Course Outlines and Information

101. Introduction to Track and Field Coaching

Course Overview

The Introduction to Track and Field Coaching Course (IFTC) is a 6 hour introductory course in the coaching of Track and Field. The course is taught over one day. Curriculum is broad based, covering in an introductory manner all key aspects of managerial and technical coaching. Technical sections are illustrated with pertinent, video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. Topics included in the course are:

  • Ethical Duties of the Track and Field Coach
    • Ethics in Coaching
    • Supervisory Practices
    • Liability and Negligence
    • Professional Organization and Activities
  • Managerial Duties of the Track and Field Coach
    • Roster Management
    • Travel Management
    • Academic Monitoring
    • Finances and Budgeting
    • Equipment
    • Scheduling
    • Home Meet Management
  • Technical Duties of the Track and Field Coach
    • Workout Planning and Administration
    • Technical Coaching and Teaching
    • Meet Day Coaching
  • An Introduction to Track and Field
  • Training Design for Track and Field
    • Training Design Principles
    • Training Design
  • Training Design Components for Track and Field
    • Coordination Development Activities
    • Speed Development Activities
    • Strength Development Activities
    • Endurance Development Activities
    • Flexibility Development Activities
  • The Sprint, Hurdle, and Relay Events
  • The Jumping Events
  • The Throwing Events
  • The Endurance Events

Why the ITFC?

The ITFC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional setting. Our curriculum illustrates this understanding.

Cost

Tuition for the on-site version of the course is $60 when registering at least 10 days prior to the course. For late and on-site registration, tuition is $70. $20 of this fee constitutes an administration fee and is not refundable in case of a student’s cancellation.

Instructors

The TFTC is taught only by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. Refer to the brochure in for your particular course for information regarding the instructors for the ITFC course you plan to attend.

Registration

Registration for the TFTC is offered online. Select the registration link for the school you wish to attend on the Academy’s Upcoming Course Offerings page. This registration also serves a place reservation, as space is limited and admission is granted on a first come – first served basis.

For More Information

For additional information about TFTC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the IFTC?
The ITFC is a 6 hour introductory course in the coaching of Track and Field. The course is taught over one day. Curriculum is broad based, covering in an introductory manner all key aspects of managerial and technical coaching.

Who is the organization behind this program?
The Track and Field Academy, and thus this program, are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is a national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the ITFC course?
No.

Who is the intended audience for the ITFC?
The ITFC is intended to serve track coaches of all levels, who lack extensive experience in track and field or the coaching profession. The course would be advantageous to coaches of beginning to intermediate level.

Does the ITFC have a test?
Yes, there is an on-line test to be completed in a specified time period following the classroom portion of the course.

Does the Track and Field Academy certify me? Will this course grant certification?
The Track and Field Academy grants several true certifications by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete their courses and evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge. The ITFC however, is not a certification course; it offers credit for course completion.

Is the ITFC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The ITFC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Is this course a prerequisite to attend other schools?
No. Other courses may have prerequisites or experience requirements however. These are listed in the course catalog section of this website.

Academy Policies

201. Track and Field Technical Certification

Course Overview

The Track and Field Technical Certification Course (TFTC) is a 15 hour course in training design and technical instruction for all the common track and field events. The course is taught over two days. Curriculum is broad based, covering all key aspects of technical coaching. Each section is illustrated with pertinent, animated video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. Topics included in the course are:

  • Foundations of Training Design for Track and Field
  • Training Components for Track and Field
  • Training Design for Track and Field
  • The Sprint Events
  • The Hurdle Events
  • The Relay Events
  • An Overview of the Jumping Events
  • The Long Jump
  • The Triple Jump
  • The High Jump
  • The Pole Vault
  • An Overview of the Throwing Events
  • The Shot Put
  • The Discus Throw
  • The Javelin Throw
  • An Overview of the Endurance Events
  • Training Design for the Endurance Events

Additional Endorsements

For students with multiple interests, additional endorsements to the TFTC are being developed in the Rotational Shot Put, the Hammer Throw, Cross Country, the Steeplechase, and Advanced Pole Vault. Some of these are offered regionally as a standard but optional part of the course.

Certification

The TFTC is the only program that provides a true certification for successful completion of its broad based curriculum. The certification is granted for completing coursework and an online examination within 30 days of course completion. The TFTC, along with the Program Management Certification, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification program.

Why the TFTC?

The TFTC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional settings.

