The Level 1 course is the cornerstone of the USATF Coaching Education Program. It establishes a common ground amongst coaches by developing a language specific to the track and field coaching community. The program covers all events in a straightforward manner by emphasizing fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, and instruction techniques. Certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education
(NCACE), the course prepares an individual to coach at the junior high school, high school, club, and junior age division level.
The cost for a Level 1 school is $190.00 for early-registration or $240.00 after the early-registration deadline. Schools are typically two-and-a-half-day courses where 21.5 hours are spent on track & field and related sport science. The course consists of classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. In order to receive credit for Level 1 and access to the exam you must attend all classroom sessions.
After the school, participants have 90 days and one attempt* to complete the online exam
which covers event-related and sport science subjects, including content provided by USADA on coaching philosophy and PEDs. Upon passing the exam, participants will be able to download a Level 1 Certificate. Students desiring an extension to complete course work after the 90 day window closes, must request an extension by submitting a $25 late extension fee
USSA Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
*If a passing score (80%) is not achieved on the participant's initial attempt, they may request one additional retake attempt. A $25 administration fee will accompany such request and payment must be submitted online.
To attend a Level 1 School a coach must:
Be at least 18 years of age
Have a current USATF membership
Become a USATF Member
Locate a school
Complete the online registration process (visit the Coaching Education Calendar and select "Registration Information" for the school you want to attend)
Elite athletes that have made a World Championship, Olympic or Pan American team are allowed to register at a discounted rate (50% off). If an athlete is interested, they will need to contact the USATF Coaching Programs Coordinator.
Recognition as a USATF Level 1 Coach
Curriculum book covering sport science and individual events
Skills and knowledge to coach athletes at all levels
Access to instructors and mentors with extensive experience
Eligibility to attend a Level 2 School
(Must have completed Level 1 no later than April 30th of the year prior to the Level 2 School for which you are applying