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Coach Programs

About the Coach Programs

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have identified the critical role that coaches play in promoting sport participation and enhancing the performance of athletes and teams while adhering to the principles of competing with integrity. These organizations have supported the collective efforts of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in the development of the International Sports Coaching Framework (ISCF). The framework was designed to align the efforts of international organizations, governmental organizations, national and international federations, along with coach education providers to provide an internationally recognized point of departure for the education, development, and recognition of coaches.

United States Sports Academy (USSA), has developed cutting edge, professionally developed coaching education programs. Multi-tiered programs, International Sports Coach Development Curriculum (ISCDC), are utilizing the ICSF and best principles from high performing national federations. The curriculum is designed to provide the appropriate technical, tactical and interpersonal knowledge and experiences at three distinct milestones on the coach development pathway and to focus on the specific context in which the coach is working. The ISCF categorizes athletes as Emerging (youth and introductory), Performance (developmental), and High Performance.

The Lead Coach Development Program (LCDP) is designed for those transitioning into the coaching profession and working with emerging athletes. The Head Coach Development Program (HCDP) is designed for those who are transitioning into a coach leadership role at the local or regional level and working with which the ISCF refers to as Senior Coaches. National Coach Development Program (NCDP) is designed to continue the development of select coaches towards becoming High Performance Coaches, who are transitioning into coach leadership and coach development roles at the national level.

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