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Chula Vista High Performance Training Center

USA Track & Field (USATF), in cooperation with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), offers the following programs at either its Chula Vista or Colorado Springs Olympic Training Centers.

Residence Program
Short Term Program
Facility Use Program
Sport Science/Medical Program

For each of the programs above, the USOC requires that the sport’s National Governing Body (NGB) to endorse the athlete or group for the respective program.  This endorsement is done by USATF’s Managing Director of High Performance Programs, in cooperation with the CVOTC Residence Program Coaches.

For all such programs, USATF’s program year runs from October 1st to September 30th of the following year. This start date is intended to coincide with the start of many athletes’ fall, pre-season training, programs, whereas the end date accommodates those athletes who compete in late-season, international competitions.

 

Chula Vista OTC Residence Program

Chula Vista TrackIn cooperation with the USOC, USATF carries out a track & field Residence Program at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (CVOTC) in California. The Residence Program is a year-long program of living and training at the CVOTC, with athletes living either on-site or in self-selected, off-site housing. This program is designed to provide athletes with top level coaching, a world-class training facility, as well as top-level strength training, sports medicine and sports science facilities and programs. This is a cost-free program for all athletes who are qualified for and accepted into the Residence Program. Athletes in the CVOTC Residence Program may also qualify for extra benefits (i.e. travel to domestic and/or international competitions) according to their qualification for funding levels in the 2014 Tier Program. USATF employs a full-time coaching staff at the CVOTC, made up of Director/Head Coach, Craig Poole and broad-event coaches Al Joyner, Mac Wilkins, Jeremy Fisher, Art Venegas and Joaquim Cruz. While select athletes in the sprints, hurdles, or middle-distances may be a part of this program, the focus of the track & field CVOTC Residence Program continues to be the jumping, throwing and multi events

In order to submit an application for the 2014-2015 CVOTC Residence Program, an athlete should have met the 2013 World Championships qualifying standard in 2014, as well as having posted a successful competitive profile against top-level national and international competition over the previous two years. Maternity, serious injuries, major health issues or extraordinary personal situations will be taken into account when considering an applicant’s profile. In select developmental events, athletes who have met the 2013 World Championships “B” Qualifying Standard and who have a successful competitive profile against top-level national and international competition will receive consideration for acceptance into the Residence Program. This special component will permit USATF to focus on raising the level of certain events and athletes in that event to an internationally competitive level.

Each athlete will be evaluated by the coaching staff at several times during the year, the first coming at the conclusion of the U.S. indoor season and the next at the conclusion of their outdoor season, but not later than the end of that summer’s IAAF Grand Prix Series. Athletes will be recommended for continuance in their Residence Program if they continue to post the World/Olympic “A” standard, exhibit a strong performance profile against national world-level competition, and give evidence of progress towards achieving viable medal potential in their event(s). Athletes not recommended for continuance will be given ample notice and time for departing the OTC.

For information about and applications for the Residence Program at the CVOTC, please contact Duffy Mahoney [duffy.mahoney@usatf.org] or (317-713-4673).  To obtain an application, click here.

Colorado Springs OTC Residence Program

In cooperation with the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field (USATF) carries out a small track & field Residence Program at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (CSOTC) in Colorado. The Residence Program is a year-long program of living and training at the CSOTC, with athletes living either on-site or in self-selected, off-site housing. This program is designed to provide athletes and their coaches with access to the OTC’s training and strength training facilities, sports medicine and sports science facilities and programs. This is a cost-free program for all athletes who are qualified for and accepted into the Residence Program. While USATF does not employ a coach at the CSOTC, the USOC’s Dr. Randy Wilber provides oversight for athletes in this program. With the CSOTC being at located in an altitude environment, and not having a track & field facility on its campus, the focus of the track & field Residence Program continues to be long distance running and endurance events.

In order to submit an application for the 2014-2015 CSOTC Residence Program, an athlete should have met the 2013 World Championships qualifying standard in 2014, as well as having posted a successful competitive profile against top-level national and international competition over the previous two years. Maternity, serious injuries, major health issues or extraordinary personal situations will be taken into account when considering an applicant’s profile. In select, developmental events, athletes with the “B” qualifying standard and a successful competitive profile against top-level national and international competition will receive consideration for acceptance into the Residence Program. This special component will permit USATF to focus on raising the level of the event and athletes in the event to an internationally competitive level.

