COACH CERTIFICATION

Well-Trained Coaches

Skilled coaches who continue to learn their craft and enhance their knowledge provide a better experience for players.

Focus on Fun & Player Centered

Fun is the primary reason people participate in sports. A player-centered focus teaches autonomy.

Inclusive & Age Appropriate

Establish and maintain a welcoming environment for all. Teach the right skills – physical, cognitive, emotional and moral – at the right time.

Multi-Sport Participation

Encouraging participation in many different sports and physical activities, as well as incorporating rest and recovery, make motivated and well-rounded players.

Physical Literacy

Understanding movement and responsible body control are the building blocks of athleticism.

Small-Sided & Free Play

More playing. More creativity. More learning. Allow athletes to discover and learn through inventive playing. Free play develops autonomy.

3 Simple Steps to Becoming a USA Ultimate Certified Coach

1

Purchase a USA Ultimate Coach Membership.

Coach members must pass a background check, complete SafeSport and concussion training and pass a brief test after watching a series of coach education videos.

2

Attend a USA Ultimate Coach Certification Clinic.

Choose a type of clinic (middle school, high school or college/club) most aligned with the age group you intend to coach.

3

Pass a Test.

After passing the test, your certification is valid until December 31 of the third year. (For example, if certified on June 1, 2021, the certification would expire on Dec. 31, 2023.)

Coach Certification Clinics

Learn to Lead

USA Ultimate currently offers certification clinics for middle school and high school coaches with a college/club curriculum coming in the spring of 2021. These three-hour educational clinics focus primarily on the intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects of coaching more than technical and tactical X’s and O’s. Clinics are organized locally by your local disc organizer or a local clinic facilitator.

2021 Clinic Calendar

March

Date
Level
Location
3/24
High School
Online
3/28
High School
Online
3/29
High School
Hyde Park, UT

April

Date
Level
Location
4/11
High School
Online
4/22
High School
Online

May

Date
Level
Location
5/12
High School
Online

June

Date
Level
Location
6/10
High School
Online
6/27
High School
Online

July

Date
Level
Location
7/18
High School
Online

Recertification Continuing Education Opportunities

Courses

Event Date
Event Name
Format
Link
Organizer(s)
Credit Hours
February 1, 2021
USAU Coach Convention: Youth Night
Webinar
USA Ultimate
3
February 2, 2021
USAU Coach Convention: College Night
Webinar
USA Ultimate
3
February 3, 2021
USAU Coach Convention: Adult Club Night
Webinar
USA Ultimate
3
February 25, 2021
Move Womxn and GIrls into Ultimate Panel
Webinar
GRU/AYU
1.5
Ongoing
Developing Effective Environments for Children in Sport
Online course
iCoachKids.eu
3
Ongoing
Child and Youth Centered Coaching
Online course
iCoachKids.eu
3
Ongoing
Coaching Children: Planning, Doing, and Reviewing
Online course
iCoachKids.eu
3
Ongoing
SafeSport Refresher 1
Online course
SafeSport
0.5
Ongoing
SafeSport Refresher 2
Online course
SafeSport
0.5