NACACTFCA is the official Coaches Association of the IAAF-NACAC Area


July 2010 Bulletin / June 2010 Bulletin / May 2010 Bulletin / February 2010 Bulletin / See Electronic Journal for NEW and old articles!

2014 Congress in Puerto Rico - details!     PR 2014 Brochure


2013 Congress in Curaçao – click for presentation files!


2014 Pan American Combined Events Championships in Ottawa

English Competition Manual   /   Competition Manual en Español



2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia August 23-25


Canadian Coaching Centre 2013 Throws Conference Brochure

Tremendous 2012 Congress in Nassau, Bahamas – click for report!

Performance Triple Jump Camp for American HS Athletes with PETER PRATT in Bahamas! Read Article

20th Anniversary Congress in Houston – October 2010click for REPORT

2010 World Junior Canadian Seminar – Report

2009 Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico  Click for  Audio!

19th NACACTFCA Congress Report – Puerto Rico



Nordic Sport – Official Sponsor of NACACTFCA

        North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association

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2014 NACACTFCA International Athletics

Congress in Puerto Rico!


Topic: Youth Athletics


 Brochure in English


The 2014 Congress will be held October 2-5, 2014 in Isla Verde, San Juan, PR.  The host hotel will be the Embassy Suites Isla Verde!


Special Keynote Presenter:  Malek El Habil (MAR), Director of IAAF Member Services

Lecturers:  Dr. Lyle Sanderson (CAN), Mike Judge (USA), Danny Hawthorne (JAM), Ernesto Torres (PUR), Dr. Roberta Anding (USA)





Malek El Habil (MAR) IAAF Member Services Director and Kid’s Athletics program of the IAAF. 

Mike Judge (USA) Throws coach and head of Throw 1 Deep Club in USA.

Dr. Lyle Sanderson (CAN) IAAF School / Youth Commission member and longtime coach in Canada.

Ernesto Torres (PUR) Successful youth/junior hurdle coach in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Roberta Anding (USA) nutritionist at Baylor College of Medicine, the Houston Texans, and Rice University athletics. 

Danny Hawthorne (JAM) successful sprints coach at St. Jago High School in Jamaica, where he coached Yohan Blake.




Thu, Oct 3 Registration and Welcome Reception


Fri, Oct 4    Opening Ceremonies, Keynote Address by El Habil, and Speaker Presentations, followed by a night in San Juan.


Sat, Oct 5    More presentations and we are planning a practical session at the track with local youth athletes.  The congress will close with a banquet & entertainment  Saturday night!


Sun, Oct 6   Departures


Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and Spanish







The EMBASSY SUITES SAN JUAN HOTEL AND CASINO has been selected as headquarters for the 24th NACACTFCA Congress. The hotel offers a rate of $129.00 single or double rate, $154.00 for triple and $179 for four in a room. Rates do not include local taxes and service charges.  Please make your own reservation by 5:00pm SEPTEMBER 2 – book early; the Congress registration fee does not include hotel:


Brian Martinez Tel: +787-641-3243 /





$175.00 for coaches from NACACTFCA member federations (federation has paid the annual fee)

$225.00 for coaches of non-member federations


Congress fee includes all registration, materials, proceedings, T-shirt, welcome reception, door prizes, luncheon, banquet, ground transportation.  (To provide ground transportation we must receive your arrival information by September 30th).  *In order to get the $175.00 registration fee your national federation and / or coaching organization must have paid the national membership fee.


Complete above registration form & return with USD in International Bank Draft, Traveler Check or Money Order to: 


Víctor López - PO Box 4770, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00984-4770

(787) 762-5400 – Office /  (787) 253-2982 FAX / (787) 367-1421 Mobile


email: / or


*Personal Checks will not be accepted*


Please visit the NACACTFCA web site:





Víctor López - President

Puerto Rico



Dianne Woodside - Bahamas

Wendell Prince - Netherlands Antilles


Richie Mercado - Secretary

United States


Members at Large

Glen Albertina - Netherlands Antilles

Les Gramantik – Canada

Jamil Justiniano - Puerto Rico

Evelyn Farrell - Aruba























































2013 Congress in Curaçao


Click for pdf file of Presentations




pdf File

Joe Vigil


Training for Endurance Events

Art Venegas


Weight Training for Sprints/Jumps

Art Venegas


The Strength of Throws

Wendell Prince


Churandy’s Secret – Sprint Training

Wendell Prince


4 x 100 Relay Development

Richie Mercado


Bounding for Horizontal Jumps

Richie Mercado


Short and Long Hurdle Speed Development

Ismael Lopez


Javelin Development




































2014 Panamerican Combined Events Cup

       Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Youth, Junior, and Senior Level Competition

           REVISED DATES – July 16-20


English Competition Manual   /   Competition Manual en Español


This year the Panamerican Combined Evens Cup will be a three-day Festival of Competition at the Terry Fox Athletics Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It will be hosted by Athletics Canada and the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club for the third year in a row!  Planning is also underway for a Coaching Education opportunity aimed at Combined Events Coaches to be led by 4-5 international class coaches of the decathlon and heptathlon!


**This event is once again a part of the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge Series!


More information with be posted on the Panamerican Athletics site at


The basic schedule plan is as follows and tentative:

Wednesday–Thursday July 16-17:  Youth and Junior Combined Events Cup

** Youth Boys have now gone to the Decathlon with adjusted hurdles and weights as IAAF Youth


Thursday – Friday July 17-18:       Open Combined Events Cup (if the C-E Cup entries get too big, there will be a split with two flights created with different start times on the same days July 17-18)


** Canada is moving its Junior and Senior National Championships into Cup for Combined Events.

**NACAC and other area associations may also use this for their selection competition for 2014 Championship events!


** included over this period will be coach / athlete education opportunities and Q&A panel sessions for July 19-20 for all


** included is officiating development for C-E events and for referees with upgrading etc.   


** We are applying to the IAAF for the Class 2 Certificate for the stadium to comply with IAAF sanctioning for their fixtures.


Email Andy McInnis (Chair - LOC / Meet Director) for more information:


This should be a great opportunity for the best from NACAC and even South America, the best NCAA collegians, and the best youth and juniors to come together with great competition and great organization in a first-class facility!











































The Art and Science of Athletics Training


October 6-9, 2011 / HOTEL EL CONQUISTADOR


Click for Congress Report

pdf’s of presentations to come…



KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Víctor López (PUR) - Founder and only NACACTFCA president.  Still has a world vision for the CAC and NACAC, a future based not only on athletes, but on coaching development.


