We believe coaches are the most important factor in quality freestyle skiing programs.
This section is designed to give an overview of how a coach is developed in Freestyle Skiing. CFSA has updated and revised much of their technical and theoretical coach course material to strengthen our two foundation pillars:
- Freeskiing Skills
- Acrobatic Skills
Our Coach “Pathway” is the direction and system a coach needs to acquire the knowledge and skills to develop freestyle skiers in all of our disciplines:
- Big Aerials
CFSA’s new Coach Pathway is developed and aligned with the National Coaching Certification Program and Long Term Athlete Development from Canadian Sport For Life. Under the NCCP structure our programs fall into the following NCCP Contexts of coach training:
Can Freestyle Club Coach, which uses the Jumps and Bumps athlete development program.
Can Freestyle Supercoach, which uses the Freestylerz athlete development program.
Can Freestyle Team, which uses the relative discipline specific Comp Dev athlete development programs.
Competition High Performance
Technical courses not developed, but a coach can take NCCP Multisport Modules.
Within each context / coach program, there are 3 sections to accomplish,
- Technical Modules
- NCCP Multisport Modules
Within each section a coach attains a certain status, as outlined below:
- In-Training once achieved either Technical or NCCP.
- Trained once taken both the Technical and NCCP.
- CERTIFIED once a successful assessment has taken place.
The coach is the most important factor in making a great freestyle program through having fun and acquiring skills. Working with athletes to achieve this takes a wealth of knowledge and skills achieved through experience, coach training and mentorship. Take the time to get updated each year and complete your certifications, you will be rewarded through your skier’s achievements.