Coach Pass

Ensuring the safety of participants; enhancing the training, education and support for coaches.

To effectively engage in all the programs US Squash delivers, partnering with the coaching community is essential. US Squash delivers programs with teaching professionals and coaches including

  • the delivery and support of the accredited tournament structure,
  • provision of high-quality software tools to facilitate programming and competitions,
  • administration of the Safe Sport program designed to protect coaches and athletes,
  • coach and referee certifications and continuing education opportunities.

The Coach Pass program formalizes this multi-faceted interaction between US Squash and the coaching community and brings the various elements together under one program.

US Squash membership is included in the Coach Pass membership. (If you are a current US Squash member, a pro-rated refund will be issued for your membership fee after successful enrollment in Coach Pass.)

There are three levels of Coach Pass membership

  • Recognized
  • Basic
  • Premium

Coach Pass Registration        Coach Pass – Member Coaches

 

After receipt of the completed form, US Squash will verify information with you and forward a link for final member registration and payment.

 

Coach Pass Lite

$ 0 annually
  • US Squash Membership Required
  • Recognized as Coach Pass member (by Level)
  • Able to coach at SEA or Scholastic Team - only events
  • Able to coach at Junior accredited tournaments
  • Able to coach at JCTs & National Championships
  • No fee access to Continuing Education Modules
  • Able to serve as Junior accredited tournament director
  • Eligible to serve as U.S. Regional or National Coach

Coach Pass Basic

$ 250 annually
  • US Squash Membership Included
  • Recognized as Coach Pass member (by Level)
  • Able to coach at SEA or Scholastic Team - only events
  • Able to coach at Junior accredited tournaments
  • Able to coach at JCTs & National Championships
  • No fee access to Continuing Education Modules
  • Able to serve as Junior accredited tournament director
  • Eligible to serve as U.S. Regional or National Coach
BEST

Coach Pass Premium

$ 350 annually
  • US Squash Membership Included
  • Recognized as Coach Pass member (by Level)
  • Able to coach at SEA or Scholastic Team - only events
  • Able to coach at Junior accredited tournaments
  • Able to coach at JCTs & National Championships
  • No fee access to Continuing Education Modules
  • Able to serve as Junior accredited tournament director
  • Eligible to serve as U.S. Regional or National Coach
Requirement Deadline Lite* Basic Premium
Annual Fee   No fee $250 $350
US Squash Membership ($149) Included?   No Yes Yes
SafeSport Trained (and Current) 11-Jan-23 Y Y Y
Code of Conduct Agreement Completed (On registration) 11-Jan-23 Y Y Y
USOT1 – Level 4 Referee Exam Completed 6-Sep-23 X Y Y
CPR/AED First Aid Trained & Certified 6-Sep-23 X Y Y
Coach (Level 1 or higher) Certification 6-Sep-23 X** Y Y
Passed Junior Policy Exam By Event Date X X Y
TD Expectations Agreement Completed By Event date X X Y

 

* SEA Program Coaches & Middle and High School Coaches who only coach at closed competitions (SEA only, League Match or Team Tournament only) are required to have the Coach Pass lite by the competition date.
** Continuing Education Modules will be required to maintain Coach Pass Lite Level beginning in the 2023-2024 Season

 

 

 

How to complete Coach Pass Requirements

  • Coaching Certification

Equivalency accepted from other county’s coaching certification programs
*if you do not have current certification, you have until September 6, 2023 to complete a certification course.
View all available courses here.

  • Current CPR/AED Certification

Courses can be taken in person or completed online: CPR Course

  • Current SafeSport Trained status

Viewable on your US Squash profile; if you are not current, follow instructions at www.ussquash.org/safesport

  • Passed Level 4 Officiating exam

Accessible from your US Squash profile; contact coaching@ussquash.org if you need it added

  • Passed Junior Policy Exam (Premium Only)

Accessible from your US Squash profile; contact coaching@ussquash.org if you need it added

  • Acknowledgement of US Squash Tournament Director Expectations (Premium Only)

This will be shown automatically in the final online registration step for Coach Pass before payment

  • Acknowledgement of US Squash Code of Conduct

This will be shown automatically in the final online registration step for Coach Pass before payment

*Note:
If you are a current US Squash member, a pro-rated refund will be issued for your membership fee after successful enrollment in Coach Pass

Coach Pass FAQ's

  • Why is this new program being launched? 
    • None of the elements of Coach Pass are new, they are all being brought together under one umbrella program to make it easier to identify gaps in outstanding requirements and support coaches and pros in their professional endeavors. 
  • Why is there suddenly a charge for all of this? 
    • US Squash evaluated the support and professional development programs we had in place and recognized it was considerable yet not unified or easy to access. We also have had extensive new requirements put on us by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and U.S. Center for SafeSport. Finally, the health and well-being of the squash community is a priority for US Squash and the program will help us support coaches and pros in meeting this need. 
  • What will the fees charged be used for then? 
    • US Squash has been paying to support these various programs from its operations and through fundraising. Coaches and pros pay the fees which will be used to help partially offset the personnel cost to support the program, develop training and education modules and ensure compliance. The coaches and pros then benefit from the programs provided. 
  • Why is the Coach Pass program needed at all? 
    • Because US Squash is a member of the USOPC and therefore affiliated with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, they require us to hold our professionals to a certain standard of training and education and hold us accountable for doing so. In the end, this is in service to the community, in providing a safe environment for all participants, with the added benefit of training and education specific to being a teaching professional or coach. 
  • What is considered a Junior accredited tournament? 
    • Junior accredited tournaments include the new “USR Series” (Universal Squash Rating) and the standard point-based Gold, Silver and Bronze level tournaments.  
  • What is the difference between Junior accredited tournament and JCTs and National Championships? 
    • JCTs and National Championships are all accredited, however they are the highest level of competition and operated by US Squash directly. 
  • Do middle or high school coaches need to be part of Coach Pass? What about SEA program coaches? 
    • Yes, middle and high school coaches are expected to be Coach Pass Lite members, which only requires US Squash membership (sign up includes the Code of Conduct), and being Safe Sport trained. 
  • I am a volunteer Tournament Director (TD), does Coach Pass apply to me? 
    • Yes, to be an accredited TD, you need to be Coach Pass Premium. 
  • If I am coaching my child, do I need to be a Coach Pass member? 
    • You do not if you are only coaching your child. However, if you are the coach of other juniors as well, you must be at least Coach Pass Basic to coach at Junior accredited tournaments. 
  • How will Coach Pass membership be monitored and tracked? 
    • Coaches will be sent a digital membership card which will show their Coach Pass membership tier and their status. On entry to a junior accredited tournament, coaches will be asked to show their pass to the tournament staff.  
  • Do I have to do all of this annually to remain in Coach Pass? 
    • Membership fees are annual  
    • Safe Sport training must be refreshed annually 
    • CPR/First Aid training/refresher is generally every other year.  
    • All other requirements are just needed once, however taking at least one Continuing Education Modules will likely be required each year in the future. 
  • What is a Continuing Education Module, is it required and how much does it cost? 
    • These are new online and in-person training modules currently being developed. Continuing education sessions will cover topics helpful to coaches and pros including engaging Women and Girls’ programming, running middle and high school programming, community squash programming, club program development and management, rules, officiating and sportsmanship modules.  
    • Access to these modules will be available free of charge for Coach Pass Premium. There will be a fee to take modules for Lite and Basic members.  
    • There is not currently a requirement to take a Continuing Education Module to maintain your Coach Pass status.