USA Climbing, with the help of our Coaches Committee, has made huge strides in the growth of professionalism in coaching youth climbers throughout the United States and will continue to do so through the education of coaches who participate in our USA Climbing Coaches Certification program.
Becoming a USA Climbing Certified Coach
In order to be recognized by USA Climbing as a USAC Certified Coach, and in turn be eligible to enter isolation with your team during each respective championship season, all documents must be submitted to USA Climbing, via this Google Form by 11:59 pm MST on:
Deadlines for document Submission:
March 1, 2019 for the Collegiate Championship Season
March 1, 2019 for the Adaptive National Championships
Coaches must have a minimum of three (3) member competitors who they actively coach. If a coach has fewer than three (3) member competitors, he/she must submit a letter to email@example.com documenting his/her coaching experience accompanied by references for review, prior to the deadlines outlined above.
Coaching Certification Document Check List for the 2018-2019 Season:
CPR & First Aid Documents. The date listed on your CPR & First Aid document is the date they expire with USA Climbing. It is not the responsibility of USA Climbing to make coaches aware of their lapse in certification due to an expired CPR or First Aid document. If a USA Climbing Certified Coach provides all documentation to USA Climbing by the submission deadline, but his/her CPR and/or First Aid certifications expire after the respective submission deadline AND within a championship season, coaches must contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the expiration of these documents to set-up a renewal process, as the Coaches' status is dependent on the expiration date of these documents.
Background Screening through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). All background screenings are valid for TWO (2) years from the time of submission. Background checks may take up to 10 days to process. As long as a coach submits his/her background check prior to the respective deadline, he/she will be listed as 'pending' until the background check has cleared. Access on how to complete your background screen will be provided within the confirmation email received after registering/renewing your USA Climbing - Coach membership. If a confirmation email is not received within 15 minutes of registering/renewing your membership, contact email@example.com immediately.
SafeSport Online Training Certificate. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has updated the online training program which is now broken into 3 modules/activities. Coaches that need to complete or renew their SafeSport certification will need to complete all three modules/activities before they are considered SafeSport certified by USA Climbing and the U.S Center for SafeSport. A certificate is offered upon the completion of each of the three modules/activities, then, one final certificate is offered noting your completion of the entire course. *Note- USA Climbing only needs the final certification, stating 'SafeSport Trained is Issued'. Upon completion of the entire program, save and submit the final certificate only, via this Google Form. SafeSport Certifications are valid for TWO years after the completion date on the certification. Completing the SafeSport Refresher course will not fulfill this requirement. Access to the SafeSport modules and completion instructions will be provided within the confirmation email received after registering/renewing your USA Climbing - Coach membership. If a confirmation email is not received within 15 minutes of registering/renewing your membership, contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
*Note: The SafeSport Training has transitioned over to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and gyms looking to certified their employees should complete and submit this form for access to the module.
Youth Climbing Team Championships - Team Member Eligibility
Rules outlining Youth Team affiliation and Youth Team member eligibility have changed for the 2018-19 Season and a roster of eligible Youth Team members (eligible to count towards Youth Team Championships points) must be submitted to USA Climbing. Following Rule 4.2.1b:
A Youth Team Coaches must submit his/her team roster, in excel format including First Name, Last Name, and Team Affiliation, via this Google Form by 11:59pm MT on:
- April 1, 2019 for the Sport & Speed Championship Season
USA Climbing Certified Coaches must use the template provided (link below) to submit team rosters for the 2018-2019 season. It is important to note that team rosters must be submitted in this format by the submission deadline in order to be accepted by USA Climbing. If a coach does not submit his/her Team Roster in this format, it will not be accepted and the team may jeopardize their ability to be recognized by USA Climbing during the championship season. USA Climbing will notify any individual that submitted an invalid Roster, immediately.
Team Roster Submission Spreadsheet - Use this spreadsheet for the submission of your team roster. When saving, replace the "Team Name" and "Date" in the current document name (Team Name_Roster_Date) with your team's name and the date of submission.
For more information on Youth Team Member eligibility for Youth Team Championships, please see Rules 4.1 and 4.2 of the USA Climbing Rulebook.
Verify Your Team Roster Submission!
A feature has been added to the USA Climbing website which gives coaches the ability to search and verify team members that have been added to a team roster. Coaches can verify that team members have been added to a team roster successfully by searching a drop-down selection via a link on the USA Climbing website for the appropriate team name. Once selected, all team members that USA Climbing has added to a respective team roster will appear. Please keep in mind that only team members who have purchased full season competitor membership will be listed in this drop-down list. We will begin processing team roster submissions for the 2018-19 Bouldering Season following the submission deadline on November 1st. Once we have completed intake of the submissions, we will notify all coaches by email that they can begin to verify their Official Roster listing. At this point, corrections and updates will be accepted for all rosters that were submitted before the November 1st deadline. New rosters will not be accepted during this period. If a coach suspects an error or finds team members missing from the list, they should notify USA Climbing immediately and prior to December 4, 2018 at 11:29 pm MST. Please see the detailed team roster verification process below:
Team Roster Verification Process
- Search “Current Official Team Rosters” for the appropriate team name and select it from within the drop-down list.
- Once selected, all team members that USA Climbing has added to a respective team roster will appear.
- Please keep in mind that only team members who have purchased full season competitor memberships will be listed in this drop-down list. If a coach suspects an error or finds team members missing from the list, they should notify USA Climbing immediately and prior to the deadline of December 4, 2018 at 11:59pm MST. Make sure to provide a detailed email explaining the discrepancy to email@example.com.USA Climbing will NOT accept new team rosters during this above-mentioned timeline.
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.