Achilles International – Nashville is an active club member of the United States Association of Track & Field (USATF)—the national governing body for track & field, long-distance running, and race walking.
In addition to providing the rules and regulations for these sports, the USATF offers a Registered Coaches Program. Coaches who complete this program have demonstrated the ethics, honesty and trustworthiness necessary for endorsement by this national governing body. One component of the coaching process is a comprehensive Safe Sport Handbook which focuses on only the highest ethical and honorable standards. To become registered, a coach must complete the application process which includes:
- Be a current USATF member
- Pass the USATF background screen
- Complete USOC SafeSport course
- Accept and adhere to the SafeSport Handbook
The following Achilles members are currently listed in the Registered Coaches Program:
USATF Level 1
In addition to the Coaches Registry, the USATF conducts instructional coaching programs, which are intended to establish a set of high standards for coaching across the country. The USATF Level 1 course of the USATF Coaching Education Program covers all events focusing on fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, instruction techniques, as well as creating a common language amongst coaches. This program is certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). Level 1 courses consisting of classroom lessons and hands-on training are approximately two-and-a-half-day courses where 21.5 hours are spent on track & field and related sport science. Participants complete an online exam which covers all content provided in the program including coaching philosophy. Upon passing the exam, participants receive Level 1 Certification.
The following Achilles members are current Level I certified Coaches: