Tuesday, October 12, 2010

USA Cycling Power Based Training Certification

Just checked online and discovered that I am the only USA Cycling Level 2 Power Based Training Certified Coach in the State of Pennsylvania.  And, I am only 1 of 3 coaches in the entire tri-state area.  Why is that?  To be honest with you, it takes a lot of time and a comittment...not to mention money..to keep the certification current.  I know a lot of coaches, who were certified at one time, just don't keep current.  That's a shame because Power Based Coaches are getting smarter all the time..learning new improved training methods for getting their athletes to perform at their best and achieve their goals.

According to USA Cycling, "The Certified Power Based Training certification is a specialty certification for USA Cycling Level 2 and Level 1 coaches. The coaches must pass a comprehensive exam on using power as the basis for designing and evaluating training.  These coaches also have demonstrated a dedication to continuing their education and their professionalism by completing at least 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within a 2-yr period."

Additionally, all "current" coaches have a Criminal Background Check that includes:
a.  National Criminal Database search
b.  All available state sex offender registries search
c.  Social security number verification
d.  Address history records
e.  OFAC federal terrorist database search
f.  Additional single county search(es)
g.  Motor vehicle records
h.  Recommended for all volunteers/employees who transport youth
i.  Credit history check
j.  Recommended for all volunteers/employees who handle your money
k. Education verification
l.  Employment verification

To some of you, knowing that your Coach has passed a criminal background check is NOT such a big deal.  To others that have kids that are coached..it IS a big deal.  At least I think it is.  I wouldn't want some pedaphile coaching my son/daughter.  Nor would I want a coach driving my son/daughter to a rce if I knew he had 2 prior DUIs and several recent speeding tickets.  BTW, in addition to having a Criminal Background Check by NCSI, I also had an FBI Criminal Background Check as part of my Security Clearance at work.

Power ON!  Coach Rob

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