Professional, fun and energetic coaches are the backbone of competitive snowboarding. USASA and USSA together deliver high quality education programs at all levels of the pipeline for coaches in the United States. The philosophy, based on the Snowboarding Training System, is to coach athletes to become great riders first, with a solid fundamental skills and love for snowboarding.
USASA/USSA Coaches Education Programs
The US Snowboard Coach Education program is a joint effort between USASA and the USSA. The goal is to provide a consistent path for coaches to get the training and resources they need to help their athletes reach their goals in the sport. The education program follows the athlete development pipeline. Certification begins with the with Level 100 and Level 200 clinics. The focus of the 100 and 200 level is on coaches who are working with kids who compete primarily in USASA events and these clinics are organized by the USASA. The Level 300 and Level 400 certifications are focused on coaches working with athletes at the next levels of competition in the US and around the world. The US Snowboard Coach Education Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of the clinics and exams at each level.
Coaches Education Clinic
USSA and USASA offer coaches education clinics throughout the year. For Level 100 and 200 clinics visit the USASA website.
Level 300 Certification Requirements
Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 300 classroom clinic, on-snow clinic and 2 sport endorsements.
To maintain your Level 300 certification, you must earn 2 Continuing Education credits within 3 years.
Candidate: Coaches who are working with athletes competing in National level competitions. Also coaches who are leading programs and managing a staff of other coaches.
Athlete type: Athletes whose focus is competing at the USASA Regional Series, USASA Nationals or entry-level USSA competitions. Athletes will be on snow between 4 – 6 days per week during the season and may participate in summer camps or year round training programs.
Level 300 Continuing Education
Level 300 Continuing Education:
In order to keep your Level 300 coaching certification status current, Continuing Education credits are required every three years based on membership season (July 1 - June 30).
Coaches must have completed two credits of Continuing Education credit every three years. Continuing education opportunities may provide a full or partial credit. Coaches are responsible to report their approved continuing education activities to USSA Sport Education.
Continuing Education Opportunities:
● Participate in USSA Sport Education Web Presentation (.25 credit)
● Participate in USSA Club Development Webinar (.25 credit)
● Attend in USSA Club Symposium (1 credit)
● Attend the Level 300 Classroom symposium (1 credit)
● Attend USSA Congress (1 credit)
● Completed a sports management course pre-approved by USSA Sport Education (1 credit)
● Completing a Education/Teacher Training course pre-approved by USSA Sport Education (1 credit)
● AASI MA Clinic pre-approved by USSA (.25 credit)
● Attend a FIS TD update (.50 credit)
● Attend a National Judges Clinic (.50 credit)
● Participate as a Coach at Olympic Winter Games (1.5 credit)
● Participate as a Coach at Junior World Championships (1 credit) (.50 for non-US Team Coach)
● Participate as a Coach at Project Gold on-snow (.75 credit)
● Participate as a Coach at Fall Project Gold off-snow (.50 credit)
● Complete at least 2 electives for Level 400 within 3 years (1.5 credit)
● Participation in USSA Coaches Education Committee, Teaching Education Clinics, Sport Task Force, or other USSA Sport Committees (.50 credit)
● Take a course in Sport Science, Sport Medicine, Biomechanics, Sport Psychology, or Sports Management (1 credit)
● Completion of U.S.Snowboarding National Team Coach Mentor Program (1 credit)
● Completion of U.S. Snowboarding Silver/Gold Club Mentor Program (1 credit)
Clinics or events hosted by the following organizations specifically for the purpose of coaches education generally count as continuing education: USSA regions/divisions/states, AASI, and the USOC. It is the responsibility of the coach to confirm or report their activity to USSA Sport Education using the request form.
Once a coach has completed their continuing education requirements for the period, their certification will be become active at the previous level attained.
Ready to become a member of USSA? Whether you're an athlete who wants to compete, a fan who wants to follow the action, or part of the support team, the USSA has a program for you.