Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!!

USASA Coach Education is developed in partnership with the US Coach Education Committee composed of top coach leaders from freeskiing and snowboarding, and the Sport Education Department at US Ski & Snowboard. USASA assists in the scheduling of clinics and assigning coach developers for L100 and L200 courses. US Ski & Snowboard is responsible for managing the online curriculum and *new for 2021-22 the registration for on snow coach assessments formally known as clinics.

As part of this new adjustment you may register for the online training at any time at  https://my.usskiandsnowboard.org and once completed you will be able to choose a one-day coach assessment near you to verify your knowledge base and complete the certification process. The online training takes from 5-7 hours to complete so give yourself plenty of time to engage and learn. 

The purpose of the online courses are to prepare you to effectively develop athletes in your program and enhance your knowledge base. To start the process, you will need to upload verification of your prerequisites which includes your first aid/CPR certificate and your concussion certificate in your US Ski & Snowboard membership profile.

Next, you will visit the Coaching Fundamentals Modules to begin the process.


Step 1 - Sign in to https://my.usskiandsnowboard.org with your current US Ski and Snowboard membership username and password

Step 2 - Select the Coaches Education Tab in the https://my.usskiandsnowboard.org toolbar.

Step 3 - Register for the Level 100 Course by clicking the RED REGISTRATION BUTTON at the bottom of your screen

Step 4 - You will pay $160.00 for the online course and in-person/On Snow Assessment

Step 5 - Complete steps 1thru 4 in the Moodle course then in step 5 you will have the ability to register for your one-day in-person On Snow Assessment 

 

Please email the Sport Education Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

 

On Snow Assessments- Register at https://my.usskiandsnowboard.org

Date Level and Discipline Location
Sunday November 28, 2021 Snowboard Level 100  Red River Resort, New Mexico
Tuesday November 30, 2021 Snowboard and Freeski Level 100  Steamboat Springs Colorado 
Wednesday December 8, 2022 Snowboard and Freeski Level 100 Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Saturday December 11, 2021  Snowboard Level 100  Alpine Valley Resort, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 
 Monday December 13, 2021 Snowboard Level 100   Winter Park, Colorado 
Monday December 13, 2021 Snowboard and Freeski Level 100 Park City, Utah
Friday December 17, 2021 Snowboard Level 100  Mt. Bachelor, Oregon 
Saturday December 18, 2021  Snowboard and Freeski Level 100  Hyland Hills, Minnesota

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!!

USASA Coach Education is developed in partnership with the US Coach Education Committee composed of top coach leaders from freeskiing and snowboarding, and the Sport Education Department at US Ski & Snowboard. USASA assists in the scheduling of clinics and assigning coach developers for L100 and L200 courses. US Ski & Snowboard is responsible for managing the online curriculum and *new for 2021-22 the registration for on snow coach assessments formally known as clinics.

As part of this new adjustment you may register for the online training at any time, and once completed you will be able to choose a one-day coach assessment near you to verify your knowledge base and complete the certification process. The online training takes from 5-7 hours to complete so give yourself plenty of time to engage and learn. The purpose of the online courses are to prepare you to effectively develop athletes in your program and enhance your knowledge base. To start the process, you will need to upload verification of your prerequisites which includes your first aid/CPR certificate and your concussion certificate in your US Ski & Snowboard membership profile.
Next, you will visit the Coaching Fundamentals Modules to begin the process.

Go to https://my.usskiandsnowboard.org and select coaches education to begin.

These fundamentals span across all disciplines and provide a good starting base for your education. Then, you will review a set of Sport Specific Modules where you will learn about the equipment, technique, tactics, and competition knowledge and skills required of a Level 100/200 coach in your sport. As a reminder all coaches for level 100 must be currently working as an active coach and work over 60 hours per season as a coach.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - You must be a registered member of US Ski & Snowboard in order to sign up for a clinic and/or USASA for an online recertification. All coaches for level 100 must be currently working as an active coach and work over 60 hours per season as a coach.Registration for all Level 100 and 200 clinics will be online and hosted at US Ski& Snowboard. There is no day-of or walk-in registration. Cost of the clinic and exam is $160 for LVL 100 and $270 for LVL 200.

