Education

With the inclusion of sport climbing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it is a time of exponential growth for our sport. Trained coaches, officials, and athletes are critical to the long-term success of the sport of climbing in the United States. Education will play a pivotal role in ensuring sustainable growth and athlete success ranging from local grassroots programs to the Olympic Games.

USA Climbing’s goal is to provide a program that produces experienced coaches, athletes, and officials that are able to support, sustain, and grow sport climbing in the United States and around the world.

Athlete Wellness and Development

We all want our athletes to perform to the best of their ability. Whether you’re a coach, athlete, parent, or play another role, it is important to focus on athlete wellness. Proper nutrition, fueling, and recovery are vital to keeping our athletes healthy, strong, and ready to compete. Check out the resources provided to help setup the athletes around you for success!

True Sport

USA Climbing has partnered with TrueSport®!

TrueSport®, a movement powered by the experience and values of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, champions the positive values and life lessons learned through youth sport. TrueSport inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, while also creating leaders across communities through sport.

As USA Climbing continues to expand its educational offerings, we are excited to partner with TrueSport to bring the climbing community this great content. Check back monthly to see what is new!

TrueSport®, a movement powered by the experience and values of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, champions the positive values and life lessons learned through youth sport. TrueSport inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, while also creating leaders across communities through sport.
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Training At Home

As the USA Climbing community faces the reality of COVID-19 and gym closures across the country, we are sharing ways to stay active while also doing so in the confines of your own home. We hope this gives us an opportunity to work together while staying apart and doing what we can to flatten the curve.

From Our Team

WFH General Fitness Workout

WFH Power and Strength Workout

WFH Strength Workout

WFH Hangboard Workout

From TrueSport®

Keeping Kids Active and Healthy During Quarantine

From Our Community

Have workouts or training plans you want to share? Use #climbwithUS on social media or email Rebecca@USAClimbing.org

Coaches Education

USOPC Quality Coaching Framework

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in partnership with its National Governing Bodies and Dr. Wade Gilbert of Human Kinetics, created the USOPC Quality Coaching Framework, which provides an overarching set of principles that is designed to inform how to coach most effectively. The USOPC QCF is a vetted, carefully crafted, evidence-based resource that establishes a common language and principles of quality coaching for all those working in Team USA coaching contexts.

Principles for Success

The USOPC Quality Coaching Framework consists of six chapters, each focused on a different, but related, component of quality coaching. The chapters highlight the coach­ing principles associated with each subject:

Chapter One: Quality Coaching
Chapter Two: Essential Coaching Knowledge
Chapter Three: Athlete-Centered Outcomes
Chapter Four: Contextual Fit
Chapter Five: Evaluation and Recognition
Chapter Six: Coach Well-being

FAQs
    • Where do I upload my Safe Sport Certificate?

      The system isn’t designed for a member to upload a Safe Sport Certificate. Everything is completed directly through your USA Climbing account. If you completed the training outside outside your USA Climbing account, please email your certificate to info@usaclimbing.org .

    • Do I need the full training or just the annual refresher, and by what date?

      SafeSport training is required annually.

      Those who have taken the Core training only need to take the 15 minute annual refresher upon expiration.

      Those who have taken the Refresher Course: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct, only need to take Refresher 2 upon expiration.

      Those who have taken Refresher 2 only need to complete Refresher 3

      Only one training is required annually.

      To access the refresher courses you do not need to renew your Core Training. Click on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training” to locate the refresher courses.

      Each year, the deadline for the annual refresher is one year from the training completion date.

    • The USA Climbing access code isn’t working. What do I do?

      The USA Climbing Safe Sport access code is no longer in use. Please access the Safe Sport training from within your USA climbing account by clicking on the “Center for Safe Sport Training” tab.

    • I completed the Safe Sport Training but it is showing as “Pending Approval”. What do I do?

      Click on where the course says “Resume Course” and click the X at the bottom of the page. This is the finalizing step to a current status

    • How do I access the Safe Sport training?

      The Safe Sport training is accessed within a members account profile and an access code is no longer necessary. Once in the account you will see “Center for Safe Sport Training” on the left side of the profile. Click on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training”

    • How often is the training required?

      After the initial Core Training, which may take up to about 90 minutes to complete, annual refreshers are required which generally take about 20 minutes to complete.

