USATF Florida Association
USATF Florida Association Newsletter - September 2012





I am compelled to begin by expressing my sincere appreciation for the support of my track & field family in my successful bid for re-election as USATF-FL Association President!  As previously stated in one of my earlier statements, I take the role of President of this Association very seriously and am dedicated to the continued growth and development of programs within the Association on all levels and in all disciplines. I challenge you to join me and the rest of the USATF-FL Executive Committee in devising programs and competitions within the Association that will offer a positive competitive atmosphere for all of our members from Masters to Youth.

I would like to also congratulate the rest of the elected Executive Committee members both the incumbents and the new faces to the Committee. I am always happy to welcome new members of the Executive Committee as I am a firm believer that new faces bring new and innovative ideas. I am certain that our former Executive Committee members will continue to support and work in making certain that USATF-FL continues to thrive and meet our goals of increased membership through better programs and benefits.

Remember, the USATF Annual Meeting will be held in Daytona Beach in December. I encourage you to take advantage of having this meeting in Florida and attend. The USATF Annual Meeting is where the decisions that affect your involvement in track & field, race walking, road racing, etc. are made. 2012 is an election year for USATF President and all Committee Chairs in every discipline including Officials. This would be a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the operations of the national governing body. You will also be afforded the opportunity to attend the committee meetings that set the policy for your individual track & field discipline(s). Again, if you can attend the USATF Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach, please do so. Information is available on the USATF Annual Meeting website and the USATF Florida website.

In ending, I am looking forward to representing you for the next four years and encourage you to get involved in YOUR USATF-FL Association. There is an old saying that says "it takes a village". I firmly believe in this age-old adage and encourage you to make a concerted effort to join the USATF-FL Executive Committee in our continued efforts to create a permanent atmosphere of athletic development, programs and increased membership and benefits.

"Track For All Forever"
Robin Brown-Beamon, Assn. President
USATF/FL Association



 Robin Beamon

  President/Youth Chair     


Dave Halliday

 Executive Vice President 


Angela D. Harris

 Vice President North 

Region 4 Coordinator

Web Master 

Newsletter Editor


     Thomas Johnson

Vice President South 


 Rod Larsen



James Williams






 Athlete at Large

 Sara Alegria

Athlete at Large

 Dan Koch

Athlete at Large 

Doreen Small-Mercer

Cross Country

Rick  Rothman

Disabled Athlete 

Scott Peters

Long Distance Running (LDR) - Men 

Johann Odermatt

Long Distance Running (LDR) - Masters 

Doug Tillett

Long Distance Running (LDR) - Women 

Joe Monks

Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT)

Ron McRae

Official's Chair 

Rod Larsen

Official's Representative

 Janice Thurston


Sandra DeNoon

Track and Field - Masters

 Jose A.  Alegria

Track and Field - Men 

Charlie Harris

Track and Field - Women 

Carmen  Jackson


Pam Betz



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2012 USATF Florida Association Athletes of the Year


Track & Field Female: Sanya Richards- Ross

Track & Field Male: Tony McQuay

Track & Field Masters Female: Essie Faria

Track & Field Masters Male: Scott Manas


Long Distance Running (LDR) Female: Terri Rejimbal

Long Distance Running (LDR) Male: Matt Hemsley

Long Distance Running (LDR) Masters Female: Suzanne O'Malley

Long Distance Running (LDR) Masters Male: Ronnie Holassie


MUT Female: Amy Costa

MUT Male: Sung Ho Choi


Cross Country Female: Bryce Seymour

Cross Country Male: Mark Parrish


Race Walk Female: Maite Piedra-Moscoso

Race Walk Male: Juan Moscoso


Disabled Athlete Female: Breanna McMahon



Youth Female: Maite Moscoso

Youth Male: Jeremiah Green



2012 USATF Florida Association Officials of the Year


Female: Sandra DeNoon

Female: Pam Betz


Male: Michael Williams

Male: Collie Smith



Christian Taylor  Dee Dee Trotter Hyleas Fountain Jeff Demps Justin Gatlin 


Kellie Wells Kerron Clement Lacy Janson LaShawn Merritt Lauryn Williams 


Maurice Mitchell Sanya Richards-Ross T'erea Brown Tony McQuay Tyson Gay    



Association Accolades




Rothman named NHSACA 2012 National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year


