An advocate and resource for the coaches/supporters of Georgia

Education Initiative 2017 & Beyond

As we approach the 2017-18 XC/TF seasons, our pledge to our membership is to provide as many quality coaching education opportunities as possible for you to advance /grow / earn credentials to improve yourself professionally and improve your staff & programs.

We will be providing a survey during the fall for a study on the # of coaches in GA with some form of credential (USATF Level I, etc.) as we set goals for our members in the upcoming years.

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The Track & Field Academy is an educational and certification program designed to provide professional development opportunities for Track and Field and Cross Country coaches at all levels of the sport. The mission of the Track & Field Academy is to improve the quality of coaching, increase professional opportunities for coaches, and improve the sports of Track and Field and Cross Country by delivering to coaches educational experiences and certification opportunities covering the technical, managerial, and philosophical aspects of the profession.

The Track & Field Academy accomplishes this mission by offering coaches an organized program of instruction comprised of symposiums, courses, certifications and endorsements, containing diverse offerings addressing all levels and areas of the sport. Courses range from broad-based instruction to highly specific and technical in scope. The Academy’s structure provides rigorous routes to certifications, but also unstructured opportunities for professional improvement. The Track and Field Academy’s mission includes not only educational opportunities in technical coaching, but also learning experiences in program management issues such as academic monitoring, roster management, meet management, equipment, purchasing, budgeting and many more. The program offers many opportunities for continuing education without the need to exit the program once certifications are achieved. The Track & Field Academy is open to both members and non-members of the USTFCCCA.

USATF Coaches Education

The coaching education program provides educational opportunities for all levels of coaches, from grass roots to the elite level.

  • Sport Science
    Extensive instruction in sport science is covered in order to provide a scientific basis of understanding for rational development of technique and training programs. The sport science portion has been developed by the American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP) and the USATF National Coaching Education Committee. It includes sport psychology, pedagogy, and sports medicine.
  • Technical, Event-Specific Instruction
    Throws, jumps, sprints/hurdles, and endurance events are all covered at the basic level in this school. Event-specific instruction is progressive in nature. Consequently, at Levels 2 and 3, each event is covered in greater depth and detail than the previous level.
  • Hands-on Training
    Experience is the best teacher. Minimum standards of practical experience are expected of participants at each level.