Coach Certification

The growth of Squash in the U.S. both now and into the future relies on the dedication and skills of coaches across the country. The US Squash Coaching Certification Program is developed with consideration toward coaching across the spectrum of programs, including public and private facilities, scholastic or college teams, and grassroots programs. A certified coach has exhibited an interest in improving their skills, and has the knowledge to provide a safe and fun learning environment for all students.

To receive recognition as a Certified Coach, teaching professionals and coaches must complete an accredited US Squash Coaching Certification Course. In some instances, equivalencies may be offered to coaches who have completed certifications in other countries.

Upcoming Coach Certification Courses

Coach Certification Levels

Start SquashLevel 1 CoachLevel 2 CoachLevel 3 Coach

Start Squash is our grassroots level starter coaching course that is designed for leaders in our communities teaching squash in schools, parks and beyond! This course can be taught on and off the squash court, by ANYONE on ANY wall and focuses on very basic and fun-based techniques, shots, rules, and organization of groups.  

This One Day course will train you to: 

  • Put Safety First! Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the clinic and know the correct equipment to have available and use. 
  • Introduce the game of squash to groups and individuals in non-conventional areas like parks, handball courts, net walls etc. 
  • Give clear instructions in each session to ensure the best learning, understanding, reflection and collaboration. 
  • Teach the importance of warming up and cooling down and examples of both. 
  • Understand and teach hand-eye and ball skills and the assessment of these elements.  
  • Teach and feed the basic grip, swing, and shots in squash.  
  • Structure the sessions with proper progressions appropriate to players’ skill levels. 
  • Teach sportsmanship and the importance of playing fairly.

The course also provides the participant with a detailed 8-week themed coaching course to use and follow in their teaching situations, and will guide them step by step through all the important aspects of starting squash.  

This Start Squash course takes place over one-day from 9.00am-4.00pm

The Start Squash costs $200.00 ($250 for late sign up).

If you, a school, or organization are interested in participating in a Start Squash Course, please email coaching@ussquash.org 

 

The Level 1 Coaching Course focuses on group instruction, with special attention paid to lesson organization, safety, leadership, and general squash coaching knowledge.  The course teaches and prepares a coach for instruction of the beginner and low-intermediate level. 

The Level 1 certification is held over a weekend and there are several courses held throughout the season, mostly during the off season. The weekend schedule of a Level 1 course is:

  • Fridays from 5.00pm-8.00pm 
  • Saturday from 8.30am-7.00pm 
  • Sunday from 9.00am-3.00pm 

The cost of the Level 1 course is $450.00 ($500 for late sign up).  

Prerequisites for coach candidates:

  • Should have some knowledge of the six basic shots in squash (Drive, volley, serve/return, drop, boast and lob) 
  • Have a technique that allows the coach to control the ball for feeding requirements for beginners and to demonstrate a good technique to players 
  • Know the rules of squash and the roles and responsibilities of the marker and referee

Aims of Course​

  • Introduce the game of squash to beginner groups and individuals 
  • Identify basic technical issues and give appropriate advice
  • Structure Lessons and Clinics with proper progressions and feedback appropriate to players’ skill levels
  • Have a selection of suitable drills/activities for beginners to be successful
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment on the court
  • Deliver sessions with adequate energetic, clear, enthusiastic explanations and communication
  • Understand the importance of positive feedback and motivation

Evaluation

Candidates will be evaluated based on 4 different coaching categories.

  • Technical: Technical correction and advice; feeding skills and ball control; coaches own technique.
  • Preparation: Theme of lesson, Knowledge of lesson and Lesson plan.
  • Presentation: Appropriate progressions and timing: Use in targets and scoring incentives; 6 week coaching plan; Contribution during lectures and on court training sessions; Selection of suitable drills and activities.
  • Professionalism: Overall presentation; General squash knowledge; Overall course work; Adequate, clear, enthusiastic explanations; Positive feedback and motivation.

The Level 2 Coaching Course focuses on individual instruction and fault-analysis and is aimed to equip the coach to teach any player up to intermediate/advanced level.  The Level 2 course will have a more technical focus than Level 1, but many of the concepts learned in Level 1 will be applied and expanded upon.  

Participants that successfully complete the Level 2 course will be able to recognize and correct technical faults in their players, as well as develop training plans based on the specific needs. The Level 2 course also provides a basic introduction to physical training principles.  

The Level 2 certification is held over the course of a weekend and 3 courses are usually held throughout the season. The weekend schedule of a Level 2 course is: 

  • Fridays from 5.00pm-8.00pm 
  • Saturday from 8.30am-7.00pm 
  • Sunday from 9.00am-3.00pm 

Level 2 also requires a detailed 6-week coaching plan to be submitted within 6 weeks of the in-person course.  

The cost of the Level 2 course is $750.00 ($800 for late sign up).  

The growth of Squash in the U.S. both now and into the future relies on the dedication and skills of coachesacross the country. 

Delivering knowledgeable, enthusiastic, fun session is one of the top priorities of all private lessons, clinics or squash events. ​We want every player to come back next week!!!​

Prerequisites for coaches:

  • Coaches must have already passed their Level 1 certification and have one extra year of experience as a level 1 coach before participating in the Level 2 course.
  • Should have detailed knowledge of the six basic shots in squash (Drive, volley, serve/return, drop, boast and lob) 
  • Have a good technique that allows the coach to control the ball for feeding requirements for intermediate or advanced players to be successful

Aims of course

This course will train you to: 

  • Review and maintain clear knowledge of concepts from Level 1 certification 
  • Understand how to follow teaching progressions in an individual lesson scenario 
  • Master knowledge of squash technique and how to perform technical diagnosis for intermediate players 
  • Develop a knowledge base of drills and games for different shot types and tactics 
  • Develop knowledge of teaching in-match tactics 
  • Learn to develop individualized training and development plans 
  • Show comfort with feeding in all situations, with accurate feeding appropriate to a player’s level 
  • The aim of this course is to improve squash specific knowledge for coaches. It is difficult to fit in all useful information into one weekend covering fitness, nutrition, sports psychology etc. US Squash will be providing module coaching courses going forward to supplement coach knowledge in all areas. 

Evaluation

Candidates will be evaluated based on 4 different coaching categories. 

  • Technical: Technical correction and advice; feeding skills and ball control; coaches own technique.
  • Preparation: Theme of lesson, Knowledge of lesson and Lesson plan.
  • Presentation: Appropriate progressions and timing: Use in targets and scoring incentives; 6 week coaching plan; Contribution during lectures and on court training sessions; Selection of suitable drills and activities.
  • Professionalism: Overall presentation; General squash knowledge; Overall course work; Adequate, clear, enthusiastic explanations; Positive feedback and motivation.

The level 3 course includes a greater emphasis on advanced and higher-level player development, long-term player training plans, detailed fault diagnosis, advanced drills and programming, and sports psychology. 

This course is designed for coaches who would like to work with Regional and National Squad players.  

The Level 3 certification is held over the course of a weekend and courses are held when there is a demand. The weekend schedule of a Level 3 course is: 

  • Fridays from 5.00pm-8.00pm 
  • Saturday from 8.30am-7.00pm 
  • Sunday from 9.00am-3.00pm 

Level 3 also requires an 8-week progressive coaching plan showing strong evidence of knowledge in the technical, tactical, and mental side of developing a player, to be submitted within 8 weeks of the in-person course.  

Level 3 coaches are eligible to take the next steps to become an instructor conducting level 1 and 2 courses.  

The cost of the Level 3 course is $900.00 ($950 for late sign up). 

Prerequisites for Level 3 are coming soon!