COACHES INFORMATION

Created: 15 October 2015

2019 - 2020 Updated Coaches Perquisites

Overview

The US Coach Education Program (USCEP) was developed with key stakeholders from across the various Snowboard and Freeski education groups in the US. The primary goal of this program is to develop, organize, and administer a comprehensive Snowboard and Freeski Coach Education program. The groups involved are the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) and US Ski & Snowboard. Several references and teaching guidelines have been shared by the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). The following is a description of the program and information about the various components.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - You must be a registered member of USASA in order to sign up for a clinic or 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.
Once cleared on all four of the compliance requirements listed below (SafeSport, NCSI 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

As always USASA will continue to require background checks for all Coaches, Officials and Judges. We will now administer background checks every other year. 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 the you leave time to be cleared well before the first USASA events. You will be prompted once you begin your registration process.

NCSI Background Check

As always USASA will continue to require background checks for all Coaches, Officials and Judges. We will now administer background checks every other year. Background checks can take a minimum of 4 business days or in some case four weeks to complete! Please sign up early to make sure the you leave time to be cleared well before the first USASA events. You will be prompted once you begin your registration process.

Traditional Prerequisites for Coaches and Officials

CDC "Heads Up" Concussion Training

HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion.
https://headsup.cdc.gov/

CPR / FirstAid

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. https://www.nationalcprfoundation.com/courses/standard-cpr-aed-first-aid

As always these are required to be current every year. You will be prompted once you login or create your membership at USASA.

 

Certification and Clinic Registration

IMPORTANT NOTICE - You must be a registered member of USASA in order to sign up for a clinic or 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.  There is no day-of, walk-in registration. Cost of the clinic and exam is $160.

To register for a clinic: Prerequisite - You must be an active coach working over 60 hours per season.

  1. You must first be a member of USASA or USSA in order to register for any clinic
    1. Your current Certification Level should appear in your member profile when you renew your membership.
    2. If you are new coach registering for 100 Level clinic, you must register as member of USASA as a coach.
    3. Once the clinic is completed and all compliances met, your certification will appear on your member profile.
  2. Make sure that all information in your member profile is correct.
  3. Follow the prompts to register for the clinic you wish to attend.
  4. Once registered for a clinic you may access the clinic welcome letter here.
  5. All registrants must be verified in writing by a Program Director of a US Ski & Snowboard club or a certified USASA Coach Trainer.
  6. Clinic prerequisites will be confirmed by the clinician at the start of the clinic, and applicants will be notified of their status. 
  7. No refunds will be given for those who do not meet the prerequisite or pass the clinic. 
  8. Once the clinic materials are complete and the prerequisites can be verified, the applicant will be certified.
    1. No refunds will be given for those who do not meet the prerequisite or pass the clinic. Applicants may submit an appeal to the coaches education committee for verification of employment or prerequisite requirements.
    2. In the event of an appeal the applicant may attend the clinic and participate while the appeal is being reviewed.

Certification Level Expiration

All USCEP certifications will have an established expiration periods.  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 re-certify 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:

  1. Level 100 and 200 coaches will be able to re-certify via an online course and exam for $100.  All coaches wishing to re-certify at this level must meet all the pre-requisites as established by the Education Committee.
  2. Applications for re-certification must be authorized by the Program Director of a US Ski & Snowboard Program, or by appeal of the Education Committee.
  3. 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.
  4. Online re-certification of coaches certification will not be offered after March 15th of the current competition season.