The full story can be viewed at:,0,6442092.story?track=ssiphoneapp




Congratulations to Angela Harris on her induction into the 2012 Alabama A&M Athletic Hall of Fame

Alabama A&M University Athletics Hall of Fame 






Upcoming Events





2012 USATF Annual Meeting

November 28 - December 2, 2012
Daytona Beach Hilton
Daytona Beach - Florida


USA Track and Field is happy to invite you to join us in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the 2012 Annual Meeting! Race on south to the coast of Florida to celebrate Team USA's Olympic successes and set the agenda for the coming year of American athletics.

USATF, in conjunction with the Florida Association of USA Track and Field, the Hilton Daytona Beach/Ocean Walk Village, and the city of Daytona Beach, look forward to welcoming you November 28th through December 2nd to the Atlantic Coast!



USATF Florida Calendar



From DateTo DateNameCity
9/1/20126th Annual King of the Hill 5K Challenge and BB3 MileDavie
9/8/20122nd Annual Freedom Run and PARK FestivalDoral
9/8/2012Cool Summer Mornings 5KClermont
9/8/2012MPM Prostate Cancer Awareness RaceClearwater
9/9/2012Tunnel to Tower 5K (Central Florida)Orlando
9/15/201229th Annual Semper FI 5KPensacola
9/15/2012Autumn Rock N Run 5KCasselberry
9/15/2012Crystal Warrior 5KDaytona Beach Shores
9/15/2012Great ProstateCancer Challenge Fort LauderdaleFort Lauderdale
9/15/2012Jessica Carter's Run for Health 5K Run/WalkCape Coral
9/16/2012Hooter 2 Hooter 10K / 5KClearwater
9/16/2012USATF Florida Association 1500/300m Race Walk Track ChampionshipsPlantation
9/21/20129/22/2012FORMOSA Gardens SeriesKissimmee
9/22/2012Miracle Miles 15K & 5KOrlando
9/28/20129/30/2012The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 MilerLake Buena Vista
9/29/2012Kleist Health Education Center 2nd Annual 5K Fun RunFort Myers
9/29/2012Run for the Renascence 5KPanama City Beach
9/30/2012Caliente Bare Dare 5KClearwater
10/5/2012MADD Dash 5KIndian Rocks Beach
10/5/201210/6/2012Walt Disney World Cross Country ClassicKissimmee
10/6/20121st Annual Pastor Appreciation 5K Run/WalkLongwood
10/6/2012Beyond Blind Fest 2012 5K Run/WalkJupiter
10/6/2012Riverwalk Run 5kMilton
10/6/2012The Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the CureSt. Petersburg
10/13/20121 Day RelayBradenton
10/13/20121Day RelaySt. Petersburg
10/13/20124th Annual Beachside Half Marathon & 10KVero Beach
10/13/20128k RwCoconut Creek
10/13/2012Livelong Benfiting LivestrongHallandale
10/14/2012U Can Finish 5 MilerOrlando
10/20/2012Floridian 15KClermont
10/20/2012Hand in Hand for Haiti Walk/Run for Haiti 5KMiami
10/21/2012Beach Running World ChampionshipsCocoa Beach
10/27/2012Amazon Relief 5KEustis
10/27/2012Runnona 5KOrlando
11/3/2012Making Democracy 5K Run/WalkPlantation
11/8/201211/10/2012Emerald Coast2CoastDestin
11/8/2012Realtors Conference and Expo Discover Your Magic 5K Run/WalkOrlando
11/10/2012Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Walk/RunOrlando
11/11/20122012 USATF FL National Masters, Jr. Boys & Girls 20k RWCoconut Creek
11/16/201211/18/2012The Women's Half Marathon - St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg
11/17/201211/18/2012St. Augustine Half MarathonSt. Augustine
11/18/2012Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 MarathonMiami Beach
12/1/2012Orlando Half MarathonOrlando
12/8/2012Tallahasse Ultra Distance ClassicTallahassee
12/14/201212/16/2012USATF Coaching Education Level 1 SchoolTampa
12/15/2012Reindeer Run 5KOrlando
12/15/2012Starlight Half Marathon and 5KPalm Coast
12/15/201212/16/2012The Florida Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Powered by Blue 04Clermont
12/31/2012Peanut Island 24 UltramarathonRiviera Beach
2/2/20138th Annual Fast Start Track and Field InvitationalWinter Park
2/3/2013Tallahassee MarathonTallahassee
2/16/20132/17/2013Five Points of Life Race WeekendGainesville
4/13/2013Shark's Tooth 10KVenice
4/20/20136th Annual Siesta Key Beach 5/5 Walk/Run for Mental Health AwarenessSarasota




