2018 USATF/IAAF Academy for Sprints/Hurdles or Endurance

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2018 USATF/IAAF Academy for Sprints/Hurdles or Endurance

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am


Tuition: $810
Room & Board Packages:
Academy Park Villas: Four bedroom/four bath condos
Shared room – $835
Single room – $1015
Legacy Hotel: single room with king beds or double room with two queen beds
Shared Room – $835
Single Room – $1255

(Participants are encouraged to stay on campus due to the intense schedule and the opportunity to better network with lecturers and colleagues. A commuter package is available; daily attendance is taken and an on-time schedule is adhered. IMG on-campus housing options provide Academy Park Village condos, Legacy Hotel, a brand-new boutique hotel, and a state of the art dining hall within 300m of condos and the IAAF Academy classrooms. Room and board package includes three meals per day and applies to either on-campus housing package, starting with dinner on Sunday, December 2 and ending with lunch on Saturday, December 8. Only accepted and enrolled Academy participants are eligible to stay on campus. If you will have a family member or friend traveling with you, please seek off-campus housing (commuter fee applies). To receive the USATF group rate and privileges, you must book housing directly through the USATF application. If you book directly with Legacy Hotel or a third-party website, your status will be considered commuter and are responsible for applicable fees.

Commuter Fees: (Facility use fee) – $220

(includes free parking on campus, lunch daily in the IMG Dining Hall, and access to all IMG facilities; NO housing is included. Commuters must pay full fee at time of acceptance to the Academy).

Offering: Upon completion of the USATF/IAAF Academy coaches will receive an IAAF Elite Coach diploma and USATF Level 3 certification. 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, which is the highest coaching honor in the USA. The school is a six-day intensive classroom and laboratory setting.

Faculty (subject to change):

Mike Holloway: Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at the University of Florida. Holloway has built the Gators programs into a dynasty, finishing in the top three at 15 of the last 16 NCAA Championships and producing 28 NCAA Champions in the men’s sprint, hurdle and relay events. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Holloway coached Gator alums Kerron Clement and Arman Hall to gold medals in the 400mH and 4×400 relay, respectively.
Dr. Ralph Mann: One of the world’s premier biomechanists and a USATF National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Dr. Mann has been a longtime contributor to the USATF sports science and high performance programs, focusing on using biomechanical analysis on elite sprinters and hurdlers to evaluate and improve their performances. Dr. Mann earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Physical Education from Brigham Young University prior to completing a Ph.D. in Biomechanics at Washington State University. He is an inductee of the USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Jeremy Fischer: USATF Lead Coach at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center and specialist in the horizontal jumps, Fischer coached Brittney Reese and Will Claye to silver medals at the Rio Olympics. He is a long-time and popular instructor in the USATF Coach Education Certification Program.
Dr. Robert Chapman: USATF Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University. Dr. Chapman was a highly-touted endurance coach prior to moving into the teaching and administrative role. He currently leads USATF’s high performance sports science programs.
Lance Brauman: Founder and coach of PURE Athletics; Brauman’s club includes a long history of success working with elite sprinters and jumpers. Most recently, he guided Noah Lyles to the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships 100m title, along with the Diamond League crown and world lead in the 200m. He also led Tori Bowie to 100m and 4x100m gold at the 2017 IAAF Indoor World Championships and a trio of medals (gold, silver and bronze) at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Andreas Behm: Recruitment and Education Director and sprints/hurdles coach at elite training group ALTIS. Behm’s athletes include 110m hurdler Aries Merritt, whom he coached to an Olympic gold medal and 110mH world record in 2012.
Gunter Lange: IAAF Senior Manager of the Development and Member Relations department. Lange oversees all aspects of the IAAF Coaching Education Program and is a recognized endurance specialist throughout the world.
Jim Radcliffe: One of the most acclaimed and innovative strength and conditioning coaches in the world, Radcliffe works with all athletes at the University of Oregon and oversees strength programs for the Oregon Elite Track Club.
Dr. Ulrich Hartmann: Professor in the Movement and Training Science Department, University of Leipzig, Germany, Hartmann speaks around the world on performance training and human physiology and has consistently lectured for IAAF in their CECS courses.
Jackie Barcal: Head of Nutrition at IMG Academy, Barcal oversees all aspects of fueling professional and student-athletes at IMG Academy. Her vast experience includes stops at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the inaugural Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP). Barcal is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics.
Dr. Anne Shadle: Specialist in coaching theory and holding a Ph.D. in Health Education with an emphasis in Sport Psychology, Dr. Shadle is also a former standout 1500m runner at the University of Nebraska and U.S. Olympic Trials semi-finalist. Her research focus has targeted understanding the psychosocial challenges, preparations and responses of Olympic gold medal-winning athletes.

