Welcome to the Alpine Level 100 Coach Certification Course
The purpose of this course is to prepare you, the coach, to effectively lead and plan training for developing Phase 1 and 2 athletes in your program. To start the process, you need to upload verification of your prerequisites and select the location and date for your on-snow clinic. Then, you will be taken through a series of Coaching Core Competency Modules followed by a set of Sport Specific Modules.
Once complete, you will attend an On-Snow practicum in a location of your choice where you will review the fundamental technical and tactical aspects of ski coaching. During the on-snow clinic, you will also be assessed on your ability to teach, demonstrate, and analyze several fundamental skiing skills. Upon successful completion of the on-snow assessment, you will finish your certification by returning to this platform to take an online Final Exam. When you satisfactorily complete all sections of the course, you will attain your Level 100 Certification.
The on-snow component of the course is being modified from a two-day experience to one day. In addition to the one-day on-snow practicum, you will be engaging in a pre-webinar and a post-webinar before and after the in-person practicum. More information is provided on this change within the course.
We are excited to have you embark on your coach certification pathway. Your investment in creating a coaching standard is ensuring that our athletes receive the best training experiences and outstanding support during competitions. Thank you for helping U.S. Ski & Snowboard achieve our vision to be Best in the World in Skiing and Snowboarding!
PRE-REQUISITES: In order to be certified as a Level 100 Coach, the following requirements must be met.
- Current U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Membership – required annually
- Current Background Screening - required every two years
- Current SafeSport or SafeSport Refresher – required annually
- Completion of Coaching Fundamentals – This course consists of 5 non-sport-specific online modules and is required for any new coach member without a certification.
- Introduction to Avalanches Course - required for all members 18+
TO ACCESS THE COURSE: (after all pre-requisites have been met)
Step 1 - Sign In to MY.USSKIANDSNOWBOARD.ORG with your current membership username and password.
- Select the Coaches Education Tab in the MY.USSKIANDSNOWBOARD toolbar.
- Register for the Level 100 Course Click the RED REGISTRATION BUTTON at the bottom of your screen
- You will pay $160.00 for the online course and in-person assessment
- Please email the Sport Education Department if you have any questions.
- Book your on-snow assessment date in step 1 of the online course. Alpine Schedule for all in-person assessments can be found here: 2023-24 Alpine ON-Snow Assessment Calendar HERE
- Complete steps 1-4 in the online course BEFORE you get to your on-snow assessment
This section provides a summary of your course experience and outlines the activities that you will complete as you navigate through the course.
Step 1: First Aid & CPR (we accept any accredited online or in-person training) and Heads Up Concussion Course Confirmation: In this step, you will upload your certificates to verify that you have completed both your First Aid & CPR and Heads Up Concussion Training.
Register for your on-snow assessment in Step 1Register for the In-Person Coaching Assessment Booking
Step 2: In this step, you will take another look at the Coaching Fundamentals course, only this time, you will look at this information through the lens of a L100 coach. You will now apply your understanding of the content to answer a series of questions in a portfolio to develop an understanding of how this information applies to your role as a L100 coach.
Step 3: Here, you will dive into the sport-specific content that covers the equipment, technique, tactics, competition, and venue safety elements of your coaching role and responsibilities.
Step 4: This step provides you with the study guide and exam covering the Coaching Fundamentals and Sport Specific content provided in this course. You must pass this exam with a 70% before the option in Step 5 will open for you to select the location for your on-snow assessment.
Step 5: You must complete steps 1-4 before you get to your on-snow assessment. Here you will review the grading rubrics that provide the information on how you will be evaluated during this experience. It is important to note here that it is highly recommended that you get out and practice these skills before delivering them in front of your coach developer.
- Pre-Meeting Webinar: Coach developers will contact you and schedule a pre-meeting webinar to complete the following items:
- Introductions, welcome, overview
- Review expectations, grading rubrics, and criteria for candidate evaluations.
- Review content from eLearning modules (both Coaching Fundamentals and Sport Specific Content)
- Conduct a content review to check for understanding
- Review plans for the in-person one-day assessment
- Attend your 1-day in-person assessment - SEE ITINERARY
- Post-Meeting Webinar: Coach developers will also lead a post assessment webinar wrap-up with the coach candidates that successfully completed the in-person one-day evaluation. Coach developers are expected to complete the following items during this wrap-up session:
- Review course content to check for retention.
- Point candidates to the forum to continue to connect with the community.
- Provide time for a Question and Answer session.
- Introduce the L200 course and encourage coaches to continue their education and enroll in the next course when they are ready to engage
Step 6: This step provides the course feedback survey and the course certificate. We have made the course feedback form a mandatory activity because it is important to us to know what you enjoyed from this course experience and what you think that we can do to improve. Once your coach developer has entered in grades for your on-snow assessment and portfolio posts and all of your steps are completed and passed you will be able to download your Alpine Level 100 Coach Certification Certificate and your U.S, Ski & Snowboard coach profile will be updated with your certification level.
1-day In-Person Assessment Preliminary Schedule will be posted November 1, 2021 - dates and locations will be added as they are confirmed throughout the season.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, anyone who wishes to take the Level 100 course must be a current member of US Ski and Snowboard. In the past, we have been able to offer these courses for non-members. However, due to new reporting requirements from SafeSport and the USOC, we are now required to verify that all members working with youth in our sport have completed a background check and the SafeSport course. The only way to track and verify these standards is to require membership for all coaches.