Youth Track and Field



2012 USATF FL JO Logo  


2012 USATF Region 4 Final Results 





2012 Junior Olympics 




 2012 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship Results


Women Track and Field



2012 USATF Florida Association Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year


 Sanya Richards- Ross


Sanya Richards-Ross 



Olympic Experience:

  • 2004 Olympic Games, 4x400m gold medalist
  • 2008 Olympic Games, 4x400m gold medalist, 400m bronze medalist
  • 2012 Olympic Games, Gold in 400-Meter, Gold in 4x400 Relay

Career Highlights:

  • Two-time Florida High School Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2003 NCAA 400m champion
  • 2005 Visa champion and Humanitarian Athlete of the Year 
  • 2009 World Outdoor champion 
  • 2012 World Indoor champion 
  • Four-time World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist 
  • Six-time USA Outdoor 400m champion




2012 USATF Florida Association Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year


Tony McQuay


Tony McQuay 


Olympic Experience:

  • 2012 Olympic Games, silver medal in the 4x400m relay

Career Highlights: 

  • 2011, 2012 SEC Outdoor champion
  • Two-time NCAA Indoor 400m champion
  • 2012 NCAA Outdoor champion
  • 2011 USA Outdoor 400m champion    



Florida Masters Track and Field

USATF-Florida Association would like to congratulate Masters Track and Field Florida Athletes of the Year, Scott Mansa and Essie Faria. These two exceptional athletes have shown year after year their talents and will to participate in many Track & Field events. Once again, congratulations to Scott and Essie. Hope to see you in many more events.

USATF 2012 Masters Outdoor Logo 


We would like to highlight some of our Florida members that participated in the USA MASTERS OUTDOOR T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS held in Lisle on August 2nd-5th of this year. In the 100 meter sprints, we had 5 Male participants including Jeffrey Mack from Clearwater, who placed 1st in the M40 division with an 11.12 -0.7 wind-assisted. He also participated in the 200, and 4X100 Non-Club relay. In the 100 meter short hurdles, Joe Johnston from Apopka placed 1st in the M65 division with an 18.75 1.4 wind-assisted. Also, Alan Raynor from Venice placed 1st in the M80 division of the 200 meter long hurdles, with a 42.78 and placed 1st in the triple jump with a 7.17m.  



Masters Throws 2012 Logo 


Debra Cane from Boynton Beach placed 1st in the W35 division of the 2000 meters steeplechase with a 8:57.73. Amy Haddad from Bradenton placed 1st in the W45 division with a 1.38m jump. Brian Hankerson from Hollywood placed 1st in the M50 division of the long jump with a 6.04m 1.9 wind-assisted. Also in the triple jump, Brian placed 1st with a 11.97m. In the M50 division of the hammer throw, Robert Arello Jr. from Lakewood Ranch placed first with a throw of 49.96m.   



 In the USA Masters Throws championship in Seattle, Florida was once again well-represented. In the M70 Super Weight, Robert Cahners from Naples came in 1st place with a throw of 10.87m. In the M80 Super Weight, Pay Carstensen from Spring Hill came in 1st place with a throw of 6.97m. 


Congratulations to all of our Florida champions. For a full list of results, please visit  



USATF Masters 

 2013 Major Meets for USATF Masters 




Doreen Small-Mercer USATF Florida Association Athlete At-Large 



Doreen Small-Mercer     


Doreen competed in the 100 Meter Dash at the Sixth Annual Senior Games, hosted by Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee.








