USSA Sport Education is continuing to expand opportunities for ski and snowboard
coaches to further support the profession. While the traditional 5-tiered certification
track is still the backbone of coaches’ education, the following programs have been
added to enhance that process and provide different types of coaches with more
practical professional development.
The CoaCh Men Toring PrograM
Now coaches can apply to join the national team and the national team coaching
staff for a training and competition block and for mentoring opportunities. This same
program is being offered by silver and gold certified clubs to provide coach mentoring.
ELITE ATHLETE-COACH TRACK
An expedited clinic format for former elite athletes who are now coaching is being
offered. This allows individuals to advance through level 100 and 200 by participating
in a 3-day clinic.
YouTh CoaCh SPeCializaTion
More clinics and opportunities focusing on specific coaching techniques for U14 and
under are being further developed.
new level 400 ProCeSS
The process to become a level 400 certified coach has been restructured. Now coaches
take part in a core curriculum as part of the national academy while proposing a
specialization, being assigned a team of mentors in that area, and designing a
practical application of their learning.