placement in first-choice event-group.

Program details can be found on the USATF Calendar of Schools and applications are anticipated to open the week of April 5th.

Late Level 1 Recertification Period Now in Effect

If your Level 1 certificate expired on December 31, 2020, apply now for late recertification. Late Level 1 Recertification will be offered for a limited time and is subject to completion of all stated requirements, including submission of an online recertification application.

Upon approval, your new certificate will be awarded on USATF Campus and valid until December 31, 2024.

Late Recertification Instructions
1. Renew USATF membership for 2021
2. Complete latest SafeSport Training (background screen NOT required)
3. Complete one USATF approved recertification course
4. Submit late recertification application processing fee ($55)

Don’t lose your Level 1 Coach status and eligibility to complete future USATF Level 2 Schools and satisfy USATF Coaches Registry requirements.

The process is further defined, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource, at the following link.

Introducing the Science of Long Jumping on USATF Campus

Men’s and women’s long jumping performances have not improved for over 20 years. According to Igor Ter-Ovanesian, coach of 1981 world record holder Galina Chistyakova, the problem can be traced to poor technique development of long jumpers due to uninformed coaching (cited by Locatelli, 2011). This new course attempts to provide coaches an understanding of some basic science of long jumping and is authored by Dr. Christine Brooks, Level 2 Sports Science Coordinator.

The following topics are addressed in the online course:
• How the brain learns, controls and stores long jump movements
• How to select the jumper’s most effective takeoff leg
• How a jumper can accomplish the appropriate horizontal speed and vertical lift during the takeoff
• The role of visuospatial awareness in achieving an accurate foot placement on the board

Use promo code TrackCoach10 to save $10 during the month of April as an introductory special.

Emerging Female Grants Available for Level 1 and 2 Schools

The Emerging Female Grant is provided by USATF and provides a select number of minority, women track and field coaches the opportunity to attend USATF Coaching Education Level 1 or 2 Schools. Grants are valued at the respective course tuition or registration fee.

• Identify as a minority, female coach
• Be a current member of the USATF Coaches Registry
• Provide a resume of coaching background/experience
• Provide a letter of recommendation or three references

Applications for Emerging Female Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended and reviewed on the first (business) day of each month. Application a minimum of 30 days prior to the start date of the requested program/school is advised. No grant funds will be awarded retroactively.

Apply at:

Verify Your Standing on the USATF Coaches Registry for Upcoming USATF Competitions

USATF members are encouraged to verify their compliance with USATF Coaches Registry requirements and take appropriate action now in preparation for upcoming USATF competitions. Members must be compliant with all USATF Coaches Registry requirements to receive a coach credential. Members may verify their status by logging into their membership profile on USATF Connect while development of the public Coaches Registry listing is under construction. To meet all requirements, a green (current) status must be displayed under membership, Center for SafeSport Training, Background Screening and the Coach Certification tabs. All requirements must be current through the last date of competition to qualify for a registered coach credential. In addition, members must be listed on the club profile and/or designated by declared athlete during the specified USATF Championship.

If you have not logged into your membership profile since USATF Connect launched (May 2020), you must first recover your account (click Recover Account button) on the login page to begin the process. US Center for SafeSport Training is now an every 365-day requirement and NCSI background screens are valid for two years from date of acceptance.

Members can find more information about each individual requirement, including options accepted for the Education Standard, at the following link.

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