Updated Oct. 20, 2008

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NENSA Coach Education Program


As we phase in the new certificaitons in 2015, coaches who have received their NENSA Level One and Level Two Certifications between 2011 and 2013 will continue to be actively certified through July 31st of their expiration year.

Starting in 2015, there are two options for coaches seeking certification.

1.  NENSA Regional Coaches Certificaiton ~ one day clinics held in the fall and spring (see description below), and are valid for 3 years.

2.  USSA Level 100 Coach Certificaion (see description below)


Regional Certification focuses on the fundamental components of coaching Nordic skiers. The one-day clinics will cover elements of instruction of particular interest to high school and club level coaches. Regional Certification clinics are taught by NENSA Advanced Certified coaches. Coaches must attend at lease one clinic every three years to maintain current certification. All NENSA Certified Coaches will be listed on the NENSA website along with their certification and expiration dates.  Note: This NENSA Regional coaches clininc also serves as the L100 Technique Clinic for the USSA L100 certificaion.

Regional Certification Curriculum:
• Technique instruction methods and what to look for
• Writing training plans
Goal setting for teams and individuals
• Strength training
• Managing multi-sport and multi-season athletes
• Collaborating with local club programs


This certification is aimed at coaches who have experience coaching at high school, club, junior or senior levels, and are interested in furthering their education. It is a collaborative effort between the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, and NENSA.  It uses the USSA certification levels and ties in with requirements necessary to apply for JN Coaching positons and US Ski Team coaching staff positions on International trips. 

USSA L100 Certification includes:
• Must compelete USSA Level 100 Certification ~ which includes purchasing the L100 Manual from USSA.org Education Shop ($75) and completing the L100 on-line exam (50 questions - open book).  Also need current CPR/First Aid certificiation, and you must take a L100 Technique course ( = one of our NENSA Regional Coaches clinics), as well as pass a backgroud check with USSA.
• NENSA membership and USSA coaches membership are required.
• Must update your CPR/First Aid every two years


Coaches who already hold a valid USSA L100 Certification may then go for their:

USSA L200 Certification:
• Valid for three years
• NENSA and USSA coaches memberships are required.
• Must attend and complete USSA Level 200 Certification training = two days (available Sept. 2015).  Coaches must have a current USSA L100 certification before taking the L200 training.  Must purchase L200 manual from USSA (included in the cost of the training) and pass a 100 question multiple choice on-line exam, done during the training (open book), as well as turn in a completed 4 season training log/plan to the L200 instructor.  

USSA L300 Certificiaton (coming soon):

• NENSA and USSA memberships are required.

• Must have current USSA L200 credentials.

• Required coaching experience at NCAA’s, Junior Nationals, J1(U18) or  World Junior /U23 trips.

• Teach NENSA Regional certification clinics or USSA L100 clinics.
• Write for New England Nordic News (NENN).

The NENSA Coach Education Program curriculum for Regional certification is designed to be a resource for coaches and athletes who would like a better understanding of the reasoning behind the many plans that are available, how to communicate more effectively with athletes, parents and other coaches, and how to build a performance network to enhance your club or team program.  Training for ski racing and coaching racers are educational processes. Educated coaches have more tools to enable their athletes to reach the highest possible level in their racing careers, and for Youth leaders to learn best practices that aid in proper development of young athletes.

 if you are interested in becoming a clinic instructor at any level, contact Amie Smith at amie@nensa.net

For more information visit NENSA’s website under the Coaching Resource header > Coaching introduction & general info, or contact Amie Smith at amie@nensa.net. Full details about USSA certification can be found at www.ussa.org.