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September 19, 2010

Update: Transition Regional Course Coach in Philadelphia

In keeping with USA Archery's commitment to increase Coach Education opportunities, the organization has announced a Transition Regional Coach Course for November 1-7 in Philadelphia, PA. This course combines the information from the Community and Regional Coach Courses in one class, offering Intermediate Instructors, Community Coaches, and those who previously certified as Level 3 or 4, an opportunity to achieve their Regional Coach designation. This ability to take a "combined course" also represents a significant savings to those seeking an increased level of certification.

The upcoming course in Philadelphia is available to any Intermediate (Level 2) instructor who has held their certification since 2007 or later, Community Coaches who have held their certification for a minimum of two years, or a coach who previously certified as a Level 3 or 4. During this transition period to the new Coach Education Program (2009-2011), the Transition Regional Coach Course fee will be reduced from $450 to $250. A special hotel rate has also been arranged for those participating in this course; however, all participants should note that hotel rooms must be reserved prior to October 15 in order to receive the special rate.

The Philadelphia course will include many exciting components for registered participants, with expert presenters on Athlete Development, Sport Science for Archery, Strength and Conditioning, Archers with Disabilities and the National Training System. The Community Coach Course will also be taught during the first part of the week. National Head Coach KiSik Lee, John Crawley of the United States Olympic Committee's Mental Skills department, Coach Development Manager Sheri Rhodes, Dr. H. Lee, Steve Cornell and Dee Falks are currently scheduled to instruct.  

The final days of the course will consist of the exam for the Community Coach Course, and the written and practical exams on the National Training System. A detailed schedule, along with hotel information, and the necessary Regional Course Application, may be downloaded here. Participants may also apply for the USA Archery Coach Education Grant Program, which offers grants to help offset travel costs of up to $100, and course fees of $250. Prior approval of grant applications is required, and reimbursement will be provided after completion of the course. Click here for grant application information and criteria. For more information on the November course or on Coach Education opportunities, contact Sheri Rhodes: srhodes@usarchery.org

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