Coaching

     Ultimate Coaches make an enormous difference in the development of Ultimate at any level.  Experienced players, new players, and parents all have the opportunity to utilize their talents and experiences in many different ways  to help new teams get started and elevate existing programs to the next level. The coaches that give their days, evenings and weekends to support and develop players, teams and the game do so for the love of the sport, the community and the thrill of competition. If you are already coaching, we salute you. If you have a coach, make sure to thank that person often for their time and dedication. If you’d like to learn more about coaching in the sport of Ultimate, you’ve come to the right place.

Coaching in USA Ultimate:

 

Coaching Programs & Resources

 

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  • Become a Coach

  • USAU Coaching Levels

  • Coaches' Playbook

  • Become an Ultimate Coach

    STEP 1: Become a USA Ultimate Coach Member

    A. Register for a USA Ultimate account if you don't already have one. You'll purchase your Coach Membership after your background check is complete, but it is important we have an account to link the background check to.

    B. Obtain an NCSI Background check: Completed right in your member account, all USA Ultimate coaches must obtain a Green Light from NCSI to be included on the team roster. Background checks take an average of 10 business days. 
    C. Pay for your USA Ultimate Coach or Coach/Player Membership by logging in at play.usaultimate.org after the check is complete.


    STEP 2: Find a coaching opportunity

    A. Contact your local local league or State Youth Coordinator. They may know of nearby opportunities, league requirements, and have advice. If you are in a state without a USA Ultimate HS State Championship or Tournament and would like information about organizing one, contact youth@usaultimate.org.

    B. Reach out to local schools & PE teachers with information about Ultimate in schools.
     

    STEP 3: Get Educated

    CDPUSAUltimate logo 4color webA. Attend a USA Ultimate Coaching Development Workshop presented by Five Ultimate to become a certified coach.

    B. Contact to your State Youth Coordinator (youth), Conference Coordinator (college), or Sectional Coordintor (club) & let them know your team exists, they can provide you with Championship series information & playing opportunities

    C. Visit the USA Ultimate Organizer Resources for articles on working with schools, starting clubs, starting leagues, building a program & more.

    D. Learn about Ultimate Skills and Drills & Ultimate Strategy with the Five Ultimate Coaches' Playbook

     

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    Levels of USA Ultimate Coaching

    • Coach or Coach/Player Member
        Requirements Benefits
        • Available to ages 18 or older
        • Green-Light NCSI Background Check
        • Sign the Coaching Code of Ethics (part of the background check)
        • Coach Membership
        • Player packs at USAU Championships
        • The ability to roster as a coach
        • Covered as a Coach at USAU Events under the USAU Insurance program*
        • Coaching E-Newsletter
        • Coaching Ethics Code
        • Eligible for Coach of the Year Awards
        *when correctly included on the official team roster
    • Ethics Level
        Requirements Benefits
    • Level I Certified
        Requirements Benefits
        • Current Coach Membership
        • Complete the Ethics & Performance Workshop
        • Pass the Level I Certification Test
        • Certification and recognition of knowledge and ability in coaching Ultimate
        • Instruction from and opportunity to network with experienced coaches & players
        • Level I Coaching Workshop Materials & Gear
        • Face book coaching community access
        • Eligibility to coach or assist a US national team
         
    • Level II Certification

     

     

     

  • Five Ultimate Coaches' Playbook

    The following are excerpts from the USA Ultimate magazine of the Coaches' Playbook. Check back quarterly for updates.