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2018 Level 2 School - Marian University

*6/4 - Application period now closed for Level 2 at Marian University. Applications still available for select event disciplines at the August Chula Vista offering

July 16-17, 2018, Instructor Training Course
July 16-21, 2018, First Time Participants
July 17-21, 2018, Alumni

Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222


The application includes a $5 fee. An application must be submitted by Friday, June 1 at 11:59pm (EST). No application fees will be refunded nor late submissions accepted.

The application will give you the option to request one of six event areas to study (Endurance, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps, Throws, Youth Specialization and Instructor Training Course). 

Please note that a seat in your preferred event group is not reserved until the full tuition payment is made within 72 hours of acceptance to the course. All payments are due no later than 11:59pm (EST) Monday, June 4, 2018.

Please review the Level 2 application requirements prior to applying. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You should have all of the following information readily available BEFORE starting the application process:

  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover)
  • Your 2018 USATF membership number 
  • Level 1 and Level 2 (if applicable) completion year and state
  • An electronic resume or curriculum vitae to upload
  • Three names and email addresses for references

Please check your junk/clutter/spam folders if you do not receive a confirmation email/receipt. You may also login to your application to view acceptance under “Status” and any transaction amounts.

Event Disciplines

Coaches can choose any of the following event disciplines to study:

  • Sprints / Hurdles / Relays - Maximum enrollment capacity reached; no more applications will be accepted
  • Endurance - Maximum enrollment capacity reached; no more applications will be accepted
  • Jumps 
  • Throws
  • Youth Specialization 
  • Instructor Training Course
Combined Events will not be offered in 2018 as the curriculum is under going a course revision.

Youth Specialization

The Youth Specialization discipline is designed to address the needs of those seeking advanced training in coaching the developing athlete. The program supports youth, middle and high school coaches as they face challenges ranging from introducing the sport to novices to the unique concerns associated with preparing young elite athletes striving for spots on the podium at state, national, and international championships.

Instructor Training Course

ITC will be offered in 2018. The USATF Coaching Education Committee will select a small group of qualified applicants for the 15-hour certification. Please read closely the qualifications for acceptance into ITC. ITC certification provides access to become a Level 1 school instructor.

*New to the ITC application process is a required short video presentation from a provided script. Please download and review recommendations and the script here before uploading submission to your ITC application.

Check-In / Out

Instructor Training Course (ITC):
The opening session for Instructor Training Course participants will begin promptly at 10:00am on Monday, July 16th. Location will be posted on the school schedule. ITC students selecting a room and board package will receive room keys during first timers check in. No early check in will be permitted. 

The closing session, with check out to immediately follow, will conclude at 2:00pm on Tuesday, July 17th.

First Timers:
Check-in for First Timers will take place between 3:30pm – 5:00pm on Monday, July 16th. No early check in will be permitted. Upon arrival, there will be signage directing coaches where to park or be dropped off.  The Level 2 school introductory session will start promptly at 5:00pm. Location will be posted on the school schedule. Detailed information for onsite arrival will be emailed to all registrants 2-4 weeks prior to school start.

Alumni dorm check-in is from 1:00pm-2:00pm on Tuesday, July 17th, with event specific sessions starting at 2:00pm. No early check in will be permitted. Location will be posted on the school schedule.

The program will conclude at approximately 11:00am on Saturday, July 21st following student evaluations of the staff and graduation. Attendance at the closing session is MANDATORY in order to receive a Level 2 certificate. Please be advised that you should not purchase a plane ticket until you are notified of acceptance into the school. The room and board package does not include housing on the night of Saturday, July 21st. The room and board package includes breakfast ONLY for Saturday, July 21st, 2018.

Housing Options

Marian University offers single and double occupancy housing options with an adjoining shared bathroom in various residence halls on campus. Please note, only accepted and enrolled Level 2 participants are eligible to stay on campus. If you will have a family member, friend or significant other traveling with you, please seek off-campus housing.

Linens package is included: pillow, two sheets, pillowcase, light blanket, plus one towel and washcloth. USATF has secured a set number of rooms and single rooms are limited. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis as tuition, room and board payment are made after acceptance to the school. Students should be prompt in making payment to assure their choices can be accommodated.

Tuition, Room & Board
Tuition Only
Double Room Total
Single Room Total
First Timers
$ 465.00
$ 840.00
$ 1015.00
$ 425.00
$ 735.00
$ 875.00
ITC  $ 450.00 $ 550.00 $ 585.00
ITC / Alumni $ 875.00 $ 1285.00 $ 1460.00

Please note that these are college residence halls with twin size, recycled bedding. If you have trouble sleeping, prefer larger bedding or think you will be uncomfortable, we suggest staying off campus at a local hotel or bring additional linens.

*Acceptance to the course provides access to the payment page and Sports Science modules for first-timers. No slot is guaranteed until tuition payment is made. Tuition payment is due 72 hours after acceptance to the school. Housing must be paid by Monday, June 4th. Housing cannot be guaranteed until payment is made and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.


