January – March 2019
Stay up to date on all USATF youth information by visiting www.usatf.org/youth
2019 USATF Hershey Youth National Indoor Championships
March 15 th -17 th
Location- Ocean Breeze Sports Complex
Staten Island, NY
Registration information- www.athletic.net
Registration Deadline- March 11 th , 2019
2019 USATF Cross Country Camp
July 1-4, 2019
Location- USOC Training Center
Colorado Springs, CO
2019 USATF Hershey RunJumpThrow
USATF Hershey RunJumpThrow program will host a RJT Experience during the Toyota Indoor
Championships in Staten Island, NY. The event will take place Wednesday, February 20 th at the
Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. We will also host a RJT experience in conjunction with the
Texas Relays on March 29 th in Austin, TX. All Associations, Clubs, Schools or other local
Organizations are encouraged to host a RJT in your communities.
2019 Youth Championship Schedule
2019 USATF Hershey Youth National Championships
March 15-17, 2019
Ocean Breeze Sports Complex
Staten Island, NY
2019 Youth Outdoor National Championships
June 25-30, 2019
2019 National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships
July 22-28, 2019
2019 National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships
December 14, 2019
The RFP’s (Bid Documents) for the 2020 Youth Indoor Championships, 2020 Youth Outdoor
Championships and the 2020 National Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships have
been re-issued. The 2020 National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships have
been awarded to Lexington, Kentucky.
Training: If you haven’t already, please take the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s training at
www.safesport.org. If you are new to this site, you will need to register; and input your
USATF membership number when prompted. There are three modules needed for training: Sexual
Misconduct Awareness, Mandatory Reporting, and Emotional and Physical Misconduct (you can
complete these in any order). Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
questions about completing this training.
Reporting: Athlete safety at USATF is of paramount importance and something that we take
very seriously. As always, please report misconduct relating to bullying, hazing, harassment,
and physical or emotional misconduct to USATF via our online reporting form at
https://usatf.wufoo.com/forms/w14h93hv1rlkop3/. You can also report instances of sexual
misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport via their online reporting form at
Disciplinary Records: Please be sure to check the Disciplinary Records Page for any
individuals who a serving a suspension or who are otherwise ineligible from participating with
USATF http://www.usatf.org/About/SafeSport/Disciplinary-Records.aspx. As a reminder, these
individuals should have NO participation in any capacity in any activity or competition authorized
by, organized by, sanctioned by, or under the auspices of USATF or the USOC, the national
governing bodies recognized by the USOC, and/or any Local Affiliated Organizations of a
national governing body recognized by USATF and/or the USOC (including any USATF
associations and clubs).
Coaching Education Standards & Youth Championship Coach Credential Protocol
Effective January 2019 – New Education Standard for USATF Coaches Registry & Youth
Coach Credentialing Protocol
To further elevate the professional credibility of the USATF Coaches Registry and its
members, USATF has established a new Education Standard for qualification into the
USATF Coaches Registry. The Education Standard provides for a baseline standard of
professional education or coaching accomplishment in the sport of track and field for
coaches seeking admission to the Registry.
By establishing a baseline standard of professional education or coaching experience, the
Education Standard aligns with the best practices for professional certifications in other
fields, within the coaching industry at large, and with licensing protocols of other Olympic
family national governing bodies.
To be part of the USATF Coaches Registry, an individual must be a USATF
member, undergo a background screen from approved screening agency, have
completed SafeSport compliance requirements and effective January 2019 fulfill
the Education Standard.
This Education Standard is a one-time requirement, subject to any applicable recertification
requirements of the respective course of education. Once a coach has met the Education
Standard, he or she has fulfilled the requirement for as long as the coach is part of the Registry.
In addition to the required SafeSport Compliance requirements above, any person who has
completed one of the approved coaching education courses for track or field or who
qualifies based on career accomplishments as a track and field coach is eligible.
Meeting the Education Standard
There are two different paths to meet the Educational Standard for the Coaches Registry:
Complete a verified educational course, OR achieve a specified coaching accomplishment.
Path 1: Complete a verified course of education. Complete any one of the following courses:
- Level 1 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification with
course completion on or after January 1, 2013
- Level 2 or 3 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification
- USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
- Completion of a USATF Event Skill Specialist Clinic (Learn By Doing Clinic)
- NFHS Coaching Track and Field (online) AND any approved sports science
course on USATF Campus (online)
- Technical Basic course of the USTFCCCA Academy or any advanced course
(online or classroom) Certificate of completion for any of the above courses
serves as verification of Education Standard.
Path 2: Accomplish an Education Standard equivalency during one's coaching career,
through a body of work, a career honor, or demonstrated professional coaching career.
Demonstrate any one of the following:
- Member of an international coaching staff selected by USATF over the last 5 Olympic
- Primary coach of record of a medalist athlete on any one of the "big three" teams
(Olympics, World Champs, Pan-Am Games)
- Elite technical coach of USA National Team athletes over a 10-year period (coach
must list athletes’; names and contact information)
- Hall of Fame Coach for USATF, USTFCCCA or National Scholastic Track Coaches
- National Coach of the Year for USATF or USOC
- USTFCCCA National Head or Assistant Coach of the Year for men's or women's
(NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA) cross country, indoor or outdoor track & field
- Employment as a track coach at a scholastic or collegiate institution for a 10-year
period verified by employers’ information.
The USATF National Office staff will provide oversight of all components of the Coaches
Registry. An oversight subcommittee from the Coaches Advisory Committee will review and
evaluate any issue with a coach’s education standard.
Youth Coach Credentials Protocol
In addition to the mandates outlined herein, eligibility to receive a “Coach Credential” at
USATF Youth Championships (Association/Region/National), the following criteria must be
Coaching Education deadline for National Youth Indoor Meet is February 28 th of each
Coaching Education deadline for Youth Outdoor Championship and JO
(Association/Region/National) is June 15 th of each year.
Coach must be listed on the Youth Club profile in addition to the Coaches Registry list.
Background Screening and SafeSport will be verified by listing on Youth Club profile.
Credential allocation will be as follows:
o 3 credentials per Club (Coach(es) must be listed on the Coaches Registry)
o 1 credential (after initial 3) per 10 athletes for clubs that have 100 or more
athletes registered in that event. (Coach(es) must be listed on the Coaches
For more information on the Coaches Education Standards outlined herein, contact
For more information on the additional Youth Coaches Credential protocol contact: