Coach Development Schools are the heart of the Coach Education Program. The instructors use up-to-date materials and multimedia presentations to present discipline-specific coach courses. The registration fee includes a copy of the discipline-specific coach school student study guide and other materials to help you with the details of coaching. Upon successful completion of the coach school you will be a Coach (Level 1) (or Youth Trainer if under 18 years old) in that discipline. Once approved, coaches may print their coach certificate and wallet card for their use.
What Is Taught In The School?
The Level 1 coach school is two days of sports-specific lessons and practical coaching exercises designed to teach the coach candidate the basics of coaching beginning and intermediate shooters. The following general subjects are taught:
Introduction to the Coaching Program
Safety and Risk Management
Rulebook use and shooting etiquette
Equipment and Facilities
Fundamentals of Shooting
Building Quality Programs
How To Conduct Tournaments
Become A Coach
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Credential Period And Fee
All ratings an NRA Trainer (Coach, Instructor, Training Counselor or Range Safety Officer) holds have the same expiration date. If a new Coach already holds other NRA Trainer ratings, the Coach expiration date will be the one already established. If the new Coach holds no other NRA Trainer ratings, the credential period will be two years, and that will establish the expiration date for any other NRA Trainer ratings subsequently acquired. The initial Coach rating fee is included in the coach school registration fee.
Who Teaches The Coach School?
The NRA coach schools are taught by National Coach Development Staff who are Certified Coaches that have been carefully selected, based on their talents and expertise in the areas of sports, education, coaching and shooting. In addition, these coach school instructors have attended special training on how to conduct informative and enjoyable schools.
How Can I Sponsor A School In My Area?
The NRA is accepting requests to sponsor smallbore and air rifle, pistol, shotgun and high-power rifle coach schools. For information on how you or your organization can sponsor one of these events, click here for a Sponsor's Guide. The fee for a coach school is established and collected by the school sponsor, and includes the printed materials and the fee for the initial two-year Level 1 Coach credential. Those attending a coach school are expected to have at least a basic understanding of the chosen shooting discipline. For a coach school application, click here. For questions about the Coach Education Program, email [email protected].
National Coach Development Staff
The National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) is a volunteer network of coaches that hail from all across the United States in all of the shooting sports disciplines. This elite shooting staff is the backbone of the nation's shooting coach programs, teaching and fostering growth at all levels of the sport.
Hand-picked by the National Coach Trainer for their ability to teach, coach, and develop the shooting sports, these individuals are carefully selected based on their talents and expertise in sport education and specific shooting discipline. The National Coach Trainer uses the NCDS to teach coach schools, conduct shooting clinics and serve as coaches for the National Shooting Camps. New members of the NCDS are required to attend an enjoyable, informative and challenging three-day training course learning the procedures and policies of being an NCDS member and learning how to teach the coach school.
If you are interested in being a part of this elite staff, are a Certified Coach (Level 2) or higher in your discipline and have at least five years of experience in the shooting sports, send the following information to the National Coach Trainer ([email protected]):
Letter of interest
Shooting/Coaching résumé detailing your shooting and coaching experience
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The NRA Coach Education Program offers multi-level training for coaches of the competitive shooting sports in partnership with USA Shooting, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the Amateur Trapshooting Association, the National Skeet Shooting Association and the National Sporting Clays Association.