The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Program assists member clubs striving to improve the athletic experience for all constituents. Well organized and managed clubs are key to a successful experience for athletes and their families, coaches and other stakeholders. The Club Development Program supports clubs in their increasingly complex environments through education, certification, recognition, and resources.
The cornerstone of the Club Development Program is the Podium Certification Program. This certification process is mission-driven and self-reflective and allows a club to benchmark their performance against established standards; creating a platform for setting goals and measuring success. It provides a club with a roadmap for ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement.
Clubs that are not yet ready to engage in the certification application process, or are not sure if they have the capacity to start, can still benefit greatly from reviewing and discussing the materials and exercises related to the process. It will give them tools to understand best principles and practices and how they can improve as a club, as well as give them a realistic idea if they have the structure and resources in place to initiate the certification process.
Podium Level Club Certification is designed for clubs that want to perform a comprehensive organizational assessment in order to verify and demonstrate their understanding of the best principles and implementation of best practices. The process is a partnership between U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the individual club, supported by education and resources, and culminates with a club interview (bronze level candidates) or club visit (silver/gold level candidates).
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Podium Certified Clubs are expected to engage in a continuous process of self-assessment, reflection and on-going improvement that enables them to stay relevant to their missions and to the athletes and families they serve. Clubs demonstrate this commitment by working continuously to improve their programs, actively participating in professional development opportunities and pursuing and maintaining certification.
Bronze-certified club: Podium level of certification for established or new clubs that have all the required elements in place for organizational and athletic success. The certification process involves a comprehensive organizational assessment putting the club on the path to continual improvement. The Bronze certification process is open to all clubs.
Silver-certified club: Podium level of certification for well-established and highly functioning clubs both organizationally and athletically. These clubs serve as a model in these areas, have consistent and long-standing track records of organizational and/or athletic success. Silver-level certification requires the approval of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Club Development Manager before starting the process.
Due to the continued and evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we will be shifting our annual Club Excellence Conference programming to a virtual experience. While we were looking forward to connecting with you each in person, it is important that we adhere to the guidelines imposed by the CDC in regard to large gatherings.
Please mark your calendars for one day, Monday, May 4, 2020. Though there are still many details to work out for this new format, there will be a broad range of topics relevant to coaches, administrators, board members and others from all disciplines, delivered by great internal and external speakers with tracks for both athletic development and club leadership. Our goal is to have the full program and registration process confirmed by April 3rd and we will communicate details at that time.
For those of you who have already registered and paid, you will be eligible for a full refund. The virtual conference will be delivered at a greatly reduced fee and will require a new registration.
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this situation. We hope you all had a great, albeit shortened, season and are home safe. Looking forward to connecting in May!