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*Late registration fee waived for all January 2018 Level 1 Schools.

January 13-14, 2018
Chabot College - Hayward, CA
Classroom 2611

School Director
Dr. Dave Shrock

Registration Information

$205.00 - Pre-registration (received by 8:30 AM (PST) January 13, 2018)

All online and onsite registrations require a credit or debit card for payment. No cash or personal checks will be accepted.

Click here to Register Online now. If you have problems registering online please contact the school director.

(A current USATF membership is required to register--please join online if you are not a member.)

All received registrations are posted on the Registration Status page (Once on the registration status page click on the school location in blue to view the registration list).

Refund policy:  1/2 of the registration fee ($ 102.50) will be refunded after January 2, 2018 and no refund will be given after the start date of the school.

If you have any difficulties with the online registration process, please contact the School Director.

Any student requesting ADA accommodations must make that request at the time of completing the application/registration, and support the request with the appropriate documentation sent to the Director of Coaching, Said application/registration must be completed no later than six (6) weeks prior to the school opening in order to ensure the availability of any such reasonable accommodations or other required assistance during the Level 1 coaching school.

All Pacific Association member coaches are invited to apply for full tuition scholarships by contacting Association Chair Dave Shrock. Application deadline is December 10, 2017.

Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545

Class room 2611 (by gym and pools in the athletic/P.E. building)
Click here for Chabot directions and map link

Driving:  Exit Hwy 92 (2 miles east of the San Mateo Bridge) at Hesperian and go north towards San Leandro.  Chabot is less than 1 mile on your left.  Turn down Depot Road and right onto the service Road, then follow signs.  Detailed campus map will be supplied to pre-registered coaches. $2.00 parking charge on Saturdays.
Air: Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 11 miles north of Chabot College, San Francisco International (SFO) is 21 miles west, and San Jose is 26 miles to the south. SuperShuttle:, 800-258-3826. From SFO to Hayward is $41.00 one-way.  There is no SuperShuttle service to and from OAK or San Jose airports to Hayward.

BART:  The closet BART Station is Hayward, which is 3.3 miles east of the college. 
AC Transit bus route 92 runs between the college and BART station. Refer to AC transit for timings and cost:


La Quinta Inn (1.6 miles north of college)
20777 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541

Continental breakfast (waffles, bread, yogurt, oatmeal, muffins, fruits, hard boiled eggs) runs 6:00-9:30am. Complimentary wireless internet available throughout the hotel.


Ken Grace - For over thirty-seven  years Ken has coached track/field and cross country at  both the community college and high school levels.  A teacher of Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education at Chabot College, Ken is USATF certified level 1 & level 2 in both jumps and endurance. Over the years Ken has had the opportunity to have coached and taught 6 community college state champions, a high school state champion and Foot Locker National Qualifier in cross country, a U.S. XC National team member, a Western States 100 mile champion, a national road race champion, and thousands of fantastic people. Ken has authored several articles on training and endurance.   Grace was awarded California Community College Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1995.  Grace earned his BS in Kinesiology from Cal-State Hayward, and holds an MA Education from Stanford.

April Smith - Smith, whose last stop was a 13-year tenure at Appalachian State, now leads the Fresno State Bulldog Throws program. In her first year at Fresno State, she coached two Mountain West All Conference athletes, along with a conference champion in the women’s discus, rising sophomore Kayla Hopkins to 4th on the all-time list with a throw of 177’5.5” (54.08m), and a 3rd place finish for freshman Vanja Spaic in the javelin. Along with her Mountain West achievements, she had three first round national qualifiers (2 discus throwers & a javelin thrower) in her first year as well. While at Appalachian State, Smith coached 22 regional qualifiers, 10 national qualifiers and one athlete that met an Olympic trials standard of 63 feet, 1 inch in the shot put in June of 2007. She has also coached 59 conference champions and 32 All-Southern conference athletes in the shot put, discus, hammer, javelin and weight throw events. Arguably her greatest personal accolade was in 2006, when Smith was named the NCAA East Region Women's Throws Coach of the Year.

Smith also brings experience as a coach from the highest level, having been a member of the United States Track and Field coaching staff for the Junior Pan American games in 2013.

Dr. Dave Shrock - Under Coach Shrock’s guidance at Modesto Junior College, the program amassed two Nor-Cal championships and three runner-up titles, with Shrock named California Central Valley Coach of the Year ten times while his program generated sixty-four All-Americans.  Shrock began his coaching career forty-one years ago at the College of San Mateo before coaching cross country and assisting with track at Stanford and San José State.  Shrock is Level 2 certified in endurance, jumps, and sprints/ hurdles, while having earned Level 3 certification in training theory.  Currently, Shrock serves as Chair of USATF's Association Committee, which is the organization's largest committee. Shrock also presents internationally on subjects relating to sport management and coaching, and served as the Team USA Men’s distance coach at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul and Men's head coach at the 2016 Pan Am Cross Country Championships in Caracas.


*Attendance at all classroom sessions required in order to receive access to the Level 1 exam; schedule subject to change.

Saturday – January 13  
8:00-8:30 AM Registration
8:30-8:45 AM Introductions 
8:45-10:00 AM Positive Coaching, Ethics & Risk Management 
10:10-11:40 AM Psychology 
11:50-1:00 PM Physiology 
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:00-3:30 PM Training Theory 
3:40-4:45 PM Biomotor Training 
4:50-6:00 PM Biomechanics
6:10-8:40 PM Sprints/Hurdles/Relays 
9:00 PM Coaches Social at Celia's Restaurant (across street from Chabot on Hesperian)
Sunday - January 14  
8:00-8:15 AM Association & Officials Information
8:15-10:15 AM Endurance
10:25-1:15 PM Throws 
1:15-2:15 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:15-4:15 PM Practical Application Lab (at track and fitness center-wear light workout clothes)
4:30-7:00 PM Jumps 
7:00-7:10 PM Q & A/Wrap-Up 

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