The courses are specific for snowboard and freeski so be sure you sign up for the right one. Through these courses, you will begin building your coaching portfolio that you will continue to develop as you progress through the USASA and US Ski & Snowboard coach development pathway. Once these components are complete, you will attend a one day, on-snow coaching assessment in a location of your choosing.

The assigned coach developer who will be leading the assessment will reach out and schedule a 1-2 hr virtual meeting to familiarize the group with the learning objectives and any last minute details before gathering on snow. During the on-snow assessment, you will review the fundamental technical and tactical aspects of coaching and you will also be evaluated on your ability to teach, demonstrate, and analyze several fundamental skiing/riding skills. Upon successful completion of the on-snow assessment, you will complete a course survey and obtain the appropriate Level Coach Certificate. All coaches for level 100 must be currently working as an active coach and work over 60 hours per season as a coach. This will be verified by the coach developer during the assessment. If you cannot provide proof of employment you will not be able to complete the assessment and no refund will be given.

We are excited to have you embark on your coach certification pathway. Your investment in creating a coaching standard is ensuring that all of our athletes receive the best training experiences and outstanding support during competitions. Thank you for helping USASA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard achieve our vision to be Best in the World in Skiing and Snowboarding!

2021-2022 Participant Process for Coaches Education- Clinics will be limited to a 8:1 ratio per discipline. All state local and federal COVID-19 guidelines in addition to USASA and US Ski & Snowboard Covid-19 guidelines.

Step 1. Go to https://my.usskiandsnowboard.org and select coaches education to begin
Step 2. Upon successful login to Moodle Platform, complete the online course.*Completion time varies between 5-7 hours, please plan accordingly (must be completed prior to in person clinic.)
Step 3. Upon successful completion of your online Moodle Platform, register for an on snow assessment. On snow Assessment dates are listed at US Ski & Snowboard and Here at USASA.
Step 4. Complete the in person clinic and online final exam and you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

 


THE COURSES

The curriculum has been developed by coaches for coaches to help advance knowledge, skills and abilities to assist the coach and athlete development process.The Level 100 program is designed for the entry level coach who is employed as a coach part or full time by a US Ski & Snowboarding club, program, or a USASA member affiliate. All coaches for level 100 must be currently working as an active coach and work over 60 hours per season as a coach. The L100 2020-2021 coaches program provides improvements to the foundation skills of coaching and the foundation skills of teaching snowboarding and freeskiing.

 

The key driving factors of the program are:


Relevance- The Education programs address the specific roles and tasks that occur in the daily practice of the coach.

Accessibility- The new program is easily accessed via an online platform called Moodle and addresses the best practices of professional development and adult learning. We recognize that not all coaches are full time or have any desire to make coaching a career. These coaches are arguably the most important coaches in our system. By moving many of these topics to an online format, we can provide meaningful education to all coaches regardless of their career intentions. We also now provide a professional development track to coaches looking for a career at the same time that we provide great resources to those coaches who do it part time simply because they love it.

Engaging- Resources and content are interesting and thought provoking. Coach certification programs shouldn’t be just a “hoop” to jump through, they should attract and engage their audience with dynamic content and interactive learning.
Impactful- Most importantly, education and learning should change behavior. By designing and building a comprehensive coach education program, the end result should be an improvement in how the coach works with their athletes in all aspects of the job.

 The L100 program consists of 4 parts:


Part 1: 6 Online Modules covering Core Coaching Competencies

  1. Coach Roles and Responsibilities
  2. Coach Ethics and Philosophy
  3. Coach Pedagogy (teaching and learning with a specific influence on children specific topics)
  4. Athlete Development
  5. Physical Fitness
  6. Mental Skill Development

Part 2: 4 Online Modules for Sport Competencies

  1. Equipment Considerations
  2. Technical Skills (Stance, balance, alignment, movement and board performance)
  3. Tactical Applications of Skills (Intro to HP, SS, Alpine and SBX)
  4. Competition Pathways, Rules and Regulations

Part 3: In person, On snow assessment

  1. Application and Demonstration of Tech/Tactical Skills
  2. Athlete Assessment and Analysis
  3. Performance Enhancement

Part 4: Final ExamOnce completed with a passing score, the coach will attain their L100 certification

 

 


2021- 2022 Coaches Prerequisites


IMPORTANT NOTICE - You must be a registered member of US Ski & Snowboard in order to sign up for a clinic and/or a USASA member to sign up for online recertification. All coaches for level 100 must be currently working as an active coach and work over 60 hours per season as a coach.This will be verified by the coach developer. If you cannot provide proof of employment you will not be able to complete the assessment and no refund will be given.

