USSA alpine coaches education is delivered through a five level certification program for coaches. The primary purpose for coaching certification is to work stepwise through an educational program that will progressively build on the coach's prior knowledge and experience. As in developing skills in skiing, the process for becoming a better coach starts with foundational skills and moves forward into a deeper and broader understanding of all the aspects involved in alpine ski racing and coaching. Coaching education and experience go hand-in-hand. To be a great coach, one must have both. All coaches, whether working with young athletes just starting into a race program, or working with elite athletes moving onto the national teams and collegiate programs, fit within the USSA certification program.
The USSA alpine coaches certification system is made up of five levels, 100-500. Coaches are encouraged to complete the Level 100 training prior to or during their first year of coaching. Level 100 and 200 together represent the foundational knowledge and skills for the alpine ski coach at any level, from youth through elite and part-time or volunteer through career coaching. Level 300 and 400 represent advanced and specialized training and knowledge geared toward lead coaches and full-time coaches. Level 500 is a special certification designation for coaches who have completed the coach education curriculum and have international experience through national team coaching.
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Coaches who have achieved coaching certification in another country and are looking to start coaching in the USSA system should submit evidence of their international coaching certifications along with a coaching resume highlighting education and training related to coaching to USSA Sport Education at email@example.com or mail to USSA Sport Education, PO Box 100, Park City, UT 84060.
Attend a Coaches Clinic
USSA coaches clinics are offered across the country all winter long, with some summer clinics as well. Check out the clinic schedule and register here.
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