Raul Barreda - Sprints (MEX/CUB) - The longtime sprint coach in Mexico best known for guiding the career of 400 meter World Champion Ana Guevara.  Barreda, originally from Cuba, currently coaches 400 and 800 meter sprinter Gabriela Medina, and other top sprinters in México.


Carlos Cavalheiro – Distances (BRA) - Current senior endurance coach for ASPIRE Academy in Qatar.  Brazilian distance coach with tremendous experience and success with distance athletes, who have won 3 Olympic and 12 World Championship medals in the past two decades.


David Johnston - Jumps (USA) - Vault coach and creator of the checkmark system for vault and long jump.  Master of approach development and stride length / velocity management, stride development for hurdles, pole vault, and horizontal jumps. He is the current Saudi Arabian national vault coach.


Peter Pratt – Triple Jump (BAH) Former Bahamian triple jumper, winner of the inaugural CARIFTA Games, and current national team coach. Pratt has developed countless triple jumpers over the past two decades, including twins currently bursting onto the international junior scene.















Thursday, October 6        

  3:00pm-6:00pm        Registration

  7:00pm-9:00pm        Welcome Reception



Friday, October 7     

   9:00-9:45am             Opening Ceremonies

10:00-10:45am           Keynote Presentation

                                        Victor Lopez–NACACTFCA

11:00-12:30pm           Jumps – Peter Pratt

12:30-1:30pm              Mondo Lunch

  1:30-3:00pm              Hurdles – Santiago Antúnez

  3:15-4:30pm              Coaching Presentations

  4:30-5:30pm              Roundtable Discussion

  7:00pm                        Night on own in Merida!



Saturday, October 8

  9:00-10:30am            Distances–Carlos Cavalheiro

10:45-12:15pm           Sprints/Jumps – David Johnston

12:15-12:30pm           Group Picture outside hotel

12:30-1:30pm              Nordic Sport Lunch

  1:30-2:15pm              Kinovea Technical Analysis –

                                        Richie Mercado

  2:30-4:00pm              Sprints – Raul Barreda

  4:00-4:45pm              Roundtable

  4:45-5:15pm              Raffle

  7:00-10:30pm            Banquet & Entertainment


Sunday, October 9     Departures


* Simultaneous translation in English and Spanish




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2010 NACACTFCA Congress in Houston, Texas - click for 2010 Congress REPORT

Presentations in .pdf

Lyle Knudson

A Systematic and Comprehensive Program for Distance Training


Vitaly Petrov

Pole Vault Methodology

Pole Vault Technique

John Godina

Rotation Through Extension

Power From Stability

Tom Tellez

Sprint Mechanics

The Sprint Start

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19th NACACTFCA Congress in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

NEW AUDIO:  Click here for streaming of Wolfgang Ritzdorf’s presentation in Puerto Rico!  Look for future audio files of presentations from Vern Gambetta, Don Babbitt, and Klaus Bartonietz, as well as a roundtable discussion on the use of technology in athletics with the above mentioned coaches plus Gary Winckler, Victor Lopez, and Elio Locatelli.

The 19th Congress was a tremendous success, with over 100 participants from over 20 NACAC federations.  20 coaches received NACAC scholarships to allow them to get to the Congress.  The lectures were world-class, and the hospitality of the Puerto Ricans was fabulous, capped by a wonderful evening of traditional music and dancing!

The 2009 Congress Report will be ready soon, and presentations are linked below and will be reprinted in parts in future NACACTFCA Electronic Bulletins.

Hector Amill Cano – coach of Berlin 400m Hurdle Silver Medalist Javier Culson – was selected as NACAC Coach of the Year (see picture below)!

Victor Lopez directs a Roundtable with Elio Locatelli, Gary Winckler, Vern Gambetta, and Klaus Bartoniez

Victor Lopez presents the NACAC Coach of the Year Award to Hector Amill Cano, coach of Silver Medalist Javier Culson

Victor Lopez presents an achievement award to IAAF Development Director Elio Locatelli


Lecturers and pdf Presentations:  19th NACACTFCA Congress Report – Puerto Rico


Keynote Speaker – Elio Locatelli (ITA) – IAAF Coaches’ Development

                                                                   Two Decades of Revolutions in Coaching


Presenters –         Don Babbitt (USA)Revolutions in Training for the Throwing Events

                             Vern Gambetta (USA)Training in the New Millennium

Tadeusz Kepka (MEX/POL)Distance Training

Klaus Bartonietz (GER) – Technique and Training for the Throwing Events: Problems and Prospects

Gary Winckler (USA)Reflections and New Directions in Sprints and Hurdles Part I / Reflections Part II

Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdorf (GER)High Jump Training and Technique














Nelio Moura and Victor Lopez

William Wuyke, Dennis Shaver, Wolfgang Ritzdorf, and Nelio Moura during Roundtable Discussion

William Wuyke and Nelio Moura with Congress Participants

Victor Lopez, Richie Mercado, and Wolfgang Ritzdorf


Coaching in the 21st Century – Keynote Address

Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdorf


High Jump Technique and Training

Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdorf


Training 800 Meter Runners

William Wuyke


Coaching Horizontal Jumps in the 21st Century

Nelio Moura


Coaching Sprinters

Dennis Shaver

United States

Coaching Hurdlers

Dennis Shaver

United States

Coaching Javelin Throwers

Juan De La Garza


Study of Coaching the Pole Vault

Richie Mercado

United States





2006 NACACTFCA Congress on Technical Development in Athletics
October 12-15, 2006 - Carolina, Puerto Rico

The Congress was a tremendous success. Over 120 coaches from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and Spain were in attendance.  A full report will appear here soon.  Go to the full access page for the Electronic Bulletin for articles which will be loaded soon, including .pdf files of Gunter Tidow’s Technical Analysis Articles.

Keynote Sports Science Presenter - Gunter Tidow (GER)

Pole Vault - David Butler (USA) / Throws - Ramona Pagel (USA) / Horizontal Jumps – Ricardo Guardarrama (CUB) / Middle Distance - Wynn Gmitroski (CAN) / Sprints / Hurdles - Tom Tellez (USA)


2006 Report (click for Word file)

 The 16th NACACTFCA Athletics Congress was held in Carolina, Puerto Rico in October, 2006. The Congress theme was Technical Skill Development, and the tone was set well by the keynote presenter, Professor Günter Tidow (GER).  Almost 120 coaches were present from 17 countries, including Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations, Mexico, Canada, USA, Venezuela, Spain and Japan.  NACAC President Dr. Amadeo Francis and NACACTFCA President Victor Lopez both stressed the need for the national coaching associations in all countries and the cooperation between national federations and coaching associations to stimulate coaching education programs and delivery of services.  The NACACTFCA plans to encourage the support of all NACAC area federations and coaches’ associations to allow more coaches to enjoy the resources and benefits of the Congress, the website (, and its electronic technical bulletin.  Overall, this was perhaps the finest congress in terms of quality of presentations, general program and theme, attendance, and quality of the hotel, local support staff, and cultural enhancements.  More thorough summaries and detailed presentations will be posted on the website and distributed through future electronic NACACTFCA Bulletins.


