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Level 1 Program

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.
Course Structure

The cost for a Level 1 school is $150.00 for early-registration or $200.00 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. 
After the school, participants have 90 days* to complete the online exam which covers event-related and sport science subjects. Upon passing the exam participants will be able to download a Level 1 Certificate.

*Coaches who attended the course prior to January 1, 2014 have one year to complete the Level 1 exam.

To attend a Level 1 School a coach must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a current USATF membership


  1. Become a USATF Member
  2. Locate a school
  3. Complete the online registration process (visit the Coaching Education Calendar and select "Registration Information" for the school you want to attend)

  • 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)
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