Level 200 education will be offered for the 2021-2022 season after January 1st. Online level 200 updates are available for those that are eligible here. A coach must be seen in person every two years or update one time online to maintain current levels. In the event a 200 coach must be seen in person this year before January 15th they may participate in the new 100 format and receive their update for level 200.

Once cleared on all four of the compliance requirements listed below (SafeSport, Background Check, CDC Heads Up Training & CPR / First Aid) you will be valid as a coach and your membership card issued. This process may take up to four weeks to complete in some cases. Please do not hesitate to sign up.

SafeSport

USASA will continue to require background checks for all Coaches, Officials and Judges. This compliance standards are validated through US Ski & Snowboard and as such all adult coaches must hold a membership in the same category in both organizations. Background checks can take a minimum of 4 business days or in some cases four weeks to complete. Please sign up early to make sure you leave time to be cleared well before the first USASA events. You will be prompted once you begin your registration process.

Background Check

USASA will continue to require background checks for all Coaches, Officials and Judges. This compliance standards are validated through US Ski & Snowboard and as such all adult coaches must hold a membership in the same category in both organizations. Background checks can take a minimum of 4 business days or in some cases four weeks to complete! Please sign up early to make sure that you leave time to be cleared well before the first USASA events. You will be prompted once you begin your registration process.

Prerequisites for Coaches and Officials Links

CDC "Heads Up" Concussion TrainingHEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. 

CPR- The USASA requires the use of a qualified provider such as the National CPR Foundation. If you choose to use the National CPR Foundation, enter discount code CPR10 at checkout to save 10% on your online training and certification. 

These are required to be current every year. You will receive email notification after you create your membership at USASA.

Certification Level Expiration

All coach certifications will have an established expiration period. Once expired, members will not be recognized at any level unless they re-certify their current level or attain a higher level. The following is the expiration period of each level.
Level 100: 2 years from date of certification
Level 200: 2 years
Level 300: 3 years
Level 400: 5 years

Re-certification

All USASA and US Snowboard and Freeski Coaches will be required to recertify their levels according to the above outlined schedule in order to retain their current level. If advancement is sought then they must meet the requirements and attend a clinic and pass the exam to attain the next highest level.

Re-certification will be done as follows:

Level 100 and 200 coaches will be able to re-certify via an online course and exam for $130. All coaches wishing to re-certify at this level must meet all the prerequisites. Appeals for recertification must be authorized by the Program Director of a US Ski & Snowboard Program and appealed to the Education Committee. Coaches will be able to re-certify via the online program one time, then they must attend the full clinic at the level they wish to re-certify. Online recertification of coaches certification will not be offered after March 15th of the current competition season.


 

 

Recognition of Certification Level between USASA / US Ski & Snowboard


Coach certification levels will be recognized by both US Ski & Snowboard and USASA and will be reflected on the member profile in each database. Benefits of certification level will be recognized between organizations but coaches must be members of the relevant organization to receive those benefits.

For Example: A USASA Level 200 Coach is attending a Revolution Tour event and is requesting complimentary lift tickets and venue access. That coach must be a current member of US Ski & Snowboard in order to receive those benefits. Likewise for a US Ski & Snowboard 400 Level Coach attending USASA nationals must be a USASA member to receive Coach Credentials.

Level 100
Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 100 Exam and Assessment
Successful completion of a background check & course prerequisites

Candidates: The entry-level coach, who has limited amount of experience, may have been a snowboard instructor or a coach in another sport, and who will be working with entry level athletes in club programs.

Athlete type: Entry level, younger athletes that are just beginning to compete at a local or regional level.They may only be local events with the focus on fun and building a solid snowboard foundation. These athletes are generally on snow 1 or 3 days per week for the winter season.

