The Level 300 coach is a committed professional ski coach, working with performance track athletes of any age. The Level 300 curriculum provides an in-depth study of each racing discipline, along with a broader background in sport science and pedagogy expected of a high level coach. The Level 300 coach is a leader in the coaching profession and is one who daily makes significant contribution to the development of alpine racers at all levels.
All candidates must either be a certified Level 200 coach or a certified Regional or higher coach under the "old" system.
There are nine USSA Educational requirements, including one USSA Alpine Officials requirement, for Level 300 certification. The requirements are:
Alpine Sport Specific: 3 courses - Slalom Technique and Tactics, Speed Technique and Tactics, and Giant Slalom Technique and Tactics. For each on-snow clinic, candidates must pass an on-line exam following the clinic.
On-snow coaching assessment (movement analysis and skiing demonstration)
Sport Science*: 4 courses designed specifically for alpine ski coaching - Kinesiology, Physiology, Motor Learning, and Performance Psychology with Pedagogy – Courses are under development by USSA.
Alpine Officials Level 2 Referee (requires Level 1 certification plus referee experience and recommendations, check with your divisional alpine officials chair for information)
*Attendees of the 2010 or 2011 Fall National Coaches Academy received credit for one of these courses. Choose 3 of the 4 for certification. Taking the fourth course is recommended as a continuing education activity.
Level 300 Coach
The Level 300 coach must have the knowledge to work with ski racers of all ages and abilities.
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