An Overview Of ASEP’s Curriculum For Coaches
Volunteer Education Program
The ASEP Volunteer Education Program aims to provide beginning and intermediate education for volunteer coaches who teach athletes that are 13 years old or younger, as well as offer courses and resources for parents, sports officials, and administrators that work with athletes of this age group. This program is meant to be used in various youth sport programs such as Little League Baseball, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, junior high school sports programs, military sports teams, and local sport organizations.
Professional Education Program
This ASEP Program has been developed to offer comprehensive courses and resources for users that want to serve as coaches, sports officials or administrators in high schools, colleges, universities, the Olympics, and competitive sports programs for athletes that are 14 years old and older. The program is comprised of three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
The Bronze Level of the program provides a three-course credentials program for coaches of athletes that are 14 years old and above. This level includes the Principles of Coaching, First Aid, and Technical and Tactical Skills. Coaches that manage to successfully complete these courses will receive the Bronze Level credential.
The Bronze Level certification is recommended by 35 state high school sports organizations, 200 colleges and universities, and 13 national governing bodies from all over the country. This level will give coaches the training needed to enhance their on-field experience and development.
The Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid courses are taught either as online courses or in a classroom setting by certified instructors. The classroom version of Coaching Principles is comprised of an eight-hour instruction session, a self-study of the course material in the Successful Coaching, Third Edition book, and a test. The classroom version of the Sport First Aid course is basically the same format, except that the classroom instruction is a four-hour course.
The next step for coaches who have managed to successfully complete the Bronze Level and are interested in continuing their professional development is the Silver Level course offered by ASEP. This level is comprised of advanced courses–all of which are provided online–that deal with specific tactics and techniques that are based on the most up to date methods of coaches, advanced sports science, and courses in the physiology of sports, sports psychology, sports mechanics, and sports skill instruction. These courses are still currently being developed, and will be released in time for the completion of the Bronze Level technical and tactical skills course.
After the bronze and Silver level comes the Gold Level courses of ASEP, which will carry on the instruction of coaches in sports science and offer advanced methods in conditioning and instruction that are specific to each sport. In addition, advanced instruction in sports nutrition, management of risk, and coaching social issues will be given. If you are interested in taking the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level technical and tactical skills courses, check the ASEP web site regularly for their availability.