Pacific Association USATF


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, 3 February for the 2018 HOKA OneOne SuperClinic
Click here for info

Coaches Committee News

Upcoming Level 1 Schools:
The  Association level 1 has been completed with 60 coaches in attendance.  The Next association Level 1 will be MLK weekend 2019.
Click here or a calendar of all Level 1 Schools

Level 2 School: The CSU Fullerton School was successfully completed.  Details for the July 2018 School will be posted in February of 2018.

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 2: Renewal certification earned by completing ONE Event Skill Specialist certificate (i.e. Learn By Doing Clinic or Cross Country Specialist Course), 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Level 1 certification issued prior to December 31, 2012 are no longer current, and coaches will need to register and attend a Level 1 school.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.

SafeSport Training

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.

In person 90min SafeSport Training (no test necessary) with certificate upon completion:
20 January – 2.45-4.15pm at ARC officials Clinic
3 February – 3.30-5.00pm at HOKA SuperClinic (Sacramento City College)
11 February – 3.30-5:00pm at Serra HS (San Mateo) Officials Clinic
you do not need to sign-up for full clinic to take the training.  Contact Dave Shrock at [email protected] for details.

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.

YTF Fall 2017 Pacific Association Youth Committee Meeting

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Youth, Youth Coaches Corner Spotlight | 0 comments

Pacific Association Youth Committee:

You are invited to attend the Fall 2017 Pacific Association Youth Committee Meeting to be held on October 28, at 10:00 AM at Logan High School in Union City. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P to: [email protected]

The Pacific Association Championship schedule and the Club-Hosted Track and Field meet schedule will be voted upon at this meeting. If your club is interested in hosting a meet, please send an e-mail to the Youth Vice-Chair, Carl Bryant [email protected]

Meeting Agenda click HERE

PAF 2017-18 Coaching Education Scholarship Application Now Available!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Coach, pausatf | 0 comments

To facilitate the goal of producing well educated coaches, the Pacific Association USATF
Foundation (including San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties north to the Oregon border in California, and central/northern Nevada) has made available up to 8 (eight) scholarships grants to pay the tuition to attend a USATF Level 1 Coaching Education School. Pacific Association member coaches who complete and submit the attached form by Sunday, 10 December, at 5:00pm will become eligible to have their tuition fee paid for the Chabot College School on 13-14 January 2018. Recipients are responsible for their own transportation, USATF membership fees, accommodation, and meals.

Submit your application today!


PA Bob Shor, longtime PA Coach, Volunteer, Official passes

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Coach, Cross Country, PA Masters TF News, Youth, Youth Coaches Corner Spotlight | 0 comments

Memorial Services Announced.

The memorial services for long time Track & Field and Cross Country Youth Coach, Starter and Official, Bob Shor has been set. Services will take place on Saturday September 16th beginning at 2pm at Santa Rosa High School ( 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, Ca)

Click HERE to view the obituary published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat


YOUTH Mike Hammerquist, long-time PA Youth Coach/Volunteer, Memorial Service is August 12.

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Coach, Youth | 0 comments

Service: August 12th at 3pm, Covenant Worship Center, 2622 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA

Known throughout the USATF, college, high school and youth circuit as a throws coach who cares, it was a sad day in history when it was discovered that Mike Hammerquist’s spirit had fled this earth on Tuesday, July 18.  While his earthly body may no longer be present with us at track & field meets, the many memories of a man who cared deeply for each and every athlete he trained will stay with us for many years to come.  

As a die-hard 3M Track Club coach, Mike not only serviced the throws coach needs for his own club but he kindly spread his wealth of throwing knowledge to any youth athlete in need.  As an active contributor to the Pacific Association (PA), USATF for nearly 3 decades he still found time to train at local high schools in our area.  Although his health was dramatically deteriorating in the last year, he still found the inner strength to continue in his is most recent coaching stint was at Berkeley High School through the 2017 season.

Mike also fulfilled roles on the PA youth Board of Athletics as the first ever Treasurer and then our Field Chairperson for several years.  Mike contributed in so many ways it will be impossible to remember them all.  We ask that you consider replying with a Mike story of your own.  How did he touch your world?

In sport,

Joanne Camargo, Pacific Association Past Youth Chair

P.S.  A request from his son Kyle; if you have any pictures of Mike Hammerquist, please forward them to his son Kyle Hammerquist at [email protected]