    • Are youth members younger than 17 required to take the Safe Sport training?

      Not at this time. The Center has created an optional online training course intended for youth athletes (subject to parent or guardian consent).

    • If I am a volunteer at an event, do I have to take Safe Sport training?

      All Certified Officials must complete Safe Sport training. In addition, Isolation Coordinators, Event Organizers, and Volunteer Coordinators will be required to obtain the Volunteer-Covered membership and to complete Safe Sport training. All other volunteers are encouraged to take the free training by registering for the USA Climbing Volunteer Non-Covered Membership and accessing the “Center for Safe Sport Training” from within your USA Climbing account profile on the left side of your dashboard.

    • What if I am 17 and my parents do not approve of the training?

      Parental consent is required if you are under 18. This is accessed through the training itself in your USA Climbing account. If your parents are concerned about the training or object to you completing the training it is not required until you turn 18. Once you are an adult member you must have the training complete to continue your membership with USA Climbing.

    • What Happens if Training isn’t completed

      If the training requirement applies to you, then it is required for you to continue your membership with USA Climbing, to compete in USA Climbing sanctioned events, to participate in USA Climbing camps or other training activities, and to utilize USA Climbing facilities.

      The training is also required in order to utilize USOPC facilities for training, competition or any other reason.

    • Who is required to take the Safe Sport training?

      Under USA Climbing’s existing policies and practices, the following categories of individuals continue to be required to complete the Safe Sport training including annual refresher training:

      This Policy applies to the following Covered Individuals:

      i. USA Climbing Staff

      ii. USA Climbing Introductory, Competitor, Paraclimbing, and Collegiate Members 18-years and older

      iii. USA Climbing Interns iv. USA Climbing Board Members v. USA Climbing Designated Committee Members (NGC, Audit, Judicial, Hearing Panel Pool, and Team Selection)

      vi. USA Climbing National, Divisonal, and Regional Coordinators

      vii. USA Climbing Certified Coaches viii. USA Climbing Certified Officials ix. USA Climbing Certified Routesetters x. USA Climbing Covered Volunteers (i.e. volunteer coordinator, isolation coordinator, event organizers)

      xi. USA Climbing National Team Contracted Medical Personnel (i.e. doctors, trainers, etc.)

      xii. USA Climbing Contracted Massage Therapists

      xiii. USA Climbing Contractors who have regular contact with minor athletes (i.e. official National Team Chaperones)

      xiv. USA Climbing National Team Athletes in USADA’s Registered Testing Pool

      xv. Any other individual that USA Climbing formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have regular contact with any athlete

       

    • Definitions

      Regular Contact (from the U.S. Center for Safe Sport 2022 MAAPP Policies) or “Sustained Interaction” includes ongoing interactions during a 12-month period wherein an Adult Participant is in a role of direct and active engagement with any Minor Athlete.

    • Why is Safe Sport training required for more people than in the past?

      We are all committed to athlete safety. The training is one piece in sustaining a safe environment for all athletes. Safe Sport Training helps all of us to be more aware of unsafe behavior and potential disruptions to athletes’ desire to train, compete and enjoy their sport.

      The law, “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” authorizes the U.S. Center for Safe Sport (the “Center”) to address the risk of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Center provides education and requirements consistent with the law, and this training is part of those requirements. The training is required by the Center, the USOC and USA Climbing.

    • The USA Climbing access code isn’t working. What do I do?

      The USA Climbing Safe Sport access code is no longer in use. Please access the Safe Sport training from within your USA Climbing account by clicking on the “Center for Safe Sport Training” tab.

    • Where do I upload my Safe Sport Certificate?

      The system isn’t designed for a member to upload a Safe Sport Certificate. Everything is now completed through your USA Climbing account. If you completed your training outside your USA climbing account, please email your certificate to info@usaclimbing.org

    • I completed the Safe Sport Training but it is showing as “Pending Approval”. What do I do?

      Please click on where the course says “Resume” and click the X at the bottom of the page. This is the finalizing step to a current status.

    • How do I access the Refresher course?

      The Refresher courses can be found by clicking on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training” it will automatically reflect to a current status once complete.

    • My Core Safe Sport training has expired. Do I have to renew the Core Training again?

      No, only one 15 minute annual refresher is required.