NENSA’s Coaching Education Philosophy

The NENSA education curriculum offers coaches an opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop tools to improve their coaching skills. Training for ski racing and coaching racers are educational processes. Educated coaches have more tools to enable their athletes to reach the highest possible level in their racing careers, and for Youth leaders to learn best practices that aid in proper development of young athletes.

NENSA Coaches Education Opportunties:
June 29 – Lake Placid, NY – US Ski & Snowboard L100 Technique Clinic and NENSA Learn to Rollerski event. Register HERE.
September 15 – Brunswick, ME – NENSA Regional Coaches Clinic – US Ski & Snowboard L100. More info.
September 21-22 – Dublin, NH – NENSA Fall Coaches Symposium including US Ski & Snowboard L100&L200 instruction. More info.
September 27-29 – Minneapolis, MN U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Coaches Symposium
November 9 – Lincoln Sudbury High School MA – NENSA Regional Coaches Clinic – US Ski & Snowboard L100
More info.



The NENSA Coach Education Program curriculum is designed to be a resource for coaches and athletes to refine technical skills, develop training plans, communicate effectively with athletes, parents and other coaches, and how to build a performance network to enhance your club or team program.

NENSA works with our NGB, US Ski & Snowboard, to create a pipeline of certification and ongoing education to foster and support the next generation of coaches in our region.

Certification Opportunities in New England.


Regional Certification focuses on the fundamental components of coaching Nordic skiers.  The one-day clinics will cover elements of instruction of particular interest to high school and club level coaches.  Regional Certification clinics are taught by NENSA/USSA Certified coaches in each state.  Coaches must attend at least one clinic every three years to maintain current certification and have a current NENSA Coach Membership.
Note: NENSA Regional coaches clinic also serve as the L100 Technique Clinic for the US Ski & Snowboard L100 certification.

Regional Certification Curriculum:

    • Technique instruction methods and what to look for
    • Writing training plans
    • Goal setting for teams and individuals
    • Strength training
    • Managing multi-sport and multi-season athletes
  • Collaborating with local club programs

 2. US Ski & Snowboard Level 100 CERTIFICATION

This certification is aimed at coaches who have experience coaching at high school, club, junior or senior levels, and are interested in furthering their education. It is a collaborative effort between the US Ski & Snowboard and NENSA.  It uses the US Ski & Snowboard certification levels and ties in with requirements necessary to apply for JN Coaching positions and US Ski Team coaching staff positions on International trips.

US Ski & Snowboard L100 Certification includes:

    • NENSA & US Ski & Snowboard coaches memberships are required.
    • Must pass the L100 on-line multiple choice exam 50 questions (open book).
    • Must have current CPR/First Aid certification (update CPR/First Aid every two years).
    • Must take a L100 Technique course (= one of our NENSA Regional Coaches clinics).
  • Must pass criminal background check with US Ski & Snowboard.
  • Must take SafeSport on-line curriculum (full course every two years and refresher every other year)

US Ski & Snowboard L200 Certification:

    • NENSA & US Ski & Snowboard coaches memberships are required.
    • Must have current L100 certification before taking L200.
    • Must attend & complete Level 200 Certification training = two days
    • Must purchase L200 manual fromUS Ski & Snowboard (included in cost of training)
    • Must pass 100 question online exam, done during the training (open book), as well as turn in a completed 4 season training log/plan to L200 instructor.
  • Valid for three years

US Ski & Snowboard L300 Certification (coming soon):

    • NENSA & US Ski & Snowboard coaches memberships are required.
    • Must be a Certified L200 coach.
    • Required coaching experience at NCAA’s, Junior Nationals, J1(U18) or  World Junior /U23 trips.
  • Teach NENSA Regional certification clinics or US Ski & Snowboard L100 clinics.

 If you are interested in becoming a clinic instructor at any level, contact Justin Beckwith at  [email protected]