Cost

Tuition for the on-site version of the course is $135 when registering at least 10 days prior to the course. For late and on-site registration, tuition is $155.

Instructors

The TFTC is taught only by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. Refer to the brochure in the calendar section of this website for information regarding the instructors for the particular TFTC course you plan to attend.

Registration

Registration for the TFTC will be offered online. Select the registration link for the school you wish to attend on the Academy’s Upcoming Course Offerings page. This registration also serves a place reservation, as space is limited and admission is granted on a first come – first served basis.

For More Information

For additional information about TFTC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the TFTC?
The TFTC is the Track and Field Technical Certification Course. It is a course for track & field coaches who want to further develop their coaching knowledge. The course covers training and techniques for all common track and field events.

Who is the organization behind this program?
The Track and Field Academy, and thus this program, are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is an national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the TFTC course?
No, but a very basic knowledge of Track and Field is helpful

Is the TFTC applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes, the course offers a broad based instruction rather than concentration on a particular event group, making it very applicable to the high school setting. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events.

Does the TFTC have a test?
Yes, there is an on-line test to be completed in a specified time period following the classroom portion of the course.

Does TFTC certify me?
Yes. The TFTC grants genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the TFTC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The TFTC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Why is it called a Technical Certification course?
It is called a technical certification because the course content contains only technical coaching topics such as workout design, technique, teaching progressions, etc.

Is there a course that covers Program Management issues?
Yes. The Program Management Certification Course (PMC) covers these topics. It, along with the TFTC, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification.

Is this course a prerequisite to attend the event specific Specialist Certification Courses?
No, it is simply a different type of certification, one that is broad based rather than in a specific event area.

Academy Policies

202. Program Management Certification

Course Overview

The Program Management Certification Course (PMC) is a 6 hour certification granting course covering all non-technical aspects of Track and Field coaching. Topics included in the course are:

  • Reasonable Care
  • Site Supervision
  • Liability
  • Negligence
  • Professional Preparation and Activities
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Roster Management
  • Academic Monitoring
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Equipment Purchasing and Maintenance
  • Eligibility
  • Budget and Finance
  • Eligibility
  • Scheduling
  • Entries
  • Travel
  • Home Meet Management
  • Planning
  • Practice Administration
  • Communication
  • Teaching Skills
  • Meet Day Coaching
  • Coach-Athlete Relationships at the Meet

Certification

The PMC is the only program that provides a true certification for successful completion of its broad based curriculum. The certification is granted for completing coursework and an online examination within 10 days of course completion. The PMC, along with the Track and Field Technical Certification course, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification program.

Why the PMC?

The PMC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional setting. Our curriculum illustrates this understanding.

Cost

Tuition for the on-site version of the course is $60 when registering at least 10 days prior to the course. For late and on-site registration, tuition is $75. $20 of this fee constitutes an administration fee and is not refundable in case of a student’s cancellation.

Instructors

The PMC is taught only by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. Refer to the course page of this website for information regarding the instructors for the particular PMC course you plan to attend.

Registration

Registration for the PMC will be offered online. Select the registration link for the school you wish to attend on the Academy’s Upcoming Course Offerings page. This registration also serves a place reservation, as space is limited and admission is granted on a first come – first served basis.

For More Information

For additional information about PMC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PMC?
The PMC is a 6 hour certification granting course covering all non-technical aspects of Track and Field coaching.

Who is the organization behind this program?
The Track and Field Academy, and thus this program, are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is an national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the PMC course?
No, but a very basic knowledge of Track and Field is helpful.

Is the PMC applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes, the course offers a broad based instruction, making it very applicable to the high school setting.

Does the PMC have a test?
Yes, there is an on-line test to be completed in a specified time period following the classroom portion of the course.

Does PMC certify me?
Yes. The PMC grants a true certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the PMC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The PMC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Is the PMC part of a larger Certification?
Yes. The Program Management Certification Course (PMC), along with the Track and Field Technical Certification Course (TFTC), comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification.