We are asking for more persons that want to be a part of our growing movement of Cross Country. Please contact Tammy Foster at or Johann Odermatt

We have been working with the local high school, Middle schools, clubs, and more.. to increase the number of participants in our South Florida Cross Country Series. Dates, logistics and coordination of ideas for growth in the sport of running has been the focus. In addition, last years sponsors are excited to be involved and what we need now, is for all of South Florida's youth to come and get involved for the Fall CC season.  




2012 CC Flyer 

2012 CC flyer backside       




Cross Country Adult Running League (CCARL)


Tentative Schedule:


September 22 Alligator Lake-North Florida
October 6th Vista View-South Florida
October 27th Bradenton
***Looking for a meet director-Panhandle area (Preferably Tallahassee) for October 13 or 20th.
State Championship will be contested on November 10th


Requirements of meet hosts
Sanction race through USATF-FL - go to and click on sanctions. Sanctioning provides insurance for race, as well as medals


All runners must be members of USATF-FL, as this is a state USATF-FL series.


Medals will be provided by USATF-FL (when your organization commits to host I will arrange for the medals)




Male and Female Open:

  • No high school or college athletes allowed
  • Ages: 18-39
  • Team of 6
  • 4 will score, 2 pushers.
  •  Team must have a minimum of 4 runners.


Male and Female Masters:
  • Ages: 40 and up
  • 5 on a team
  • 3 scores
  • Must have a minimum of three to score.
  • Distances of races will be at the discretion of the meet hosts


Team Entry Fee: $50.00 per team ($25.00 to meet host $25.00 to USATF-FL).



Championship: A team must compete in two of the state races to qualify for prize money at State Championships, and members of teams must remain the same. USATF-FL will provide medals and championship trophies. Sanctioning and a $600.00 licensing fee will be required to host the state championship, and to advertise it as the USATF-FL CCARL State Championship. Prize money will be offered to winning teams at the state championship. It will come from a percentage of the money sent in from the 4 preliminary races.
All official results must be submitted to and



Next Step

As soon as the calendar is finalized,an email and/or snail mail with info will be provided to all the Florida USATF clubs, and road running clubs in the state.


Please e-mail if you will be willing to host the meets under the above conditions and/or willing to host the state championship, and if you have any contacts in the panhandle area for that meet. I hope we can get this series of the ground.  


Thank you, and lets get this series off the ground

Rick Rothman
school:  561-241-2019



Proposal/Pending Approval - USATF - FL Association LDR Grand Prix Series

Announcing the inaugural USATF - FL Grand Prix Series 2012

Association Championship Race Distances for Open and Masters Men & Women: 1 mile road, 5km , 8km, 10km, 15km and Marathon.

Venues and race hosts, Boca Raton, Melbourne, Central Florida and Jacksonville.

Association Championship Medals: Top 3 in each championship event will receive either a Gold, Silver, or Bronze association medal.

Prize Purse:

Open Men                   Open Women             Masters Men              Masters Women

1st $200                      1st $200                      1st $200                      1st $200

2nd $100                     2nd $100                     2nd $100                     2nd $100

3rd $75                        3rd $75                        3rd $75                        3rd $75

Prize money =          

Points Awarded:

*Finishing points will be awarded in the USATF Fl Association championships, 1-mile road, 5km, 8km, 10km 15km and Marathon as follows;

1st = 12 pts     2nd =10 pts     3rd =9pts         4th=8pts          5th = 7pts        6th = 6pts

7th = 5pts        8th= 4pts         9th= 3pts         10th = 2pts

*Athletes must compete in and finish at least 3 championship events. In the event of a tie, the athlete who has competed in a 4th or all of the championships events will help determine the winner. If at that time athletes are tied with the same amount of points the money will be divided between the two athletes. For example if the tie is for (1st place) 1st 200, 2nd = 100 (add the 1st + 2nd = $300/2 = $150 each)

*Masters athletes may NOT double dip L sorry. They may only accumulate points within their masters division OR in the Open championship events.

