Coaching Education

The coaching education program provides educational opportunities for all levels of coaches, from grass roots to the elite level. The program is comprised of three progressional levels, each of which has the following components:

  • Sport Science
    Extensive instruction in sport science is covered in order to provide a scientific basis of understanding for rational development of technique and training programs. The sport science portion has been developed by the American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP) and the USATF National Coaching Education Committee. It includes sport psychology, pedagogy, and sports medicine.
  • Technical, Event-Specific Instruction
    Throws, jumps, sprints/hurdles, and endurance events are all covered at the basic level in this school. Event-specific instruction is progressive in nature. Consequently, at Levels 2 and 3, each event is covered in greater depth and detail than the previous level.
  • Hands-on Training
    Experience is the best teacher. Minimum standards of practical experience are expected of participants at each level.

Calendar of Schools

Education Levels

  • Developmental - Association-based, introductory course that offers a grass roots overview of the sport and coaching.
  • Level 1 - basic knowledge course that emphasizes rules, basic mechanics, and teaching progressions.
  • Level 2 - more in-depth training in an event specific group (sprints/hurdles/relays, endurance, jumps, throws, combined events).
  • Level 3 - very high-level seminar structure educational experience in a specific event area.

 Other Opportunities

  • Coaching Enhancement Grants - Multiple grants are available to assist coaches in opportunities to enhance their professional growth. - New
  • Emerging Elite Coaches Camps - For High School, Club or College Coaches who have had success coaching athletes at the State,  National or International level, including U.S. Outdoor National Championships. - New
  • Coach of the Year logoGill Coach of the Year - Gill Athletics is honoring one boys' high school team coach and one girls' high school team coach as the Gill Athletics National High School Coach of the Year. Nominations are due May 22, 2011. The winning coaches receive a $5,000 credit of Gill Athletics equipment to their high schools as well as a trip for two to the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 23-26 in Eugene, OR.
  • Special Programs - USATF will occasionally sponsor or support special clinics or programs.
  • Coaching Youth Track & Field - Official handbook of the Hershey's Track & Field Games.



Renew USATF Coaches Registry Requirements for 2017


Coaches are reminded to renew their status on the USATF Coaches Registry to maintain eligibility for obtaining a credential at USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championships and select USATF Coaching Education Programs, including the Level 2 School, coaching enhancement grants and the Emerging Elite Coaches Clinic. Please verify your status on the USATF Coaches Registry by accessing the published list


A summary of registered coach requirements and steps is listed below. Do not delay renewal or submission of the required background screen, as processing may take up to two weeks. No applications for the Coaches Registry will be processed during the credentialing process at USATF Championship meets.

  1. Be a current USATF member
  2. Pass the USATF background screen
  3. Complete USOC SafeSport course
  4. Accept and adhere to the SafeSport Handbook
  5. List current coaching affiliation in the application process

Click here to begin the USATF Coaches Registry application process.