2020-2021 Professional Coach/Choreographer CER Program Modules
Enrollment is for primary coaches, choreographers, assistant coaches and element specialists who train or instruct one or more skaters or teams participating in any U.S. Figure Skating or member club activities or at U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned events (other than group lessons as part of a Learn to Skate USA program.)
Once you register for the module, you will receive an email with a link to the course.
Completion deadline: June 30, 2020; active through June 30, 2021
Each pre-packaged, pre-priced module ($70.00) contains four individual CER courses (one in each topic area). Choose and complete only one module. Completion of all four topics will fulfill the CER requirement for U.S. Figure Coach Compliance for the 2020-2021 season. A completion certificate will be automatically issued from the e-learning system.
Completing a module after the June 30 deadline will result in a late price of $40.00 per topic area for a total module price of $160. Complete only one module per season, as completing more than one for CER credit per season cannot be refunded.
- The exam is “open book,” and the exams are NOT timed.
- Once the exam is started, it must be completed. Answers will not be saved if the exam is exited before it is finished. The exam will need to be attempted again and will count as one of the three allowed attempts.
- A passing grade of 80% (48 correct out the 60 questions presented) on the module exam is required to earn CER credits for this season.
- In the event that you do not achieve a passing grade, please review the course content before attempting a retry.
- There are three (3) attempts allowed for this exam before a re-registration is required.
Module 9: Course Descriptions
CER ACP 401: Proactive Coping
CER ACP 402: Proactive Coping examines perspectives on an athlete’s ability to successfully cope with adverse events throughout their athletic career. This ability is commonly referred to as ‘mental toughness’. CER ACP 401 first introduces coaches to the term ‘mental toughness’, a psychological construct associated with an athletes’ ability to persist through adversity. Then it examines different perspectives on the necessity of adverse events in shaping successful athletes. Next, the course examines themes in athlete development that relate to the notion of adverse events and mental toughness. These themes include the relative age effect, learning- and performance-oriented practice. The course introduces an alternative viewpoint on mental toughness for coaches to consider. Finally, the course discusses the implementation of planned challenges to positively and effectively develop athletes’ coping abilities.
CER ROS 400: Application of IJS Program Components
CER ROS 400: Application of IJS Program Components is designed to provide coaches and choreographers with: (1)Detailed explanations, details and clarity of the criteria for each of the five Program Components; (2) Important information on program component scoring needed to maximize the Program Component Score (PCS); (3) Presentation of the principles of the creative arts and their impact on Program Components; (4) Lists of judging focus points of each component; (5) Overall concepts of components allowing for integration of these principles into the development of Program Components in their skaters
CER ETH 203: Parents as Partners
Every season in every discipline, figure skating coaches dedicate huge portions of their time to teaching skaters how to learn and love figure skating. CER ETH 203 outlines how coaches can partner with parents to make this experience positive for all involved, especially the skater. Coaches will learn about the Coach-Parent-Skater Triad, explore strategies for creating and maintaining trust, setting the perspective for a successful coach-parent relationship. CER ETH 203 will explain effective meetings, coaching philosophy, and coaching policies to help coaches navigate the difficulties of coaching other people’s children.
CER SCI 302: Design Practice to Optimize Learning and Performance
The objective of CER SCI 302: Design Practice to Optimize Learning and Performance is to teach coaches how to design practice sessions to facilitate motor skill acquisition in figure skating. Motor skills are sport-specific movement patterns (e.g. an axel jump or combination spin) that are learned through practice. Motor skill acquisition refers to the process of learning those skills. In other words, this course is concerned with how coaches design practice for figure skaters to learn their skills efficiently and effectively. Research shows that the systematic manipulation of motor skill practice is beneficial (Porter and Magill 2010, Bondarchuk and Yessis 2010, Issurin 2013, Afsanepurak et al. 2012). We refer to this process as motor skill periodization. Motor skill periodization is an overlooked component of training in figure skating even though most of the work figure skating coaches do involves teaching and refining their athletes’ motor skills.