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Personal Coaches Policy

In the event that USA Track & Field has the opportunity to purchase additional credentials at the World Championships, these credentials will be offered to personal coaches of athletes who make the Team. Credentials will be limited thus a protocol for distributing these credentials will be as follows:

  • Prioritize by the number of athletes on the 2005 World Championships Team
  • Prioritize by 2004 Olympic Medalist
  • Prioritize by the probability of having a medal winner
  • Prioritize by athletes whose times/marks rank in the top 5 in the World by June 27
  • Prioritize by need

Athletes whose personal coaches will travel to Helsinki for the Championships must notify the Team Staff that their coach plans to attend during team sign-up at the Outdoor Championships. If the personal coach is at the Outdoor Championships he/she is asked to stop by the Team Sign-up area in the Velodrome to complete the paperwork for consideration for a credential. Extra credentials if available will cost approximately $400 each. Personal coaches must provide a credit card number to USA Track & Field when they submit there name for consideration. Housing may be available for an extra fee but is not guaranteed. USATF encourages coaches to find their own housing.

A coach who receives a staff credential, but is also a personal coach that is eligible by the above criteria will not be eligible for the extra officials credential. This program is strictly for personal coaches and may not be passed on to anyone else. All applications for credentials must be forwarded to USATF no later than Wednesday June 29 so that USATF can meet the IAAF's deadline of June 30 for requesting extra credentials.

These credentials will allow access to the Village, all practice venues, the Team seating area at the competition stadium and can ride the shuttles from the Village to practices and to the competition stadium. Coaches are responsible for their own transportation between their housing and the Village. This credential does not grant access to the Warm-up track.

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