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Level 2 License "Milestone"

http://www.asep.com/asep_content/org/USATH.cfm

Direction questions to: info@usateamhandball.org

Primary Audience: All coaching and teaching levels, especially individuals who have had no or limited formal coaching education courses. All novice coaches must start with Level 1 to advance through the CECP system. More experienced coaches can choose from two (2) available fast tracks to obtain Level 2 certification, if qualified.

Prerequisites: All new applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have earned and held Level 1 "Gateway" license for a minimum of 6 months. Other coaches should consider one of the two following tracks:

Track A: Experience Equivalency Exception (EEEA):
Well-experienced coaches who have taken prior coaching education courses either domestically or abroad and who are determined by the USATH Technical Director to possess established competence in enhancing athlete development can be granted Level 2"Milestone" License upon completion of the following requirements:
• Three years of documented coaching experience domestically or abroad. Applicants must submit documentation of coaching experience on official club letterhead stating the specific years coached. All documents must be signed by a ranking official of the club such as President, GM, or Director of Coaching. All foreign documents must include a notarized English translation.
• Pass a 100 question written test. Upon request, all applicants will be provided with information regarding test's major content areas and list of required resources. The EEE test will be delivered via proctor method and through pre-approved local library in coach's immediate living area. There will be no retakes of the EEE test. Coaches who fail the written test will be required to attend regular on site Level 2 course.
• Submit a signed USATH Code of Ethics form.
• Submit proof of having had a "foundations of coaching" course such as "Coaching Orientation"course offered on-line by the American Sport Education Program or an appropriate equivalent. The appropriate equivalents include: (a) a bachelor degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Sport Science, Sport Psychology, Sport Management or Kinesiology, from an accredited US institution or similar abroad educational institution, (b) an appropriate IHF, EHF, or any other US or Foreign Coaching National Licenses.
• Submit proof of having completed "Sport First Aid" course offered on-line by the American Sport Education Program
• Submit proof of valid First Aid/CPR certification
• Pass USATH administered Background Check ($25 fee for non USATH members).
• Once all requirements listed above are met, Level 2 "Milestone" License becomes active for four (4) years or until Level 3 License is awarded. Prior to the end of that four (4) year quad, the coach must take steps to either:
• Re-new Level 2 License by taking another full Level 2 on-site course including both Core (Day 1) and Electives (Day 2) sessions or
• Take a Level 3 course and finish those requirements within 12 months to obtain National Level 3 License.
• Pay $75 administrative fee

Track B: Experience Equivalency Exception Track (EEEB): Coaches with some practical experience who have taken prior coaching education courses either domestically or abroad and who are determined by the USATH Technical Director to possess established competence in enhancing athlete development can by-pass Level 1 course and attend Level 2"Milestone" course upon documenting the following requirements:
• At least one (1) full year of full-time coaching experience domestically or abroad. Applicants must submit documentation of coaching experience on official club letterhead stating the specific years coached. All documents must be signed by a ranking official of the club such as President, GM, or Director of Coaching. All foreign documents must include a notarized English translation.
• Once all requirements listed below are met, Level 2 "Milestone" License becomes active for four (4) years or until Level 3 License is awarded. Prior to the end of that four (4) year quad, the coach must take steps to either:
• Re-new Level 2 License by taking another full Level 2 on-site course including both Core (Day 1) and Electives (Day 2) sessions or
• Take a Level 3 course and finish those requirements within 12 months to obtain National Level 3 License.

Course Content: The emphasis of Level 2 course is on "Comprehensive study of the game". Sessions include in-classroom and on-court activities focused on but not limited to workshop s in Teaching the Fundamental Individual Technical and Tactical Skills, Basic Offensive/Defensive Systems, Practice and Drill Design, Practice Preparation and Implementation, Coaching Principles and Philosophy, USATH Code of Ethics and Legal Obligations,

Course Length: 14-16 hours in a 2-day+ format. Day 1 is 10 hours of core course instruction. Day 2 is 4-6 hours of elective instruction in 4 discretionary sessions lasting 1-1.5 hour long each.

License Requirements: For Level 2 License - following the course applicants must:
• Pass Level 2 written test. To be awarded the Level 2 License, the candidate must receive a grade of "pass" in all theoretical testing areas.
• Pass Level 2 practical test on-site. Failing any of the practical tests will result in a failing grade for a course with no retesting available during the same session.
• Submit a signed USATH Code of Ethics form.
• Submit proof of having had a "foundations of coaching" course such as "Coaching Orientation "course offered on-line by the American Sport Education Program or an appropriate equivalent. The appropriate equivalents include: (a) a bachelor degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Sport Science, Sport Psychology, Sport Management or Kinesiology, from an accredited US institution or similar abroad educational institution, (b) an appropriate IHF, EHF, or any other Foreign Coaching National Licenses.
• Submit proof of having completed "Sport First Aid" course offered on-line by the American Sport Education Program
• Submit proof of valid First Aid/CPR certification.
• Pass USATH administered Background Check ($25 fee for non USATH members).
• Submit documentation of 1approved home-based Level 2 activity.

Total Cost: TBD but may vary by membership status, deadline date and course site. Late fees may be applicable after early registration period ends.

Required Learning Resources: The following is the list of written materials /publications that the candidate is expected to be familiar with prior to taking the EEE Test or attending the Level 2 course:
• Christina, R. W., & Corcos, D. M. (1988). Coaches guide to teaching sport skills. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (available from online bookstores)
• Clanton, R. & Dwight, M (1997). Team handball: Steps to success. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (available from online bookstores)
• American Sport Education Program. (2006). Coaching youth soccer. (4th ed.), (pp. 1-17). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (available from online bookstores)
• Czerwinski, J. & Taborski, T (2005). Basic handball: Methods, tactics, technique. Zurich: European Handball Federation. (available for download from www.eurohandball.com)
• EHF Methods Commission. (2005). Basic handball: Practical Exercises. Zurich: European Handball Federation. (available for download from www.eurohandball.com)
• Hamil, B. M., & LaPoint, P. (1994). Team Handball: Skills, strategies and training. Dubuque, IA: Eddie Bowers Publishers. (available from online stores)
• Marczinka, Z. (1993). Playing handball: A comprehensive study of the game. Budapest, Hungary: Trio Budapest. (available for download from http://www.usateamhandball.org/center/coaches/)
• Rules of the Game (available for download from www.ihf.info)
• Short Rules for Kids (available for download from http://www.usateamhandball.org/center/coaches/)
• Thompson, J. (1995). Positive coaching: Building character and self-esteem through sports. Portola Valley, CA: Warde Publishers (available from online bookstores)
• All coaching articles published on USATH website under Coaching Resources

Additional resources such as Level 2 Supplemental Handouts, in-class videos, DVD and Power Presentations, etc., will be provided on-site to all course participants.

Benefits: Coaches will receive a letter of congratulations and an official USATH License Certificate; will be eligible to coach USATH Youth National Teams; will receive an exclusive access to a quarterly e-coach newsletter.

Re-certification: Certification is valid for one quad (4 years). Prior to the end of that 4 year quad, to stay current the coach must take steps to either:
• Re-new Level 2 License by taking another full Level2 on-site course; take only Day 1 (Core sessions) at an on-site course and submit documentation of 4 approved home-based Level I activities; take only Day 2 (Electives) sessions and submit documentation of 4 approved home-based Level 2 activities; or
• Take a Level 3 course and finish those requirements within 12 months to obtain Level 3 License.