Eligibility Requirements:

Resident USA Coaches must have successfully completed USATF Level 2 certification in the specified event discipline in which they apply. Participants must select one (1) of the options in which they meet the qualifications—Endurance or Sprints/Hurdles.
International coaches must have successfully completed the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) Level 3 or Level IV Sprints or Endurance to be admitted. International coaches also must secure an endorsement from their National Federation, and have letters of recommendation from the Federation and the IAAF RDC submitted with application.
Canadian coaches who have completed the Canada Athletics coach certification of LEVEL 3 in the old NCCP or Competition Development Trained in the New NCCP should submit a letter of recommendation from the Coaching Department of Canada Athletics. Only coaches holding the above certification in Sprints may apply for the Sprints Academy, and Endurance certification required for application to the Endurance Academy.
Coaches should have coached athletes at a championship level either at the youth, interscholastic, or college level and will be given priority for acceptance with a timely application.
All coaches must be actively coaching track & field and have a proven record of a minimum of 5 years of coaching experience which must be detailed on their resume. Coaching during an athlete’s formal undergraduate education does not count towards their years in the profession.

Applications: Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 to Terry Crawford, USATF Director of Coaching (terry.crawford@usatf.org). Candidates will be notified of their status within three (3) business days of receiving the application. The IAAF/USATF Academy course is designed to be a small classroom environment (maximum enrollment of 35 qualified coaches) with limited enrollment.

Payment: Notification of acceptance and online payment link will be sent to the applicant within three (3) days of acceptance of application. Online payment by credit card must be completed within 5 days of acceptance to secure spot in the Academy. An acceptance spot is NOT guaranteed until payment of tuition is received; tuition is non-refundable. All course payments must be completed online by November 8, 2018. Apply and secure your spot early; the academy courses are expected to reach capacity.

Schedule: The Academy will open Sunday, December 2, 2018, with registration from 1:00-2:15 pm (lunch not included in room & board on Sunday, December 2). The opening session will begin at 2:30pm. The Academy will end on Saturday, December 8, 2018 by 11:00am. All checkout must be completed by 12:00pm. Full schedule TBA.

Course Requirements: The IAAF Academy contains 55 hours of contact time in classroom lectures, laboratory practicum, and demonstrations. Three individual projects are required by each student for completion of course. The course projects are valued at 100 points, and the student must receive a grade of 70 points to pass the course and earn an IAAF Elite coach Diploma and the USATF Level 3 Certification in their selected event area.

Student Projects:

Poster built by student with directions from the lecturers to illustrate their current coaching environment which includes a SWOT pictorial. Students may use computer, drawings, etc. Each student will be provided with a 24”X 24” poster sheet. Poster is due the third day of classes. Students should bring their own supplies: markers, crayons, pencils, etc.
On site, Individual presentation of the outline of an interdisciplinary project to be implemented over the next six months in the student’s home location.
Interdisciplinary project, due August 1, 2019. Project should apply the elements of methodology and pedagogy learned in the Academy lectures and include an interdisciplinary approach in utilizing all high performance resources if applicable to the selected project. Athlete Profile forms plus Macro (year long) and Micro (weekly) training calendars will be provided by the IAAF for students to utilize in fulfilling their final project.

Transportation: Transportation to the Academy is the responsibility of the participants. Participants flying into Sarasota may take a local taxi to the IMG Academy (15 min ride). If arriving at Tampa International Airport, rental car or shuttle is available for a 45 minute ride (approximately) to the IMG Academy. Free parking is available at the IMG Academy for participants.

Housing: Participants will be housed on campus at IMG and have the use of IMG facilities during their stay. All classes are on the campus and allow for leisurely walking to classrooms, track, weight room, or accessing the IMG shuttle which operates all day to transport students around the campus.

Grants: USATF Coaches Advisory Committee will award three grants for tuition, shared room and board, valued at $1,645; Deadline for grant applications is October 1, 2018.

IAAF Academy Application: Click on the application link below and submit with complete resume to Terry Crawford, Director of Coaching: terry.crawford@usatf.org. Application deadline is: November 1, 2018 or when the academy reaches maximum capacity. Academy is expected to reach capacity quickly, so it is recommended that interested coaches apply early.


December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am


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