Apply Now for 2016 Track & Field Academy Summer Specialist Certification Courses

Apply Now for 2016 Track & Field Academy Summer Specialist Certification Courses

NEW ORLEANS – The application process is now open for the 2016 edition of the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy’s annual Summer Semester Specialist Certification courses at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, on July 13-17.

Coaches looking to gain certification in one of our sports’ five disciplines are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to attend this once-per-year cornerstone event on the Track & Field Academy’s calendar.

Additionally, the Track & Field Academy will host one of its popular and newly accredited 310: Strength & Conditioning Certification courses on-site at Seattle Pacific on July 18-19 following the conclusion of the specialist courses.

“I’m looking forward to the 2016 Summer Semester,” Track & Field Academy director Boo Schexnayder said. “We’ve had great feedback on the past courses but I’m excited about adding the Strength and Conditioning Course. Giving coaches a chance to do two courses while there enables us to serve coaches better by making it more economical for them.”

The Strength & Conditioning course will be taught by Schexnayder and Carrie Lane of Peak Energy Performance, and meets newly instituted NCAA guidelines.

Disciplines for which specialist certifications will be offered (and their scheduled instructors) include:

Attendees in each event area will engage in a five-day program covering issues relating to the technical coaching of the discipline. Such topics as training theory; biomechanics; training components, design and administration; and peripheral training concerns are among those covered during the 36 hours of instruction time.

New this year, the Combined Event Specialist Certification Course has been redesigned to include information on designing training for common track and field event combinations (the sprint-hurdle athlete, the sprint-jump athlete, etc.) The course continues its previous focus on the combined events as well.

“I’m excited about the curriculum revisions, particularly the remodeling of the Combined Events curriculum to include study of multi event coaching,” Schexnayder said. “It addresses a very practical problem that many coaches face that has been largely ignored in the past.”

The specialist courses are open to individuals with two years of formal experience as a track & field/cross country coach.

Only 50 applicants to each specialist program will be admitted, with applications being reviewed for admission in the order in which they are received. Those coaches who are accepted will be notified within two weeks and will have three additional weeks to secure their spot in the program with their $450 tuition payment.

Registration for the Strength & Conditioning Certification course is a separate process. Enrolling in that course costs $235.

Three optional room-and-board packages are available for students at Seattle Pacific’s Emerson Hall:

  • Specialist courses only – five nights for $425 with one meal on July 13 and three meals daily July 14-17
  • Strength and Conditioning only – three nights with an evening meal July 17 and three meals daily July 18-19
  • All courses – Seven nights with an evening meal July 13 and three meals daily July 14-19

Those who successfully complete the course will be certified by the USTFCCCA as specialists in their events. For those looking to expand their education further yet, certification through one of these courses is also one of the prerequisites for the Track & Field Academy’s new Masters Endorsement Program.

The online application can be accessed here.

Please visit the Track & Field Academy website for additional information.