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    Welcome to the NSCA's Coaching Strength and Conditioning Program

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association is dedicated to empowering the strength coach. A coaching development path has been created that leads to becoming a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC), which includes certification and experience. Acting as a coach advocate, the NSCA Education Department aims to educate and train coaches to apply evidence-based knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving strength and conditioning.

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    Online and hands-on programs are offered to teach coaches to implement standardized testing, safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, nutrition programs for athletes, injury prevention and reconditioning. The future is very bright for strength coaches with exciting new programs that empower strength coaches at all levels. 

    If you have questions about any of the new Coaching Strength and Conditioning programs please contact the NSCA's Education department. 

    The NSCA Performance Assessment Package

    The NSCA's Four Steps to Success helps to monitor the development of athletes, measure the effectiveness of the training programs, and motivate athletes to achieve their training potential. Print out and use the NSCA testing and evaluation downloads highlighted below.

    Four Steps to Success:

    1. Testing
    2. Evaluation
    3. Setting Goals
    4. Program Design

    Step 1. Testing

    Step 2. Evaluation

    • Use the Percentile Rank by Age for Men or Women 
    • Enter rank for each test on the Test Data Collection Card
    • Add up the three ranks, divide by three to get the Average Percentile Rank 
    • Print Performance Evaluation Profile 
    • Mark performance scores in appropriate percentile rank box on chart as well as the Average Percentile Rank (see Example Performance Evaluation Profile)
    • Identify strengths & weaknesses of individual student/athlete
    • Assess the effectiveness of the training program. If the student/athlete are not making progress, reevaluate the training program.

    Step 3. Setting Goals

    • Use the Performance Evaluation Profile to set goals
    • Help the student/athlete set realistic yet challenging goals 
    • Goal setting can be as simple as improving performance scores each test period
    • Goal setting will help motivate them to work hard 

    Step 4. Program Design

    • Design a program that is based on the Principles of Coaching Performance:
    • Specificity
    • Overload
    • Progression
    • Periodization   
    • Consider the strengths and weaknesses
    • Conduct post-tests after the program

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    Registry of Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC)

    The NSCA Registry of Strength and Conditioning Coaches encourages high standards of professional practice and responsibility. The NSCA will maintain a registry of individuals who have demonstrated they are experienced coaches who practically apply foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance.

    They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, provide guidance (or advice) for athlete nutrition, injury prevention or reconditioning. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct from the medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches (RSCC, RSCC,*D, or RSCC,*E) consult with and refer athletes to these professionals when appropriate.

    Each Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach receives a certificate to acknowledge RSCC, RSCC*D, or RSCC*E status.  

    Annual Dues

    $100 for new RSCC

    $25 annual renewal

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    RSCC*D are eligible to purchase RSCC rings from Jostens. Contact Jill Kotke at Jostens for prices and ordering information. 

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    RSCC*E Rings are provided FREE at January RSCC Meet & Greet or July RSCC Luncheon by:

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    The NSCA is proud to present awards that recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen profession. Follow the links below for more details and past winners of awards in the coaching performance field.

    Annual Awards

    Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year   
    College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
    College Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
    High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
    All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year
    Other Annual Awards

    Career Awards

    Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement   
    Alvin Roy Award for Career Achievement

    Special Recognition Awards

    Strength of America Award, in conjunction with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition strength of america   
    NSCA Impact Award
    President's Award
    Other Special Recognition Awards

    Looking to Nominate? Visit the Awards Section for more information!

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