Academy Policies

251. Track and Field Technical Certification Online

Course Overview

The Track and Field Technical Certification Course (TFTC) Online is a 15 hour course in training design and technical instruction for all the common track and field events. The course is taught entirely online. Curriculum is broad based, covering all key aspects of technical coaching. Each section is illustrated with pertinent, animated video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. Topics included in the course are:

  • Foundations of Training Design for Track and Field
  • Training Components for Track and Field
  • Training Design for Track and Field
  • The Sprint Events
  • The Hurdle Events
  • The Relay Events
  • An Overview of the Jumping Events
  • The Long Jump
  • The Triple Jump
  • The High Jump
  • The Pole Vault
  • An Overview of the Throwing Events
  • The Shot Put
  • The Discus Throw
  • The Javelin Throw
  • An Overview of the Endurance Events
  • Training Design for the Endurance Events

Additional Endorsements

For students with multiple interests, additional endorsements to the TFTC are being developed in the Rotational Shot Put, the Hammer Throw, Cross Country, the Steeplechase, and Advanced Pole Vault. Some of these are offered regionally as a standard but optional part of the course.

Certification

The TFTC is the only program that provides a true certification for successful completion of its broad based curriculum. The certification is granted for completing coursework and an online examination within 30 days of purchasing the course. The TFTC, along with the Program Management Certification, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification program.

Why the TFTC?

The TFTC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Track and Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues that coaches deal with in their daily institutional settings.

Cost

Tuition for the on-line version of the course is $195.

Instructor

Boo Schexnayder

Most noted for the 12 years he spent as a member of the Track and Field coaching staff at LSU, Schexnayder, who coached collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette and Blinn Junior College prior to arriving at LSU, placed quite an imprint on the collegiate track and field scene. Regarded as one of the world’s premier field event coaches, he was the guiding hand behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. He was a key component of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of JUCO National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans.

Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached triple jumper Walter Davis to multiple World Championships, and long jumper John Moffitt to a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He has coached 10 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

A truly gifted clinician, Schexnayder currently serves as the Chair of the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy Advisory Board and has been instrumental in the development of the curriculum and instruction of the TFA since its inception in late 2010.

Registration

Click here to register

For More Information

For additional information or questions about TFTC Online, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the TFTC?
The TFTC is the Track and Field Technical Certification Course. It is a course for track & field coaches who want to further develop their coaching knowledge. The course covers training and techniques for all common track and field events.

Who is the organization behind this program?
The Track and Field Academy, and thus this program, are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is an national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the TFTC course?
No, but a very basic knowledge of Track and Field is helpful

Is the TFTC applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes, the course offers a broad based instruction rather than concentration on a particular event group, making it very applicable to the high school setting. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events.

Does the TFTC have a test?
Yes, there is an on-line test to be completed in a specified time period following the classroom portion of the course.

Does TFTC certify me?
Yes. The TFTC grants genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the TFTC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The TFTC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Why is it called a Technical Certification course?
It is called a technical certification because the course content contains only technical coaching topics such as workout design, technique, teaching progressions, etc.

Is there a course that covers Program Management issues?
Yes. The Program Management Certification Course (PMC) covers these topics. It, along with the TFTC, comprise the Track and Field Coaching Certification.

Is this course a prerequisite to attend the event specific Specialist Certification Courses?
No, it is simply a different type of certification, one that is broad based rather than in a specific event area.

Academy Policies

Specialist Certification Courses

2015 Summer Semester SCC Courses

The SCC courses will be offered at Rice University in Houston, TX, July 11-15, 2015.

Course Overview

The Specialist Certification Courses (SCC) are, high level, detailed 36 hour courses covering technical coaching of a selected event area. The course is taught over five days. Curriculum is event specific, covering all key aspects of technical coaching. Each section is illustrated with take-home, animated video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. Topics included in the course are:

  • Foundations of Training Design
  • Event Specific Training Components
  • Event Specific Training Design
  • Peripheral Training Concerns
  • Event Specific Biomechanics
  • Event Specific Physiology
  • Event Specific Technical Study
  • Periodization of Technical Training

Course Offerings

Registration

Registration for any of these courses is a two-step process. First, an application must be submitted. Upon approval, the student will be issued permission and instructions to register online. This registration and payment must be completed within 21 days, or the applicant’s spot in the course may be forfeited. In this case, an application may be resubmitted. The application can be found Here

Certification

The SCC is the only program of its type that provides a genuine certification for successful completion of its event specific curriculum. The certification is granted for meeting an attendance requirement, completing coursework, submitting an assigned training development project, and completing an online examination. This work must be completed prior to a specified deadline.

Cost

Course tuition is $450. Payment arrangements are detailed in the registration process.

