Clinics and Programs
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) works together with several regional bodies to provide clinics and training for cross country coaches.
Level 100 Cross Country Technique Clinics
These half day clinics are offered mostly in the summer and fall, and are primarily delivered through regional governing bodies.
The USSA Level 100 Cross Country Technique Clinics cover technique drills on foot as well as both classic and skate rollerskis. Coaches will actively participate, so please bring the following:
We encourage all levels of coaches to participate.
Check with your regional governing body for more details. USSA delivered clinics will be posted here. You can start the on-line component of the Level 100 course any time.
Level 100 Coaches Manual and On-line Exam
The U.S. Ski Team coaches, sport science staff, and sport education department have put together a comprehensive coaching manual for cross country coaches. The content covers important training, technique, equipment, performance psychology and competition topics for coaches, with a focus on an age-appropriate approach based on long-term athlete development as described in the USSA Cross Country Training System. This manual is the centerpiece for the Level 100 certification curriculum, and is purchased with the Level 100 on-line exam at the USSA Education Shop.
Comments about the Level 100 Cross Country coaches manual:
"You've hit a homerun here. If this kind of comprehensive manual had existed 17 years ago when I first started coaching, it would have saved me thousands of hours of research and the athletes I've worked with hundreds of hours of less than ideal training." - Program Director from Maine
"This manual is smashing! One of the best I have seen in any sport!" - Vern Gambetta, Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Level 200 Clinics
Look for information on Level 200 clinics posted here soon. The Level 200 online resources will be available in summer 2015.
Cross Country Coaches Symposium
This is a biennial coaches education event featuring a national and international slate of presenters and experts in nordic skiing, coaching and sport science. The 2015 USSA Cross Country Coaches Symposium will be held in the fall. Dates and location to be announced soon.
Several of the presentations at the 2011 symposium were recorded, and are available for purchase by those coaches who were unable to attend the event. Click here to view the available presentations.
Continuing Education Partnership with USA Cycling
The USSA is pleased to announce a partnership with USA Cycling that allows USSA member coaches to access certain educational events and resources from USA Cycling at the USA Cycling member coach rate. As our sports have several physiological, psychological and tactical similarities, there is great opportunity for crossover learning to help cross country skiing coaches learn and innovate.
USA Cycling offers educational webinars to coaches on a variety of topics, many of which would be valuable for cross country coaches as well. Find their schedule of webinars here.
If you are interested in one of these webinars, contact USSA Sport Education for information to register at the USA Cycling member price.
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