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Coaching Track and Field

Sport Specific Course


Coaching Track and Field, developed by USA Track and Field and the NFHS is hosted by decorated Olympic athletes Dan O'Brien and Hyleas Fountain.  The course presents the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing, as well as the importance of sound mechanics and how to teach these basic skills. After taking this course, you will be able to identify key points or stages of a skill, and use visual demonstrations with verbal cues to help participants execute a particular technique or skill.  Members of USA Track and Field will receive a $10 discount as an added benefit.

Course Outline

Course comes with

  • 1. Introduction
    5 Sections
    • NFHS Introduction
    • Course Introduction
    • Course Objectives
    • Principles of Learning
    • Minimizing Risk
  • 2. Running
    16 Sections
    • Objectives
    • Types of Races
    • Running Form
    • Starts
    • Sprint Phases
    • Teaching Sprints
    • Checkpoint
    • Relay Exchanges
    • Teaching Relays
    • Relay Exchange Progressions
    • Hurdle Elements
    • Teaching Hurdles
    • Endurance Strategies
    • Teaching Endurance
    • Checkpoint
    • Special Thanks
  • 3. Jumping
    10 Sections
    • Objectives
    • Types Of Jumps
    • Jump Elements
    • Teaching Jumps
    • High Jump Drills
    • Triple Jump Drills
    • Long Jump Drills
    • Pole Vault Drills
    • Checkpoint
    • Special Thanks
  • 4. Throwing
    10 Sections
    • Throwing Objectives
    • Fundamentals of Throwing
    • Teaching the Discus Throw
    • Discus Teaching Progression
    • Throwing Progression
    • Linear Shot Put
    • Linear Shot Put Phases
    • Teaching Progression
    • Throwing Progression
    • Checkpoint
  • 5. Conclusion
    2 Sections
    • Conclusion
    • NFHS Message

Course Partners

This Course Includes

  • Approved for 5 Clock Hours
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Additional Resources

National Certification

The NFHS Coach Certification Program is a national professional credential offered to individuals who are currently coaching or aspire to coach at the interscholastic level.

Level 1

National Certification

Level 2

National Certification

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