Room and Board

A room and board package is being offered for $425. It includes the evening meal July 11, and three meals per day July 12-15. It also includes housing (double occupancy) for 5 nights, July 11-15. Roommate requests will be taken and honored if possible. Students can pay tuition, and return to registration to purchase the room and board package at a later date. The deadline to purchase the room and board package is June 28, based on availability. Students may make their own arrangements for room and board, but should be aware that the course is rigorous and the schedule is demanding, so purchase of the room and board plan is strongly recommended.

Travel

Students are responsible for their own transportation to the Rice campus. Plan for on-campus arrival between the hours of 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Departure from the Rice campus should be no earlier than 9:00 PM Wednesday, July 15, 2015. There will be no exceptions. The Dormitory must be vacated by 10 am Thursday, July 16.

Instructors

The SCC is taught by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. Please refer to the course information for your course selection for your specific instructors

For More Information

For additional information about SCC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SCC?

The SCC is the Specialist Certification Course. It is a 36 hour, high level, intensive course for track & field coaches who want to further develop their coaching knowledge in a selected event area. The course covers all aspects of technical coaching.

Who is the organization behind this program?

The Track and Field Academy, and all its programs are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is a national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?

The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the SCC course?

No, there are no coursework prerequisites for the SCC, but 2 years of formal coaching experience are required and admission is competitive.

Is the SCC applicable to High School Coaches?

Yes. While the course is high level, the material presented is applicable to athletes of all levels. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events.

What does the SCC Evaluation process contain?

SCC students must submit an assigned training development project and complete an online examination within a specified time period following the on-site portion of the course.

Does the SCC certify me?

Yes. The SCC grants a genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the SCC part of a more extensive program?

Yes. The SCC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Are all of the SCC event group options being offered?

Yes. In July of 2015 Courses 302 (Sprint, Hurdle, and Relay Event Specialist Certification), 303 (Jumping Event Specialist Certification), 304 (Throwing Event Specialist Certification), 305 (Endurance Event Specialist Certification) and Course 306 (Combined Event Specialist Certification) will be offered.

Does this a course that covers program management issues?

No. The SCC addresses only technical coaching issues and practices.

Is this course a prerequisite to attend the Masters Endorsement Program?

Yes. Certification in an event area is required to achieve the Masters Endorsement in any of its subareas. You should consult the Programs section of the Academy website for more detailed information regarding this and other requirements for achieving the Master’s Endorsement.

Academy Policies

301. Track and Field Coaching Certification

301 Overview

The Track and Field Coaching Certification (TFCC) is a certification granted by the USTFCCCA to coaches who have demonstrated high levels of professional preparation in Track and Field and Cross Country technical coaching and program management. The certification is considered superior to the Track and Field Technical Certification (TFTC) and the Program Management Course (PMC).

Earning the TFCC

The Track and Field Coaching Certification is earned by successfully completing the TFTC and PMC courses. The TFTC requirement can be met by passing an onsite course (201) or the online version of the TFTC (251). THe PMC requirement can be met by passing the onsite PMC (202) or the online version of the PMC (252) which is currently under development. There is no 301 or TFCC course, the certification is granted immediately upon passing both courses. The TFTC and PMC can be taken in any order.

310. Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification

Course Overview

The Track and Field Academy’s Strength & Conditioning Certification Pilot course is an 18 hour, high level, detailed course covering all aspects of strength training, as well as other key athletic qualities. Successful completion of the course and its evaluations grants the Track & Field Academy’s Strength & Conditioning Certification. The curriculum covers all aspects of Strength and Conditioning thoroughly, with an emphasis on preparation for Track and Field and Cross Country. Technical sections are illustrated with take-home, animated video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. Topics included in the course are:

• Foundations of Training Design
• Energy System Physiology
• Neuromuscular Physiology
• Warmups and Cooldowns
• Training the Energy Systems
• Foundations of Strength Training
• General Strength Training
• Medicine Ball Training
• Multijump Training
• Multithrow Training
• Training Speed and Power
• Training Coordination and Agility
• Foundations of Weight Training Program Design
• Weight Training Exercises and Exercise Choices
• Technique and Teaching of Weight Training Exercises
• Weight Training Administration, Safety and Testing
• Gross Training Design
• Weight Training Design

Who Can Take This Course?

This course is open to any coach desiring education and training in the field of Strength and Conditioning. It is of particular value to NCAA coaches wishing to meet NCAA certification requirements, and to Strength and Conditioning coaches who wish more detailed knowledge of Strength and Conditioning programs for Track and Field and Cross Country. The course is a high level course and students should demonstrate moderate levels of coaching experience and professional preparation.

