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Effective January 2019 - New Education Standard for USATF Coaches Registry & Youth Coach Credentialing Protocol

To further elevate the professional credibility of the USATF Coaches Registry and its members, USATF has established a new Education Standard for qualification into the USATF Coaches Registry. The Education Standard provides for a baseline standard of professional education or coaching accomplishment in the sport of track and field for coaches seeking admission to the Registry.
By establishing a baseline standard of professional education or coaching experience, the Education Standard aligns with the best practices for professional certifications in other fields, within the coaching industry at large, and with licensing protocols of other Olympic family national governing bodies.

To be part of the USATF Coaches Registry, an individual must be a USATF member, undergo a background screen from approved screening agency, have completed SafeSport compliance requirements and effective January 2019 fulfill the Education Standard.
All coaches seeking to complete verification of the required NEW Education Standard of the USATF Coaches Registry can access instructions and the online application at the link below. The online application is separate from the background screen application and allows for coaches to submit their profile and select one of the many professional coaching options which they have completed. 
To satisfy all requirements of the USATF Coaches Registry, you must appear on both the USATF SafeSport List and the Education Standard List (with a green check mark).

This Education Standard is a one-time requirement, subject to any applicable recertification requirements of the respective course of education. Once a coach has met the Education Standard, he or she has fulfilled the requirement for as long as the coach is part of the Registry.

In addition to the required SafeSport Compliance requirements above, any person who has completed one of the approved coaching education courses for track or field or who qualifies based on career accomplishments as a track and field coach is eligible.

Meeting the Education Standard
There are two different paths to meet the Educational Standard for the Coaches Registry: Complete a verified educational course, OR achieve a specified coaching accomplishment.
Path 1: Complete a verified course of education. Complete any one of the following courses:
    a.  Level 1 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification with course completion on or after January 1, 2013
    b.  Level 2 or 3 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification
c.  USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
d.  Completion of a USATF Event Skill Specialist Clinic (Learn By Doing Clinic)
   e.  NFHS Coaching Track and Field (online) AND any approved sports science course on USATF Campus (online)
   f.   Technical Basic course of the USTFCCCA Academy or any advanced course (online or classroom) Certificate of completion for any of the above courses serves as verification of Education Standard.

Path 2: Accomplish an Education Standard equivalency during one's coaching career, through a body of work, a career honor, or demonstrated professional coaching career. Demonstrate any one of the following:
a.  Member of an international coaching staff selected by USATF over the last 5 Olympic quadrennials.
    b.  Primary coach of record of a medalist athlete on any one of the "big three" teams (Olympics, World Champs, Pan-Am Games)
    c.  Elite technical coach of USA National Team athletes over a 10-year period (coach must list athletes' names and contact information)
d.  Hall of Fame Coach for USATF, USTFCCCA or National Scholastic Track Coaches Association
e.  National Coach of the Year for USATF or USOC
    f.   USTFCCCA National Head or Assistant Coach of the Year for men's or women's (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA) cross country, indoor or outdoor track & field
    g.  Employment as a track coach at a scholastic or collegiate institution for a 10-year period verified by employers' information.
The USATF National Office staff will provide oversight of all components of the Coaches Registry. An oversight subcommittee from the Coaches Advisory Committee will review and evaluate any issue with a coach's education standard.

Youth Coach Credentials
In addition to the mandates outlined herein, eligibility to receive a "Coach Credential" at USATF Youth Championships (Association/Region/National), the following criteria must be adhered to:

  • Coaching Education deadline for National Youth Indoor Meet is February 28th of each year.

  • Coaching Education deadline for Youth Outdoor Championship and JO progression (Association/Region/National) is June 15th of each year.

  • Coach must be listed on the Youth Club profile in addition to the Coaches Registry list.  Background Screening and SafeSport will be verified by listing on Youth Club profile.

  • Credential allocation will be as follows:

    • 3 credentials per Club (Coach(es) must be listed on the Coaches Registry)

    • 1 credential (after initial 3) per 10 athletes for clubs that have 100 or more athletes registered in that event. (Coach(es) must be listed on the Coaches Registry).

For more information on the Coaches Education Standards outlined herein, contact

For more information on the additional Youth Coaches Credential protocol contact:
Robin Beamon

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