Presentation Abstracts:


§         Günter Tidow (GER) developed the idea for “set values” for model technique and corresponding analysis sheets for the various skill events in Athletics several years ago.  Since then he has published several articles which identify the model technique and its development - including visual analysis tools - in sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. Tidow discussed the development of this systematic approach to technical models and analysis, and the practical development of technique.  He presented evidence from several of his studies, including a study of visual analysis trends in his sport science students and recommendations for improving the skill of coaches’ analysis!  Tidow also used several examples of specific technical skills such as variations in the penultimate step in the long jump, plant position in the pole vault, and the takeoff stride in the hurdles to demonstrate the styles variants within the technical model.  The technical analysis sheets are constructed to allow coaches and athletes to use visual and video assessment to evaluate and develop technique based on this concept of the “set value.”  The presentation set the stage for the discussion of technical development in the specific disciplines by other coaches, who addressed the basic issue of a technical model and style variations in their respective events. 


§         Ramona Pagel (USA), four-time Olympian and American record holder in the shot put, discussed the basic principles of throwing and focused on specific applications to the individual disciplines.  These specific components allow a coach to reach an optimal end result only “after much repetition and cognitive understanding of the events and how to apply them to a particular athlete.”  Primary are the concepts that forces are applied from the ground up, that a long range of motion from slow to fast creates acceleration to a maximal release velocity, and that the hips are the link that chains lower and upper body power.  Javelin training emphasis is on running efficiency and transfer of velocity into smooth crossover and plant at a speed that can be controlled for delivery of the implement.  Core work and motions that enhance dynamic hip, shoulder, and trunk strength are used to develop specific strength, and Pagel’s American record holder, Kim Kreiner, has benefited greatly from the run, transition, and specific strength training.  In the discus, Pagel emphasized the transfer phase from the turn and sprint to the power position, noting that athletes with stronger core development will better handle and profit from the long range of motion and great rotational forces going into the power position and block.  Pagel noted the importance of the left side block for right-handed putters, which transitions the horizontal forces to vertical forces.  The “left off” drill exaggerates the driving of the hip from the right side, making a left side block even more effective.


§         Ricardo Guardarrama (CUB) discussed the technical training of developing young athletes in the horizontal jumps, focusing on rhythmic runs and takeoff drills, bounding, and the whole movement.  Strength is developed through these natural drills as technique improves; Guardarrama does not believe that it is necessary or advisable to begin weight training at this early stage, especially specific strength through weights.  Drills for the long jump include short run takeoffs into the pit with emphasis on takeoff extension and a progression towards more complete flight and landing movements.  Triple Jump drills included bounding on the grass to develop strength and the technical patterns for the event such as alternating bounds (LRLR) and triple jump bounds (LLR-LLR) and modified triple jumps into the pit.  In both the long and triple jump, Guardarrama and his progressions emphasize the smooth rhythmic transition from the approach run into the jump, and video was used effectively to demonstrate the progressions with athletes from 15-18 years of age.


§         David Butler (USA) discussed the fundamental importance of 1) efficient pole carry to enhance the plant motion; 2) an early, high plant with both arms; 3) preserving proper swing mechanics.  The front elbow should be tucked down with the wrist and V of the hand up under the pole instead of the elbow out to the side and the wrist down.  This allows for smooth transition of the pole upward into the plant.  Keeping the back elbow up and closing the angle of the arm also enhances the smooth upward motion of the plant.  Beginning the plant on the third to last step by moving both hands upright ensures an early, efficient, and high plant with both arms extended upward.  Driving the front arm upward through the plant creates an open angle between the body and an elastic response through the shoulder complex that enhances the swing.  This allows for a natural swing to the top of the pole, but only if the athlete - and coach - do not destroy the swing by pulling down or rowing forward with the hands!  Butler, who coaches successful male and female vaulters, used several video examples of takeoff drills and swing drills in the training of his athletes, with examples of intra-athlete development of technical skills over time.  The identical technical skills were also demonstrated by video analysis of the performances of world class vaulters to reinforce his “technical model,” one very much influenced by his mentor Vitali Petrov.


§         Tom Tellez (USA) focused on the natural aspect of sprinting.  The coach of Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell and countless other world-class sprinters argued that the window of opportunity to develop proper motor patterns in the early adolescent period is actually a time when many coaches and athletes damage the natural running patterns by improper cues and understanding of running technique.  If a sprinter keeps the toe dorsiflexed and fires the hip downward through the ground, then the recovery occurs naturally and sets up the next stride motion.  According to Tellez, too much focus by coaches and athletes on upward knee action and unnatural heel recovery through drills and cues leads to unnatural sprinting mechanics and reduced force into the ground – i.e. reduced stride length, leg recovery, and maximum velocity!  Arm motion is also over-coached and the major problem is that contrary to the model of keeping the arms at 45° for the entire motion, 100-200 meter sprinters need to open the angle on the backswing to allow for complete stride extension.  Arm action controls the rhythm and range of motion of the leg stride – i.e. short arm action, reduced leg extension.  Tellez used videotape to demonstrate the near identical technical movements of two world-class sprinters training side by side, and analyzed the natural technique a very young athlete (the son of Joe Deloach) to demonstrate technical points of sprinting and to show the natural ability of un-coached youth to run properly!


§         Wynn Gmitroski (CAN) on skill development for endurance events stressed a holistic approach to develop postural stability and efficient movement and thus achieve optimal performance.  He defined skill as “the ability to carry out a task with maximum certainty and minimum expenditure of energy and time.”  Most of Gmitroski’s remarks concerned the trainability of youth between the ages of 8-12+- in terms of a skill development window, beginning with fundamental movements before developing more specific sport skills.  The years 12-16+- should focus on “building engine and sport specific skills” and 16-23+- devoted to “optimizing the engine and sport / event / position skills.”  From 19 years up the focus is on “maximizing” skills and getting to the podium!  The critically sensitive period for skill development is often missed by coaches / programs, leading to over-competition and under training, damage done between ages 6-16 that is not fully correctible, and general sport skills going unlearned before 11-12 years: “Specializing early in a late-specialization sport contributes to one sided preparation, injuries, early burnout and early retirement.”  Gmitroski argued that the LTAD principle has been reversed; coaches tend to make players first and then attempt to make an athlete out of that player, instead of making an athlete and then turning the athlete into a player.  Creating an athlete requires special attention to that early window of skill trainability, postural development, and movement optimization.  This will prevent major problems later, as dysfunctional posture and movement lead to impaired motor control, increased tension, poor technique, poor performance and injury!



