You are reserving a spot for USMS Level 4 Masters Coach Certification

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - Friday, January 15, 2016

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Level 4 is a portfolio style application and has no classroom component. The body of work is scored on a point system and is based on criteria set forth by the USMS Coaches Committee. A Level 4 applicant must be a head coach or an assistant coach with significant responsibilities for their Masters team. At Level 4, we are looking for the coach to expand their influence and contributions beyond their team. There are opportunities to score points around the team and its accomplishments (such as growth and retention, team achievement in events, hosting clinics or meets). However we are also looking for the coach’s own personal growth in education, a commitment to leadership, and contributions at the local, regional or national level of Masters swimming.

Mandatory Pre-Requisites for Level 4 Certification:

  1. Must be a current USMS member and a USMS Level 3 Masters Certified Coach.
  2. Must have at least five years of Masters coaching experience.
  3. Must hold current American Red Cross certification for either Lifeguarding or CPR-AED AND Safety Training for Swim Coaches/First Aid.
  4. Must earn a minimum of 650 total points on the application.
  5. Must be a Head Coach or Assistant Coach of your Masters team with significant
    responsibility in team operations (beyond coaching workouts). If an Assistant
    Coach, please have your Head Coach write a short letter that outlines the scope of
    services you provide as an Assistant Coach with your Masters team.
Certification requirements: Points are awarded based on the areas of coaching that reflect the values of United States Masters Swimming. They are:
  1. Contribution
  2. Achievement
  3. Growth & Retention
  4. Leadership
  5. Education
  6. Extra Credit
Please download and review the application here.

Application Instructions: You may only submit your application and supporting documentation to between December 15, 2015 and January 15, 2016,11:59 PM (pst).  A review panel selected by the USMS coaches committee will review your application and documents between January16 and Febraury 16, 2016 and inform you if you've achieved level 4 status. The review panel will notify you if you have any deficiencies in your application. You may submit supporting documents for the deficiencies between February 16 and March 16, 2016. Level 4 certification will be awarded to successful candidates during the USMS Spring Nationals in Greensboro, NC April 28 - May 1, 2016.

Fee: The application fee is $50. Coaches with the USMS-Certified Masters Coach designation will be eligible to receive a $10 discount.

Application questions: Please direct your questions to the USMS coaches committee at:

Cancellation Policy

Level 4 application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. However, you may transfer your application fee to a future application submission time period.

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