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Coach Certification - Level 200

Coach Certification - Level 200

The Level 200 Certification course is designed for the coach working with athletes in phases 3, 4 and 5 of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Training Systems. Phase 3 marks the typical entry point to formal competition for many athletes.  Phases 4 and 5 follow the athlete into regional and national level competition. The Level 200 coach should have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully support and train athletes through these critical phases of development. 

Level 200 PREREQUISITES:

  • Must have completed Level 100 certification, or have a current PSIA Level 3 certification and have completed the Level 100 Alpine Coach Certification Course.
  • Have completed the Introduction to Course Setting Course and On-Snow Practicum or Submit a course setting recommendation form signed by a Level 300 or higher coach or Level 2 or higher referee or chief of race. 
  • Alpine Course Setting Recommendation Form: HERE
Level 200 Alpine Clinics

The Level 200 Alpine Technique and Tactics course is a 3-day course designed to build on the Alpine Ski Fundamentals introduced in the Level 100 clinic and on basic course setting principles. We will introduce racing tactics, and discuss its relationship with a racer's ability, the course and technical skills.  Progressions will be presented that span all of our training modalities, from freeskiing through drills in gates and outside of gates and into race simulation training. Coaches will learn new gate drills to accomplish technical and tactical goals and will gain experience in setting these. Classroom discussion following the on-hill sessions will cover a more in-depth discussion of tactics, course setting, course inspection, course reports, and race day planning. At the end of the clinic, coaches will have a strong understanding of the relationship between technique and tactics and will have a broad range of drills and exercises they can use to teach these skills. In addition, coaches will learn how to be more effective on race day to help their athletes perform with confidence and consistency.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will

  • Understand the relationship between technique and tactics
  • Understand how several environmental variables impact tactics
  • Be able to prescribe appropriate drills to teach athletes technical and tactical skills in both freeski and gate environments
  • Gain hands-on experience in setting gate drills
  • Apply the USSA planning principles to set up training that can achieve the desired training or competition outcome
  • Help athletes put together a race day plan and set strategies for more consistent race performances

PRICE: $270.00 (U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Members Only). Includes 3 days on-snow and online course. Lift tickets are additional (most resorts offer discounted lift tickets to participants).  

You can complete these additional requirements before or after you take the level 200 on-snow clinic:

  1. Certification Requirments: updated CPR & First Aid, Heads Up Concussion, Introduction to Avalance and SafeSport Training 
  2. NEW L200 REQUIREMENTS will be available in January 2022

The in-person preliminary schedule will be available in early January 

Alpine Course Setting

This course is designed for any ski coach who is interested in learning how to set or improve their course setting skills. Coaches who have limited or no experience course setting must take this course prior to taking the Level 200 Alpine Technique and Tactics Certification Course.  This two-part course has been designed as a blended-learning experience. The eLearning content provides you with the knowledge you need to find success in the on-snow practicum. During the on-snow experience, you will spend a day with other coaches and one of our coach developers who will help you review and apply the information contained within the eLearning modules.

To move through the course, select the tabs above and then complete the activities within each section. The course was designed to complete in the order that information is presented.

Please note that you will need to successfully pass your course exam before you can sign up for the on-snow course setting practicum. Please don't delay moving through the eLearning content and completing the exam.

During the on-snow practicum, all coaches will be given the chance to set Slalom (SL) and Giant Slalom (GS) courses. Our coach developers will provide you with advice for setting efficiently, setting to achieve your training goals, setting to the rules, and setting for safety. Coaches will learn by setting their own courses, and by assisting other coaches with their sets. Discussion will cover course setting considerations for speed; situational course setting based on age, ability, snow conditions, and terrain; course setting rules and expectations for events; and general course setting Q&A. You must review all of the material within this course, attend the on-snow practicum, and pass the course exam with 80% or higher to complete this course and move onto the Alpine L200 certification course.

PRICE: $100.00 for U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Members only. Does not include lift tickets (most ski areas offer discounted lift tickets to clinic participants).

  • Register for the Introduction to Course Setting: HERE
  • Alpine on-snow Assessment Schedlue: HERE
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Course setting recommendation submission form.