USA Shooting Coach Academy
Welcome to the USA Shooting Coach Academy
Course Catalog and Registration Site
USA Shooting is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic shooting sports in the United States. Its mission is to develop current and future Olympic shooting athletes. USAS recognizes the importance of well-educated and trained coaches in the development of future Olympic shooting athletes. The USAS Coach Academy has been established to provide this coach education to coaches who are interested in coaching athletes in the Olympic shooting sports.
Policy & Procedures - updated 12 June 2017
Please understand this is the startup of the first USAS Coach Academy. We have tried to discover all the 'bugs', 'edits', system set up issues, but we have probably not found all of them. If you discover any issues please report any "technical" issues to the ePath Helpdesk. Report any course content issues to Mike Theimer. The Coach Academy is still 'under construction'. We will continually improve and enhance our courses and system functionality.
To select, register and pay for courses you will use this web site.
Bookmark this web page to return to this 'catalog page'
to register and pay for additional courses.
After registering and paying for a course you are sent to a different web site to actually take the course (ePath learning management system).
The Organization Code: USA36546
Advanced Coach Certification Process & Ground Course Schedules
2017 Coach Academy Advanced Coach Ground Courses
Rifle - 2017 Schedule
8-10 Sept 2017 Arvada Rifle & Pistol Club - CTC (Denver) CO
6-8 October 2017 Los Angeles Rifle and Revolver Club CA - CTC
3-5 Nov 2017 Palmyra Sportsmans Assoc PA - CTC
Pistol - 2017 Schedule
7-9 July 2017 Arvada Rifle & Pistol Club (Denver) CO
22-24 September Palmyra PA (tentative)
Shotgun - 2017 schedule
1-2 September 2017 Bridge Creek Clays CTC Hartsfield GA
Coaches must complete all online required courses and apply for the Advanced Rifle Coach ground course.On completion of all online required courses, a coach will be awarded an Advanced Rifle Coach Candidate certificate.
There is a ground course pre-test that must be passed, followed by diagnostic essay questions which is submitted to the the appropriate discipline Master Instructors. The Master Instructors will review results and essay to determine a coach's readiness for the Advanced Coach ground course. We want all coaches to successfully complete the ground course. The process described above is an effort to ensure a coach's success.
Pistol and Shotgun have a similar ground course application process, but no pretest, only an essay test.
Coaches and Individuals Outside of the United States
For those coaches outside of the United States, please understand these courses were developed for US coaches that are coaching US athletes and may not be totally relevant to your environment and may not fit your training philosophy. However, we think there is useful knowledge in our courses for all allied national shooting federations across the globe, especially those federations that do not have formal Olympic shooting coach training programs. We are happy to share our knowledge with all national shooting federations.
Benefits of the USAS Coach Academy
- Access to the best coach education and content experts in Olympic style shooting sports.
- Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to develop future Olympians.
- Improves image and credibility of youth shooting programs for a club, school or university.
- Help enable club athletes win medals for themselves and their club/school/university and win USAS team slots at some point in the future.
- Join a family of other Olympic oriented coaches and athletes.
- Helping to build and continue the United States Olympic shooting legacy.
- Displaying the positive side of gun ownership.
Coach learning paths/curriculums will be created to include a wide range of topics and information to provide coaches with a complete education and training experience in the Advanced Coach and High Performance Coach Certification programs. The Coach Academy Advisory Team leads and discipline team members have all agreed that Olympic shooting sports coach education for USAS coaches is not something that can be achieved in a one weekend or three day course. This is an education program that will have prerequisite course study via online training courses which can be taken over a period of time available 24/7 to fit the schedule of the coach participant.
Prerequisites will be established for each coach certification program (e.g. advanced and high performance coach certification programs). Prerequisites will be online courses that are foundational content oriented. Foundational content is necessary for ‘ground course’ discussions and practical application, but does not need to take up time in the ground courses. Prerequisite courses provide a common language and understanding prior to taking the ground courses. This helps all coaches from all different experience levels to be on the same page going into the ground courses. It eliminates the time frequently spent by an instructor helping a lesser experienced coach to get ‘caught up’ with content being discussed in a ground course.
Ground courses (Rifle and Pistol) are part classroom discussions and learning which cannot be accomplished online. And part, on the range practical application of coaching knowledge and skills in a Junior Olympic Development Camp (JODC).
Once prerequisites are completed through the Learning Management System (ePath) for the selected ‘learning path’ (e.g. Advanced or High Performance), they will be eligible to register for the appropriate ‘ground course’ which will be scheduled on an as needed basis, depending on the number of coaches completing the prerequisites for their discipline and level. Ground course locations will be either at the Master Instructor’s home club, CTCs or at the Olympic Training Center.
Shotgun Advanced Coach certification does not include a formal ground course. Appropriate shadowing/mentoring opportunities with the Master Instructors will be offered, providing more scheduling flexibility. Those coaches with years of competitive shotgun coaching experience will fast track to certification and those with fewer years of competitive shotgun coaching will take a little longer to be certified.