Course Prerequisites:
Currently working as an active coach and registered as a member of USASA.
Work over 60 hours per season as a coach.
Clinic registration verified by one of the following:
Supervisor/ program director of a USASA or US Ski & Snowboard program.
Supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school
First Aid/ CPR Certificate from a qualified provider
USOPC Safesport
Background Screen
CDC Heads Up
Must be at least 18 years old

Evaluation Criteria:
A solid understanding, explanation and demonstration of snowboard fundamentals and basics
The ability to present ideas in a practical coaching session as part of a daily plan
Professionalism in ALL parts of their demeanor: riding, group interaction and presentation skills
Effective group handling, teaching and rider analysis skills.
Riding Skills
Effective demonstration of fundamental techniques and concepts
Switch riding on variety of intermediate terrain
Correct structure and form off small jumps and/or features*
Introductory rotations such as FS and BS 180’s on small or medium features*
Ollies, nollies and some flat land jibbing skills appropriate for introductory level athletes
Basic foundation skills in the half pipe.

Level 200
Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 200 Exam and Assessment
Successful completion of a background check & course prerequisites

Candidate: The club coach who is actively coaching competitive snowboard athletes and works with athletes competing in USASA Regional Series and USASA National Championships.

Athlete type: Athletes whose focus is competing at the USASA Regional level with a goal to qualify for the USASA National Championship. Athletes will be on snow between 2 – 4 days per week during the season and may participate in an introductory summer camp.

Course Prerequisites:
Currently working as an active coach and registered as a member of USASA.

Work over 150 hours per season as a coach.
Clinic registration verified by one of the following:
Supervisor/ program director of a USASA or US Ski & Snowboard program
Supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school
First Aid/ CPR Certificate from a qualified provider.
USOPC Safesport
Background Screen
CDC Heads Up
12 months as a Level 100 Coach.

Must be at least 18 years old

Evaluation Criteria:
An in-depth understanding of the skills and mechanics of snowboarding and how they relate to dynamic riding across the disciplines.
The ability to present ideas in a practical coaching session as part of a daily plan
Professionalism in ALL parts of their demeanor: riding, group interaction and presentation skills
Effective group handling skills
Identification and correction of riding inefficiencies
Understanding of lower level course setting and terrain choices for Freestyle, Alpine and SBX
Riding Skills:
Dynamic carving as an introduction to correct race technique for athletes
Dynamic switch carving and riding in variable terrain
High level freeride skills in all terrain types as a building block for SBX Training
Demonstrate effective line, body position and technique in the Half Pipe
Efficient riding techniques and body positions in all parts of slopestyle features
Introductory rotary movements off small or medium park features
Dynamic demonstration of correct technique in a basic alpine snowboard race course

 

Level 300: Please contact Ashley Deibold at ashley.deibold[at]usskiandsnowboard.org to register for Level 300 and above clinics

Level 400: Please contact Ashley Deibold at ashley.deibold[at]usskiandsnowboard.org for information on the Level 400 program.

 

Acknowledgement at Events

Both USASA and US Ski & Snowboard recognize all certifications at either organization’s events as stated above. Only certified coaches will be allowed to file protests at any US Ski & Snowboard or USASA event. You must be a member of the organization sanctioning the event.

Foreign
Recognition of foreign coaches and the certification level will be taken on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Coach Education Committee. Recognition of equivalent US Certification level for foreign coaches will be determined by the following:

  1. Letter confirming coach status from the foreign coaches NGB.
  2. Recognition of equivalent Coach or Instructor Certification status from the coaches home country

 

Coach Education- Level Reciprocation
In mutual partnership with PSIA, AASI, IFSA and USCSA, USASA will recognize these reputable organizations and their coaches in good standing at one level down from their current valid coach certifications. USASA coach membership must be purchased, an online exam completed for the level sought and validation may be required for level attainment. Ex AASI Level 2= USASA Coach LVL 100.

Coaches must be current and active to attend a USASA event in season. Coaches who are in attendance at a USASA or US Ski& Snowboard event who are not active will be subject to the suspension of their membership.

 

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