The newest addition to the USSA Sport Education department is the Club Development Program. The Club Development Program has been created to recognize that a well organized and managed club is the key to a successful sports experience for club members. Furthermore, USSA clubs are the foundation and building blocks of elite athletic success.
The USSA has acknowledged that clubs want more resources to assist them in making their club more professionally managed and enable them for future success. As club management has become increasingly more complex, demanding a broader base of knowledge and skills, club leadership must be aware of these challenges and address them with creative and timely solutions. The better a club is organized, managed and staffed, the better equipped it will be to respond to immediate issues and critically be able to plan for its future success. Issues such as the recruitment and retention of coaches and athletes, safe sport environment, insurance requirements, risk management, volunteers, finances, and the changing sport scene, all require a sustained open planning effort.
Sustained athletic success is dependent on USSA clubs. The club is the center of the athlete preparation, training and competition progression. The club is responsible for recruiting, retaining and developing young people who acquire, refine and finally master skills essential to success as a skier and/or snowboarder competitor.
About USSA Clubs
Whether a club is part of a school system, local recreation department, or a ski resort, clubs are being asked to be more professional and more aware of community issues beyond their club's immediate mission. Overall, there are greater demands being placed on club structures and the volunteers who run them.
USSA is focusing on assisting member clubs as they strive to improve the athletic experience for all participants - athletes, parents, volunteers and administrators.
Through the USSA Member Club Program, USSA has the vehicle to service the most skiers and snowboarders in a cost efficient and effective manner. The ski and snowboard club is the base structure for all USSA programs and is the key to their success. USSA offers club membership tailored for each of its program areas: alpine, nordic, freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding.
The USSA Member Club Program includes three strategies:
Communication: USSA’s current strategy to communicate with the clubs is through mailings, web postings and email blasts that include competition and educational materials supporting the activities and operations of the clubs. USSA staff is also conducting a visitation program to meet with club leadership to better understand the critical issues at the local level.
Service: USSA is committed to utilizing existing resources and developing future resources that will assist in identifying and promoting “best practices” for USSA Member Clubs. As resources become available we will post those items to the website and notify clubs that new resources are available.
USSA will host regular club seminars in order to share ideas and communicate progressive strategies to help meet the challenges of club operations.
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Background Screening - http://ussa.org/global/background-screening-introduction
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