Coaches are responsible for teaching and inspiring competitive and recreational skaters, sharing the joy of figure skating and creating a lifelong love of the sport. A coach is an instructor, a role model and a support system, and U.S. Figure Skating adheres to high standards of excellence for its coaching community. 

Become a Learn to Skate USA Instructor

The first step in becoming a figure skating coach is to join Learn to Skate USA as an instructor and work with your local Learn to Skate USA program to introduce new skaters to the ice. Each program has its own coaching requirements, but basic requirements set forth by Learn to Skate USA include a Learn to Skate USA instructor membership, background check and completion of the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s online SafeSport™ Training for all instructors over the age of 18. All Learn to Skate USA instructors 17 and younger must have a Learn to Skate USA instructor membership and must take the instructor certification course and exam.

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Become a U.S. Figure Skating Coach

Coaches with more experience who wish to move beyond the Learn to Skate USA curriculum to teach private lessons and coach at test sessions, competitions and other figure skating events must be a member of U.S. Figure Skating, complete an annual background check and adhere to designated coach compliance requirements for their desired level of activity. U.S. Figure Skating works in cooperation with the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) to standardize these requirements and offer various learning opportunities for the coaching community.

Select coaching activities require the completion of mandatory continuing education requirements (CERs) that are conducted by the PSA, and some require a PSA membership in addition to the U.S. Figure Skating membership. Review the Coach Compliance Requirements to determine the requirements associated with your desired coaching activities.

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Coach Compliance

U.S. Figure Skating appreciates the cooperation and understanding of all members to help implement these minimum requirements to ensure that the environment in all U.S. Figure Skating programs is as safe as possible for all participants. 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.

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