Level 1 Clinic Information

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Please note, USA Cycling's coaching structure begins with level 3 and proceeds to level 1; this mirrors our racing license scheme.  Therefore, level 3 is the entry level and Level 1 is the highest level coaching license.

To be eligible to attend the level 1 clinic, a coach must have been a level 2 coach for five (5) consecutive years.  The clock starts when you become a level 2 coach (not when you attend the level 2 clinic).  If you become a level 2 coach on December 31 of a year, this counts as the entire year. Therefore, to be eligible for 2017, the coach has to have been a level 2 coach prior to January 1, 2013.  

The only way to circumvent the "5 Year Rule" is to be a Level 2 coach for three (3) consecutive years AND accumulate 200 CEUs AFTER you become a level 2 coach.  This means you can only count activities after you actually become a level 2 coach (thus the level 2 clinic cannot count).

2017 Clinic
The next Level 1 clinic will take place November 8-11, 2017 at the USA Cycling Headquarters in Colorado Springs (210 USA Cycling Pt. Colorado Springs, CO 80919).

The USA Cycling Level 1 coaching clinic will provide an intensive 3.5 day coaching education program exploring cutting edge sport science topics. The newly re-designed Level 1 program will help coaches develop the key skills and knowledge for best practices based elite coaching.  Registered coaches will be supplied with an assigned reading list at least one month prior to the program.  The Level 1 clinic has been re-designed and will be taught by Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach PhD, associate professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University and Dr. Steve McGregor PhD, professor of exercise physiology at Eastern Michigan State University.  In addition to their academic teaching experience, both Steve and Kristen are experienced level 1 coaches.  In addition to traditional classroom style lecture, an emphasis will be placed on the use of case studies, demonstrations, critical thinking exercises, problem solving activities, and active participation will be a key part of the overall program design.  Because the Level 1 clinic is designed to cover current 'hot topics', registration is not limited only to coaches seeking a license upgrade.  Current level 1 coaches who are interested in enhancing their professional development are welcome to attend as well.

Schedule (Subject to change)
Wednesday, Nov 8
8:30am - 9am                 Clinic intro/overview
9am – noon                     Professionalism & Coaching
Noon – 1:30pm               Lunch
1:30pm – 5pm                Science, Sport & Research Informed Coaching
5-5:30pm                         Day 1 recap
Thursday, Nov 9
8:30am - 9am                  Day 2 overview
9am – noon                     Long Term Athlete Development & Talent ID
Noon – 1:30pm               Lunch
1:30pm – 5pm                 Periodization Concepts in Application
5-5:30pm                          Day 2 recap
Friday, Nov 10
8:30am - 9am                  Day 3 overview
9am – noon                      Sport Psychology
Noon – 1:30pm                Lunch
1:30pm – 5pm                 Team Management & Leadership
5-5:30pm                          Day 3 recap
Saturday, Nov 11
8:30am - 9am                  Day 4 overview
9am – noon                     Case Study Discussion
Noon – 12:30pm             Clinic Wrap Up

** Note: This is a participation based clinic. An in-program group project will be assigned the first day. There will be time to work on the project throughout the clinic, but participants should also expect some lunch and evening group work meetings as well.

Overview of the key topics to be presented at the 2017 level 1 clinic:
  • Professionalism and professional development – self-evaluation, skills and best practices for professional growth in high performance sport
  • The sport scientist coach – an exploration of the key skills and resources the professional coach needs to keep up with and key sport science knowledge designed to inform and guide elite level coaching
  • Long term athlete development and talent identification –an overview of the most recent holistic models and science for long term athlete development and the implications for application, understanding of proper talent identification
  • Real life application of periodization theory –evaluation, refinement and trouble shooting
  • Athletes and anxiety – a coach’s toolbox for preparation and problem solving with common and uncommon anxiety issues which interfere with athlete performance
  • Team management and leadership – job expectations, leadership skills, and best practices for building teams, managing teams and racing teams
Registration for the Level 1 Clinic is available via your USA Cycling account. To access the registration link, log into your account and click on "account" (below the welcome header). Here click on "View Available Clinics / Webinars" in the USA CYCLING COACHING box. From the corresponding page you will be able to select the Level 1 Clinic for registration. Registration will close October 29, 2017.

Recommended Lodging options:
Colorado Springs Marriott - Access USA Cycling rates HERE
Hyatt house 

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
Staybridge Suites

Level 1 Refund Policy

Refunds for cancellations will be issued according to the following schedule. The refund period is based on the first day of the clinic for which you are registered.

  • 14 days or fewer, no refund
  • 15-30 days, 25% refund
  • 31-60 days, 50% refund
  • 61 or more days, 75% refund

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