COACH INFORMATION

Created: 20 October 2021

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 Season!

As a USASA coach you represent an integral part of the snowboard and freeski community that has been developed by coaches just like you. A USASA coach that is certified through partnership with U.S Ski & Snowboard engages in learning processes and procedures that have been time tested and developed by the US Coach Education Committee composed of top coach leaders from freeskiing and snowboarding and the US Ski & Snowboard Sport Education Department.

Our coach developers ensure that every certified coach is met with in person and has gone through an on snow assessment proving their knowledge base and skills. In addition to being trained by some of the best in the business, USASA coaches represent the leading edge of coaching methods and education and are well equipped to help athletes reach their goals. USASA coaches have access to Expert Voice special discounts, and the USASA membership is required for access to USASA competition venues.

USASA assists in the scheduling of on snow assessments and assigning coach developers for L100 and L200 courses. US Ski & Snowboard is responsible for managing the online curriculum and the registration for on snow coach assessments. In order to participate as a coach in a USASA event you must hold a valid USASA Membership, a valid US Ski & Snowboard Membership, and a current coaching certification.

Professional, fun and knowledgeable coaches are one of USASA's greatest assets. In collaboration with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Education Department we deliver high-quality education programs and resources for coaches of all levels in the United States.

The USASA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach certification program is a tiered system with each level building on the previous.

  • Level 100 program is designed for new coaches working primarily with younger, developing athletes
  • Level 200 focuses on coaches working with athletes starting to compete at the national level
  • Level 300 is for the Head Coach working with athletes competing at the highest levels of national events or beginning to compete internationally

All coaches working toward Level 100 must be currently working as an active coach within a US Ski & Snowboard club or with an insured and licensed independent coaching program. In addition, coaches are required to show proof they will be working over 60 hours per season as a coach for the program. This prerequisite will be verified at your assessment. If you cannot provide proof of employment you will not be able to participate in the on snow assessment and no refunds will be given.

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. On Snow Assessments will be limited to a 10:1 ratio per discipline. 

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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