Course Catalog ::: USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy

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Track and Field Academy Course Catalog

101. Introduction to Track and Field Coaching.  An introductory course in the coaching of Track and Field, designed for the beginning or inexperienced coach. Topics include Ethical, Managerial, and Technical Duties of the Coach, Training Components and Workout Design, and Event Specific study. (6 Hours)

201. Track & Field Technical Certification.   A certification granting course covering training design and  technical instruction in a variety of Track & Field event areas. Topics include training components, training design, technical instruction and teaching progressions in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500/1600, 3K/3200, 5K, 10K, 100/110h, 300/400h, Glide SP, DT, JT, LJ, TJ, HJ, PV, 4×100, 4×200, 4×400.   (15 Hours)

202. Program Management Certification. A certification granting course covering all non-technical aspects of Track and Field coaching. Topics include ethics, roster management, budget, finance, equipment, academic monitoring, entries, eligibility, travel, and more.  (6 Hours)

269. Paralympic Endorsement for the TFTC Online. An online endorsement granting course supplementing courses 201 or 251, covering training, technical issues and coaching of Paralympic Track and Field events. Administered by the USOC. (3 Hours)

251. Track & Field Technical Certification Online.  An online certification course covering training design and technical instruction in a variety of Track & Field event areas. Topics include training components, training design, technical instruction and teaching progressions in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500/1600, 3K/3200, 5K, 10K, 100/110h, 300/400h, Glide SP, DT, JT, LJ, TJ, HJ, PV, 4×100, 4×200, 4×400.   (15 Hours)

301. Track & Field Coaching Certification. Certification as a coach who has been trained in all key aspects of Track and Field Coaching, including technical and management areas. This certification is granted for gaining the Track & Field Technical Certification and Program Management Certification. There is no actual 301 course, the course number 301 represents the combined TFTC and PMC Courses. Requirement submission only.  (0 hours)

302. Sprint, Hurdle & Relay Event Specialist Certification.   Prerequisites: 2 years formal coaching experience.  A detailed certification granting course that covers all issues in technical coaching of the sprint, hurdle and relay events. Topics include training theory, biomechanics of sprinting and hurdling, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, training design, technical issues, and technical teaching in the sprint, hurdle and relay events.  (36 Hours)

303. Jumping Event Specialist Certification.   Prerequisites: 2 years formal coaching experience.  A detailed certification granting course that covers all issues in technical coaching of the jumping events. Topics include training theory, biomechanics of the jumping events, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, training design, technical issues, and technical teaching in jumping events.   (36 Hours)

304. Throwing Event Specialist Certification.   Prerequisites: 2 years formal coaching experience.  A detailed certification granting course that covers all issues in technical coaching of the throwing events.  Topics include training theory, biomechanics of the throwing events, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, technical issues, and technical teaching in the throwing events.  (36 Hours)

305. Endurance Event Specialist Certification.   Prerequisites: 2 years formal coaching experience.  A detailed certification granting course that covers all issues in technical coaching of the endurance events and cross country. Topics include training theory, biomechanics of the endurance events and running efficiency, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, technical issues  and  teaching in the endurance events.  (36 Hours)

306. Combined Event Specialist Certification.   Prerequisites: 2 years formal coaching experience.  A detailed certification granting course that covers all issues in technical coaching of the Combined Events.  Topics include training theory, biomechanics of the combined events, training components, design and administration, peripheral training concerns, technical issues, and technical teaching in the Pentathlon, Men’s Heptathlon, Women’s Heptathlon, and Decathlon.  (36 Hours)

307. Head Collegiate Coaching Certification. Prerequisites to take the Course: One of 302, 303, 304, 305, 306. Prerequisites for Certification: 3 years formal coaching experience at the Collegiate Level,  one of Courses 302, 303, 304, 305, or 306, also courses 404, 405, 406, 407 or 310.  A certification granting course that covers all key duties of a collegiate head coach including technical coaching, philosophy and ethics, roster and staff management, meet management, finance, scheduling and travel management.  (12 Hours)

