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USAR Instructor Program

May 01, 2013, 12:49 p.m. (ET)

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USA Racquetball has created a certification program targeted toward developing and certifying potential instructors for health clubs, fitness centers, schools and universities. The course provides essential information for conducting successful group teaching clinics. Four of the nation’s premier instructors, prepare and execute this elite program. Fran Davis, Connie Martin, Tom Travers and Jim Winterton possess over 120 of years’ collective experience in teaching, training, and coaching racquetball as well as in programming instructional clinics and events. The coaching element of the program follows continuing education guidelines of the United States Olympic Committee Coaching Program, and all elements of this new, innovative and exciting approach will prepare potential instructors to provide top quality professional instruction.

Course objectives include: conveying precise knowledge, skills and abilities required to teach racquetball efficiently; developing a clear comprehension and proficiency of the 10 Benchmarks of Instruction necessary to teach and train students; delivering an avenue for continuing education and advancement to assist qualified instructors in maintaining current informational skills; providing an evaluation process that facilitates consistency and quality control for instructional programs across the nation; and developing a high level of competence and confidence relative to primary instructional techniques.

The curriculum begins with a preview CD that illustrates the 10 Benchmarks of Instruction. The program features a  review and application of these core principles and also a review of doubles play. Also incorporated is a skills verification test of the five modules and the 10 benchmarks. (The modules are strategy, stroke mechanics, beginner and advanced theories, physiology/nutrition and on-court instruction.) Once certified, instructors will receive continuing education via online classes and other support materials. Upon certification, each student will be assigned a mentor who will be available for monthly conference calls to address updated instructional techniques and provide advice and input.

The course will enable students to achieve one of three levels of instructor: Instructor, Professional Instructor and Master Instructor. In addition to this core offering, there will be additional courses available to focus on Coaching, Clinics and Programming. This new program is being designed to maximize the use of modern technology to provide instructional and analytical tools and support continuing education.

The site is divided  into three categories--Coach Education--information that is available to the recreational player and password protected information for USAR-IP members only: On-line modules and links--these are on-line tests available to instructors to help maintain their education and certfication: Clinics and Camps- a listing of any camp or clinic hosted by any USAR-IP certfied instructor.   As this new and exciting program reaches its final stage of development, look for additional information on the USA Racquetball home page, in eNewsletters and in Racquetball magazine.

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