 Focus on New Athletics Links:

Coaches Eye – – Technical analysis tools for coaches which includes video clips and problem-solving quizzes.  Created with the help of Wolfgang Ritzdorf in Germany.

Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre – – tremendous resource articles in training theory, sport sciences, and technical events.






Message from the President

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the web page of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Track and Field Coaches Association. This web page will be the communication vehicle for all the coaches in the NACAC area. It contains valuable information in both the technical and developmental aspects of the regional sport.

The NACACTFCA was founded in 1989 at the IAAF Regional Development Center in Puerto Rico, under the IAAF development strategy. Therefore it is the IAAF regional coaches association for the NACAC area. It is composed of 32 IAAF member federations. It is the second older IAAF regional coaching association - the oldest one is the European Coaches Association - and has a Board of Directors that represents all the NACAC area sub regions.

Some of the services and programs offered by the NACACTFCA include: an annual International Athletics Coaches Congress, a quarterly Newsletter, NACAC Coach of the Year Award, discount on the purchasing of supplies and merchandise from our sponsors, a copy of the IAAF New Studies in Athletics for our active members, representation on the IAAF World Coaches Project and Commission, the opportunity to participate in the IAAF World Coaches Academy and the exchange of information between thousands of coaches in the NACAC area.

To the current members make this page your information source for all coaching needs. If you are not a member, I would like to encourage you to join the NACACTFCA.

Victor Lopez




2010 World Junior Coaching Seminar and Tutorial

Effectively Managing the Transition from Junior to Senior

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada – July 2010

Hosted by Athletics Canada and sponsored in part by NACACTFCA

Coaching Participants

Warmup Track / Tutorial Site

Seminar Room

Gary Winckler

Nelio Moura

The Athletics Canada World Junior Coaching Seminar was a huge success and a very well-run enterprise.  NACACTFCA Board Member Les Gramantik led the seminar, hosted by Athletics Canada and executed superbly by Donna Harris and Melissa Dowling.  Participants came from Canada, the United States, Bahamas, and Barbados.  World class lecturers discussed the systems in their respective countries and issues related to developing young athletes into world class seniors.  Les Gamantik (CAN), Elio Locatelli (ITA / IAAF), Gary Winckler (USA), Nelio Moura (BRA), Ralph Mouchbahani (GER), Vitali Petrov (ITA), Alex Gardiner (CAN), Dr. Penny Werthner (CAN), and Dr. Trent Stellingwerth were the lecturers and Les Gramantik served as the main tutorial director, assisted by Winckler, Moura, and Petrov in their specific areas of hurdles, horizontal jumps, and pole vault.  Jim Denison and Wes Moerman of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre were also involved. 


Article at CBC on the coaching seminar:




















(click for PDF file)

North America, Central America and Caribbean Track and Field Coaches Association (NACACTFCA)


Article 1. Name:
The name of the Association is the North American, Central American and Caribbean Coaches Association herein after referred to as "The Association". The association is an independent association for North American, Central America and the Caribbean IAAF member countries

Article 2. Seat:
The association has its seat in the town of residence of the incumbent President or the Secretary as determined the Executive.

Article 3. General Objectives:
I) To act as a vehicle, through various activities related to coaching development, for improving the competitive performances of NACAC member countries.
II) To coordinate and promote an NACAC contribution to the IAAF Development Program in coaching and related matters with the focus of activities being on active coaches.

Article 4. Specific Objectives:
I) To organize a annual Congress of the Association.
II) To prepare annual directories and fixtures lists of coaching related information for circulation to all National Federations in North, Central America, and the Caribbean.
III) To coordinate and advise relative to activities concerning coaching.

Article 5. Membership:
I) Full membership is available, upon application and payment of the registration fee, to coaches certifies under the Coaching Education Programs operating in the North America, Central, America and Caribbean Area. Full membership is also available to a representative of the National Athletics Coaches Association in each IAAF member country in the area or where such an Association does not exist, to a representative of the National Athletics Federation.
II) Honorary Membership may be extended to distinguished figures in the field of Athletics Coaching and to individuals who have made extra-ordinary contributions.
III) Associate Membership is available, upon application and payment of a special registration fee, to certified or accredited coaches in IAAF member countries who do not meet the above criteria.
IV) Each member will be allowed one vote to be cast by the full members present at the particular meeting or where the vote is taken.
V) Each National Coaches Association, or where such an association does not exist, IAAF Member Federation in the area will be allowed an additional vote provided a representative is present at the congress or meeting where the vote is taken.

Article 6. Fees:
The annual registration fee will be established by the Board of Directors for a one year term. The registration fee for Associate Individual Member will be 1.5 times the fee for full Members.

Article 7. Withdrawal of Membership.
A decision can be made by the Board of Directors to suspend any member who has brought the Association or the Profession into disrepute in event of a suspension of membership and appeals proceed will be in effect as outlined in the policies of the association.

Article 8. Organization.
The association is made up of the following:
a.The General Assembly of Members.
b.The Board of Directors.
c.The Executive Committee.

The General Assembly is convened on a bi-annual basis at the Biennial Congress. The agenda for such meetings will be circulated at least six weeks prior.

Extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly may be convened by the Board of Directors as required by urgent and important matters or if so requested by at least 1/4 of the full membership.

The General Assembly consists of :
Board of Directors
Full Individual Members
Honorary Members
Associate Members

The role and responsibilities of the General Assembly are as follows:
Approval of the constitution and any amendments.
Approval of technical, administrative and financial reports of the Board of Directors.
Election of Executive and Board of Directors at the congress of the association held in the World Championships year.
Acceptance and approval of the programs of the Association.

Voting- A quorum will consist of 1/4 of the total votes in the association. Voting in elections is done by secret ballot. The president or acting president shall cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie. A simple majority is required. Voting on professional or other matters will be by a show of hands at the general assembly. A simple majority is required and the president or acting president shall cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie.

