U.S. Ski Team coaches, sport science staff, and sport education
department have put together a comprehensive coaching manual for cross
country coaches. The content covers important training, technique,
equipment, performance psychology and competition topics for coaches,
with a focus on an age-appropriate approach based on long-term athlete
development as described in the USSA Cross Country Training System.
This manual is the centerpiece for the Level 100 certification
curriculum, and comes with the Level 100 on-line exam. The manual is delivered in electronic copy, hard copies are not available.
Comments about the Level 100 Cross Country coaches manual:
"You've hit a homerun here. If this kind of comprehensive manual
had existed 17 years ago when I first started coaching, it would have
saved me thousands of hours of research and the athletes I've worked
with hundreds of hours of less than ideal training." - Program Director from Maine
"This manual is smashing! One of the best I have seen in any sport!" - Vern Gambetta, Gambetta Sports Training Systems