Sprint, Hurdle, and Relay Specialist Certification Course

COURSE CLOSED: We are no longer accepting registrations for this course

About the Sprint, Hurdle, and Relay SCC

The Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays Specialist Certification Course (SCC) is a detailed, 36 hour course that covers all issues in technical coaching of the sprint, hurdle and relay events. Certification by the USTFCCCA is granted for successfully completing the course and its evaluations. The course is illustrated with pertinent, animated take-home video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding.

Course Topics

Topics include training theory, periodization of sprint-hurdle training, biomechanics of sprinting and hurdling, training components, training design and administration, relay techniques and strategies, peripheral training concerns, technical models, and technical teaching in the sprint, hurdle and relay events.


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The SCC is taught by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession. The 2018 Staff includes Kebba Tolbert of Harvard, and Tommy Badon of Lafayette (LA) Christian Academy.


Tuition for Specialist Certification Courses is $450 if paid prior to June 1, 2018. Tuition paid after June 1, 2018 is $500.


Registration is on a first come, first served basis and when classes are full, no additional registrations will be permitted. There are no prerequisite courses for this course, but two years of formal coaching experience is required. Registration will close June 20, 2018. Register here.

Room & Board Package


Housing will be in New Hall Residence Hall which is North Central’s newest residence hall (opened in 2015).  It is close to athletic facilities, Kaufman dining hall, and downtown Naperville.

New Hall offers suite-style living.  Each suite is quadruple-occupancy and has a private bedroom for each person and two bathrooms per suite.  Click on the link above to see the floorplan. All linens are provided but you must provide your own toiletries.

Each suite is equipped with a kitchenette. The common areas of the building feature a large break-out meeting space, a public kitchen, and a central computer lab, in addition to individual floor lounges and laundry rooms.

Each suite will house four people. It is possible for you to request specific suitemate(s).  If you don’t request specific suitemate(s), we will attempt to house you with people that are (a) in the same event group as you and (b) are relatively close in age.  It will not be possible to mix genders in a suite unless all four people are acquainted with each other and agreeable to that arrangement.  This policy applies to married couples as well.

Check in for housing will be Tuesday, June 26 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, the program will start at 7:00 PM.   Check out will be Sunday, July 1 before 9:00 AM.   The course concludes on Saturday evening at 9:00 PM.


For attendees that have purchased the room and board package, meals will be served in the Kaufman Dining Center (#24 on the campus map).  All attendees on the meal plan are required to present their NCC issued card at the dining hall upon entry.

The following all you can eat meals are included with the Room & Board package:

July 26 – Dinner

June 27, 28, 29, 30 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

For attendees that do not purchase the room and board package, meals can be purchased in Kaufman or at various locations on or near campus on a “pay as you go” basis.

Ground Transportation

Based on advice received from the Naperville CVB, taxis, Uber and Lyft appear to be the best option to get to and from either airport in Chicago.  The average one way cost is around $40.00.

The average travel time from Midway Airport to campus is 30 minutes on the weekend and 45 minutes during the week.

The average travel time from O’Hare Airport to campus is 45 minutes on the weekend and 1 hour during the week.

If you are driving, you can find directions to campus here: https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/visit/directions-north-central-college


Parking on campus is free.

Wireless Internet

WIFI on campus is free.

Course Materials

Paid participants will receive instructions via email about how to download the course materials approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.  There is no suggested reading list to prepare for the program other than the course text that will come in the download of materials.

Important Dates & Times (Plan Travel Accordingly)

·        Deadline to Register for the Specialist Certification Course is June 20th  (Class sizes are limited)

·        Deadline to Register for Course 310 – Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification is June 20th (Class size is limited)

·        Deadline to Purchase Room & Board is June 8th  (Limited Availability)

·        On campus housing check in for Course 310-Strength & Conditioning, is 3:00PM – 7:00 PM on June 24th

·        On campus housing check in for Specialist Certification Course is 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on June 26th

·        Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification course starts at 8:00 AM on June 25th  (must be present)

·        Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification concludes at 5:00 PM on June 26th (no early departures allowed)

·        Specialist Certification Course starts at 6:45 PM on June 26th (must be present)

·        Specialist Certification Course concludes at 8:45 PM on June 30th (no early departures)

·        310 Participants – On campus guest rooms must be vacated by 12:45 PM on June 26 unless staying for Specialist Certification Course

·        On campus guest rooms must be vacated by 9:00 AM on July 1.

For More Information

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

Upcoming Academy Course Offerings

Dates Course Offered  
Online 251: Track & Field Technical Certification Online REGISTER
November 15 - November 16, 2019TFA201: Track & Field Technical Certification (Charlotte, NC)REGISTER
November 22 - November 23, 2019TFA201: Track & Field Technical Certification (Washington DC)REGISTER
December 14 - December 15, 2019TFA201: Track & Field Technical CertificationREGISTER
December 14 - December 16, 2019TFA310. Strength & Conditioning Coach CertificationREGISTER
December 15 - December 15, 2019TFA403. Test & Measurements in Track & Field CoachingREGISTER
December 15 - December 16, 2019TFA406. Injury Management for the Track & Field CoachREGISTER
December 15 - December 16, 2019TFA405. Sports Psychology for the Track & Field CoachREGISTER
December 16 - December 16, 2019TFA407. Weight Training for Track & FieldREGISTER
December 16 - December 16, 2019TFA404. Meet Management for the Track & Field CoachREGISTER
December 16 - December 16, 2019TFA402: Track & Field Program Management CertificationREGISTER
December 20 - December 21, 2019TFA409. Sports Science for Endurance EventsREGISTER
December 20 - December 21, 2019TFA408. Sports Science for Speed & Power EventsREGISTER
December 20 - December 21, 2019TFA506: Masters Certification in the Pole VaultREGISTER
December 20 - December 21, 2019TFA509: Masters Certification in the Shot Put and DiscusREGISTER
December 20 - December 21, 2019TFA510: Masters Certification in the Middle DistancesREGISTER

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