Level 1 – Introducing Sport Taekwondo

Following the Associate Coach Course, the next step in the Coach Identification & Development Program certification process is the Level 1 – Introducing Sport Taekwondo seminar, which is designed for coaches who wish to gain further technical competencies and be introduced to the newly-established national coaching standards.  Level 1 certification is required for members who plan to coach in the Cadet (12-14), Junior (15-17) & Senior (18-32) year old World Class Black Belt Division at the USAT National Championships. 

Note:  Individuals coaching in the Grassroots or the Ultra Divisions at the 2013 USAT National Championships are only required to be AC certified, except for Cadet (12-14), Junior (15-17) & Senior (18-32) black belt divisions, and to have taken the 2013 Coaches’ Edge Seminar.  Those coaches wanting to coach in the Junior (12-17) & Senior (18-32) black belt divisions, Grass Roots and World Class, must have a minimum certification level of a Level 1. A coach who took a previous year Level 1 seminar may coach at the same level in 2013 after taking the 2013 Coaches’ Edge seminar.  In other words, coaches who receive Level 1 certification in previous years need only to take the Coaches’ Edge seminar of the current year to maintain their certification for that year.

As USAT strives to increase the quality of athletes and coaches in the country and to ensure that coaches are meeting the established standards of the CIDP, all competitions that are part of the athlete selection process (excluding the National Qualifiers & State Championships) for the junior, U-24, or senior National Teams will require coaches to be Level 1 certified.  The next Level 1 seminars will be offered at the 2014 USAT National Championships.  So please plan ahead and be prepared for your athletes.

The Level 1 seminar is a combination of sport and non-sport specific modules, based on theory and practice.  It is the initial step toward acquiring the knowledge needed to coach at the World Class level.  The true benefit of the Level 1 seminar, however, is obtaining proven learning principles to better understand how athletes process the information provided from their coach to influence their performance. In a Level 1 seminar, state of the art technology such as Dartfish is introduced as a learning tool as well as standardized concepts such as Organizing Training Sessions, Skill & Technique Development, Scouting and Weight control.

For questions please contact Stacy Miller-Andrews by email stacy.miller@usa-taekwondo.us