As a result of the disruption to normal operations and worldwide guidance to limit group gatherings due to Covid-19, USAW began to offer, online Level 1 course opportunities.
This course is available to anyone seeking their Level 1 certification. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Additional courses may be added so please check our course calendar for additional options.
Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20, 2022
Day 1: Saturday (10:00AM -1:30PM (EST) / 9:00AM - 12:30PM (CST) / 8:00AM - 11:30AM (MST) / 7:00AM - 10:30AM (PST)
Day 2: Sunday Morning Session: (10:00AM - 12:30PM (EST) / 9:00AM - 11:30AM (CST) / 8:00AM - 10:30AM (MST) / 7:00AM - 9:30AM (PST)
Day 2: Sunday Afternoon Session: (2:00PM - 4:30PM (EST) / 1:00PM - 3:30PM (CST) / 12:00PM - 2:30PM (MST) / 11:00AM - 1:30PM (PST)
Zoom Video Conferencing - a link will be sent via welcome email the week leading into the course.
USAW Coach Education - Staff
In this multi-day course, participants will gain practical information about how to safely and effectively teach how to snatch, clean, squat, and jerk as well as how to best utilize weightlifting movements for beginner lifters and sport performance athletes.
A large portion of the course is hands-on teaching, coaching, and applying the USAW five-stage progressions of the snatch, clean, and jerk. Coaches will also have the opportunity to perform mobility assessments, coach major lifts such as squats and presses, and practice correcting common technique flaws in the lifts. Throughout the course you will learn highly effective coaching tips and cues from our veteran instructors.
This course balances hands-on learning, in-depth discussions of technical progressions, and science-based programming information to help you refine your coaching skills. Gain access to proven training plans to get your athletes or clients started with Olympic lifting and enjoy the support of USAW to help you further your knowledge about training and coaching athletes. At the end of the course, participants should feel comfortable understanding and implementing a training plan, teaching beginner and intermediate athletes how to perform weightlifting movements, quickly correcting common technique errors, and employing best practices in coaching. Whether you are looking to get started coaching weightlifting, refine your coaching skills, or apply the weightlifting movements to other sports, this course is a valuable investment in your career.
The course is housed digitally inside the USAW Learning Academy and consists of eight comprehensive course modules, which can be accessed four weeks before the course begins and for as long as the coach remains certified.
Course modules include:
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
Registration for the course requires an active USA Weightlifting membership. There are no additional prerequisites for this course. The course is open to anyone 17 or older. No experience with coaching or performing the lifts is required. We routinely welcome beginners and seasoned veteran coaches in our courses.
This course has a total of 8 synchronous contact hours and 5 asynchronous contact hours for a total of 13 course hours. The online course is not pre-approved for CEUs/CECs, though self-reporting of CEUs is possible. Please check with your professional organization for how to report this course. For exact reporting requirements, please see our FAQs here.
In compliance with our USOPC accreditation, participants must pass both the Athlete Development Model training module quiz and Level 1 course certification exam to receive your USAW Level 1 Coach certification. For more information about the certification process, please visit our FAQs here.
Instructor’s Expectations of Students:
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