Coaches Committee News
Coaching Education COVID 19 updates:
Become a USATF Level 1 Coach at Home
USATF has begun the delivery of online Level 1 Schools via Zoom in real-time across a four-day schedule for an indefinite period.
Click here for dates course information Calendar of Schools.
Pacific face-to-face Level 1 School
USATF Coaching Education to continue indefinitely on Zoom. Click on this calendar link for update on school timings.
Level 2 Schools
Click on the link below for information on the next Level 2 School Via ZOOM. Take advantage of completing a Level 2 remotely!
Click here for further information
Upcoming USATF Campus Site Maintenance and Relaunch
USATF Campus moved has moved to new website, and users will be unable to login to their account to complete courses, including the Level 1 Exam, retrieve certificates or purchase new courses from the previous website
All previous users should have received a new system generated password to login. Contact [email protected] if you require additional login or navigating assistance.
no upcoming clinics scheduled at this time
USATF Level 1 Recertification Application Update
USATF Level 1 certificates are set to expire December 31, 2020 for those that have completed a course during the qualifying period below of January 1, 2013 – June 30, 2019.
Individuals earning a certificate during this period must complete one of the outlined Level 1 recertification options to extend their certificate to the next period, 2021-2024. Any certificate dated prior to this period is no longer valid.
Individuals who completed a course or will during the last 18 months of the quad (July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020) are waivered until the end of the subsequent quad and no action is necessary.
The USATF Level 1 recertification application will open during summer 2020 and continue through December 31, 2020. A current USATF membership will be required to access the application. After submitting a completed recertification application to the National Office, the course completed will be verified and an updated Level 1 certificate issued.
If you have completed Level 2 or 3 this recertification does not apply.
Effective January 2019
New Education Standard to be a member of the 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 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 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 current USATF member, undergo a current background screen from approved screening agency, and complete USOC Safe Sport training.
The 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:
- Level 1 (completion after January 1, 2013) Level 2, or Level 3 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification:
Click here or a calendar of all Level 1 Schools
- USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
- Completion of a USATF Event Skill Specialist Course (Learn by Doing Clinic)
- NFHS Coaching Track and field OR NFHS Coaching Cross Country (new) AND any approved sports science course on USATF Campus (online)
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:
- Member of an international coaching staff selected by USATF over the last 5 Olympic quadrennials
- Primary coach of record of a medalist athlete on any one of the “big three” teams (Olympics, World Champs, Pan-Am Games)
- Elite technical coach of USA National Team athletes over a 10-year period (coach must list athletes’ names and contact information)
- Hall of Fame Coach for USATF, USTFCCCA or National Scholastic Track Coaches Association
- National Coach of the Year for USATF or USOC
- USTFCCCA National Head or Assistant Coach of the Year for men’s or women’s (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA) cross country, indoor or outdoor track & field
- Employment as a track coach at a scholastic (high school) 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.
All coaches seeking benefits and privileges of the USATF Coaches Registry must submit their approved course of education or body of work for verification online at this page: https://www.usatf.org/programs/coaches/coaches-registry/education-standard
Approved applications will receive a printable verification card and appear on the USATF Pacific Education Standard list (with green check mark). To satisfy all requirements of the USATF Coaches Registry, you must also appear on the USATF Pacific’s SafeSport List.
USATF has joined the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to implement the SafeSport program. The goal of SafeSport is to provide a safe environment in our sport at all levels, but particularly for athletes who are ages 18 and under. The SafeSport program includes athlete protection policies, guidelines, codes of conduct, a background screening program, education and training, and a reporting process for any SafeSport concerns within our sport.
- All Officials and Youth Club Coaches and Volunteers will need to complete the SafeSport Program.
- Youth Coaches must meet this requirements before your club’s membership will be approved and activated in the USATF system for 2016, and beyond.
- SafeSport became a requirement of the Coaches Registry as of January 1, 2016, and all certification is good until 31 December, 2020.
- To complete the free, 90 minute, on-line USATF SafeSport Training course, click here.
- Click here for the current list of those who have cleared the NCSI background screen and SafeSport Training checks.
USOC Coach Magazine: Free e-zine resource for all coaches with informative articles on training and peripheral considerations common amongst all Olympic sports.
Techniques Magazine: A great free quarterly e-zine from the collegiate USTFCCCA with informative article on all aspects of our sport.
speedendurance.com: An excellent information website with well researched articles on a broad variety of topics.
Coaching Athletics: Free e-zine devoted solely to coaching our sport with feature articles and training tips
Click here for a free USOC 30min webinar on how to coach youth athletes
Click here for link to Sports Hope Foundation which helps high school and community college student athletes find pathways to four year colleges and universities.
Click here for survey on high school/Youth coaches survey regarding USATF-Pacific services conducted by HS-Youth SubCommittee Chair Jennifer Oliver in Spring, 2016.