High Performance Track Certification Process


A.  High Performance Level 1 (HP1)
The HP1 course is awarded to coaches who are coaching high performance athletes. This certification allows coaches to coach at all USAB junior tournaments including the Junior International Trial.


Certification Pathways

HP1 Pathway 1: Course and Assignments
This pathway enables qualified applicants to attend a face to face USAB High Performance Level 1 certification course in person, and obtain the HP1 certification upon satisfactory completion of the course and course assignments as determined by USAB.

Course Prerequisite:  The applicant must meet 2 out of 4 criteria below to qualify to attend the course.

1. Must be training high performance players* (one player or a group of players),

2. Assists and/or leads a dedicated high performance program*** that caters for a single player or a group of players

3. Has been a USAB Level 3 Sport Performance for a minimum of 12 months

4. Former and current international players.***


General Requirement
1. USAB member in good standing

2. Has a USAB approved background check

3. Has completed USA Safe Sport

4. Has competed USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics

5. Has completed application package and pay the course fee

6. Attend course in full, and

7. Has completed post course assignments requirements as required by USAB.


For, HP 1 Standard Course Topics, Click Here

 

HP1 Pathway 2: Extra-ordinary Experience
This pathway enables applicants with extra-ordinary experience and background to be able to apply for the High Performance Level 1 certification without the need to complete the whole HP1 course.

Course Prerequisite:
1. Provide a current coaching resume

2. Coaching Background (must meet 1 (one) of the followings) : 

a. Coached in Tier 1 countries at the national team program as lead/head coach for any one of the 5 events (MS, MD, WS, WD or MX), or

b. BWF top Word-Ranked of 40 or less, or 

c. Medaled as a player at the following International events: Olympic Games, World Championships, Sudirman Cup and Thomas/Uber Cup.

d. Led a national team (as Team head coach) that medaled, in the following International events: Olympic Games, World Championships, Sudirman Cup and Thomas/Uber Cup.

3. Provide an endorsement letter from his/her badminton federation that states the followings 

a. Confirms his/her status as a coach and his/her membership as a member in good standing(during the last10 years from the date of application),

b. Includes the names of the world top ranked players coached by the coach, and

c. Confirms the resume provided by the coach is accurate as it relates to the country/federation

    Note: his/her member federation is the country that issued his passport

4. Provide proof of residency (coach must be legally living and working in the US at the time of applying for certification) with a copy of current visa and residential status in the USA.

5. Provide a letter of support from the current employer

General Requirements
1. USAB member in good standing

2. Has a USAB approved background check

3. Has completed USA Safe Sports

4. Has competed USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics

5. Has completed the application package and paid the processing fee ($200)

6. Has completed any course assignments as required by USAB.

 

HP1 Pathway 3: Pre-Certified
This pathway enables qualified coaches with the appropriate BWF certification to apply for the USAB High Performance Level 1 certification without the need to complete the whole HP1 course.

Section A
1. Provide a current coaching resume

2. Have BWF Level 1 Certification in the last 10 years

3. Provide an endorsement letter from his/her badminton federation that states the followings: 

 

a. Confirms his/her status as a coach and his/her membership as a member in good standing(during the last 10 years from the date of application),

b. Includes the names of the world top ranked players coached by the coach, and

c. Confirms that the resume as provided by the coach is accurate as it relates to the country/federation.

 

Note: his/her member federation is the country that issued his passport

4. Provide proof of residency (coach must be legally living and working in the US at the time of applying for certification) with a copy of current visa and residential status in the USA

5. Provide a letter of support from the current employer

Section B
1. USAB member in good standing

2. Has a USAB approved background check

3. Has completed USA Safe Sports

4. Has competed USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics

5. Has completed application package and pay the processing fee ($200)

6. Has completed any course assignments as required by USAB.

 

B.  High Performance Level 2 (HP2)
The Level 2 High Performance course is awarded to coaches who are coaching high performance athletes. This certification allows  coaches to coach at all USAB junior tournaments including the Junior International Trial and also coach at the Pan Am Junior Championships.



Certification Pathways

HP2 Pathway 1: Course and Assignments
This entry pathway enables qualified applicants to attend the USAB High Performance Level 2 certification course, and obtain HP2 certification upon satisfactory completion of the course and course assignments as determined by USAB.