Article 9. The Board of Directors:

The board will consist of eight members, the president, two vice-presidents, the secretary and four members-at-large.
The board must represent a broad cross section of the NACAC region, North America, Central American and Caribbean areas.
A minimum of three members of the board must be directors of coaching, technical directors, national head coaches or their equivalent in similar positions.
The board's term of office is four years with elections to be held in each world championship year.
The board convenes every year and has the following responsibilities:
Drafting and distribution of the constitution and amendments to the general assembly
Implementation of action plans and recommendations agreed to by the general assembly
Approval of reports from the executive
Approval of membership rolls
Management of association records
Representation of the association abroad
Liaison with National Associations of Athletic Coaches

Article 10. The Executive:
The Executive comprises a president, two vice-presidents, and a secretary
The Executive has a four year term with the elections for the board of directors
The duties of the Executive shall be as normally designated for those positions except for the vice-presidents who will share separate duties of financial/administration and technical/professional aspects of the organization
The Executive meets once per year and has the following duties:
A) Administer the day to day business of the association
B) Implement association programs as recommended
C) Prepare annual directory and fixtures lists
Pursue sponsorship and donations as required
Prepare program for annual congress and assist with organization as required

Article 11. Duties of Individual Members

I) Supply relevant information regarding annual publication of the directory and fixtures
II) Enter into consultation with the association on any matters embraced by the philosophy and objectives
III) Ensure payment of fees.

Article 12. Duties of Honorary and Associates:
As stated for individual members.

Article 13. Finances:
I)The fiscal year of the association is the calendar year
II) Revenues of the association are derived from annual membership fees, donations and sponsorships.
III) Expenditures consists of administration costs for members of the executive, as well as various congress expenses.

Article 14. Congress and Meetings:
I) The congress shall take place every year. The general assembly of the membership shall take place every four years in association with the congress.
II) The themes of the congress shall be in accordance to the needs of the area and in compliance with the IAAF development program.
III) Workshops will be offered on a regional basis in the intervening years with the topic to be determined at the congress.
IV) Congress invitations and program must be circulated to the membership at least three months prior to the event.
V) Registration fees for the congress and any workshop will be discounted for certified coaches.

Article 15. Constitutional Changes:
Written notice of any proposed changes in the constitution must be circulated to the members at least six weeks prior to the general assembly. Voting in the cases requires a simple majority.

Membership Fees

Full membership $20.00 USA
National Body $100.00 USA
Associate Member $30.00 USA

North America, Central America and Caribbean Track and Field Coaches Association (NACACTFCA


Articulo 1: Nombre. El nombre de la asociación es Asociación de Entrenadores de Atletismo de Norte América, Centro América y el Caribe, de aquí en adelante referida como "La Asociación". La Asociación, es una asociación independiente para el área de Norte América, Centro América y el Caribe.

Articulo 2: Sede. La asociación tendrá su sede en el lugar de residencia del presidente o del secretario o como lo estipule el Ejecutivo.

Articulo 3: Objetivos Generales:
Actuar como vehículo a través de diversas actividades relacionadas con el desarrollo de entrenadores, para mejorar los resultados competitivos de los países miembros de NACAC.
Coordinar y promover la contribución de NACAC al programa de desarrollo de la FIAA en todo lo relacionado a capacitación de entradores y asuntos relacionados con el énfasis en actividades para los entrenadores activos.

Articulo 4: Objetivos Específicos:
Organizar el Congreso Anual de la Asociación.
Preparar un listado de información, relacionado con la capacitación de los entrenadores para ser circulado a todas las Federaciones de NACAC.
Coordinar y asesorar en actividades relacionadas con la educación de los entrenadores.

Articulo 5: Membresía:
Membresía completa, disponible mediante de solicitud y pago de cuota, para los entrenadores certificados por el Programa de Certificación de Entrenadores, operando en el área de Norte América, Centro América y el Caribe. La membresía completa está también disponible para la Asociación de Entrenadores de los países y en caso que dicha asociación no exista, para la Federación del país en cuestión.
Membresía honoraria, otorgada a destacadas figuras dentro del campo de entrenador de atletismo, y a individuos que hayan hecho una contribución extraordinaria a la profesión.
Membresía asociada, disponible mediante solicitud y pago de cuota especial, para entrenadores certificados de países miembros de la FIAA, que no reúnan los criterios anteriores.
Cada país tendrá derecho a un voto adicional a través de un representante que esté presente en el Congreso.
Cada Asociación Nacional o, de no existir esta, la Federación, tendrá un voto adicional a través de un representante que esté presente en el Congreso.

Articulo 6: Cuota
La cuota anual de membresía será establecida por la Junta de Directores por un termino de un año. La cuota para los miembros asociados será de 1.5, la cuota de los miembros regulares.

Articulo 7: Cese de Membresía
La Junta de Directores, podrá suspender cualquier miembro que haya afectado la reputación de la Asociación y (o) la profesión.

Articulo 8: Organización
La Asociación estará constituida de la siguiente manera:
Asamblea General
Junta de Directores
Comité Ejecutivo
La Asamblea General se reunirá cada cuatro años durante el Congreso en el año del Campeonato Mundial. La agenda para esa reunión será circulada por lo menos seis meses antes.
La Junta de Directores podrá convocar a reuniones extraordinarias, para tratar asuntos de urgencia e importancia si esto es solicitado por 1/4 parte de la membresía.
La Asamblea General consiste en:
Junta de Directores
Miembros Individuales
Miembros Honorarios
Miembros Asociados
Los deberes y responsabilidades de la Asamblea General son:
Aprobar el reglamento y sus enmiendas.
Aprobar los informes técnicos, financieros y administrativos de la Junta de Directores.
Elegir el Comité Ejecutivo y la Junta de Directores, durante el Congreso de la Asociación en el año que se celebren los Campeonatos Mundiales.
Aceptar y aprobar los programas de la Asociación.
Votaciones. Se considera quórum al 25% del total de los votos de la Asociación. Las votaciones para elecciones se harán por voto secreto. El presidente o su representante, votará en caso de empate. Una simple mayoría es el requisito. Las votaciones en asuntos profesionales y de otra índole, se harán levantando el brazo. Una simple mayoría será el requisito y el presidente o su representante, decidirá en caso de empate.

Articulo 9 La Junta de Directores:
La Junta consistirá de ocho miembros. El Presidente, dos vice-presidentes. Secretario y cuatro vocales.
La Junta deberá estar formada por miembros que representen las diferentes regiones de NACAC.
Un mínimo de tres miembros de la Junta deberán ser Directores de Entrenadores, Directores Técnicos, Jefe de Entrenadores o la equivalencia de estos.
La Junta tendrá un termino de cuatro años celebrándose elecciones durante el año del Campeonato Mundial.
La junta se reunirá cada año y tendrá las siguientes responsabilidades:
Elaborar y distribuir el reglamento y sus enmiendas en la Asamblea General.
Implementar los planes de acción y recomendaciones acordadas durante la Asamblea General.
Aprobar los informes del Ejecutivo.
Aprobar la lista de miembros.
Manejar los registros de la Asociación.
Representar a la Asociación en el exterior.
Actuar como enlace entre las asociaciones Nacionales y los entrenadores.

