EVENT SPECIFIC SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION COURSES

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Specialist Certification Courses (SCC) are, high level, detailed 36 hour courses covering technical coaching of a selected event area. The course is taught over five days. Curriculum is event specific, covering all key aspects of technical coaching. The course is illustrated with take-home, animated video created specifically for this course, to enhance clarity and understanding. The course contains a practical component, featuring training design exercises and video analysis. Topics included in the course can be found in the webpage for each individual course (links are below)

COURSE OFFERINGS

The following courses will be offered in the Track & Field Academy’s Summer Semester. Choose the appropriate link below for detailed information about content, topics, and registration for each specific course.

REGISTRATION

Registration for any of these courses is on a first come, first served basis. There will be a limited number of places available in each course, so we recommend registering early. Two years of formal coaching experience is required.

EVALUATIONS

To gain certification, students must pass an exam and an assigned training design project within a specified time period following the on-site portion of the course. Exams and Training Design projects must be completed without collaboration with fellow students. Projects deemed to be too similar will be disqualified and all parties involved will fail the course. 

CERTIFICATION

The SCC is the only program of its type that provides a genuine certification for successful completion of its event specific curriculum. The certification is granted for meeting an attendance requirement, completing coursework, submitting an assigned training development project, and completing an online examination. This work must be completed prior to a specified deadline.

COST

Tuition for 302, 303, 304, 305 or 306 is $450.00. It is not possible to take more than one of these courses at a time as they will be taking place at the same time. **Tuition for 310 is $260.00.

While it is possible to take 310 and one of the specialist  courses,  you should be aware that exams and training design projects must be completed within 14 days of the conclusion of the course and will require a considerable amount of time, particularly the Strength & Conditioning projects.

Location

Towson University – Towson, Maryland

Campus Map

Specialist Course Schedule

Tuesday, July 7
3:00 – 6:00 PM                     Dorm Check In for people staying on campus
5:30 – 6:30 PM                     Dinner (for those on meal plan)
6:15 – 6:40 PM                     Check In for commuters – Lecture Hall Rm 238 
6:45 – 7:15 PM                     Introduction (All Groups) – Lecture Hall Rm 238
7:30 – 9:30 PM                     Event Group Instruction (Locations announced at intro session)
Wednesday, July 8
7:30 – 8:15 AM                     Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM            Event Group Instruction
12:00 – 1:00 PM                    Lunch
1:15 – 5:30 PM                      Event Group Instruction
5:30 – 6:45 PM                      Dinner
7:00 – 9:30 PM                      Event Group Instruction
Thursday, July 9
7:30 – 8:15 AM                     Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM            Event Group Instruction
12:00 – 1:00 PM                   Lunch
1:15 – 5:30 PM                     Event Group Instruction
5:30 – 6:45 PM                     Dinner
7:00 – 9:30 PM                     Event Group Instruction
Friday, July 10
7:30 – 8:15 AM                     Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM            Event Group Instruction
12:00 – 1:00 PM                    Lunch
1:15 – 5:30 PM                      Event Group Instruction
5:30 – 6:30 PM                      Dinner
No Evening Classes 

Saturday, July 11
7:30 – 8:15 AM                     Breakfast
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM            Event Group Instruction
12:00 – 1:00 PM                    Lunch
1:15 – 3:00 PM                      Event Group Instruction
3:00 – 5:30 PM                      Group Project Presentations
5:30 – 6:30 PM                      Dinner
6:45 – 7:45 PM                      Group Project Presentations
8:00 – 8:45 PM                      Closing & Evaluations (All Groups)

Sunday, July 12                  (No Meal Service)
9:00 AM                                Deadline to Vacate Dormitory

Ground Transportation

For information: https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Baltimore-Airport-BWI/Towson-University

Room & Board Package

DEADLINE TO PURCHASE R & B PACKAGE IS 5:00 PM CST , JUNE 23, 2020

Attendees may purchase a room & board package that provides a convenient and affordable option for meals and housing.   Space is limited and will be honored on a first come – first served basis.

The cost of the package for 302,303,304,305 & 306 only is $425.00*.  This package includes housing on 7/7, 7/8, 7/9, 7/10 & 7/11.  It includes dinner on 7/7, breakfast, lunch & dinner on 7/8 – 7/11.

The cost of the package for 310 only is $225.00*.  This package includes housing on 7/5, 7/6 & 7/7.  It includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on 7/6 & 7/7.

The cost of the package for both 302-306 and 310 is $650.00*.  This package includes everything listed in the two packages above.

*Note that these fees are in addition to the tuition and are optional. Attendees may chose to secure their own housing and meals if they do not wish to purchase one of these packages.  There is no option to purchase meals without the housing.

Housing will be in Marshall Hall on the Towson campus. These units features 2 bedroom / 1 bath and 4 bedroom / 2 bath apartments.  Attendees will share apartments, however each attendee will have their own bedroom.  All linens are provided but you must provide your own toiletries.

