After the return of Mohan Subramaniam in late 2009 to serve as the Director of Coaching and High Performance, the USA Badminton (“USAB”) Board of Directors made a major commitment to developing a coaching development and certification system. This initiative is strongly supported by the US Olympic Committee.
USAB Coach Development Program (CDP) Background
The new CDP is a result of the contributions of many badminton coaches (USAB Coaching Department) from all around the USA. Several meetings were held between 2005 and 2006. When Mohan rejoined USA Badminton in late 2009, both he and Fred Coleman continued with the development of the CDP with continuous input and support from the Coaching Department. USAB also would like to acknowledge the kind contributions of the Caffery Family which helped USAB in the initial foundation activities to design and set up the current USAB's Coach Development Program.
USAB Coach Development Program (CDP) Mission Statement – The mission statement of the USAB CDP is “to provide safe and quality coaching services for the badminton community.”
Coaching Tracks - The USAB Coach Development Program (CDP) will provide service to two distinctive coaching tracks – the Community Track for those who coach athletes of all ages, levels, abilities and interest and a High Performance Track for those who coach high performance athletes who compete at our national championships and internationally.
Coach Development Model - To see the overall graphic description of the new program, CLICK HERE.
Course focus - After several pilot courses, USAB has now developed new courses for the Community Track - Level 1 & 2 Community Coach Courses. Both courses are more detailed and intensive than past Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
Courses are designed for a ‘specific participant community.’ Each course is made up of a number of competency units which are presented as ‘modules.’
Long Term High Performance Coach Development - While focusing on the Community Track to grow broad based participation in the sport, USAB is also committed to develop its own USA trained High Performance Coaches. USAB has encouraged former and current High Performance Athletes holding a USAB Level 1 Coaching Certificate to serve as assistant coaches at the Pan Am Junior Championships. This event provides an opportunity for Senior, High Performance Coaches from the USAB High Performance Pool to evaluate and guide the assistant coaches. These coaches are then upgraded as Provisional Level 2 High Performance Coaches. USAB ran a pilot High Performance Coach Competency Assessment in the Bay Area in October, 2011. Two High performance Coaches (Raju Rai and Kowi Chandra) were involved in this first pilot project - High Performance Coach Competency Assessment.
Certification - Currently all those who have previously completed certification with USAB in the earlier format/structure will still be certified if they so desire. All previously and currently trained coaches have been adjusted and moved into the two coaching tracks.
USAB Certified Coach - In the new CDP, a Certified USAB Coach is a coach who:
Active Coaches - from January 1, 2012 onward, in order for coaches to remain as an Active Coach USAB Certified Coach, they have to meet the minimum requirement of having a current USAB Membership and current background check. USAB will announce for other prerequisites to be a Certified Coach which will be made mandatory at a later time.
Inactive Coaches - Coaches, who have completed their certification in the previous system but do not wish to continue their development, but only maintain their current USAB Membership, will be deemed as Inactive Coaches.
USAB Coach Directory - USAB currently publishes the names of coaches who are current USAB members and those whose USAB membership has lapsed. All coaches whose USAB membership has lapsed, have until December 31, 2011 to renew their membership so that their names will be listed on the USAB Coach Directory. CLICK HERE To Go To The USAB Coach Directory. (Note: If a coach's status is "Inactive", it will be noted (Inactive) beside his/her name. If there are no remarks, then he/she is an Active USAB Certified Coach).
Certificates – Effective November 15, 2011, USAB will cease issuing hard copy certificates after each course. Participants who have successfully completed a course and Active (USAB Certified) Coaches will be able to ‘print’ certificates through their USAB profile at any time.
Inactive Coaches and coaches whose membership has lapsed will only be able to print their certificates until December 31, 2011.
Coaches who would like to have a more formal hard copy certificate can request the USAB National Office to organize but they will have to pay USAB a $10 fee for administrative and mailing costs.
In the near future, recertification and continuing education will be required to maintain active certification.
For more information go to: http://usabadminton.org/resources/coaching
For further inquiries contact Mohan Subramaniam, Director of Coaching & High Performance at email@example.com
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