Articulo 10. El Ejecutivo:
i) El Ejecutivo se compone del Presidente, dos vice-presidentes y el secretario
El Ejecutivo tiene un termino de cuatro años y las elecciones se harán simultáneamente con las de la Junta de Directores.
Las tareas del Ejecutivo serán las normalmente diseñadas para estas posiciones, a excepción de los vice-presidentes, quienes tendrán tareas separadas; uno para aspectos financieros y administrativos y el otro para los aspectos técnicos y profesionales.
El Ejecutivo se reunirá una vez al año y tiene las siguientes tareas;
Administrar los asuntos administrativos de la Asociación.
Implementar los programas de la asociación tal y como sean recomendados.
Preparará un directorio anual y una lista de actividades.
Conseguir auspicios y donaciones según sea requerido.
Preparar el Programa del Congreso Anual y ayudar en la organización.

Articulo 11. Tareas de los miembros individuales:
i) Proporcionar la información relevante a las publicaciones anuales, al directorio, y a la lista de actividades.
ii) Consultar con la Asociación sobre asuntos relacionados con la filosofía y objetivos.
iii)Asegurar pago de la cuota.

Articulo 12. Tareas de los miembros honorarios y asociados:
La misma de los miembros individuales.

Articulo 13. Finanzas:
i) El año fiscal de la Asociación es el año natural.
ii) Los ingresos de la Asociación se derivan de las cuotas anuales de los
miembros, donaciones y auspicios.
iii)Los egresos consisten en gastos de oficina y asuntos administrativos, ayuda al costo de viaje y alojamiento de los miembros de Ejecutivo, además de otros gastos relacionados con el congreso.

Articulo 14. Congreso y Talleres :
i) El Congreso se llevará a cabo cada año, en el año del Campeonato Mundial. La Asamblea General de todos los miembros, se llevará a cabo cada cuatro años en ocasión del Congreso durante el año del Campeonato Mundial.
ii) Los tópicos del Congreso, se seleccionarán de acuerdo a las necesidades del área y en acuerdo con el programa de desarrollo de le FIAA
iii) Se llevaran a cabo talleres y seminarios en los congresos.

iv) Las invitaciones para el Congreso y para los programas, deberán ser circuladas
a todos los miembros por lo menos tres meses antes del evento.
v)Se aplicará un descuento a las cuotas de matricula para el Congreso o los
talleres, para beneficio de los entrenadores certificados.

Articulo 15. Cambios al reglamento:
Las propuestas de cambios al reglamento se circularán a todos los miembros por lo menos seis semanas antes de la Asamblea General. La aceptación de cualquier cambio al reglamento, requiere una mayoría de los votos.


Miembros Individuales $20.00 USA
Asociaciones o Federaciones $100.00 USA
Miembros Asociados $30.00 USA


North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association

2001 Congress - Montego Bay, Jamaica!

October 11-14, 2001

Wyndham Rose Hall Resort and Country Club - Montego Bay (click for Website!)


Dan Pfaff (USA) Jumps - Clyde Hart (USA) 400 Meters - Ed Miller (USA) Decathlon - Santiago Antunez (CUB) Hurdles

These are excellent world-class coaches who have trained several Olympians, including Michael Johnson (Clyde Hart), Donovan Bailey and Mark Boswell (Dan Pfaff), Aliuska Lopez an Anier Garcia (Santiago Antunez), and Chris Huffins (Ed Miller)!


Hotel Information: Wyndham Rose Hall Resort & Country Club - P.O. Box 999 Montego Bay, Jamaica. Tel. (876) 953-2650 / FAX (876) 953-2617 Contact person: Jacqueline Sangster - Sales Manager, email -

$100.00 per night includes taxes for single/double room. Wyndham Rose Hall is a beautiful Five Star resort and convention hotel with a golf course and private white powder beaches! Check out the pictures at the website!

Registration is $175.00 for NACACTFCA current members and $225.00 for non-members. This may be payed to NACACTFCA by Money Order, Cashier's Check or Travelers Checks in US Dollars only. Mail to: Richie Mercado, 26 Alabama Ct. , Houston, TX 77027





North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association

1998 Congress in Costa Rica


    The 1998 Congress in San Jose, Costa Rica was one of the most successful if not the best yet, and Augusto Pila Telena and the local sponsors should be proud of their accomplishment!   The presenters, the outside sponsors -  including M-F Athletics (Friday's lunch), Daktronics (Saturday's lunch), UCS (T-shirts), Martin (portfolios)  - the Board of Directors, Evelyn Lopez, and especially the attending coaches are all to be commended for making this an enriching experience and a tremendous success!  There were 83 participants, 5 presenters and 6 directors from 15 countries present (see list below) this is our second largest turnout ever!

    The 1998 Congress included presentation by some of the finest coaches and scientists in the world.  Brian Maraj (CAN), a former coach and now a Kinesiologist at Louisiana State University, presented tremendously useful information for coaches with respect to Motor Behavior and the relationship between coaches and researchers.  Loren Seagrave (USA) tied some of his ideas into Maraj's presentation as he delivered an excellent discussion of "Neuro-Biomechanics of Maximum Velocity."  Amarilis Hernandez (CUB) focused on the important aspects of the training of middle distance runner Nortberto Tellez, and Carmen Romero (CUB) presented interesting information from a study of specific testing protocols administered to throwers in Cuba.  Les Gramantik (CAN) outlined some of the most important issues in training for combined events and preparing youth for Track & Field.

    In addition, there were some very good brief presentations, including Dr. John Downes (USA) of Life University discussing the future role of Chiropractic in athletics and major NACAC competitions; Augusto Pila Telena on sprinting; and Dr. Wilbour Kelsick on the "Pre-Participation Exam" as a chiropractic tool for coaches.