Who is Eligible?

All current USATF members with a membership card and number valid through December 31st 2012.

Be a US citizen.

Be a Florida Resident for past year.

Outcomes for Inaugural event:

We were only able to offer 3 association championships in concert with established road races throughout the state, namely the Melbourne USATF National marathon and Open 8km and the Gate River Run a USATF National 15km championships promoted by Jacksonville track club and 1st place Sports) Athletes thus had to compete in 2-3 three events to be scored for awards. I mentioned pending available funds some prize money may be offered. Due to unavailability of funds Monks will is requesting that the top athletes in each division should be awarded a pair of training shoes for their efforts. He will coordinate this with local sport stores and ship accordingly, subject to approval by LDR committee and USATF - Fl committee

Coach 'Irish Joe" Monks


NBCT 2001 and 2011 EAYA/PE

Level 1 USATF Coach

Nationally Certified USATF Official





USA Road Running Circuit 

September 1, 2012: Our 2012 and 2013 USATF-FL LDR is slowly returning and we expect our Road Racing Gran Prix Series to rise to another level in 2013!

Our Association's Committee is currently reviewing and waiting for approval on our 2012-2013 LDR Championship Races' new Policies and Guidelines presented last week in the Annual Meeting.

Some of the LDR requests were: hosting some of the Association's Championship Races, an Association ranking system and Prize Money at Championship Races!

Once approved, USATF-FL will make available an online bidding process opportunity, in which a race director can make their existing race a USATF-FL Championship Race. Some distances will be offset to the bidding process, as USATF-FL has decided to Director and Host some of the events!  We are looking forward to a Great Series Soon! 
Johann Odermatt
Men's LDR



The 5k, 10k, and track 5,000m have been completed.  South Florida RACEWALKER (SFRW) still has the 1500m, 3,000m on September 16th, and the 20k Master's National and Association race November 11th to complete.

Race Walking received a small boost from the newly finished London Olympics and the strong coverage by NBC. Dan Koch will host the local BECON TV to give them a race walk lesson. Then the TV station plans to tape our Association 1500m/3000m race walk which Dan Koch is Meet Director. This will take place September 13th & 16th.

 2012 USATF Florida Association 1500/3000 Meter Racewalk Championships





 2012 USATF Florida Association Male Moutain/Ultra/Trail  Female Athlete of the Year


  Amy Costa

Amy is the first four time winner of the Tallahassee Untra Distance Classic



2012 USATF Florida Association Male Moutain/Ultra/Trail Male Athlete of the Year 


Sung Ho Choi

Classic and Sung was the dominant male ultra distance runner in the state of Florida with first place finishes in several races including the Tallahassee Ultra distance Claasic and the Ancient Oaks 100 mile race.



 They are both well deserving recipients of the honors bestowed on them.




Welcome to the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Pages






Memberships from August 2011 to August 2012
Individual Memberships - 2,122

Club Memberships - New and Renewals - 103, which includes over 10 for multiple years (2011-2015)

Current clubs and non-renewed clubs can be seen at


Pamela Betz
104 E. 11th Avenue
Windermere, FL 34786

407-876-5843 (fax)

407-342-4052 (cell)


Individual Membership

Club Membership





Sanctions from August 2011 to August 2012


Sanctions Processed - 2011-2012 - 283; 2013 - 10. Total 293 sanctions 8/11-8/12
Ability to apply for sanctions on line coming soon!!!!!!!



Race and Meet Directors are reminded that they can add their events to the calendar themselves at:


Only organized, competitive athletics events (track & field, long distance running, race walking) that follow standard international, national, collegiate, or high school rules may be included on the calendar. In particular, snowshoe running, orienteering, triathlons, duathlons, adventure races, and other multiple-sport events may NOT be included (those events should refer to their respective governing bodies for calendar placement).

Please do not use all caps when filling out the form.





2012 sanction logo  
The Florida Association wishes to thank you for your continued support in sanctioning your events .


