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USATF Pacific Coaching News & Information


Former Chabot College Coach Ken Grace Awarded Legacy Coach Award
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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.  We have requested that the traditional Pacific staff conduct a Zoom school  14-17 January, over Martin Luther
King Weekend. Click here for school registration and information:
Click here for the national schedule of schools:

Level 2 Schools

USATF Coaching Education is pleased to announce that the winter USATF Level 2 School (Zoom) is set for December 27-31, 2021. Enrollment will be limited to 50 per discipline (Endurance, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps, Throws or Youth Specialization). Early application is advised for placement in first-choice event-group. [Learn More]

Upcoming USATF Campus Site 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.

Upcoming Clinics:

Saturday, 15 January – Merced College Coaching Clinic: 9:00-3:00pm $40.00.  Coaching greats Jim Santos, Dr. Don Chu, Dr. Martin Palavicini, and head Merced College coach Norm Alston.
For further information and registration, click on:

Due to ongoing COVID concerns, the SuperClinic is cancelled for 2022.

USATF Level 1 Recertification Application Update:

Current certified Level 1 coaches must complete a USATF approved continuing education course each renewal period (in accordance with the schedule below) to maintain certification. Members may verify their certificate expiration date by accessing a copy on USATF Campus (certificates are available under Transcripts).  If you posses a Level 2 or 3, you do not need to renew your Level 1.

July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020 (waiver period)  December 31, 2024

Please note:

  • A Level 1 certificate issued prior to December 31, 2012 is no longer current, and coaches will need to register and attend a new Level 1 School to attain certification
  • Members who completed a Level 1 during the waiver period do not need to take any action until the next recertification period
  • Level 2 and 3 coaches remain exempt from recertification and no action is necessary

Recertification Options

The following are approved by the USATF Coaching Education Committee and qualify for Level 1 recertification:

  1. Complete a minimum of one online course on USATF Campus
  2. Complete a minimum of one USATF specialty course or clinic
    1. USATF Learn By Doing Clinic (2017)
    2. USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
    3. USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp
  3. Complete a new USATF Level 1 School and pass the exam

No credit will be provided for any course completed prior to Level 1 certificate date and the Olympic quad start (January 1, 2017).
At time of renewal, USATF membership and SafeSport Training must be current to access the recertification application.

(Late) Application Instructions

You must complete all the steps below to recertify as a Level 1 Coach.

  1. Renew USATF membership for 2022
  2. Complete latest SafeSport Training
  3. Complete an approved recertification course
  4. Submit recertification application and late processing fee ($55)

Late Level 1 Recertification will continue for a limited time. The on time recertification deadline expired on January 31, 2021.

Please note:

  • You must complete steps 1-3 before accessing the recertification application
  • Please do not email copies of your certificates unless requested
  • Please allow five business days for application verification
  • Upon approval, your new certificate will be awarded on USATF Campus and valid until December 31, 2024
  • For additional guidance, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource

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.
  • 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.

Additional Links:

Click here for previous SuperClinic presentation notes

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. 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 Chabot College/Level 1 coaching resources

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.

Virtual Meetings & Parliamentary Procedure document