What if someone wanted to learn orienteering, but couldn't ﬁnd a coach? Or what if someone wanted to coach orienteering, but couldn't ﬁnd a clinic happening soon enough, or near enough to help them before their athletes started to train? The solution to these dilemmas is here: Orienteering USA's new blended version of the Level 1 Coach Certiﬁcation. By combining the best of technology, adult education, and orienteering know-how, you can get started now on your path to coaching certiﬁcation. Those who successfully complete the course receive a coaching certiﬁcation from the national governing body in the United States, as recognized by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the International Orienteering Federation. Members of other orienteering federations may register for the course if space is available; contact the coaching staff for further information.
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If you're committed to making someone else better, you're a coach. The Level 1 Coaching course involves basic knowledge of coaching and physical conditioning and the ability to communicate the principles of orienteering to newcomers.
What you'll need:
- A copy of Discovering Orienteering: Skills, Techniques, and Activities by Charles Ferguson and Robert Turbyﬁll.
Digital capabilities that allow you to:
- Access the internet
- Watch mp4 videos
- Read pdfs
- Capture your reﬂections in text, audio, and/or video
- Post your reﬂections online in your Coach's Notebook for coaching class community feedback
- Make a video of your coaching session Complete assessments on Google forms Participate in online Google Meet session
- Completed SafeSport Full Course certiﬁcation (~90 mins) or equivalent if a member of another orienteering federation
- Email email@example.com to register for SafeSport. Cost is $15; free to OUSA members
- Post certiﬁcate to your coach's notebook
The cost of the blended Level 1 Coaching Course is $100 for members, and $150 for non-members. Fees support course materials, instruction, technology, maintenance, and administration. In addition, you should order your own copy of Discovering Orienteering.
If you're not a member of OUSA, consider joining. For the cost of an individual membership ($35), you'll get a $50 discount on this course and OUSA will pay for your $15 SafeSport certiﬁcation.
Orienteering USA offers scholarships for prospective coaches if the cost of the course and materials is prohibitive.
Contact the Coaching Instructor Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ready to get started?
Students: Register here
Certified Coaches: Go to the course