Will I Meet NCAA Requirements After Taking This Course?

Coaches who take the course prior to its accreditation will be able to retroactively receive certification to meet NCAA requirements upon completion of the accreditation process, provided they can show proof of valid CPR certification, a college degree and any other additional qualifications dictated by NCAA legislation.
Academy Policies

 

Master’s Endorsement Program

Program Overview

The The Master’s Endorsement Program (MEP) is a very high level, detailed course of study in a chosen specialized event area. The Master’s Endorsement, the Track and Field Academy’s highest level and most rigorous technical certification is granted for completing the program’s requirements. The course of study is designed to teach Master Endorsement candidates advanced sport sciences and their applications to practical coaching, advanced training design and administration, advanced cuing and cue systems, and meet day coaching. The MEP consists of the following parts.

1. The SCC. The Specialist Certification must be achieved in the candidate’s selected area.

2. Coursework. Academy Coursework as detailed in the course catalog must be completed. The coursework may be undertaken prior to achieving the Specialist Certification.

3. The MEC. The Master’s Endorsement Course for the candidates selected specialized event area. At least 4 of the prerequisite courses must be taken prior to MEC, and all of these must be taken before the mentorship can be entered.

4. Mentorship. A yearlong Mentorship proposal must be submitted, approved, done, and documented. This proposal may not be submitted, nor the mentorship begun, prior to completion of the previous steps.

5. Publication. Each candidate must author an original technical article. The article must address some topic related to the candidate’s proposed Endorsement area, and must contain original material that contributes to the established body of knowledge. This article must be accepted for publication in some recognized publication. The Publication requirement can be met at any time during, but not prior to, the certification process.

Master’s Endorsement Specialized Event Areas

  • 501. Short Sprints
  • 502. Long Sprints
  • 503. Hurdles
  • 504. Horizonal Jumps
  • 505. High Jump
  • 506. Pole Vault
  • 507. Hammer Throw
  • 508. Javelin Throw
  • 509. Shot Put and Discus Throw
  • 510. Middle Distance
  • 511. Distance
  • 512. Racewalks
  • 513. Cross Country
  • 514. Combined Events

Master’s Endorsement Candidacy

If you are a Master’s Endorsement Candidate and are approaching the completion of your coursework, you can find detailed information on the Mentorship and how to complete your certification process Here.

For More Information

For additional information about the MEP or related course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the MEP?
The MEP is the only program of its type that provides a genuine certification for successful completion of its event specific curriculum. The certification serves as evidence that the candidate has undergone the most rigorous track and field professional development experience in the world. The certification is granted for completing the SCC, coursework, the MEC, and a mentorship program.

Are there prerequisites before taking the Master’s Endorsement Course (MEC)?
The SCC in the candidates corresponding event area and certain prerequisiste courses must be passed before the MEC and mentorship can be done. Please refer to the Course Catalog section of the website for details.

Is the MEP applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes. While the course is high level, the material presented is applicable to athletes of all levels. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events. The level of detail covered in the course may be beyond certain high school applications.

What does the MEP Evaluation process contain?
MEP students must successfully complete the evaluations of all coursework, the MEC, be published, and have their mentorship documentation approved in order to gain the endorsement.

Does Publication in the USTFCCCA Journal Techniques meet the publication requirement?
Yes. If the article meets the other standards, Publication in Techniques meets this requirement.

Does the MEP certify me?
Yes. The MEP grants a genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the program requirements. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the MEP part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The MEP is just one of the programs offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Does this course cover program management issues?
No. The MEP addresses only technical coaching issues and practices.

Academy Policies

Head Coaching Certification Program

Program Overview

The Head Coaching Certification Program (HCC) is a high level, detailed educational experience designed to prepare coaches to assume head Track and Field Coaching duties. Collegiate Head Coaching and High School Head Coaching Certifications are available. These certifications are made available to assist head coaches and head coaching candidates in their coaching and management skills, to assist in resume building, and to document professional preparation to prospective employers and administrators. The certifications are gained by taking and passing certain identified coursework in the Track and Field Academy. The certifications consist of technical and management components.

Collegiate Head Coaching Certification Requirements

Coursework. Academy Coursework as detailed in the course catalog must be completed. The individual required courses (with the exception of the HCC) may be undertaken in any order.

