Alpine - Level 300

The Level 300 coach is a committed professional ski coach, working with performance track athletes of any age.  The Level 300 curriculum provides an in-depth study of each racing discipline, along with a broader background in sport science and pedagogy expected of a high level coach. The Level 300 coach is a leader in the coaching profession and is one who daily makes significant contribution to the development of alpine racers at all levels.

All candidates must either be a certified Level 200 coach or a certified Regional or higher coach under the "old" system.

There are nine USSA Educational requirements, including one USSA Alpine Officials requirement, for Level 300 certification.  The requirements are:

  1. Alpine on-snow Coaches Academy: 3 courses - Slalom Technique and Tactics, Speed Technique and Tactics, and Giant Slalom Technique and Tactics.  For each on-snow clinic, candidates must pass an exam following the clinic.
  2. On-snow coaching assessment (movement analysis and skiing demonstration)
  3. Sport Science*: 4 courses designed specifically for alpine ski coaching - Kinesiology, Physiology, Motor Learning, and Performance Psychology with Pedagogy – candidates must pass an exam following the clinic.
  4. Alpine Officials Level 2 Referee (requires Level 1 certification plus referee experience and recommendations, check with your divisional alpine officials chair for information)
  5. First Aid/CPR License: Current certification

Each spring an Alpine National Coaches Academy is held where the content in points 1-3 above will be covered at one time and place. In the East, points 1 and 2 are delivered annually in April and point 3 is delivered annually in the fall.

*Attendees of the 2010 or 2011 Fall National Coaches Academy received credit for one of these courses. Choose 3 of the 4 for certification.  Taking the fourth course is recommended as a continuing education activity.

Level 300 Coach

The Level 300 coach must have the knowledge to work with ski racers of all ages and abilities.


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