Recognition of Certification Level between USSA/USASA

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 / Offered by the USASA

  1. Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 100 Clinic and Exam
  2. Successful completion of a background check & course pre-requisites 
  3. 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.
  4. Athlete type:
    • Entry level, younger athletes that are just beginning to compete at a local or regional level.
  5. 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 Pre-Requisites:

  1. Currently working as an active coach and registered as a member of USASA.
  2. Work over 60 hours per season.
  3. Clinic registration verified by one of the following:
    1. Supervisor/ program director of a USASA or US Ski & Snowboard program.
    2. Supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school
  4. First Aid/ CPR Certificate from a qualified provider
  5. USOC Safesport
  6. NCSI Background Screen 
  7. CDC Heads Up: https://headsup.cdc.gov/
  8. Must be at least 18 years old

Evaluation Criteria

  1. A solid understanding, explanation and demonstration of snowboard fundamentals and basics
  2. The ability to present ideas in a practical coaching session as part of a daily plan
  3. Professionalism in ALL parts of their demeanor: riding, group interaction and presentation skills
  4. Effective group handling, teaching and rider analysis skills.

Riding Skills

  1. Effective demonstration of fundamental techniques and concepts
  2. Switch riding on variety of intermediate terrain
  3. Correct structure and form off small jumps and/or features*
  4. Introductory rotations such as FS and BS 180’s on small or medium features*
  5. Ollies, nollies and some flat land jibbing skills appropriate for introductory level athletes
  6. Basic foundation skills in the half pipe.

Level 200 / Offered by the USASA

  1. Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 200 Clinic and Exam
  2. Successful completion of a background check & course pre-requisites 
  3. Candidate:
    • The club coach who is actively coaching competitive snowboard athletes and works with athletes competing in USASA Regional Series and USASA National Championships.
  4. 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 Pre-requisites:

  1. Currently working as an active coach and registered as a member of USASA.
  2. Work over 150 hours per season.
  3. Clinic registration verified by one of the following:
    1. Supervisor/ program director of a USASA or US Ski & Snowboard program
    2. Supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school
  4. First Aid/ CPR Certificate from a qualified provider.
  5. USOC Safesport
  6. NCSI Background Screen
  7. CDC Heads Up: https://headsup.cdc.gov/
  8. 12 months as a Level 100 Coach.
  9. Must be at least 18 years old

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. An in-depth understanding of the skills and mechanics of snowboarding and how they relate to dynamic riding across the disciplines.
  2. The ability to present ideas in a practical coaching session as part of a daily plan
  3. Professionalism in ALL parts of their demeanor: riding, group interaction and presentation skills
  4. Effective group handling skills
  5. Identification and correction of riding inefficiencies
  6. Understanding of lower level course setting and terrain choices for Freestyle, Alpine and SBX

Riding Skills:

  1. Dynamic carving as an introduction to correct race technique for athletes
  2. Dynamic switch carving and riding in variable terrain
  3. High level freeride skills in all terrain types as a building block for SBX Training
  4. Demonstrate effective line, body position and technique in the Half Pipe
  5. Efficient riding techniques and body positions in all parts of slopestyle features
  6. Introductory rotary movements off small or medium park features
  7. Dynamic demonstration of correct technique in a basic alpine snowboard race course

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

Level 300 / Offered by US Ski & Snowboard

  1. Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 300 Clinic and Exam
  2. Please contact Ashley Deibold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for Level 300 and above clinics

Additional Requirements

All certified coaches must have a current First Aid and CPR certification. When registering or renewing a coach membership, a First Aid/CPR clinic date and/or certification number from a qualified provider will be required. 

  1. All certified coaches must complete the following Online courses and provide verification of completion:
  2. USOC Safesport
  3. CDC Heads Up:https://headsup.cdc.gov/
  4. Both USASA and USSA also require background screening for all coaches.

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.

Disciplinary Action, Sanctions

The USASA & USSCEC will review reported violations of coach standards, ethics or illegal activity as it relates to snowboard coaching.  The USASA & USSCEC can enact disciplinary action or sanctions against coaches who violate the accepted standards, ethics and rules of the sport.

Level 400 / Offered by US Ski & Snowboard

  1. Please contact Ashley Deibold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

Disciplinary Action, Sanctions

The USASA & USSCEC will review reported violations of coach standards, ethics or illegal activity as it relates to snowboard coaching.  The USASA & USSCEC can enact disciplinary action or sanctions against coaches who violate the accepted standards, ethics and rules of the sport.

 

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