Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field

Coaching Education

Coaching Schools, Clinics and Resources

updated 2 July, 2018

For more information and updates, contact Pacific Association Coaches Committee Chair Dave Shrock, [email protected].

2018-19 USATF Level 1 Schools

Certification News Flash!
USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Education course has officially been certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. NCACE promotes and facilitates coaching competence within all levels of amateur sport by overseeing and evaluating the quality of coaching education programs. Level 1 Schools are the most comprehensive track and field training program in the nation, consisting of 21 hours of instruction focused on the events of track & field and related sport science. The course includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. The Level 1 program covers all events by emphasizing fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, instructional techniques, in addition to specific event group training of endurance, sprints/hurdles, throws and jumps.
Level 1 Schools adopt revised curriculum
Coaching Education has revised the Level 1 curriculum incorporated in a textbook published by Human Kinetics. All Schools from this point forward are utilizing the new curriculum textbook and PowerPoint presentations.

Upcoming level 1 Schools:

The association Level 1 School have been successfully completed with 60 participants over MLK weekend. Our next Level 1 will be MLK weekend: 19-20 January of 2019 at Chabot College.

You may also refer to the national calendar for other regional schools:
USATF Level 1 Schools Information & Calendar

Level 2 School Information:

There will be two Level 2 Schools held this summer:
– Marian Univ, Indianapolis from  16-21 July.   Click here for details
– Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, CA from 6-10 August. Click here for details

Upcoming Clinics:

Mon-Fri, 16-20 July – Truckee – Come join Olympic Gold Medal coach Harry Marra and other top coaches at the High Sierra T&F Camp.
Click here for further information

Mon-Fri, 16-20 July – Grouse Ridge, Sierra Nevada Mts– 48th Annual CTM High Altitude Running Camp.  A well established high altitude camp run by long time coach Nick Vogt.  Click here for further information

Fri-Sun 27-29 July – Mind Body Endurance Summit – South Lake Tahoe
This Uniquely Formatted Program features educational, workout and body recovery opportunities for Individual Coaches and for Coaches who bring their team athletes to beautiful South Lake Tahoe for late summer altitude training (6,200’).
The Barton Performance Center by ALTIS offers State of the Art Training/Recovery/Rehab equipment including Alter G, Therapy Pools, Keiser Weight Equipment, Reverse Current Hydro Pools, & Much more! In addition to the numerous trails around South Lake Tahoe there is a Public All-Weather Track available for training less than 2 miles from the Center.
Speakers will include Internationally acclaimed Coach, Author and Lecturer, Peter Thompson and ALTIS staff including, Ryan Carr – Performance and Wellness Coordinator, Caroline Barichievich – Physical Therapy Supervisor and Jason Hettler – Strength & Power Coach. Peter Thompson will also be offering a variety of practical track sessions at the four optional running sessions.
For full flyer and additional information click here

Previous Clinic Notes and Publications:

3 February 2018 – HOKA SuperClinic speaker notes; they are listed at the bottom of the Super Clinic page.

5 August 2017- HOKA Endurance Clinic speaker notes; they are listed at the bottom of the Super Clinic page.

4 February 2017 HOKA SuperClinic clinic speaker notes; they are listed at the bottom of the 2018 HOKA Super Clinic page.

8 August 2017 HOKA Endurance Clinic speaker topics and notes

 5 July 2016 Trials SuperClinic videos 

30 January 2016 HOKA SuperClinic clinic speaker notes; they are listed at the bottom of the 2018 HOKA Super Clinic page.

2015 and 2016 HOKA Endurance Clinic speaker topics and notes; they are listed at the bottom of the 2018 HOKA Super Clinic page.

31 January 2015 HOKA SuperClinic Speakers, Topics and presentations; they are listed at the bottom of the 2018 HOKA Super Clinic page.

3 Feb. 2014 HOKA SuperClinic Speakers, Topics and Topic Summaries

Excellent book for Endurance Coaches:

Coach Jim Hunt, legendary Humboldt State and UC Davis Cross Country Coach, has extensively studied variables which relate to efficient and economical running mechanics. He is at the forefront of running mechanics analysis, and has dedicated the majority of his career to assessing ways for runners to improve their form. In addition to mechanics, Coach Hunt breaks down specific drills and workouts and incorporates them into weekly, monthly, and yearly cycles. His expertise in determining proper warm-up drills, conditioning workouts, and post-workout routines helps the athlete reach peak performance. His training ideals and drills are appropriate for runners of all ages and abilities. Results from Coach Hunt s athletes over the years speak for themselves, and are a testimony to the success of the methodology he applies to training and racing. To purchase a copy from Coaches Choice, click here

USATF Campus – great on-line learning modules

The online learning platform is available to all coaches, athletes and educators with an interest in
better understanding human performance. Users can access valuable information about the sport of track & field to use towards certifications or continuing education hours for work completed. Use the
site as your personal profile for tracking all your extended learning needs.
USATF Campus offers:
• Access to courses for athletes and coaches which are applicable to all sports, in
addition to specialized track and field courses
• Professional development which is affordable and convenient
• Evidence-based information from leading sport scientists and coaches
• Training tips and words of wisdom from Legend Coaches
Click here for a listing of available courses and detailed course outline of each offering

Excellent on-line publication for coaches:

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

2008 Trials Super Clinic Speaker Notes:
Presentation notes
from 40 of the nation’s top coaches presented at the Olympic Trials SuperClinic.

From USATF Level 1 Coach’s Certification Clinic and Speed Dynamics: American Institute of Sport, and handouts from Bob Rush: Athlete Nutrition Tips

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