National Youth Track Coaches Association is pleased to offer grants to assist coaches in an opportunity to enhance their professional growth. An application within the stated timeline is required of interested candidates.
The Level 1 course is the cornerstone of the USATF Coaching Education Program. Led by USATF certified instructors, the 21.5 hour live course (presented on Zoom) covers all events and related sports science in a straightforward manner by emphasizing fundamentals, rules, safety and risk management, and teaching progressions. Certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE), the course prepares an individual to coach at the junior age, high school, and club division level.
National Youth Track Coaches Association is pleased to offer the following grant for the 2023 year to assist coaches in an opportunity to enhance their professional growth. An application within the stated timeline is required of interested candidates.
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 and the knowledge to write a comprehensive training plan. The intense four-day course is preceded by online sports science instruction and exams covering biomechanics, physiology, skill acquisition and training theory for all first-time participants. Once a coach has applied and is accepted into the course, they are permitted access to the online sports science classroom to complete pre-requisite coursework prior to arrival. At the course, coaches are separated into event specific groups which focus on the technical aspects using video analysis, group projects, classroom instruction, and hands-on training. Coaches are tested on their knowledge from the event specific lectures and are presented a Level 2 certificate at graduation. Event disciplines offered include:
The Emerging Female Coaching 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 Schools at an offset cost. Grants are reimbursement based and valued at the respective course registration fee. Early application is advised.
NYTCA Mentoring Program
The relationship between a mentor and mentee can transform one’s coaching practice. It is about the growth of a novice coach under the guidance of a veteran coach. However, given the understanding that a mentor is volunteering his or her time, it is expected that mentees respect the boundaries established by the National Youth track Coaches Association for the protection of the mentors.
What a Mentee Can Expect from a Mentor
-Up to a total of 30 minutes a week of time (includes email correspondence, phone calls, text messages, and zoom meetings if possible)
-Responses to communications within 36 hours
-Honest feedback and advice
-A Mentor whose expertise has been vetted by NYTCA Mentoring program lead, NYTCA Officers, and mentor's local / national and Association references
What a Mentee Cannot Expect from a Mentor
-Access to private files, training plans, and other proprietary information
Some mentors may respond quickly and some may share all of their documents, training, and secrets, but they are not obligated to do so. Personal growth comes from taking the journey yourself and a mentor acts as the guide.
Considerations for Mentees
-If you are completely new, please be sure to use the resources posted on the NYTCA website before requesting documents from your mentor
-Try to narrow the scope to a specific area of assistance (sprints, hurdles, meet management, parents, etc.)
-If you have many questions that are not time sensitive, email them all so that your mentor can respond at his/her convenience
-Consider areas of expertise, experience, program or club characteristics, and region/national affiliation when reaching out to a mentor
-If a mentor has a mentee already, he or she has the right to choose not to take you on, but can hopefully make suggestions for another possible mentor for you
Goals of the Mentor Program
If you are interested in being a mentor:
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