Programs incorporate long-term athlete development model – programming, training and competition are age/developmentally appropriate.
Programs incorporate all aspects of the sport: conditioning, technical and tactical skills, equipment, sport psychology, training and competition, terrain and talent.
Programs understand that all athletes are unique and the program is designed to help all athletes reach their personal goals.
Programs vary their approach and balance fun with optimal performance.
All aspects of athlete safety are a priority.
Programs emphasize team, fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.
USSA clubs establish a healthy separation between club leadership responsibilities, parent responsibilities, and the responsibilities of the coaching staff to implement the programming.
Note: This is a Club resource and is therefore intended for club leadership as a whole. This information on programming covers topics that are the primary responsibility of the coaching staff. However, it is important that all club leadership, parents and the broader club community be aware of and support the best practices of USSA club programming recommended by the USSA. These topics are all covered in-depth in USSA Coaches Education, which is why it is important for your coaches to be encouraged and supported in continuing education and certification.
The question for clubs is this: “Is our club structured such that these best principles and practices for USSA club programming are supported, and can be met by our coaching staff?”
Below are resources and information about best practices that will help USSA clubs meet these principles. For more in-depth access to these types of resources, as well as direct support, forums with other club leaders, resource sharing, potential deployment of Club Expert Consultants and other opportunities for developing your club, see USSA Club Certification and USSA Coaches' Education and Certificaiton.
It is particulary important, with regards to USSA Club Programming, that your coaching staff is supported and encouraged to seek every opportunity available to them for coaching certification and continuing education.