Marian University does not charge for parking. A designated lot for the Level 2 School will be included in final instructions to students.

Sports Science Online Modules for First Time Students

Within a week of acceptance, first time students will receive a username and password to access the online Physiology, Training Theory, Biomechanics and Sports Psychology lectures provided by the USATF sport science team in which Dr. Christine Brooks is the lead instructor. This interactive format will allow students to learn at their own leisure and gain invaluable tips from one of the leaders in the online learning industry. It is imperative that students review materials including all quizzes prior to arrival in order to pass the exam for physiology, training theory, sports psychology and biomechanics. The exams will be administered on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning of the school. All sports science classroom work must be completed prior to arriving at the school on July 16, 2018. No onsite reviews will be conducted. 

Tenative Schedule of Exams


Physiology exam - 5:15pm-6:00pm
Dinner - 6:00pm-7:00pm
Training Theory Exam - 7:15pm-8:00pm


Breakfast - 8:00am-9:00am
Biomechanics Exam - 9:00am-9:45am
Sports Psychology -10:30am-11:15am
Lunch - 11:30-1:00pm
Event Specific sessions open - 2:00pm

Departure Time

All Level 2 participants must check out of their rooms by 11:00am on Saturday, July 21st. Housing for the night of July 21st is not included in the room and board package. Absence from the closing session will result in forfeiture of your Level 2 certificate.



Detailed event information regarding check-in, linens, room key deposit, weather and other school related information will be emailed to all participants 2-3 weeks prior to the school.

Air Travel

Travel to/from Marian University is at each registrant's own expense. Marian University is approximately a 20-minute ride from Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

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Classes and Attendance

Classes will be held in various lecture halls on the Marian University campus. 100% attendance is mandatory at all sessions to earn a Level 2 certificate. Be on time. If commuting, be aware that the Level 2 schedule is rigorous and a commute of more than 30 minutes each day could be very taxing. Typically, at least three quarters of the Level 2 attendees and all of the staff members stay on campus. Absence from the closing session will result in forfeiture of your Level 2 certificate.

Housing and Meals

The room & board package for Instructor Training Course participants begins with dinner on July 16th and concludes with lunch on July 17th. The room & board package for first time Level 2 participants begins with dinner on July 16th and concludes with breakfast on July 21st. The alumni room & board package begins with dinner on July 17th and concludes with breakfast on July 21st. All meals will be served in the campus dining hall.

All dorm rooms must be vacated by 11:00am Saturday, July 21st, 2018. No exceptions. Commuters will have the option to purchase individual meals at the dining commons.

Grading Protocols

Sports Science: The sports science curriculum is required of all first time students to Level 2; online exams are administered for training theory, physiology, sports psychology, and biomechanics during the first two days of the school.  Students have access to the online modules as soon as they have paid tuition to the Level 2 school. Also, specific sports science assignments and the grading protocol will be sent to students at time of access to the online sports science modules. This online learning environment is self-paced. Early access to the online modules assures the student of appropriate preparation for the exams when they arrive onsite July 16.   A passing grade is 80%. Any student failing will have a one-time online retake (no exceptions) during the first 30 days after the close of the school on July 21st. Students must pass all four sports science exams to be eligible to gain a Level 2 certification. Students should bring to the school site an electronic device (laptop or tablet) to access the online exams.

Event Specific Evaluation

Each event group is comprised of three specific tasks:

  1. Session plan developed by each student will be collected and reviewed on Thursday morning of the event specific lecture (a one-page explanation of a training session to include all the appropriate components). This is an accepted or not accepted evaluation by the event instructors. In the event that a student does not present an acceptable session plan, the instructors will require additional time be spent during the course day to correct the written assignment.
  2. Written exam of 25-30 multiple-choice questions, true false and/or short answer response (80% grade is required to pass the exam). This is the only graded evaluation for passing the class. It is a hard copy test, which is graded onsite for students to receive a certificate.
  3. Either a group presentation or individual oral exam, determined by the event lecturers, may be assigned as part of the class participation in the course. No grade is attached to this assignment, but it is a valuable part of course to evaluate their peers in class.

There is a onetime retest within 30 days of completion of the school for a student who fails to meet the 80% passing grade.

Level 2 Refund Policy

All tuition or room & board full refund requests (less processing fees) must be submitted no later than 11:59pm (EST) on Friday, June 1, 2018.  A $25 administrative fee will apply to all refund requests. For first timers, only a 50% refund of tuition will be provided after they have entered the Sports Science Modules, which officially begin the course. No refunds after deadlines.

Contact Information

USATF Coaching Programs Coordinator
(317) 713-4667

ADA Accommodations

Any student requesting ADA accommodations must make that request at the time of completing the application, and support the request with the appropriate documentation sent to the Director of Coaching, Said application 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 2 coaching school.
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