Information for Clubs
Coaches eligibility at competitions, events and test sessions
In keeping with the standards of many youth sports organizations, schools and recreational programs in America today, U.S. Figure Skating has implemented coaching requirements, background screening and continuing education requirements to help ensure that we are providing a safe environment and protecting the welfare of all participants in U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned activities. This will help give parents the highest degree of confidence that their children are not only receiving good care and proper instruction but are safe from improper conduct.
There are various requirements that all coaches must complete prior to being eligible to coach at U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned events. It is the responsibility of the club to verify the compliance of all coaches. A coaching compliance toolkit has been created to aid clubs in enforcing the coaching requirements. The toolkit can be found in the Resource Box above.
To print a summary of the coaching requirements, click here.
Verification of ComplianceA "Compliance List" can be found in the Resource Box above. In order to appear on this list a coach must have completed the coach registration, at a minimum. When the coach is compliant the coach's name will appear. Once on the list, their most recent membership will show as well as their CER information, if available. If CER information is not available on the coach registration list, verification can also be obtained by visiting www.skatepsa.com. Please note: this list is to be used for test sessions and nonqualifying competitions. If you are hosting a qualifying competition, the club will receive an approved coach list from headquarters.
In addition, coaches are required to carry their "Coaches Compliance Card" with them to U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned events. A temporary card is available for registered coaches throughout the season on the Members Only site. Evidence of CER completion should also be carried as a precaution.
This information should be treated similar to a driver's license; you may not always need to show it, but a coach must be able to present it upon request.*
The table below displays which CER category is required for specific events.
- CER Category by Event (PDF)
*If a coach does not meet the requirements in time for the event or test session, the club must inform the coach of his or her ineligibility and ask him or her to leave all coaches areas of the event or test session.*