INDIANAPOLIS — The USATF COVID-19 Working Group has approved an update to its Event Hosting guidance. The update modifies what events are able to be considered for a sanction when the meet locality meets the criteria for Phase 3.
By USATF's guidance definition, in Phase 3 state or local public health authorities allow small group activities that are limited in number, typically ranging from 10 people to as high as 250 people. In this Phase, most public training facilities remain closed or have limited access.
In Phase 3, with permission from local health authorities and agreement with an appropriate venue, USATF's Event Hosting guidance has allowed "micro-events" to be considered for sanction. The updated guidance now allows the total number of individuals who enter the facility for an event to be up to, but not exceeding the state / local guidance for gathering size limits.
USATF has also clarified that all relay events on the track fall under the Moderate Risk category for risk stratification.
In all phases, USATF stresses personal hygiene and social distancing. Until a vaccine is developed, long-term immunity can be confirmed, or a cure is found, there is no way of completely eliminating the risk of fatal infection. This should always be in the forefront when considering return to training or event hosting decisions.
As more information is discovered about COVID-19, the guidance will be amended accordingly. Athletes and coaches are encouraged to visit usatf.org/covid19 regularly for updates.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – June 16, 2020 - With its motto “Opening Doors to the World Through Track & Field,” the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation has been the leader in high school track & field for over 3 decades. Since the first national indoor meet in 1984, the Foundation has created and managed the finest national championship events in scholastic sports. Most of America’s greatest high school track & field athletes have competed in the NSAF’s championships over the past 37 years, including 323 who later competed in the Olympics, winning 148 Olympic Medals.
Thus, it is with great sadness that the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation has made the decision to cancel the 2020 NSAF Outdoor Nationals, which had been tentatively scheduled to take place July 30-August 2 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., due to the continued impact of COVID-19.
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Indianapolis -- On Wednesday, USATF was notified by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) that its long-standing and expansive Level 1 Coaching Education Program was approved for re-accreditation following review by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) review panel and USCCE Board of Directors.
Upon completion of the folio review process, the Review Panel determined that Level 1 Coaching Education Program has successfully documented comprehensive program content in alignment with the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and the NCACE Guidelines for program supervision, personnel and operations. USATF is pleased that this re-accreditation continues the “gold standard” for coaching education as both its Level 1 and Level 2 Programs are accredited by NCACE.
USATF will resume its cornerstone Level 1 Program beginning in July, offering schools live on Zoom for the first-time. Click here for more info on USATF Coaching Education Programs.
Click any of the links below to be taken directly to that information.
The USATF Level 2 Program is guaranteed to challenge and advance your knowledge of the sport. Certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE), the course provides an advanced, in depth education in one event group of your choice and the knowledge to write a comprehensive training plan.
Click here to apply for the summer 2020 USATF Level 2 School. All course requirements must be met prior to application. All applications and payments must be received no later than midnight (EST), Friday, July 10, 2020.
First-time students are encouraged to apply a minimum of 30 days prior to the course to provide sufficient time to satisfactorily complete the required USATF Level 2 Sports Science Classroom prior to the course. Note, enrollment in the USATF Level 2 Sports Science Classroom does not guarantee acceptance in the USATF Level 2 – Event Specific course and is separate.
• Why was the 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships cancelled?
o Based upon the current State of Florida COVID-19 mandates, the University of North Florida has notified USATF that the venue will not be available for the hosting of the Event. In addition, USATF is committed to the safety and welfare of our constituency and will follow all State and Local government mandates.
• Does the cancellation of the Junior Olympic National Championship affect the Association and Region JO Qualifiers?
o Yes, those meets are cancelled as recommended by the Youth Executive Committee.
• Will the cancellation of the JO’s change if there is a change in the COVID-19 status?
• Where will the 2021 USATF JO’s be hosted?
o The location of the 2021 JO’s has not been determined to date.
• Are there any plans in 2020 to create another National event to replace the JO’s?
o There are no definitive plans for a 2020 National event. The USATF National Office in conjunction with the USATF Youth Committee will discuss exploring possible 2020 options.
• Has a decision been made on the hosting of the 2020 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships?
o The Youth Executive Committee recommended cancellation to the Board and to the National Office. The recommendation was accepted.
• How will USATF handle Sanction requests from Associations or individuals that may opt to host a Youth track & field event once the facilities become available again?
o USATF will continue to process Sanctions accordingly under the same policies and procedures. USATF continues to advise that all Local/State mandates be adhered to when considering hosting an event during the Summer 2020 season.
• Please continue to access www.usatf.org for updated information on COVID-19 and other related information.
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