USA Ultimate's coach education is divided into two levels, membership and certification.

Coach Membership educational requirements (this link will require you to be logged into your USA Ultimate account).

The Coach Development Program is currently under construction.

As of 2019, we will no longer be offering or re-certifying Level I and Ethics certifications.  Members with these certifications will be able to use them to fulfill event requirements until the certification expires.

Currently USA Ultimate is offering two certifications; Middle School and High School. As these certifications are not sequential, anyone with an active coach membership will be able to take whichever certification is most appropriate to their situation.






How much will the new certifications cost?

CDP clinics will now cost $35 and they will be just over 3 hours long.

What will be required to register for a clinic?

In order to register you will have to have an active coach level membership (this includes a background check and SafeSport training).  There will be no exemptions with this requirement.

Why can't I just re-certify my Level I certification?

One of the things we felt was very important was to make sure all coaches had the same base level of education.  Since the new curriculum has new material, we felt it was important to get all coaches to go through this process.  You will also get the chance to get more 5 Ultimate gear!

How can I make sure there are clinics in my area?

Each ultimate community will have to have their own CDP instructors.  We are no longer paying for CDP instructors to fly around the country.  If your Local Disc Organization (LDO) does not have an instructor, reach out to them and help them recruit someone from the community.  LDO's then pass the instructors name to the USAU Manager of Education ( and we will get them trained.  These individuals can then run as many clinics as they want.

Can I just nominate myself to be an instructor?

No, all instructors must get the approval of their LDO and the LDO must submit the name to USA Ultimate.  Individuals cannot do this on their own.

Are the certifications sequential?

No.  Coaches may take any of the certifications, any time.

If it is not expired, will my Level I or Ethics certification still fulfill event requirements?

Yes, until a certification has expired it will fulfill any certification requirements USA Ultimate events might have.

What events have certification requirements?

For 2019:

College Nationals will require 1 coach to have a College/Club certification (or an unexpired Level I or Ethics certification).

US Open/YCC will require a High School or Middle School certification (or an unexpired Level I or Ethics certification).

Events will also have coach membership requirements not listed here.



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