What is a "sanction"? 
A USATF sanction is an official designation issued by USATF, through a local Association, which approves and licenses the holding of a competitive track & field, long distance running or race walking event in the United States. The sanction is also a contract, which evidences the event's commitment to follow national and international rules and regulations of the sport and to provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators. Once the event has satisfied the sanction requirements, the event's application for sanction is approved.

Benefits of sanctioning your event:


   Increased Prestige - For many events, the USATF sanction improves the event's public perception. A sanction tells athletes that an event is being run according to applicable competition rules. Sanctioned events have the ability to use the USATF event designation logo to promote the fact that the governing body has sanctioned the event.

   Liability Insurance - Most governmental entities including cities, counties, state highway departments, parks and community centers require general liability insurance for all events. The cost of a sanction is very inexpensive compared to the prices of most event insurance policies. It is important to know that events that are already insured may choose to waive the insurance coverage and pay a lower sanction fee.

   Sport Accident Insurance for Athletes - Any athlete who is a USATF member and is injured while participating in a sanctioned event will be eligible for secondary medical insurance coverage for the injury. This insurance not only provides valuable coverage to USATF members, but it serves as a valuable deterrent to lawsuits.

   Volunteer Event Medical Coverage (optional) - This add-on insurance coverage is available to USATF sanctioned events to provide medical liability coverage for volunteer physicians and all other volunteer healthcare providers providing support to participants, volunteers and spectators during sanctioned events.

   Calendar Promotion - Sanctioned events will be included in the USATF online calendar and be highlighted to distinguish them from non-sanctioned events.

   Records - In general, a sanction is required for a record to be set. There are some exceptions to this rule, however.

   Special Offers and Discounts - view offers & discounts available to sanctioned events

   Resolving Disputes - If requested, USATF will act as an arbiter in disputes between athletes and sanctioned events.

- Each Association may provide additional benefits to its sanctioned events. Please contact your local Association for more details.
Download an application and apply for your sanction today
Ability to apply for sanctions on line coming soon!!!!!!!




Pamela Betz
104 E. 11th Avenue
Windermere, FL 34786

407-876-5843 (fax)

407-342-4052 (cell)














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Officials Newsletter September 2012



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2013-2016 Recertification Info and Membership Requirements




As you are all aware, with the conclusion of the 2008-2012 Olympiad all officials will have to recertify for the new 2013-2016 Olympiad. Before recertification can take place, you must have a 2013 USATF Membership. 2013 Memberships will be available from USATF beginning November 1st. We highly recommend that you purchase a four (4) year membership to coincide with your recertification. By purchasing a 4-year membership, you are covered for the entire length of the certification period and won't have to worry about renewing your membership each year to keep your certification current. A 4-year membership also saves you $20 over purchasing single-year memberships. Remember that with the changes to certification announced at last year's Annual Meeting, you will have to maintain USATF Membership each year in order for your certification to remain current.


As some of you may have already seen, we will again have a new card design for the 2013-2016 Olympiad. This time around, the cards will feature a full-color design with a different color for each level: Green (Apprentice), Light Blue (Association), Red (National), Black (Master), Silver (Emeritus) and Gold (Hall of Fame). Our goal is that it will be easier for our veteran officials to locate and assist our newer officials and that our newer officials will be able to easily identify our veteran officials for assistance and guidance.


As in the past, all officials will be required to complete the appropriate rules reviews and tests for their specific certification disciplines and levels. Those forms, rules reviews and tests will be available soon and more information will be forthcoming in both the newsletter and from your local certification chair.










Coaches please read through the following information...lot's to offer for ALL Levels.

For Beginning/New Coaches:

Fundamentals of Coaching 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.

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. Link to

>, 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.  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!

Opportunities for Veteran Coaches:

Nassau, Bahamas, Oct. 4-7, 2012, more information and list of speakers: World Class Coaches to lecture at the Congress: Fran Bosch, Netherlands, expert of Sprints, Jumps, Strength Training; Bradley Cooper, Bahamas, Throwing Events; Peter Thompson, Great Britain, Mid-Distance Training; Dr. Jim Denison, Canada, Coaching Ethics;
Grants: Three (3) $800 grants are available to cover expenses.
Deadline for application: September 1, 2012

1. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
2. Level 2 Coaching Certificate required
3. Current high school , college, or professional elite coach
4. Application that includes a half page philosophical statement on career goals.

