ABOUT THE USATF LEVEL 2 YOUTH SPECIALIZATION
The USATF Level 2 Youth Specialization looks at the intersection of track & field and growth and development. Simply put, youth (18 and under) are not mini adults. Their experience in our sport should be appropriate for a long-term, healthy relationship with running, jumping, and throwing. Join leaders in the sport to parents looking to start a local club in this five-day course. Participants will more deeply understand the multiple factors that impact athletes as they learn skills, participate in our sport, and mature.
December 27-31, 2021
Live on Zoom
Dr. Matt Lydum brings over 25 years of coaching experience. Starting as head track coach at Pendleton High School, Lydum’s experience also spans San Francisco State University, Defiance College and Pacific University. Additionally, Lydum served on Team USA staff at the 2007 and 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships He was USOPC delegate to the International Olympic Academy and project writer for the Human Kinetics text, Coaching Youth Track & Field (2008). Lydum completed his PhD in Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Arizona.
Joel Pearson is the Director of Cross Country and Track at Pratt Community College. His coaching experience includes stops at the high school, NJCAA, NAIA, NCAA and club levels. Leading Harrier Track Club, a post collegiate race-walking group, Pearson’s athletes have competed in World Championships, Pan-American Games, Pan-American Cup, and NACAC U23. He holds USATF Level 3 and World Athletics Level V Academy certificates in Endurance and Youth Specialization.
Participants can also expect special-guest appearances from lead instructors across the other Level 2 event disciplines offered.
WHAT ALUMNI ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR LEVEL 2 YOUTH EXPERIENCE
“A very wonderful experience. I feel like I am a better coach after this Level 2. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this a meaningful program. I am profoundly grateful for Matt and Joel. They have incredible insight and expertise.”
“Truly appreciated participating in this course and building relationships with other coaches. Thank you so much for all of your hard work in planning and executing this course!!!”
“The energy and knowledge of the instructors was beyond top notch! THANK YOU!”
“This course was excellent - and the only way I was able to attend was because it was Zoom! Thank you for making this accessible!”
// Must be a 2021 USATF adult member
// Must hold a current USATF Level 1 certificate
// Minimum three years of track & field, cross country or personal run coaching experience
Applications will be accepted until NOVEMBER 28, 2021 or capacity is reached.
APPLY NOW AT: USATF.ORG/CALENDAROFSCHOOLS
USATF CALENDAR OF SCHOOLS
Fall and winter dates for Level 1 Schools are available on the online Calendar of Schools. All courses continue to be conducted in the Zoom format indefinitely. Early 2022 opportunities will be posted soon. [View upcoming schools]
WINTER LEVEL 2 REGISTRATION (VIRTUAL EVENT) NOW OPEN
USATF Coaching Education is pleased to announce that the winter USATF Level 2 School (Zoom) is set for December 27-31, 2021. Enrollment will be limited to 50 per discipline (Endurance, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps, Throws or Youth Specialization). Early application is advised for placement in first-choice event-group. [Learn More]
EMERGING FEMALE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR LEVEL 1 AND 2
The Emerging Female Grant is provided by USATF and provides women minority coaches in track and field with the opportunity to attend USATF Coaching Education Level 1 or 2 School at an offset cost. Grants are reimbursement based and valued at the respective course registration fee. Applicants must be members of the USATF Coaches Registry. [Learn More]
DEADLINE: LATE LEVEL 1 RECERTIFICATION PERIOD TO CLOSE DECEMBER 31
The opportunity to renew Level 1 certificates that lapsed in 2020 will expire on December 31, 2021. After this date, the grace period will no longer be extended. Members seeking late recertification must complete all four-steps outlined to extend their certificate until December 31, 2024. Expired certificate holders will not only lose recognition as a USATF Level 1 Coach, but also eligibility for upper-level coaching education courses and the inability to use their past completion as a qualifier for the Coaches Registry Education Standard. [Learn More]
ADDITIONAL ONLINE LEARNING AVAILABLE ON USATF CAMPUS
USATF Campus is the online learning platform available to all coaches, athletes and educators. Courses are open to USATF members and non-members. USATF Campus contains over ten specialized course titles, including Basic Science of Sprinting, Sport Specific Strength and Power, Science of Long Jumping and more. Courses are self-paced and developed by Level 2 Sports Science Coordinator and Instructor of High Performance at the University of Florida, Dr. Christine Brooks. [Learn More]
December 11, 2021
Paris , KY
As of April 13, 2021 *schedule subject to change*
2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships
July 26-August 1, 2021
2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
December 11, 2021
2022 USATF National Youth Indoor Championships
Staten Island, NY
March 18-20, 2022
2022 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships
June 21-26, 2022
2022 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships
July 25-31, 2022
2022 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
College Station, TX
December 10, 2022
The National Youth Track Coaches Association through the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee submitted a proposal to change the USATF Youth Championships Coaches Credentialing Program Policy.
The partnership of National Youth Track Coaches Association, USATF Coaches Advisory Committee, USATF Youth Department and Coaching Education Department worked together to devise a policy that not only benefits our USATF youth coaching constituency, but also further promotes the USATF Coaching Education program. I hope that the new policy will result in more youth coaches understanding the benefit of utilizing the coaching education resources provided by USATF.
The USATF Youth Department announces revisions to the USATF Youth Championships Coaches Credentialing Program Policy. This revision is immediately effective. The USATF Youth Department in conjunction with the USATF Coaching Education Departmentencourages all coaches to take advantage of the benefits the USATF Coaches Registry Program offers. Please familiarize yourself with coaching education programs and registry requirements at www.usatf.org/programs/coaches and/or contact Matt.Rohlf@usatf.org.
Youth Championships Coaching Credentials shall be issued based upon the following criteria:
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.