Safe Sport is an initiative that is mandatory for all USOC National Governing Bodies to develop and to implement. USA Taekwondo has done so, and it is now a requirement that people in supervisory positions with our Taekwondo athletes must undergo and successfully complete a background check. Of course, the emphasis here is on the safety of our athletes and the strong motivation to keep them safe from all kinds of abuse, to include harassment, bullying and improper touching. USA Taekwondo has begun our implementation of Safe Sport by partnering with Verified Volunteers for our vetting purposes. Verified Volunteers is a very reputable organization that also provides this same service for several other USOC National Governing Bodies.

All coaches are required to upload a photo to their membership profile for their credentials for the 2016 National Championships. Picture must be headshot only in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and file must be under 4MB. Please do not mail or email a photo.

The 2016 Coaches’ Edge seminar is required for any USAT member who wishes to coach from the chair at any 2016 USAT National events, including the USAT National Championships. A one-time per year course, the Coaches’ Edge is an investment in the continuing education and development of our coaches. A coach who has already taken the Associate Coach Quiz, 2007 Technical Update, and Associate Coach Seminar, Level 1, and/or Level 2 seminar may coach at USAT events at the same level in 2016 after taking the Coaches’ Edge seminar. The Coaches' Edge seminar will be held via webinars and at the USAT National Championships. For questions regarding the CIDP please contact Patrick Wentland or Casey Miller by email at or

2016 Coaches' Edge Seminar/Webinar Dates
Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 pm MT
Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 pm MT
Friday, June 3 at 5:30pm MT (Poomsae)
Saturday, June 11 at 12:00 pm MT
Monday, June 13 at 5:30 pm MT (Poomsae)
Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 pm MT
Saturday, June 25 at 12:00 pm MT
Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30 pm MT (Poomsae)
Richmond Seminar – Sunday, July 3 at 4:00 pm (local time) *part of the 2016 National Championships

CIDP – LEVEL 1 SEMINAR (Saturday, July 4, 2016)
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 12-14, 15-17 & 17-32 year old Black Belt Sparring and Poomsae Divisions at the USAT National Championships.

Note: Coaches must be a Level 1 Certified Coach or higher to coach in the World Class Cadet Sparring, Junior Sparring, Senior Sparring and 12 & older World Class black belt poomsae divisions. For all other divisions, the coach must be a certified Associate Coach.

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.

You can register for the Level 1 seminar on the Hang-A-Star system under the events tab or by visiting the Coaching page at