Course Prerequisite:
The applicant must meet 2 out of 4 of the following criteria:

1. Must be training high performance players* in the U.S. for a minimum of 2 years (one player or a group of players),

2. Has been a USAB Level 1 High Performance for a minimum of 2 years or a USAB Provisional Level 2 High Performance Coach as approved by USAB

3. Has international badminton coaching qualification approved and/or recognized by USA Badminton

4. Meet one of the 3 sub-criteria for international players** *

General Requirements
1. Must be a USAB member in good standing,

2. Has a USAB approved background check,

3. Has completed USA Safe Sports,

4. Has competed the USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics,

5. Has completed the application package and paid the course fee,

6. Has attended the course in full ($600)

7. Has completed the post course requirements as required.

 

For HP2 Standard Course Topics, Click Here

 

HP2 Pathway 2: Extra-Ordinary Experience
This pathway enables applicants with extra-ordinary experience and background to be able to apply for the High Performance Level 2 certification without the need to complete the whole HP2 course.

Course Prerequisite:
1. Provide a current coaching resume,

2. Coaching Background - must meet 1 (one) of the following : 

a. Has coached in a Tier 1 country*** at the national team program as lead/head coach for any one of the 5 events (MS, MD, WS, WD or MX), or

b. Has been a BWF top Word-Ranked of 20 or higher 

c. Medaled as a player at the following International events: Olympic Games, World Championships, Sudirman Cup and Thomas/Uber Cup.

d. Led a national team (as Team Head Coach) that medaled, in the following International events: Olympic Games, World Championships, Sudirman Cup and Thomas/Uber Cup.

3. Provide an endorsement letter from his/her badminton federation that states the followings

a. Confirms his/her status as a coach and his/her membership as a member in good standing(during the last 10 years from the date of application),

b. Includes the names of the world top ranked players coached by the coach, and

c. Confirms that the resume as provided by the coach is accurate as it relates to the country/federation.

 

Note: his/her member federation is the country that issued his passport,

4. Provide proof of residency (coach must be legally living and working in the US at the time of applying for certification) with a copy of current visa and residential status in the USA, and

5. Provide a letter of support from the current employer.

General Requirement
1. Must be a USAB member in good standing,

2. Has a USAB approved background check,

3. Has completed USA Safe Sports,

4. Has competed the USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics,

5. Has completed the application package and pay the processing fee ($300), and

6. Has completed any course assignment as required by USAB.


HP2 Pathway 3: Pre-Certified
This pathway enables qualified coaches with the appropriate BWF certification to apply USAB High Performance Level 2 certification without the need to complete the whole HP2 course.

Section A
1. Provide a current coaching resume,

2. Have BWF Level 2 Certification in the last 10 years

3. Provide an endorsement letter from his/her badminton federation that states the followings: 

a. Confirm his/her status as coach and his/her membership as a member in good standing(during the last 10 years from the date of application),

b. Includes the names of the world top ranked players coached by the coach, and

c. Confirms that the resume as provided by the coach is accurate as it relates to the country/federation.

 

Note: his/her member federation is the country that issued his passport.

4. Provide proof of residency (coach must be legally living and working in the US at the time of applying for certification) with a copy of current visa and residential status in the USA, and

5. Provide a letter of support from the current employer.

Section B
1. Must be USAB member in good standing,

2. Has a USAB approved background check,

3. Has completed USA Safe Sports,

4. Has competed the USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics,

5. Has completed application package and pay the processing  fee ($300)

6. Has completed any course assignment as required by USAB.


C.  High Performance Level 3

Certification Pathways

HP3 Pathway 1: Assessment
Applicants must meet the following to be accepted for assessment to be certified as the USAB High Performance Level 3 certification course. Applicants who meet the criteria below should contact the Director of Coaching and Performance.

Section A
The applicant must meet all the criteria below:

       Applicant is a U.S. citizen

  • The applicant must be a current USAB certified HP2 coach living in the U.S.
  • Must have a dedicated high performance program
  • If previously not certified but has a dedicated high performance program in place for 4 or more years, and/or has developed high performance athletes with BWF ranking who regularly compete in international tournaments may contact the DCHP to express interest
  • The applicant must be currently coaching in his/her HP program on a day to day
  • Must submit coaching resume
  • Must have a sufficient knowledge of the English Language

    Applicant is not a U.S. citizen
  • At the time of expression of interest the coach must be living in the U.S.
  • Must be certified by a BWF Member Association
  • Must have worked in national level badminton projects such as Olympic and international level high
  • performance projects (note involvement must be detailed in resume) with top badminton country (this is subject to approval by USAB) the last 4 years from the date of expression of interest to the DCHP
  • Must be a current member in good standing with his association if applicant has just arrived in the U.S.
  • Must submit full coaching resume
  • Must have sufficient knowledge of the English Language

Section B
1. Must be a USAB member in good standing

2. Has a USAB approved background check

3. Has completed USA Safe Sports

4. Has completed the USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics

Section C
1. Must have coached logged a 1,000 hours coaching high performance athletes over a 3 year period

2. Complete the application package and pay the assessment fee ($800)

3. Complete the HP3 Assessment Assignment as required by USAB.

Application Evaluation
Potential applicants will be evaluated to be short listed for assessment in the following process:

Step 1: Evaluation by the Director of Coaching & High Performance (DCHP)

Step 2:  Should the DCHP identify that there should be further evaluation, the DCHP may form an Evaluation Panel.