308. Head High School Coaching Certification. Prerequisites: 3 years formal coaching experience,  one of Courses 201, 251, 302, 303, 304, 305, or 306, also courses 404, 406.   A certification granting course that covers all key duties of a high school head coach including technical coaching, philosophy and ethics, roster and staff management, academic monitoring, meet management, finance, scheduling and travel management.  (12 Hours)

310. Strength and Conditioning Certification. A certification granting course that covers all aspects of strength training, and other key athletic qualities. Topics include sports science, training design, warmup and cooldown design, energy systems, speed and coordination development, strength training modalities such as general strength, medicine ball, and plyometric exercises, and all aspects of weight training including techniques, administration, safety, and planning.  (18 Hours)

401. International Competition Protocol in Track and Field.  A course covering meet management practices and protocol in international competitions for all event areas, designed to prepare coaches who have athletes that make national teams or compete internationally.   (3 Hours)

403. Testing and Measurement in Track and Field Coaching. A course covering all aspects of physical testing for athlete evaluation, program evaluation, and talent identification purposes. Topics include sample tests, testing protocols, results analysis, and testing markers for high performance in all events. (4 Hours)

404. Meet Management for the Track and Field Coach. A course covering all aspects of meet management including facility use and preparation, timing, equipment, scheduling, intradepartmental relationships, and management of officials.  (6 Hours)

405. Sports Psychology for the Track and Field Coach. A course covering key psychological principles and skills applicable to athletic performance.  Topics include anxiety management, psychological skills, major meet preparation.  (6 Hours)

406. Injury Management for the Track and Field Coach. A course covering various aspects of athletic injury applicable to the coach. Topics include the anatomy of common injuries, study of various sports medicine fields, applicable rehabilitation procedures, and altering training in the event of injury. (6 Hours)

407. Weight Training for Track and Field. A course covering the design and administration of weight lifting programs for all track and field events. Topics include adaptations to weight training, categories of lifts and sample exercises, teaching and techniques progressions for key exercises, and periodization of weight training for all track adn field events. (6 Hours)

408. Sports Science for the Speed and Power Events.  A high level course covering various fields of science applicable to the sprint, hurdle, jumping, throwing, and combined events. Topics include neuromuscular physiology and the basis for speed and power training, the stretch shortening cycle, energy system and endocrine system physiology, musculoskeletal function, motor learning theory.  (12 Hours)

409. Sports Science for the Endurance Events. A high level course covering various fields of science applicable to the endurance events. Topics include neuromuscular physiology, musculoskeletal function, energy system function,  cardiorespiratory physiology, gender specific physiology.  (12 Hours)

501. Master’s Endorsement in the Short Sprints. Prerequisites to take the Course:  Courses 302, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 302, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.   A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of short sprint athletes at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the 55m, 60m, 100m, and 200m. (15 Hours) Mentorship requirement attached.

502. Master’s Endorsement in the Long Sprints. Prerequisites to take the Course:  Courses 302, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 302, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of long sprint athletes at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the 200m and 400m.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

503. Master’s Endorsement in the Hurdles. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 302, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 302, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of hurdlers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the 55H, 60H, 100H, 110H, 300H, and 400H.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

504. Master’s Endorsement in the Horizontal Jumps. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 303, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 303, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of horizontal jumpers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the Long and Triple Jumps.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

505. Master’s Endorsement in the High Jump. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 303, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 303, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order. A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of high jumpers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the High Jump.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

506. Master’s Endorsement in the Pole Vault. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 303, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 303, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of pole vaulters at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the Pole Vault.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

507. Master’s Endorsement in the Hammer Throw. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 304, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 304, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order. A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of hammer throwers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the Hammer Throw.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

508. Master’s Endorsement in the Javelin Throw. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 304, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 304, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order. A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of javelin throwers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the Javelin Throw.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

