CAP I

The CAP I course is open to all coaching and teaching levels, including coaches who have had limited formal coaching education courses (an IMPACT certification is required). All coaches must start with Level I to progress through the Coaching Accreditation Program (or have an FIVB certification or other equivalent work). CAP I is offered onsite at a specified facility with a live cadre of instructors.

National Onsite Courses

Schedule: Onsite courses are scheduled periodically. Check the USAV Coaching Education Event Schedule for the next available onsite CAP I course!

Instructors: Varied; onsite courses are instructed live. All USAV cadre instructors are CAP III certified, background screened, current USAV members, and all have years of coaching experience from high school to collegiate to the USA national team.

Course Length: Two full days, typically a Saturday and Sunday. Day one includes 10 hours of core course instruction; Day two is 3-5 elective module topics in 1-1.5 hour long sessions. Approximately 13-16 hours total in a two-day classroom and on-court presentation format. Additionally, the post-course final exam must be taken online and passed within 45 days of course.

Cost: Varied. Early registration course fees begin at $200 per person. Non-USA Volleyball members must pay an additional $25 background screening fee to receive full accreditation. Cost will increase with regular and late registrations.  

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Course Exam and Certification Requirements:
After attending the course, coaches will receive online access to complete the CAP Level I course exam. Coaches must take and pass the exam with a 90% or better within 45 days of receiving online access. Certification requirements include submission of the following: 

  1. IMPACT certification (should be completed before the course
  2. CAP Code of Ethics Agreement
  3. Background Screening Form (not applicable if coach is current)

FIVB and Canadian certifications are acceptable as equivalents to USAV CAP Level I status. If you meet these criteria, please provide a certificate and/or other documentation to the USAV National Coaching Education office. Provided the certificate verifies eligibility, the coach may be granted permission to register for and attend a CAP Level II course. Please send documentation via email to cap@usav.org.

Exam Details: The course final exam will be available to access after the course (timeline for this varies) in the USA Volleyball Academy. The exam will be based off the textbook you receive at the course. You must achieve a score of 90% or better.

Materials Included: Downloadable course documents include CAP I Favorite Drill Form, Coaches' Philosophy WorksheetUSAV CAP Code of Ethics  and USAV Background Screening. Please note: Background screening document is only required if a coach does not have a current background screening in the USAV national database.

  • CAP I Textbook, "Coaching Volleyball: Building a Winning Team" by Carl McGown, Hilda Fonske, Launa Moser. 
  • CAP I Supplemental Handout, includes updated course and health/safety info and other valuable resources. 
  • Additional materials include CAP I drawstring bag, T-shirt, pen, and various other goodies! 
Content Presented: On-court sessions and classroom sessions provide an opportunity for hands-on learning. The emphasis of CAP Level I is on teaching the skills of the game. Sessions include but are not limited to the following:
  • Practicum teaching the fundamental skills
  • Coaching principles/foundations
  • USAV Code of Ethics and legal duties
  • Practice preparation and execution
  • Motor skill learning theory
  • Developing the coaching philosophy
  • Drill design and implementation
  • Offensive/defensive/serve receive organization systems
Certification Expiration and Recertification: After attending a CAP I course, coaches have 12 months to finish the requirements and achieve their certification. Certification is valid for four years and requires continuing education to maintain the certification. Prior to your course certification expiration date, coaches may re-certify in the following methods. Click here for specific recertification information.
  • Attend another full CAP I onsite course
  • Attend day 2 (four module sessions) at an onsite CAP I course
  • Attend four other approved onsite CAP I recert modules (CAP Module Clinic, another coaching ed clinic)
  • Attend four other approved online CAP I recert modules (Click here for a list of approved online modules.)
  • Attend a CAP II course and become CAP II certified by completing all requirements within 12 months