Achievement Requirements

Level 5

At Least ONE of the Following is Required:

  • On USA Swimming International Coaches List.
  • 40 High School All-Americans.
  • 40 Prep School All-Americans.
  • 20 YMCA All-Americans plus 3 National Champions.
  • 20 NAIA All-Americans plus 3 NC’s.
  • 20 NCAA D III All-Americans plus 3 NC’s.
  • 20 NCAA II All-Americans plus 3 NC’s.
  • 20 NCAA Division I All-Americans plus 3 NC’s.
  • 40 Individuals with top 10 national age group rankings, plus 3 Top Ten National Champions.

Level 4

At Least ONE of the Following is Required:

  • Individual USA Swimming National Championship Qualifier (Summer cuts only).
  • 10 High School or Prep School All-Americans.
  • 5 YMCA All-Americans.
  • 5 NAIA All-Americans.
  • 5 NCAA I, II or III All-Americans.
  • 20 Individuals with USA Swimming National Age Group Top Ten Times.
  • 20 YMCA individuals with National Age Group top Ten rankings.

Level 3

At Least ONE of the Following is Required:

  • High School or Prep School All-American.
  • USA Swimming Junior National Qualifier.
  • USA Swimming or YMCA Age Group top ten swimmer.
  • NCAA I, II or III individual qualifier.

Level 2

  • No Achievement Requirements, however,
  • 6 months of coaching experience required, and
  • Completion of ASCA Levels 1 and 2 Schools completed.

Level 1

Access of Career Developmental Coaches to the Upper Levels of Certification

(Education and Experience) / Developmental

Career Developmental Coaches are among the most important coaches in our country. A career developmental coach is:

  • One who has spent 10 year or more in a multi-level program.
  • Where they are NOT the head coach.
  • They are NOT responsible for “fast swimming.”
  • They develop an athlete and then pass them along to the next coach in the system.

Under certain conditions, we want to recognize these coaches for their contributions:

Level 3 E&E / (Developmental)

  • You must have been actively coaching for a full ten years (120 months).
  • You must have taken Education Courses through ASCA Level 1 through 4.
  • All of that time must have been spent in a multilevel system, where your job was not to create fast swimming, but good developmental work.
  • Your Head Coach must support your application with a letter supporting those facts.

Level 4 E&E / (Developmental)

  • Must accrue 15 years in position.
  • Must have taken all required course work ASCA Level 1 through 5.
  • All of that time must have been spent in a multilevel system, where your job was not to create fast swimming, but good developmental work.
  • Your Head Coach must support your application with a letter supporting those facts.

ASCA Level 5 Certification is not available for E&E /Developmental coaches.

Attaining High School Levels 3-4 (NISCA)

NISCA Level 3

  • Be a Current Member of NISCA and ASCA.
  • A minimum of 10 years of high school coaching required.
  • Meet all requirements of Level 3 without achievement.
  • Academic Degree from a four year institution.
  • Demonstrate 5 years of service to the community through Learn to Swim, Aquatic Directorship; etc.

NISCA Level 4

  • Same as ALL above,
  • But a minimum of 15 years of High School coaching required.

ACHIEVEMENT

Certification Levels 1 and 2 require Education and Experience ONLY.

Certification Levels 3, 4, or 5, also include a Performance Achievement Criteria.

  • You must have coached athletes who achieved the standards listed under each level below.
  • You need only ONE of the listed qualifications at each level.
  • You MUST be the PRIMARY COACH of this athlete in order to claim credit.
    (The primary coach plans and executes 90% of an athlete’s training)
  • Any coach, to be credited with that athlete, must have coached that athlete for 12 months prior to the attainment of the relevant criteria.
  • You need to submit proof of achievement as well as proof (or a statement of such if you are the Head Coach) that you were the primary coach of the athlete.
  • Assistant coaches, under certain conditions, certainly can be “primary coaches” of record.

Be aware that we thoroughly and carefully analyze and protect the integrity of the system by examining all “primary coach” claims that are provided.

Professional integrity is very important here.

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