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2012 Coaching Enhancement Grants

USATF is pleased to offer the following grants for the 2012 year to assist coaches in opportunities to enhance their professional growth.  An application within the stated timeline is required of interested candidates and sent to Terry Crawford , Director of Coaching, All applications will be forwarded to the Grants Sub-Committee of Coaches Advisory Committee, Chair-Cliff Rovelto. Selection and notification to recipients will be made within 10 days of the event’s application deadline.

  1. US Olympic Trials  Mentorship Grant, US Olympic Trials, Eugene, Oregon, June  22-25,  Application Deadline, May 15, 2012. This unique mentorship program will provide an up close and personal experience of the strategies, meet prep, mental preparation and” in the moment” coaching for an emerging elite coach in a chosen event. The grant recipient will shadow one of the USATF’s Master coaches through the rounds and final of a chosen event.  A Group administrator will lead rap sessions before and after each round and the end of each day with be closed out with a pedagogy presentation from a different Master coach.
    Grant: Six ( 6 ) $800 grants are available towards travel and room and board costs. Coaching Credential to be included.  The grant recipient will receive 4 nights of shared room and board in the University of Oregon Dorms, June 22-25, plus $400 towards their receipted travel to Eugene.
    1. A coach cannot have an athlete competing during the designated dates of the Mentorship.
    2. A current coach who is either a head High School Coach for 8 years or a college assistant or head  coach for minimum of 5 years.
    3. Has coached an athlete at the Junior or Senior USATF Outdoor Championships in the last five years or coached a high school athlete at the State Championships.
    4. USATF  Level 2 Coaching Education certificate in any of the event disciplines.
    5. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
    6. Two paragraph position statement on the value of attending the mentorship, submitted with application.
  2. NACACTFCA  Congress, Nassau, Bahamas, Oct. 4-7, 2012, more information and list of speakers:, World Class Coaches to lecture at the Congress: Fran Bosch, Netherlands, expert of Sprints, Jumps, Strength Training; Bradley Cooper, Bahamas, Throwing Events; Peter Thompson, Great Britain, Mid-Distance Training; Dr. Jim Denison, Canada, Coaching Ethics;
    Grants:  Three (3) $800 grants are available to cover expenses. Deadline for application: September 1, 2012
    1. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
    2. Level 2 Coaching Certificate required
    3. Current high school , college, or professional elite coach
    4. Application that includes a half page philosophical statement on career goals.
  3. Master Coach Fall Mentorship:  Grants:Three (3) emerging elite coaches will be awarded up to $800 towards expenses to visit on location a Master Coach to observe for 3 days of “on the field” routine as Fall training begins for the elite athlete. Locations to be selected Chula Vista OTC; HSI Sprint Club, Los Angeles;  or candidate can suggest a coach they would like to shadow for approval. Dates of mentorship must be selected within October 20- November 20. Deadline for application, September 1, 2012.
    1. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
    2. Level 2 Coaching Education Certificate
    3. Current high school, college, or professional elite coach
    4. Application to include a brief statement of how you can use the information.
  4. Podium Education Project, November 28 , 2012, Daytona Beach Florida, in conjunction with USATF Annual Meeting, November 29- December 1, 2012. USATF’s high performance symposium to offer cutting edge research and training methods to impact the athletic performance for aspiring world class athletes.   Detailed information and topics can be found in the special programs section of Coaches Education at For hotel information go to
    Grants:  Ten (10) $500 grants towards travel expenses. Deadline for application:  September 15, 2012.
    1. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
    2. Level  2 Coaching Education certificate
    3. Current Coach at high school or college, professional level.
    4. Application that includes a half page philosophical statement on career goals
  5. USATF / IAAF Academy for Jumps and Throws, December 30- January 5, 2013 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. In partnership with the IAAF, USATF Coaches Education will offer the highest level of certification for an internationally recognized coach. Completion of all components of the course entitles a coach to receive a USATF/IAAF Diploma in the sprints and hurdles. CEU and graduate credit is available from Indiana University, the sponsoring university required of all IAAF Academy courses. IAAF Lead Instructors, Loren Seagrave and Don Babbitt along with Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdolf, IAAF Lead Jumps Academy Lecturer and Dr. Robert Chapman, USATF Associate Director of Sport Science, will act as the lead instructors for the Academy. For more detailed information visit the USATF/IAAF Academy website.
    Grant: Four (4) $1200 grants will be awarded to cover tuition and shared room/board costs. Grant recipients will be responsible for their travel expenses to Chula Vista. The Olympic Training Center will provide shuttle service from the San Diego airport to the Olympic Training Center.
    Application Deadline: October 1,2012
    1. Coach must be a member of the Coaches Registry.
    2. Coach must have successfully completed the Level 2  course in the respective event they are applying, jumps or throws.
    3. Coach must be actively coaching, preferably athletes who are 16 years or older.
    4. Coach should have a minimum of 8 years of full time coaching experience.
    5. Coach has qualified an athlete to the Sr./Jr. National Championships in the last five years.
    6. Coach must submit a two paragraph position statement on goals for attending the Academy.

Additional opportunities will be posted on an ongoing basis.

2012 Coaching Enhancement Grant Application

Terry Crawford - or 317-713-4671

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