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USA Wrestling extends free online National Coaches Education Program courses for members indefinitely

By USA Wrestling | April 06, 2020, 2:17 p.m. (ET)

As a benefit to all current members, USA Wrestling has extended its free online Copper and Bronze Certification courses indefinitely.

On March 21, USA Wrestling made these courses available for free through Sunday, April 5. Due to the overwhelming response from USA Wrestling members across the nation, and requests from USA Wrestling’s state leaders, USA Wrestling will continue providing this service to all members, as we all work together to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers tell the story. Since March 21, there have been 3,367 USA Wrestling members who have checked out these coaches education course, including 2,085 starting the Bronze Course and 1,282 starting the Copper Course. In total, 1,681 courses have been completed by members, including 1,037 Bronze Courses and 644 Copper Courses.

The Top 10 states utilizing this opportunity (by completion) are: 1. Illinois - 123, 2. Minnesota - 108, 3. Wisconsin - 107, 4. Virginia - 105, 5. Indiana - 103, 6. California - 92, 7. Texas - 74, 8. Washington - 61, 9. Wyoming - 60, 10. Missouri – 59.

Please remember that all current members are now able to take this course, including Wrestling Leader members and Athlete members. These courses provide a great educational opportunity for athletes, who seek to improve their performance on the mat as well as understand more about wrestling coaching.

In order to access the course, members simply need to log into their account at and add the item to their cart. All courses are delivered immediately online once the member has completed the free purchase and are accessed through your MY COURSES tab.

A tutorial video on how to add the Bronze and/or Copper Certification courses to your cart can be found below.

Members of USA Wrestling who have previously completed Bronze and/or Copper Certification courses are encouraged to repeat the course(s) for enrichment. All completions will be tracked in real time through USA Wrestling’s membership system. Course materials for Bronze and Copper Certifications were updated in March 2015 and November 2017, respectively.

As part of the National Coaches Education Program (NCEP), the Copper Certification course is designed for coaches whose athletes are 12 years of age and younger, normally costs $50, and takes approximately 4 hours to complete. The Bronze Certification course is designed for coaches whose athletes are 13 years of age and older, regularly costs $80, and takes approximately 6 hours to complete.

In addition to the Copper and Bronze Certification courses, USA Wrestling has the HEADS Up Concussion in Youth Sports available to anyone through its membership system. This course, which was developed by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is aimed to keep children and teen athletes safe by helping coaches and parents recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

USA Wrestling truly appreciates all of its members, and thanks them for their involvement in the greatest sport on earth.