It is possible for you to request specific roommates.  Roommate requests must be emailed to academy@ustfccca.org prior to June 20th. If you don’t request a specific roommate(s), we will attempt to house you with people that are (a) in the same event group as you and (b) are relatively close in age.  It will not be possible to mix genders in a suite unless all four people are acquainted with each other and agreeable to that arrangement.  This policy applies to married couples as well.

Housing check-in for those taking 302, 303, 304, 305 or 306 only will be Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, those programs will start at 6:45 PM.   Check out will be Sunday, July 12 before 10:00 AM.   The courses conclude on Saturday evening at 9:00 PM.

Housing check-in for those taking 310 will be Sunday, July 5 starting at 12:00 PM.  The check-in desk is manned 24 hours. The course will start at 8:00 AM on 7/6 and conclude on 7/7 at 5:30 PM.

Checkout time is 10:00 AM on 7/8 unless staying for the Specialist course.

For attendees that do not purchase the room and board package, there are a number of nearby restaurants.  

Course Materials

Paid participants can download the course materials approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.  Follow these steps to download the course materials: 

(1) Log into your USTFCCCA account
(2) Mouse over the three menu bars in the upper left hand corner of the screen
(3) Mouse over “Track & Field Academy Materials & Testing”
(4) Click on tabs. 

There is no suggested reading list to prepare for the program other than the course text that is included in the download of materials.  No printed copies of the materials will be provided. If you prefer a printed over an electronic version of the text, you will need to print it prior to your arrival. 

Travel

The closest airport to Towson University is Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) which is approximately 27 miles from campus.

Parking

Parking on campus is $15.00 for the duration of your stay IF you purchase a parking pass when you register for the course. If you wait until you arrive to purchase a parking pass, the cost is $25 (cash only).

Wireless Internet

WIFI on campus is free.

INSTRUCTORS

The SCC is taught by highly respected coaches, who have proven themselves in the coaching field and have extensive experience in the teaching profession:

Jumps:
Todd Lane – LSU
Kebba Tolbert – Harvard

Sprints
Tommy Badon – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Vince Anderson – Track & Field Academy

Throws
Derek Yush – Alabama
Michele Curcio – Lafayette College

Endurance
Houston Franks – Mississippi State
Derek Stanley – Wisconsin LaCrosse

Combined Events
Reuben Jones – Princeton
TBD

Strength & Conditioning
Carrie Lane – Wyoming
Kyle Pierce – USA Weightlifting
Kebba Tolbert – Harvard

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about SCC course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the SCC?

The SCC is the Specialist Certification Course. It is a 36 hour, high level, intensive course for track & field coaches who want to further develop their coaching knowledge in a selected event area. The course covers all aspects of technical coaching.

Who is the organization behind this program?

The Track and Field Academy, and all its programs are designed and operated by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA is a national organization representing over 8,000 Track & Field and Cross Country coaches of various levels.

What is the Track and Field Academy?

The Track and Field Academy is a program administered by the USTFCCCA that offers a variety of certification programs and professional development courses for the Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

Are there prerequisites for the SCC course?

No, there are no coursework prerequisites for the SCC, but 2 years of formal coaching experience are required and admission is competitive. the course is detailed and not designed for the novice.

Is the SCC applicable to High School Coaches?

Yes. While the course is high level, the material presented is applicable to athletes of all levels. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events.

What does the SCC Evaluation process contain?

SCC students must submit an assigned training development project and complete an online examination within a specified time period (typically 14 days) following the on-site portion of the course.

Does the SCC certify me?

Yes. The SCC grants a genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the course and the evaluation. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the SCC part of a more extensive program?

Yes. The SCC is just one of the courses offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Does this course cover program management issues?

No. The SCC addresses only technical coaching issues and practices.

Is this course a prerequisite to attend the Master’s Endorsement Program?

Yes. Certification in an event area is required to achieve the Master’s Endorsement in any of its subareas. You should consult the Programs section of the Academy website for more detailed information regarding this and other requirements for achieving the Master’s Endorsement.

Academy Policies

Upcoming Academy Course Offerings

Dates Course Offered  
Online 251: Track & Field Technical Certification Online REGISTER
May 8 - May 10, 2020TFA321: Speed Specialist Certification Course (New Orleans, LA)REGISTER
Jul 6 - Jul 7, 2020TFA310. Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification (Towson, Md.)REGISTER
Jul 7 - Jul 11, 2020TFA302. Sprint, Hurdle & Relay Event Specialist Certification (Towson, Md.)REGISTER
Jul 7 - Jul 11, 2020TFA303. Jumping Event Specialist Certification (Towson, Md.)REGISTER
Jul 7 - Jul 11, 2020TFA304. Throwing Event Specialist Certification (Towson, Md.)REGISTER
Jul 7 - Jul 11, 2020TFA305. Endurance Event Specialist Certification (Towson, Md.)REGISTER
Jul 7 - Jul 11, 2020TFA306. Combined Event Specialist Certification (Towson, Md.)REGISTER

For additional information, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or 504-599-8903