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An Athlete's Career Progression
Everyone goes through a learning process to acquire and optimize their athletic skills. At some point the physical and mental abilities to perform at the optimum level begins to deteriorate as a natural part of aging.
In some individuals the aging processing can be delayed by continuing to participate in the sport, but at a lower level that does not involve the risk taking associated with pushing the body's physical limitations and increasing the risk of relatively minor injuries and major life changing falls.
Elite athletes may become professional performers and/or product spokespersons, if their sport provides such opportunities, or use their competitive fame to become a well paid coach.
Skaters who do not make it to the top of their sport internationally, should consider acquiring a university degree while competing or after concluding their competition career. The following career paths require one or more academic degrees:
Some athletes who have not reached an elite status may continue to strive to compete in various age restricted events as adults while working full-time. These individuals are very serious about continuing to compete and is an under exploited market that can be tapped if practice sessions are scheduled at convenient times.
Athletic scholarships for undergraduate student athletes at Division I and Division II schools are partially funded through the NCAA membership revenue distribution. Division III schools offer only academic scholarships.
Requirements and credentials to become a highschool, college or university coach
All Olympic Sports have their own amateur athletic associations that govern their sport. Many have professional coaching organizations that may establish criteria necessary to coach in their sport of choice. College and University varsity sports are administered under the umbrella of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Certification for coaching in NCAA events College and University Physical Education Departments offer degree programs that lead to Careers in Physical and Recreation Education:
Competition for professional coaching positions is intense. Those chosen for these positions are experienced, passionate, and extremely talented. Positions often depend on the team's winning performance.
A career in research helps people to have a higher quality of life through effective nutrition and exercise. Pure research can lead to discoveries on how to actually prevent injury and illness from ever occurring.
NCAA coaches, including but not limited to non scholastic, AAU, club, high school, junior college, preparatory school coaches and NCAA student athletes involved in coaching activities, are required to obtain the requisite approval.
All individuals who engage in coaching activities at an NCAA certified event must be approved through the NCAA Participant Approval Program administered by LexisNexis prior to participation. Event operators are instructed to require coaches to show a State or US Government issued picture ID during their event check-in procedures to ensure that only approved coaches are granted the ability to participate.
Character Counts Sports Training Program for Coaches on Ethics Ethics applies to coaches of Olympic or other elite athletes as well as coaches of recreational athletes. One dimension of professionalism is the requirement that coaches always put the welfare of their athletes above any personal interests.
Coaching qualifications and ratings of sports that are not included in the NCAA system of sports competitions:
Ratings are offered in Free Skating, Figures, Pairs, Dance, Group, Program Director, Synchronized Team, Free Dance, Choreography, and Moves in the Field. They are offered as four levels - Registered, Certified, Senior and Master.
Ratings consist of both written and oral examinations. Once a rating has been earned, a coach must maintain a minimum of 28 educational credits over a three-year period through attendance at educational events.
The coaches education requirements must be monitored and enforced by the districts or affiliate leagues. All coaches must have the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program card by January 1 of the current season.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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