Coaches Committee News
Upcoming Level 1 Schools:
The Association level 1 has been completed with 60 coaches in attendance. The next USATF Pacific Level 1 School will be Sat-Sun, 19-20 January 2019 at Chabot College.
Click here or a calendar of all Level 1 Schools
Level 2 School: 2019 Level 2 information to be posted in February, 2019
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
- 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 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.
Re-certification Guidelines for All Current Level 1 Coaches
All current Level 1 coaches are certified with USATF through December 31, 2020. The qualifying period for a current Level 1 certification is course completion from January 1, 2013-December 31, 2020. For coaches who choose not to seek a Level 2 certification before December 31, 2020, the options below apply to extend your Level 1 certification through the next Olympic Quad, 2021-2024.
Options to recertify are the following, choose one:
Option 1: Renewal certification earned by completing ONE course offered on USATF CAMPUS, from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2020.
Option 3: As of January 1, 2020-December 1, 2020, register for the online recertification exam to retest on the methodology and content of the Level 1 textbook, “Track & Field Coaching Essentials.”
A recertification application will be available in the last 12 months of the current certification period in which the coach will fill out with USATF membership number, coach profile, and the chosen option from one of the three above. After submission to the National Office coaching department, the option will be verified via the coach education databases and certification issued with an updated Level 1 certificate through 2024.
All offerings of courses or clinics available can be located on the Calendar of Schools.
Level 1 certification issued prior to December 31, 2012 are no longer current, and coaches will need to register and attend a Level 1 school.
Level 2 or 3 certified coaches are exempt from needing any recertification to maintain a current coach certification with USATF.
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. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE
SafeSport became a requirement of the Coaches Registry as of January 1, 2016.
Officials and coaches may complete the SafeSport training on line (allow 3 hours with exam questions interspersed).
To complete the 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.
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.