509. Master’s Endorsement in the Shot Put and Discus Throw. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 304, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 304, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of shot putters and discus throwers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the Shot Put and Discus Throw.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

510. Master’s Endorsement in the Middle Distances. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 305, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 305, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of middle distance runners at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the 800m , 1500m,  1600m, and Mile.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

511. Master’s Endorsement in the Long Distances. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 305, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 305, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites may be taken in any order.  A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of distance runners at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the 3000m, 3000m Steeplechase, 3200m, 5000m, and 10000m.  .  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

512. Master’s Endorsement in Racewalking. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 305, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 305, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites may be taken in any order. A high level endorsement granting course that covers the coaching and preparation of racewalkers at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the racewalking events .  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

513. Master’s Endorsement in Cross Country. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 305, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 305, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409. Prerequisites may be taken in any order. A high level endorsement granting course that covers coaching and preparation in the sport of Cross Country at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to Cross Country.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

514. Master’s Endorsement in the Combined Events. Prerequisites to take the Course: Courses 306, and four of the following: 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 409.  Prerequisites for Certification: 6 Years formal Coaching Experience, Courses 306, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, 408. Prerequisites may be taken in any order. A high level endorsement granting course that covers coaching and preparation of Combined Event athletes at all levels. Topics include athlete management, training design and administration, competition management, technical issues and instruction, and sports sciences related to the Pentathlon, Men’s Heptathlon, Women’s Heptathlon, and Decathlon.  (15 Hours)  Mentorship requirement attached.

601. Coaching Symposium Sessions. A topical presentation designed as a continuing education or supplemental educational activity. Symposium sessions may cover a wide range of topics from the technical coaching and program management domains. Symposium sessions are typically offered in conjunction with the USTFCCA Annual Convention, and interested persons should review Convention related information to ascertain specific Symposium offerings.  (1 Hour)

701. Master’s Endorsement Candidate’s Mentorship. Prerequisites: The SCC Course in the Candidate’s Chosen Area (302, 303, 304, 305, or 306), 401, 403, 405, 406, 407 or 310, and the appropriate Science course (408 or 409). A yearlong, ongoing mentorship arrangement between a Master’s Endorsement candidate and an assigned mentor coach. The mentorship requires regular communication between the candidate and the mentor, and documentation of all communication and other activities. Detailed information can be found Here.

 

Future Courses

151.  Introduction to Track and Field Coaching Online.   An online course in the coaching of Track and Field, designed for the beginning or inexperienced coach. Topics include Ethical, Managerial, and Technical Duties of the Coach, Training Components and Workout Design, and Event Specific study. (6 Hours)

252.  Track and Field Program Management Certification Online.  An online certification granting course covering all non-technical aspects of Track and Field coaching. Topics include ethics, roster management, budget, finance, equipment, academic monitoring, entries, eligibility, travel, and more. (6 Hours)

261.  Rotational Shot Put Endorsement for the TFTC Online.  An online endorsement granting course supplementing courses 201 or 251, covering technical issues and coaching of the Rotational Shot Put.  (1 Hour)

262.  Hammer Throw Endorsement for the TFTC Online.  An online endorsement granting course supplementing courses 201 or 251, covering technical issues and coaching of the Hammer Throw.  (1 Hour)

263.  Racewalking Endorsement for the TFTC Online.  An online endorsement granting course supplementing courses 201 or 251, covering training, technical issues and coaching of the Racewalking Events.  (1 Hour)

264.  Cross Country Endorsement for the TFTC Online.   An online endorsement granting course supplementing courses 201 or 251, covering training, technical issues and coaching of Cross Country.  (1 Hour)

265.  Steeplechase Endorsement for the TFTC Online.  An online endorsement granting course supplementing courses 201 or 251, covering training, technical issues and coaching of the 2Km and 3Km Steeplechase.  (1 Hour)