Panel is made up of the following individuals:

  • DCHP
  • USAB Coaching Director on the USAB BOD
  • A member of the USAB High Performance Advisory Group
  • A member of the USAB Coaching Advisory Group

 

For HP3 Standard Certification Tasks, Click Here

 

D.  High Performance Level 4

Certification Pathways 

HP4 Pathway 1: Assessment
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted for assessment to be certified as the USAB High Performance Level 4 (HP4). Applicants who meet the criteria below should contact the Director of Coaching and Performance.

Section A
The applicant must meet all the criteria below:

  • Must lead a dedicated high performance program* for a minimum of two years
  • Has been a USAB Level 3 High Performance for a minimum of 2 years
  • Must have been a member of the USAB Coaching Staff as assistant coach at the World Junior Championship
  • Has served USAB in a minimum of 3 international events as USAB staff as approved by USAB
  • Must have coached logged a 1,000 hours of coaching high performance athletes over a 3 year period
  • Must have led 2 coaching clinics for the badminton community as approved by USAB.

Section B

  • Must be a USAB member in good standing
  • Has a USAB approved background check
  • Has completed USA Safe Sports
  • Has competed the USAB Coaches’ Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Section C

  • Has completed the application package and paid the assessment fees ($850),
  • Has completed all HP 4 Assessment Assignments as required by USAB

Application Evaluation:
Potential applicants will be evaluated to be short listed for assessment in the following process:

Step 1: Evaluation by the Director of Coaching & High Performance (DCHP)

Step 2:  Should the DCHP identify that there should be further evaluation, the DCHP may form an Evaluation Panel.

The Panel is made up of the following individuals:

  • DCHP
  • USAB Coaching Director on the USAB BOD
  • A member of the USAB High Performance Advisory Group
  • A member of the USAB Coaching Advisory Group

For HP4 Standard Certification Tasks, Click Here

 

Definitions
High performance players*
High performance athletes are those athletes who train: 

1. and compete in the USAB Junior Ranking Tournaments to qualify for the USAB Junior Nationals and USAB Junior International Trials (JIT) to represent the U.S. in the BWF World Junior Championships and the Pan Am Junior Championships,

2. regularly to compete in Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctioned junior and adult international Competitions as well as the Pan Am Individual Championship

3. and compete in the USAB Team Trials for the premier BWF sanctioned team events (such as the Sudirman Cup - World Mixed Team Championships, Thomas & Uber Cup - World Men & Women Team Championships, BWF sanctioned individual tournaments, Badminton Pan Am Confederation (BPAC) Continental Team Event, Youth Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, and the Olympic Games.

High Performance Program**
1. A high performance program is not merely for "star talent." It is about helping athletes reach their full potential. It may also involve collaborating with other individuals who may be experts in certain performance enhancement field or those involved with the athlete which eventually aims ensuring that the athletes perform at their best level. Such a high performance program involves sport specific, mental training, conditioning training, and fitness training which simply aim to improve performance.

2. The high performance program includes organized and systematic plans that involve structured activities on strength training, conditioning and cardiovascular training, sport specific techniques and drills, periodization (devoting specific blocks of time during a given year to different types and intensities of exercise depending on when optimal performance is needed), nutritional advice, mental and psychological training, and constant and consistent accountability and monitoring by a qualified trainer.

International Players***
1.  Current International Players - USAB will consider athletes who competing are currently competing regularly (a minimum of 4 times per year) in BWF sanctioned team events and/or BWF sanctioned individual tournaments as Current International Players.

2.  Former international players - USAB will only former athletes who competed in BWF sanctioned team events and/and BWF sanctioned individual tournaments with a World Ranking of # 20 in the last 10 years .

3.  US Olympians

Tier 1 Countries – Based on 2017 Sudirman Cup World Ranking

1.    Korea
2.    China
3.    Thailand
4.    Japan
5.    Malaysia
6.    India
7.    Denmark
8.    Chinese Taipei
9.    Russia
10.  Germany
11.  Indonesia
12.  Hong Kong China