Each athlete will be evaluated by the coaching staff at several times during the year, the first coming at the conclusion of the U.S. indoor season and the next at the conclusion of their outdoor season, but not later than the end of that summer’s IAAF Grand Prix Series. Athletes will be recommended for continuance in their Residence Program if they continue to post the World/Olympic “A” standard, exhibit a strong performance profile against national world-level competition, and give evidence of progress towards achieving viable medal potential in their event(s). Athletes not recommended for continuance will be given ample notice and time for departing the OTC.

For information about and applications for the Residence Program at the CSOTC, you should contact Duffy Mahoney [duffy.mahoney@usatf.org] or (317-713-4673). To obtain an application, click here.

Short Term Programs

Short Term Programs (STP) can be held at either the Chula Vista or Colorado Springs OTC. Short Term Programs are limited to no more than 90 days of use in each program year. For athletes who seek a program that will exceed 90 days use per year, the USOC feels that the NGB should support that athlete for entry into their Residence Program.

Individuals in STP’s are able to enjoy on-site housing, meals, use of the track & field training facilities, use of the strength training facility and general sport medicine support. Note that all STP housing is on an as-available basis. For STP’s, USATF athletes and their accompanying personal coach enjoy cost-free use privileges if they, in the year preceding the program, are highly ranked performers among U.S. athletes in their event(s) and have a national level competitive profile against U.S. athletes. For athletes who are not qualified for cost-free use privileges and for whom USATF is willing to endorse their program, the fee is $45.00 per person/per day for on-site stays and $30.00 per person/per day for off-site housing.

Applications for Short Term Programs are processed and endorsed by the designated NGB endorser. In order to apply for a program, the following information should be sent by e-mail to Duffy Mahoney [duffy.mahoney@usatf.org] at the USATF National Office: 1) the name(s) of all participants, broken down by athlete, coach or staff, 2) the name, address, phone, cell phone and e-mail of the athlete, coach or individual who will be the “contact person” for the program, 3) the dates of arrival and departure (the latter being the day after the last night of stay on-site), 4) a basic program description, 5) a statement of the goals for the program and 6) any special requests (sport science testing, special meals, etc.). Once the application is completed and endorsed, it will be forwarded to the USOC for their review and final approval.

Facility Use Programs

Facility Use Programs (FUP) can be held at either the Chula Vista or Colorado Springs OTC. The USOC has defined that these programs are for athletes who live in the area of a USOTC and who wish to use the OTC as their home/regular training base. Athletes in FUP are expected to have a personal coach accompany them for all on-site workout sessions. Athletes without a personal coach must receive the prior approval of a USATF track & field Residence Program coach(es) concerning their willingness to work with that athlete during their training sessions.

In Facility Use Programs, USATF athletes and their accompanying personal coach enjoy cost-free use privileges if they, in the year preceding the program, are highly ranked performers among U.S. athletes in their event(s) and have a national level competitive profile against other U.S. athletes. For athletes who are not qualified for cost-free use privileges and for whom USATF is willing to endorse their program, the fee is $8.00 per person/per day. For monthly or long-term FUT programs, the USOC has established a fee of $150 per month/per athlete. It is important to note that this fee does not include meal privileges. This is a month by month program, with the upper limit being a one year duration. For those in a long term FUP, bi-annual evaluations will be conducted following the U.S. Indoor Championships and again after the conclusion of the summer competitive season for that athlete.

Sport Science & Medicine Testing Programs

Sport Science/Medical Programs (SSMP) can be held at the Chula Vista or Colorado Springs OTC’s. These programs are for athletes wishing to use the OTC and its medical and/or science staff to conduct tests and/or evaluations of the athlete. At both OTC’s, the USOC offers a number of sport science tests and services to athletes qualified and endorsed for this program. For blood tests, the USOC covers 50% of the cost, whereas USATF is responsible for the other 50%. All Sport Science & Medicine Testing Programs require the prior approval of the USOC medical staff at that Training Center as well as the endorsement of USATF. It is important to note that despite approving or endorsing these programs, USATF will not be responsible for the cost of medical procedures such as CAT scans, MRI’s, etc.

Since SSMP’s are considered to be a aspect of Short Term Program, Individuals are able to enjoy on-site housing, meals, use of the track & field training facilities, use of the strength training facility and general sport medicine support. All SSMP housing is on an as-available basis. In SSMP’s, USATF athletes and their accompanying personal coach enjoy cost-free use privileges if they, in the year preceding the program, are highly ranked performers among U.S. athletes in their event(s) and have a national level competitive profile against other U.S. athletes. All SSMP on-site housing is on an “as available” basis. For athletes who are not qualified for cost-free use privileges and for whom USATF is willing to endorse their program, the fee is $45.00 per person/per day for on-site stays and $30.00 pp/pd for off-site housing.

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