Master Coach Fall Mentorship:
Grants:Three (3) emerging elite coaches will be awarded up to $800 towards expenses to visit on location a Master Coach to observe for 3 days of "on the field" routine as Fall training begins for the elite athlete. Locations to be selected Chula Vista OTC; HSI Sprint Club, Los Angeles; or candidate can suggest a coach they would like to shadow for approval. Dates of mentorship must be selected within October 20- November 20.
Deadline for application, September 1, 2012.

1. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
2. Level 2 Coaching Education Certificate
3. Current high school, college, or professional elite coach
4. Application to include a brief statement of how you can use the information.

Podium Education Project:
November 28 , 2012, Daytona Beach Florida, in conjunction with USATF Annual Meeting, November 29- December 1, 2012. USATF's high performance symposium to offer cutting edge research and training methods to impact the athletic performance for aspiring world class athletes. Detailed information and topics can be found in the special programs section of Coaches Education at For hotel information go to>/annualmeeting.

Grants: Ten (10) $500 grants towards travel expenses. Deadline for application: September 15, 2012.

1. Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
2. Level 2 Coaching Education certificate
3. Current Coach at high school or college, professional level.
4. Application that includes a half page philosophical statement on career goals

USATF: Level 1 - Coaching School
December 14 - 16, 2012
University of South Florida - Tampa, Florida

Loren Seagrave



Registration Information
$150.00 - Pre-registration (received by November 30, 2012)
$200.00 - Late Registration (received after November 30, 2012 or on-site)
$75 - Alumni pricing for those who have already taken and successfully completed the Level 1 Course. Please contact to verify alumni status and register for the course.

2013 USATF/IAAF Academy for Throws and Jumps
December 30- January 5, 2013
USOC Olympic Training Center - Chula Vista, California

Cost: Tuition - $600
Room & Board (Shared Room) - $600
Room & Board (Single Room) - $920

Offering: USATF/IAAF Academy diploma and Level 3 certification upon completion of all components of the course. 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. A candidate will select either throws or jumps to enroll for the week long course.

CEU or graduate credit is available upon request from Indiana University.

Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdorf - IAAF Lead Lecturer for Jumps; Noted professor at the German Sports University, Cologne;
Recognized as world class authority for the High Jump.
Dr. Robert Chapman - USATF Associate Director of Sport Science; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University
Dr. Elio Locatelli - IAAF Director of Member Services; Renowned Italian Sprint Coach and Researcher
Loren Seagrave - IMG Academy Director for Speed and Movement; IAAF Academy Director for Sprints & Hurdles
Don Babbitt- IAAF Lead Lecturer for Throws; Throws Coach at the University of Georgia; World class coach for Reese
Hoffa, Adam Nelson, and other world class throwers
Art Venegas - USATF Strength and Conditioning Consultant at the USOC Olympic Training Center; Former Strength Coach for
HSI Sprint Club; Former Head Coach at UCLA; Coach of Gold medalist, John Godina, Jessica Cosby, American Record
holder in the hammer.
Dr. Phil Cheetham - USOC Biomechanist for Jumps and Throws at the Chula Vista Training Center
Dr. Larry Judge- Professor of Coaches Education at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; Noted US Throws Coach.
Dr. Klaus Baronietz - World renowned German throws coach, biomechanist.
Jeremy Fischer - Coach of Horizontal Jumps at the Olympic Training Center; Personal Coach of Olympian Will Claye.

Eligibility Requirements:
1. Coaches living in the United States must have successfully completed the USATF Level 2 Course in their selected
event, either throws or jumps.
2. International coaches must have successfully completed the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS)
Level IV in throws or jumps. International coaches also must secure an endorsement from their National Federation,
and have letter of recommendation from the Federation submitted with application.
3. All coaches must be actively coaching track & field--

Thanks for your Support!

David M. Halliday
Director of Cross Country/Track & Field
Flagler Palm Coast High School
F.A.C.A.: Track & Field-Chairman
USATF Florida Association Executive Vice-President



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