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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org documenting his/her coaching experience accompanied by references for review, prior to the deadlines outlined above.
Coaching Certification Document Check List for the 2017-2018 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 email@example.com 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). Click here to download instructions to complete your background screening. 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.
SafeSport Online Training Certificate. New for 2018, 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 (2) USA Climbing seasons. Completing the SafeSport Refresher course will not fulfill this requirement. Click here to access the SafeSport onboarding link designated for members of USA Climbing. Select USA Climbing as the Organization and enter Access Code: LDV5-MAI9-19TY-S19D If you experience any problems with the onboarding link, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office for assistance. Please do not contact the U.S. Center for SafeSport- they are currently inundated with work and we can likely help!
*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 2017-18 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, 2018 for the Sport & Speed Championship Season
USA Climbing Certified Coaches must use the template provided (link below) to submit team rosters for the 2017-2018 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.
New Web Feature - Verify Your Team Roster Submission!
A new 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. 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, 2017 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, 2017 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.
Bouldering Youth Nationals Coaching Symposium | Feb. 7-8, 2018 | SLC, UT
The 2018 Bouldering Youth Nationals Coaching Symposium will be held February 7 & 8, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. Please see the document below for more information and click the button to register.
Bouldering Youth Nationals Coaching Symposium Information Sheet
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.