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About the Academy


The USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy is a program designed to offer track & field and cross country coaches’ opportunities to further develop their knowledge base and coaching skills.  The program is open to both members and non-members of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association.  Participants are offered multiple options to choose from within the program.  Courses range from the general to the highly specialized event specific.

A secondary function of the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy is to offer coaches an opportunity to earn professional certification in a number of different disciplines within the sports of track & field and cross country.   The certification track is an option for coaches who choose to complete a specified program of instruction.  Because the TFA offers genuine certifications (as opposed to simply a certificate of completion), credit for courses taken outside of the TFA is not offered in lieu of completion of the specified perquisite courses with a particular program if a participant is seeking certification.

All of the courses in the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy are open to both coaches who seek to earn a specific certification and those who simply seek to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by the program.  It is not a requirement of the TFA that coaches follow a path to certification.

Why the USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy?

  • The Track & Field Academy is the only program operated by a track & field and cross country coaching organization.  The USTFCCCA has a unique understanding of the problems and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional setting.  The curriculum of this program demonstrates that understanding.
  • The Track and Field Academy is the only program available today that presents a sequential, organized program of instruction that addresses every aspect of coaching Track and Field and Cross Country.  While some programs cover the technical aspects of coaching, the Track and Field Academy provides opportunities for professional improvement in other areas including academic monitoring, recruiting, and meet management.
  • The Track and Field Academy is the only program that provides true multilevel certification in coaching track & field and cross country. The Track and Field Academy does not grant certificates of completion, but true certification of your coaching abilities at various levels and in various competencies. This is an invaluable aid in a coach’s professional development and career advancement.
  • The Track and Field Academy is a broad based program, addressing needs in multiple areas and at many levels. The Academy offers multiple opportunities for ongoing continuing education, without the need to exit the program once certifications are achieved.  The Academy offers everything from complete certification programs to brief seminars dealing with a myriad of issues in coaching.
  • The Track and Field Academy utilizes up to date curriculum designed by and continually updated by highly successful coaches. The curriculum is well organized, logically sequenced, and uses the most up to date graphics and visual aids to assist the learner.
  • The Track and Field Academy is designed and taught by coaches with extraordinary records of on the track success, as well as high levels of experience and success in coaching education programs and the classroom setting.
  • The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its kind to offer a variety of delivery options, from face to face learning with top flight instructors to convenient online educational opportunities with user friendly curricula.
  • The Track and Field Academy uses electronic delivery of course materials, enabling students to take home video clips and graphics as well as text. Take – home video with enhanced graphics are featured in technical courses.

Age Policy

Academy courses are open to anyone aged 15 or above, provided the applicant meets all other entrance requirements. However, certification may not be granted to anyone under the age of 18. Applicants who successfully complete certification granting coursework who are underage at that time may, upon reaching the age of 18, petition the academy in writing to gain certification. Such petitions will be handled on a case-by-case basis and should be made to academy@ustfccca.org. The time that expires between the date of the course and the granting of the certification shall be subtracted from the effective duration of the certification.

Refund Policy

$25 of the payment for any program or course constitutes an administration fee, and is not refundable under any circumstances. Refunds, less the $25 administration fee, will be granted if requested in writing a minimum of 8 days prior to the start of the course. Refunds are not available when cancellations occur within 7 days of the start of the course, or in case of failure to attend without notification. In these cases the funds paid constitute a credit that can be applied to any other Track and Field Academy Program. Room and Board packages purchased for Summer Semester (SCC Courses) programs are non refundable under any circumstances.

Certification Maintenance

200 Level Certifications are valid for 3 years after receipt. 200 level certifications can be extended by amassing 6 hours of academy credit at the 200 level or higher. Upon amassing these 6 hours, the certification shall be reextended to its original 3 year length. 300 Level certifications are valid for 5 years after receipt. 300 level certifications can be extended by amassing 6 hours of academy credit at the 300 level or higher. Upon amassing these 6 hours, the certification shall be reextended to its original 5 year length. 500 Level certifications are valid for 7 years after receipt. 500 level certifications can be extended by amassing 6 hours of academy credit at the 500 level or higher. Upon amassing these 6 hours, the certification shall be reextended to its original 7 year length.