New NNF certification requirements aim to increase coaches education in US Skiing.

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 2.49.22 PMWith June training underway for American athletes, plans for the National Nordic Foundation’s program and funding for the 2013- 2014 season are in full swing.  The NNF gave over $225,000 to skiing programs in the 2012 – 2013 season and with a renewed focus on moving American Cross Country and Nordic Combined skiing forward , the NNF is seeking ways to increase the effectiveness of its funding.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, coaches who have completed the USSA Level 100 certification will be eligible for NNF funds. (The vast majority of recently funded coaches already have achieved the level 100 designation, hence formalizing this as a requirement is a natural step for the NNF.) Many thanks to the program across all skiing development programs who have supported this new requirement and to USSA for providing the education program.

Details of the new NNF coaches funding requirements:

  • Coaches seeking to staff, and receive NNF funds, through the J1, WJC /U23, or summer camp programs must have completed the USSA Level 100 certification.
  • Coaching interns (primarily the J2 camp) will be granted a 1 year wavier before certification is required. Interns must be supervised by coaches who are Level 100 certified.
  • Wax technicians are not required to be Level 100 certified.

Program Statements:

APU believes in the USSA Coach certification program. Better trained coaches, results in better informed athletes. All of our Elite coaches are certified and we support all of our coaches in furthering their training when L200 is available.”  – Erik Flora, APU

“Coaches Certification is very important component of coaches education at all levels. It is not only covers age appropriate training, technique and skill development but addresses athlete’s safety. We strongly recommend Coaches Certification to all coaches in the Central Region and assist clubs with coaches certification.” – Yuriy Gusev, CXC

We have long supported increased engagement and unified education of coaches through USSA certification. NENSA’s own coaching education program is evolving into a new progression that we’ll announce shortly. As designed by our Coaching Development Committee, the revised NENSA progression will include USSA Certification requirements, aligning high level coach education and certification with the central resource of the USSA curriculum. As we adopt the new progression, we will also maintain NENSA Certification for basic education and implement an Advanced Certification progression that, in a united stance with NNF and CXC, will require USSA Certification for coaching at Junior Nationals. As the opportunities for achieving USSA Certification increase in the East, so will the expectations of having that certification for high level coaching assignments in regional programming. – Janice Sibilia, NENSA


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