Coaches Committee News
Upcoming Level 1 Schools:
The Association level 1 has been completed with 74 coaches in attendance this past MLK weekend. The next USATF Pacific Level 1 School will be Sat-Sun, 18-19 January, 2020.
Click here or a calendar of all Level 1 Schools
Level 2 School: 2019 Level 2 information to be posted in late February, 2019
no upcoming clinics scheduled at this time
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 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, 2, or 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 (online) 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 at the online application link: http://usatf.meetregister.org/Education-Standard-Verification-App
Approved applications will receive a printable verification card and appear on the Education Standard List (with green check mark). To satisfy all requirements of the USATF Coaches Registry, you must also appear on the USATF 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.
Officials and coaches may complete the SafeSport training on line (allow 3 hours with exam questions interspersed).
To complete the 90min. free on-line USOC SafeSport Training course, click here.
Click here for the current list of coaches 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.