1998 NACACTFCA Congress Particpants

Sidney Cartwright - Bahamas
Elva  Davis  - Bahamas
Stephanie  Higgs - Bahamas
Philip  Johnson - Bahamas
Peter  Pratt - Bahamas
Eula June  White - Bahamas
Richard  Crevier - Canada
Dr. W.E.  Kelsick - Canada
Jerry  Harper - Cayman Islands
Leonardo  Alpizar Conejo - Costa Rica
Oscar  Alvarez Gonzalez - Costa Rica
Linbergh  Araya Blanco - Costa Rica
Ronald  Arroyo Nuñez - Costa Rica
Greivin  Barrantes Viquez - Costa Rica
Roberto  Bonilla Castillo - Costa Rica
Didier  Briceño Gomez - Costa Rica
Francisco  Cortez Castillo - Costa Rica
Paulino  Duarte Briceño - Costa Rica
Raul  Gonzalez Najera - Costa Rica
Miguel  Hastings - Costa Rica
Rafael  Jimenez Jimenez - Costa Rica
Roy  Leal Leal - Costa Rica
Rosaura  Mendez Gamboa - Costa Rica
Ovidio  Morera Molina - Costa Rica
Nuria  Pastrana Alvarez - Costa Rica
Rodrigo  Picado Gamboa - Costa Rica
Vianney  Picado Morales - Costa Rica
Gilberto  Porras Barquero - Costa Rica
Felix  Porras Soto - Costa Rica
David  Quesada Mendez - Costa Rica
Rodrigo  Quiros Valverde - Costa Rica
Manuel  Solano Redondo - Costa Rica
Ricardo  Ugalde Ugalde - Costa Rica
Hugo  Vargas Pacheco - Costa Rica
Juan Carlos  Vega Gonzales - Costa Rica
Thelma  Zuniga Alvarez - Costa Rica
Rudiger  Harksen - Germany
Roy Fearon - Guatemala
Emanuel Alfonso Fearon Gayle - Guatemala
Manolo  Garcia Solorzano - Guatemala
Rolando Ortiz C. - Guatemala
Alexa Anahí Ruiz Bode - Guatemala
Grace  Bourah - Jamaica
Lenford  Levy - Jamaica
Patrick  Swinton - Jamaica
Enrique  German - Mexico
Hector  Martinez Perez - Mexico
Francisco  Olivares Perez - Mexico
Antonio Palacios - Mexico
Cosme  Rodriguez Sanchez - Mexico
Arturo  Vega Icaza  - Mexico
Jose de Jesus  Arroyo Zamora - Mexico
Juan A.  Coronado Perez - Mexico
Juan  Gabriel Gomez - Mexico
Roberto  Hernandez Castillo - Mexico
Rafael  Humberto Sanchez - Mexico
Luis  Ordonez Valdes - Mexico
Jesus  Sorsa Garza - Mexico
Edwin  Lopez Ramirez - Netherlands Antilles
Augusto  Herz Carrero - Peru
Miguel  Aguirrechu Baroniel - Puerto Rico
Francisco  Colon Lebron - Puerto Rico
Agustin  Flores Roldan - Puerto Rico
Edgardo  Guilbe - Puerto Rico
Ray  Quinones - Puerto Rico
Freddie Ramos Lugo - Puerto Rico
Luis  Roberto Reeves - Puerto Rico
Carlos  Santiago Quintana - Puerto Rico
Antonio  Vallejo Munoz - Puerto Rico
Louis  Vidot - Puerto Rico
Elmer  Williams - Puerto Rico
Jorgen  Becke - Sweden
Claes  Orberg - Sweden
Donald  Babbit - United States of America
John  Downes - United States of America
Scott  Evans - United States of America
Robby  Farias - United States of America
Walter  Price - United States of America
Kebba  Tolbert - United States of America
Edgar  Arana Quiroz - Venezuela
Jose Francisco Velazquez - Venezuela
Milton  Martinez - Venezuela
William  Wuyke - Venezuela

Les  Gramantik - Canada
Brian  Maraj - Canada
Amarilis  Hernandez - Cuba
Carmen  Romero - Cuba
Loren  Seagrave - United States of America

Board of Directors
Lyle  Sanderson - Canada
Augusto  Pila Teleña - Costa Rica
Irma  Corral - Mexico
Wendell  Prince - Netherlands Antilles
Victor  Lopez - Puerto Rico
Richie  Mercado - United States of America


North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association


1999 Congress in Freeport, Bahamas



 "It Was Better in the Bahamas!"




Bahamas Princess Country Club

Freeport, Grand Bahama

October 7-10, 1999


The 1999 Congress in Freeport was a tremendous success, with over 70 coaches attending from dozens of countries in the NACAC region.  Unfortunately, the Cuban coaches were unable to attend in time due to visa problems, but the other presenters were fantastic and their materials or summaries will be presented soon on this site.


Rudiger Harksen - Germany

National Hurdles Coach for Germany and director charge of all top Hurdlers


Enrique Pascual - Spain

A top international distance coach and coach of Fermin Cacho, Abel Anton and Roberto Parra


Monte Stratton - USA

Head Coach at Texas Christian University and Sprint & Relays Expert





North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association




October 12-15, 2000

Leroy Burrell and the Mexican Coaches in Monterrey - 2000


Click for articles: Leroy Burrell - Sprints (USA), Irving Schexnayder - Jumps (USA), Larry Judge - Throws (USA) and Raul Barrera- Distances (MEX/CUB); brief presentation by Ricardo Mendoza (PUR)

Radisson Plaza Gran Hotel Ancira

Monterrey, Mexico

The Congress was a great success, with over 60 coaches in attendance. Unfortunately, many coaches in the region were not able to attend due to recently returning from Sydney or preparing to depart for Santiago! Mexico nad Puerto Rico has the largest contingents, and the Mexicans provided a first-class hotel, meeting room, and organization. Many thanks to Francisco Olivares and all who assisted in Monterrey.

Sponsors and Patrons


IAAF - NACAC Regional Development Center

American Airlines

Athletics Canada


M-F Athletics

Track & Field News

UCS/Spirit, Inc.

Participants List - Monterrey 2000






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NACAC Regional Development Center &

Albergue Olimpico - San Juan, Puerto Rico



For More information on the RDC San Juan contact Mr. Lenford Levy (JAM), RDC Director, at (787) 724-0782, or contact IAAF - NACAC Area Group President Dr. Amadeo I.D. Francis at Box 8134, Santurce, Puerto Rico, 00910 - tel: (787) 724-0782, or visit the RDC Website at:, and the NACAC Website at:


















North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association


NACACTFCA Board of Directors

Newly elected at the 2009 Congress in Puerto Rico



President:    Victor Lopez (PUR)

Vice-President:    Irma Corral (Mexico)

Vice-President:    Wendell Prince (AHO)

Secretary:    Richie Mercado (USA)

At-Large:    Glenn Albertina (AHO)

At-Large:    Humberto Sanchez Alvarez (MEX)

At-Large: Les Gramantik (CAN)

At-Large:    Jamil Justiniano (PUR)








North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association


Calendar of NACAC Area Events and News


Following is a list of NACAC, NACACTFCA, CAC, CARIFTA, USATF, Athletics Canada and other events in our region.

Please submit any major competitions, camps, seminars, or events to:








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            Bulletin Sponsors

Our newest sponsor is Gill Athletics!