3 Years of Formal Coaching Experience. Formal experience is defined as work in a verifiable, paid Track and Field coaching position at an academic institution. Coursework may be taken while meeting the experience requirement, but the HCC may not be taken before the experience requirement is met.

The HCC Course. The Collegiate Head Coaching Certification Course. This course must not be taken in advance of the previous coursework.

High School Head Coaching Certification Requirements

Coursework. Academy Coursework as detailed in the course catalog must be completed. The individual required courses (with the exception of the HCC) may be undertaken in any order.

3 Years of Formal Coaching Experience. Formal experience is defined as work in a verifiable, paid Track and Field coaching position at an academic institution. Coursework may be taken while meeting the experience requirement, but the HCC may not be taken before the experience requirement is met.

The HCC Course. The High School Head Coaching Certification Course. This course must not be taken in advance of the previous coursework.

Information for Head Coaching Certification Candidates

Upon successful completion of your coursework, Head Coaching Certification Class (307 or 308), and meeting the experience requirement, a candidate wo wishes to receive the Head Coaching Certification should fill out the HCC Application. There is a $25 Administration fee for final processing of the certification and arrangement for shipping the certificate.

For More Information

For additional information about the MEP or related course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the HCC?
The HCC is a part of the USTFCCCA’s Track and Field Academy. The Tracka dn Field Academy is the only program of its type operated by a coaching organization, with a unique understanding of the challenges and issues coaches deal with in their daily institutional settings.

Does the HCC certify me?
Yes. The HCC grants a genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully meet all the program requirements. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Why Should I Be Certified as a Head Coach?
You don’t have too be certified to be a Head Coach, but there are advantages. In addition to the education provided in the process, certification provides evidence of the time, trouble and expense you have invested in professional improvement to Athletic Directors and other hiring agents.

What is the Track and Field Academy?
The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Is the HCC part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The HCC is just one of the programs offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs and Course Catalog sections of this website.

Academy Policies

601. Symposium Sessions

Program Overview

Continuing Education Seminars are topical symposium presentations given at the annual USTFCCCA convention. These seminars are designed to give coaches opportunity for informal professional improvement. They also count as continuing education credit, enabling persons with existing Track and Field Academy Certifications to extend their certifications by accumulating this credit. These seminars are arranged and labeled according to the general topics below. Each presentation is also assigned a specific topic within this category which is announced prior to the Convention.

Certification Extending Credit

Depending upon the requirements of each Academy certification, accumulating the mandated amount of credit will renew that certification, extending it to its initial length.

701. Master’s Endorsement Mentorship

The Mentorship

The Master’s Endorsement Mentorship (Course 701) is a yearlong, ongoing mentorship arrangement between a Master’s Endorsement candidate and an assigned mentor coach. The mentor is someone who is recognized as a highly experienced and successful coach in the candidate’s chosen area of study. Detailed information for Master’s Endorsement Candidates can be found Here

Academy Policies



Upcoming Academy Course Offerings

Dates Course Offered  
Online 251: Track & Field Technical Certification Online REGISTER
December 15 - December 16, 2018TFA201: Track & Field Technical CertificationREGISTER
December 15 - December 16, 2018TFA408. Sports Science for Speed & Power EventsREGISTER
December 15 - December 16, 2018TFA409. Sports Science for Endurance EventsREGISTER
December 16 - December 17, 2018TFA403. Test & Measurements in Track & Field CoachingREGISTER
December 16 - December 17, 2018TFA405. Sports Psychology for the Track & Field CoachREGISTER
December 16 - December 17, 2018TFA406. Injury Management for the Track & Field CoachREGISTER
December 17 - December 17, 2018TFA202: Track & Field Program Management CertificationREGISTER
December 17 - December 17, 2018TFA404. Meet Management for the Track & Field CoachREGISTER
December 17 - December 17, 2018TFA407. Weight Training for Track & FieldREGISTER
December 21 - December 22, 2018TFA310. Strength & Conditioning Coach CertificationREGISTER
December 21 - December 22, 2018TFA501: Masters Certification in the Short SprintsAPPLY
December 21 - December 22, 2018TFA504: Masters Certification in the Horizontal JumpsAPPLY
January 5 - January 6, 2019TFA201: Track and Field Technical Certification (Lafayette, LA)REGISTER
January 5 - January 6, 2019TFA201: Track and Field Technical Certification (Dubuque, IA)REGISTER

For additional information, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or 504-599-8903