Coaches Information

Overview

The US Snowboard Coach Education Program was developed by group of individuals from across the various Snowboard education groups in the US.  The primary goal of this program is to develop, organize and administer a comprehensive Snowboard Coach Education program.  The groups involved are the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).  The following is a description of the program and information about the various components.

Certification and Clinic Registration

Registration for all Level 100, 200 and 300 clinics will be online.  There is no day-of, walk-in registration. Cost of the clinic and exam is $120.

To register for a clinic:

  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 simply need to register as a member of USASA.  Once the clinic is completed, 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 My Events to register for the clinic you wish to attend.
  4. Enter the name and email address of the person verifying that you meet the pre-requisite criteria.
    1. This person must be a USASA Regional Series Director, Head Coach/Director of a USSA/USASA program or USSA/USASA Coach Trainer.
    2. If your criteria cannot be verified by one of the above people, your clinic registration will be voided.
  5. Once verified, you will be sent a clinic confirmation with a link to download the course materials and you’re good to go.

Certification Level Expiration

All US Snowboard Coach certifications will have 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 US Snowboard Coaches will be required to re-certify their levels according to the above outlined schedule in order to retain their current level unless they have met the requirements and passed 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 $65.  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 Head Coach/Program Director of a USASA/USSA program, a USASA Regional Series Director or 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 January 31st of the current competition season.

Recognition of Certification Level between USSA/USASA

Coach certification levels will be recognized by both USSA and USASA and will be reflected on the member profile in each database. Certification level and applicable organization will be printed on each membership card. 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 USSA Revolution Tour event and is requesting complimentary lift tickets and venue access.  That coach must be a current member of USSA in order to receive those benefits.  Likewise for a USSA 400 Level Coach attending USASA nationals must be a USASA member to receive Coach Credentials.

Level 100:

  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 or USSA.
  2. Work over 60 hours per season.
  3. Letter to verify employment by one of the following:
    1. Supervisor/ program director of a USASA or USSA program
    2. USASA Regional Series Director.
    3. Supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school
  4. First Aid/ CPR Certificate from a qualified provider
  5. USOC Safesport: http://safesport.org/take-the-training/
  6. CDC Heads Up: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html
  7. 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:

  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
  5. USASA Nationals. 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 or USSA.
  2. Work over 150 hours per season.
  3. Letter to verify employment by one of the following:
    1. Supervisor/ program director of a USASA or USSA program
    2. USASA Regional Series Director.
    3. Supervisor of an AASI/PSIA member ski or snowboard school
  4. First Aid/ CPR Certificate from a qualified provider.
  5. USOC Safesport: https://safesport.org/
  6. CDC Heads Up: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html
  7. 12 months as a Level 100 Coach.
  8. 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 racecourse

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:

  1. Requirements: Complete and pass the Level 300 Clinic and Exam
  2. Please contact Abbi Nyberg 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:https://safesport.org/
  3. CDC Heads Up:https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html
  4. Both USASA and USSA also require background screening for all new coaches.

Acknowledgement at Events

Both USASA and USSA recognize all certifications at either organization’s events as stated above.  Only certified coaches will be allowed to file protests at any USSA 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.

National Team

The USASA and USSA will take Coach Certification Level into account when filling various team, event or camp coach positions.  Only 400 Level and above coaches will be considered for US Team Full-Time coaching positions.  300 and above level coaches will be eligible for special international event coaching positions (i.e. Junior Worlds).  More detailed information will be provided in official job postings from each organization.