·  American Airlines

·  Athletics Canada

·  La Cruz Azul de Puerto Rico

·  M-F Athletics

·  Martin Surfacing

·  Nordic Sport

·  Pacer International

·  Track & Field News

    Congress Sponsors

·  American Airlines

·  Daktronics

·  M-F Athletics

·  Nordic Sport

·  Martin Surfacing

·  UCS / Spirit


Other Links


·  Coaches' Communication Playbook

·  Umea Sport School (Sweden) Links Page - the best yet!





2004 EACA Congress - Abano Terme, Italy

Richie Mercado and Canadian coaches Les Gramantik and Wynn Gmitrowski in Abano Terme

Articles and Abstracts

The European Athletics Coaches Association held its annual Congress in Abano Terme, Italy. The resort town is about 40 kilometers southwest of Venice. The three day congress was attended by nearly 500 coaches from Europe and included four representatives of the NACAC region: Richie Mercado from the USA and Les Gramantik, Wynn Gmitrowski, and Kevin Tyler from Canada. The format included major presentations by president Frank Dick on the future of coaching, IAAF Development director Elio Locatelli (who attended the NACACTFCA Congress in Bonaire) on the IAAF Coaches Academy and High Performance Training Centers and Coach - 2 - Coach Programs in place in Europe, and several event specific presentations. There were four areas where an expert and moderator/translator addressed four separate topics related to their specific area: Carlo Vittori (ITA) and Loren Seagrave (USA) on sprints and hurdles; Wolfgang Ritzdorf (GER) and an Italian pole vaulter on jumps; Ekkart Arbeit (GER) and Lars Borgeling (GER) on throws; and Peter Thompson (GBR) and Renato Canova (ITA) on distances. The four topics were: Technical and Statistical Trends through the 2000-2004 Olympic Cycle; Review of Training and Coaching Principles; Learning Systems and Teaching Methods for Young Athletes; and Coaching Method from Technique to Strategies in working with High Performance Athletes.

The Congress was well organized and went smoothly for the most part. The hotels were very nice and were only about ten minutes walk from the Teatro Pietro di Abano, a very nice conference facility. Participants received a nice light brief case bag, a folder of presentation abstracts (either in English or Italian) and a nicely printed writing pad for notes. Cookies and strong Italian coffee were offered at breaks, and there were several vendors, including Mondo and the Italian technical journal representatives. The translation service was excellent in the main hall for the major presentations, but the breakout sessions for three of the four event areas had to rely on an on hand translator. This worked well for the last two jumps sessions, but there were some problems in some of the groups due to excessive time spent in translation.

Breakfast and lunch buffet was provided daily in the hotels for participants as part of their package. The Saturday night banquet was held at the Plaza Hotel and was very nice. The hotel was very upscale, as was the several course meal which included wine. Frank Dick and Elio Locatelli made formal addresses and expressed thanks to the appropriate organizers. The focus was the same as Frank Dick's closing remarks Sunday: coaches need to operate more like businessmen, create and utilize well-organized networks of specialists in order to cooperatively produce a superior training program and superior athletes and performances in the 21st century.

Elio Locatelli, Frank Dick, the Canadians and I talked at great length after the banquet about the future of coaching development, the NACAC region, and the possibility of developing another HPTC in the NACAC region. Overall, the EACA and FIDAL were wonderful hosts and the entire program and hotel was taken care of by Elio, who had attended our own NACACTFCA Congress in Bonaire only a couple weeks earlier.

Following is a list of the Topics and Presenters:

Coaching Leading Change - Elio Locatelli (IAAF Development)
Factors Limiting Maximal Performances in Aerobic Exercise - Pietro Enrico di Prampero (Universita di Udine)
The Milan Experience - Daniele Tognaccini (Milan F.C.)
Technology as an Essential Instrument for the 21st Century Coach - Scott Drawer (Research & Innovation Consultant)
Stress and Adaptation Specific Experience of using Technology for Planning and Monitoring the Training Process - Peter Bonov and Dane Korica
Managing the Athlete's Long Term Development Process: Tomorrow Begins Today - Frank Dick (EACA President)
From Seville to Athens: The Long Walk of Ivano Brugnetti - Antonio La Torre (University of Milan)

A copy of the English version of the abstracts and some summaries and presentations will be posted here and at the Electronic Journal page soon.




Victor Lopez and Carmyn James of NACACTFCA attended the inaugural IAAF Academy Course in Londonborough, England this summer and fall. Diane Wholey of the USA was also in attendance. A report will follow soon!






















2010 World Juniors Seminar Hosted by NACACTFCA in Moncton, Canada

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Dear NACAC Member Countries,


On behalf of Athletics Canada and our host partners, I wish to extend an invitation to coaches from your country to attend the coaching seminar and tutorial entitled Effectively Managing the Transition from Junior to Senior with the focus on making a successful transition from junior athlete to senior athlete.  This event will be held July 18th to 25th during the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton.  It is presented by Athletics Canada in partnership with the North American, Central American and Caribbean Track and Field Coaches Association (NACACTFCA), the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) and the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre (CACC).


The seminar and tutorial will be split into two sections.  The first two days will follow a seminar format where coaches will receive lectures outlining successful athlete development approaches from Germany, Italy, Brazil and Canada.  Confirmed speakers include:  Ralph Mouchbahano:  IAAF lecturer, horizontal jumps and athlete development expert from Germany, Elio Locatelli:  IAAF Director Member Services and world respected expert in coaching education for Athletics, Nelio Moura:  Coach of 2008 men’s and women’s Olympic gold medallists in Long Jump, Director of IAAF Jumps Centre Sao Paulo, Brazil, and renowned horizontal jumps expert and others.


The second part of the seminar is a tutorial where coaches will observe the 2010 World Junior Championships under the direction a Master Coach - Athletics Canada’s Les Gramantik (Senior National Program and High Performance Centre Coach and 2008 Olympic Games Head Coach). The participating coaches be seated in a reserved section during the championships and also participate in daily debriefs following competition.   All presentations will be made in English; however, copies of each presentation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.


Packages have been created that  include single or double hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch, airport transfers, transportation from the hotel to the track, course registration fees and access to the meet.  The estimated cost per person for single occupancy is $1800.00 CDN; the estimated cost per person for double occupancy is $1300.00 CDN.  Please note that flights and dinner each day are not included in the above costs.  Travel arrangements will be the responsibility of each coach.


The prerequisites for admittance to the seminar and the application form can be found at  Applications will be accepted now through May 3, 2010.  Successful applicants will be notified the week of May 10th.


I look forward to seeing you in Moncton in July and hope your coaches are able to participate in the coaching seminar and tutorial.


Kind regards,


Joanne Mortimore                                                                                                  Gordon Orlikow

Chief Executive Officer                                                                                          Chair, Board of Directors