COACH CERTIFICATIONS

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 get a USA Ultimate Coach Certification

1

Become a Foundational Coach

After becoming a USA Ultimate member, click the “Become a Coach” button on your member homepage to work through the Foundational Coach requirements.

2

Attend a USA Ultimate Coach Certification Clinic.

Choose the type of clinic (middle school, high school or college) 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 with middle school, high school and college curriculums. 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.

2022 Clinic Calendar

January

Date
Level
Location
1/23
High School
Online

February

Date
Level
Location
2/5
Middle School
Washington, D.C.
2/12
High School
Washington, D.C.
2/20
Middle School
Online
2/23
College
Online
2/24
High School
Online
2/24
High School
Murray, UT
2/27
High School
St. Louis, MO
2/27
High School
Online

March

Date
Level
Location
3/9
High School
Online
3/13
College
Online
3/27
Middle School
Online

April

Date
Level
Location
4/10
College
Online
4/11
High School
Portland, ME
4/11
Middle School
Naperville, IL
4/17
High School
Online
4/19
High School
Murray, UT
4/20
College
Online
4/24
Middle School
Online

May

Date
Level
Location
5/1
High School
Online
5/10
College
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