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2013 USATF/IAAF Academy for Throws and Jumps

December 30- January 5, 2013
USOC Olympic Training Center - Chula Vista, California

Please Note: The Academy has reached capacity.

Cost: Tuition - $600
Room & Board (Shared Room) - $600
Room & Board (Single Room) - $920

Offering: USATF/IAAF Academy diploma and Level 3 certification upon completion of all components of the course. The IAAF Academy Diploma for Elite Coach is the highest recognized achievement awarded through the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS). It is recognized around the world and indicates that a coach is not only highly experienced but has the knowledge to coach or instruct at the highest international levels of the track & field profession.  In addition to the IAAF Diploma, all USATF Level 2 coaches who complete the course will receive a Level 3 certification in their selected event.  A candidate will select either throws or jumps to enroll for the week long course.

CEU or graduate credit is available upon request from Indiana University.

  • Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdorf - IAAF Lead Lecturer for Jumps; Noted professor at the German Sports University, Cologne; Recognized as world class authority for the High Jump.
  • Dr. Robert Chapman - USATF Associate Director of Sport Science; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University
  • Dr. Elio Locatelli - IAAF Director of Member Services; Renowned Italian Sprint Coach and Researcher
  • Loren Seagrave - IMG Academy Director for Speed and Movement; IAAF Academy Director for Sprints & Hurdles
  • Don Babbitt- IAAF Lead Lecturer for Throws; Throws Coach at the University of Georgia; World class coach for Reese Hoffa, Adam Nelson, and other world class throwers
  • Art Venegas - USATF Strength and Conditioning Consultant at the USOC Olympic Training Center; Former Strength Coach for HSI Sprint Club; Former Head Coach at UCLA; Coach of Gold medalist, John Godina, Jessica Cosby, American Record holder in the hammer.
  • Dr. Phil Cheetham - USOC  Biomechanist for Jumps and Throws at the Chula Vista Training Center
  • Dr. Larry Judge- Professor of Coaches Education at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; Noted US Throws Coach.
  • Dr. Klaus Baronietz - World renowned German throws coach, biomechanist.
  • Jeremy Fischer - Coach of Horizontal Jumps at the Olympic Training Center; Personal Coach of Olympian Will Claye.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Coaches living in the United States must have successfully completed the USATF Level 2 Course in their selected event, either throws or jumps.
  2. International coaches must have successfully completed the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) Level IV in throws or jumps. International coaches also must secure an endorsement from their National Federation, and have letter of recommendation from the Federation submitted with application.
  3. All coaches must be actively coaching track & field.

Canadian Coaches
Canadian coaches must apply through Athletics Canada and submit their applications directly to Donna Harris, Director Coach Development via email at The application should be sent in the form of an email with attachments. The application requirements for Canadian coaches are as follows:

  • Certified at Level 3 or Competition Development certified (please provide your CC#)
  • Three to five years experience working with athletes competing at the national level
  • Branch endorsement (Athletics Canada will contact your provincial branch upon receipt of your application)
  • Statement of coaching philosophy and explanation of how concepts presented at this seminar will be shared with others upon your return to your club/school/province
  • A coaching resume outlining coaching assignments, athletes they are currently coaching or have coached and their performances, etc.
  • Once Athletics Canada reviews the applications and confirms coaching certification, all applications will be sent on to USATF for final selection. The application deadline for Canadian Coaches is: Friday, November 16, 2012.

Applications: Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 30, 2012  to Terry Crawford, USATF Director of Coaching ( Candidates will be notified of their status within five (5) business days of receiving the application. The USATF/IAAF Academy course is designed to be a small classroom environment (25 enrollees per event) with limited enrollment. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Limited Enrollment: A limited number of slots for professionals applying from related fields, USOC NGBs, Strength and Conditioning coaches, Speed Development coaches, etc, will be considered in a non-diploma capacity if space is not filled with qualified coaches. Please submit application per the above instructions. Professionals who do not have the above qualifications are not eligible to receive the IAAF Diploma and will not be notified until December 6th if they have been accepted to attend the academy, based on remaining space in the course.

Payment:  Notification of acceptance and online payment link will be sent to the applicant within 5 days of receipt of application. Online payment by Visa credit card must be completed within 10 days of acceptance to secure spot in the Academy.  No spot is guaranteed until payment is received. 

Available Scholarships: USATF is awarding four (4) $1200 scholarships to cover the tuition, room and board cost of the academy. US residents should submit applications for scholarship to Terry Crawford at The USATF Coaches Advisory Committee will review and select scholarship recipients. Click here to view the US resident scholarship information.

The IAAF will be sponsoring four (4) $1200 scholarships covering tuition, room and board cost for non-US resident coaches. Interested coaches should contact Lenford Levy, Director at the IAAF Regional Development Center at

Schedule: A complete daily schedule will be provided online at a future date. The Academy will open December 30, 2012, with registration from 3-6pm, followed by dinner. The opening session will begin at 7:15pm. The Academy will end on Saturday, January 5, 2013 with a closing dinner and presentation. Check-out is scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2013, no later than 11:00am. The daily schedule will include an inactive format of classroom lecture, practicum experience on the track with world class athletes, and sport science laboratory experience for biomechanical analysis.

Transportation: Arrivals at the San Diego Airport may request shuttle service to the Olympic Training Center at the time of their acceptance into the Academy. Parking passes will be provided for Coaches who drive to the Olympic Training Center at no charge.

The application is now closed.

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