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Fundamentals of Track and Field, in partnership with NFHS

The USATF Coaching Education is pleased to offer an ONLINE fundamentals course intended for entry level coaches, parents or volunteers/officials at any level. Two of the primary objectives are to present guidelines of coaching responsibilities and to introduce the basic techniques and coaching cues and drills of the three major event areas__ Running, Jumps, and Throws.

You will become a certified coach with USATF and NFHS ( National Federation of High Schools). This online course is designed to deliver the highest quality professional development online at an affordable cost. This course serves to be the gateway to all USATF Coaching Education courses, and is highly recommended for entry level coaches, parents, and volunteers.


  1. The online course is hosted on the NFHS website,, and provides a 24 hours help desk to assist in navigating the course. In addition to the “Fundamentals of Track and Field”, the NFHS website offers other courses which qualify a coach to receive a NFHS accreditation and receive other benefits including a certified license in the sport and liability insurance through the NFHS Coaches Association.
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  3. As a member of USATF, be sure to click on the link to receive a $10 discount from the NFHS price of $75 when you register for the course.
  4. At completion of the course, your name will be recorded on the USATF Coaching education database as well as the NFHS database, and your certificate will be send to you electronically.


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Seek a certification in the Basics techniques, coaching, and management of the sport of track and field


  • Recognition as a USATF certified coach and NFHS certified coach
  • Work at your own pace with the ability to enter and reenter the course to meet your personal schedule
  • Skills and knowledge in the broad event areas of track and field, running, jumping, and throwing
  • Access to a resource section for equipment, training programs in all events, and management skills for running a track meet
  • Preparation (but not a requirement) to attend a Level 1 school
  • Achieve the entry level for all USATF Coaching Education programs which assures the coach success in the more advanced schools.
  • Receive a certification recognized by NFHS and it member state associations in meeting employment standards for interscholastic coaching.
  • Meets the requirement to be eligible for the Youth Specialization LEVEL 2 school.

About Fundamentals of Track and Field

The Fundamentals of Track and Field online course is designed for the adult learner to spend approximately two-three hours completing the course. Because a person works at their own pace, the individual may choose to review sections, spend extra time in the resource section, and complete their competency quizzes as they complete each section of the course. The course is hosted by USATF Olympians, Dan O’Brien and Hyleas Fountain. Dan and Hyleas, as multi- event medalists on the world class level of competition know how important it is for every coach to understand and be able to coach an athlete in the broad events of track and field. Fundamentals of Track and Field is designed to give you video examples of teaching drills, offer sample workouts, and introduce the basic skills needed for each athlete to reach their full potential as they develop and pursue a long career in track and field.

The cost of the course is $65 by receiving the USATF membership discount on the registration.

As they say on the NFHS site "GET CERTIFIED", and start your path to a full program of professional coaching courses with USATF Coaching Education today!

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