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2012 USATF National Podium Education Project

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Daytona Beach, Florida

What is it: The Podium Education Project (PEP) is an annual High Performance Coaches Symposium which brings elite coaches and sport scientists together to review and present the most cutting edge methodology and coaching practices in the world. It is designed to provide an exchange of knowledge between scientists, elite coaches and podium level coaches who have achieved the status of developing a medal-winning athlete at the World Championships or Olympic level.

2012 Program: The theme for the 2012 PEP is “Celebrating the Successes - 2012, and Meeting the Challenges - 2016.”  Headliners include Frank Dick, OBE, is an accomplished coach, motivator and educator from the United Kingdom. As a long time UKA national coach, Frank  developed an enclave of top British athletes including Daley Thompson as well as coaching world class athletes in other sports like tennis player, Boris Becker.  Vern Gambetta, world renowned sport scientist and training & conditioning specialist, will expand on his performance based coaching philosophy. As observers at the London Olympics, they will be relating their critical analysis as to who got it right and what the focus needs to be going forward. Coaches panels will be featured in each of the broad event areas including Terrence Mahon for the distance events and  Don Babbitt  for the throws. The jumps panel will include Podium Coaches, Rana Reider, Cliff Rovelto, and Jeremy Fischer, discussing their strategies in producing medalists in London.  Dr. Robert Chapman, USATF Associate Director of Sport Science and  Medicine, will present on USATF's attempts in tracking performance of USATF athletes. Chapman will also give a revealing  presentation on “when and why to altitude train for world class distance performance." Two presentations on motor learning will be presented by Dr. Denise Woods and Dr. Will Wu for helping coaches achieve success for their athletes. Harry Marra, coach of Ashton Eaton, will lead a Combined Events Panel.

Who can Attend: In addition to invited coaches, the conference is open to those who register and have a current USATF membership (Join online today!).

When: The 2012 PEP will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 8:00am - 6:30pm in Daytona Beach, Florida. The PEP will precede the USATF Annual Meeting.

Where: The conference will be held at the Daytona Beach Hilton. This is also the headquarter hotel for the USATF Annual Meeting.  Please make reservations through the online system to obtain the special convention  rate. To ensure you receive the USATF rate it is recommended that you register no later than November 7, 2012. Book early to ensure a room!

Special FREE Screening: Following the PEP Presentations there will be a special screening of Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story and the opportunity to purchase the accompaning book, Starting at the Finish Line: Coach Al Buehler's Timeless Wisdom.

The new book and film feature inspiring words from Al Buehler, the Duke and USTFCCCA Hall of Fame track coach who has continued to influence Olympians including Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Joan Benoit, Mary Decker, and John Carlos. Currently in his 58th year of teaching at Duke, Coach recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The screening will take place in the Coquina D ballroom of the Daytona Hilton at 7:00pm and is open to the public.

Schedule: Click here to view the full schedule. - Updated 11/14/12

Registration: Registration for the PEP is $65. Coaches who are members of the coaches registry, will receive a dicount code, e-mailed to them by October 15, to register for $15. If you have questions about the coupon code, e-mail Terry Crawford. The free entry code must be used at the time of registration.

The participant is responsible to cover all costs associated with travel, housing, meals and any entertainment expenses. The PEP is held in conjunction with the USATF Annual Meeting to reduce travel costs for attendees of both events. Registration is open on a first-come first-serve basis until November 15, 2012 or until the PEP has reached max capacity.

PEP registration is now closed.

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