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Level 3-NTS Coaching Certification/Education course will be held the weekend of February 7, 8, & 9, 2014 in the North Austin/Cedar Park area.
This course will be conducted by USAA Level IV-NTS coach Ron Carmichael and Level III-NTS coach Lindsey Carmichael.
The course fee is $350 and includes course manual and building use fees. In addition each candidate must have a copy of the book "Archery" by USA Archery.
LEVEL III candidates must have been practicing, active, Level II for one year, or else be able to "pass out" of an extensive examination and be able to show a 3-year history of active archery instruction. A Level III Coaching Course will be held on a 3-day weekend with substantial pre-study homework assigned (involving primarily the Archery book mentioned above).
The USA Archery Level III-NTS coaching certification course is based on specific criteria. No one can acquire a level III-NTS level without demonstrating a complete command of the elements of the National Training System. This will NOT be a typical 3-day cram-it-all-in-and-wonder course. You will have a great working knowledge that will serve you well.
Candidates will NOT be guaranteed a coaching certificate just by showing up and passing the written test. A comprehensive and practical verbal test on the NTS will also be a part of this course. By the end of the course you should be prepared to "stand and deliver" a complete and thorough summary of the NTS method, and be able to correctly identify and remediate flaws.
There is extensive pre-course preparation required, "homework" like you may never have experienced for any other coaching or instructor course.
I propose to begin your learning course early, over a period of at least a month, instead of all during one weekend. The 3-day meeting weekend will be a CONFIRMATION and a REINFORCEMENT for what you should acquire during that month of study. For example, if you show up on Friday without knowing what the elements are of the NTS, then you will have a harder time passing the course.
The course will also deal with the many differences between being an instructor and being a coach. The course will include actual shooting only to the point of establishing your ability to utilize the NTS yourself, and to teach it to others. This is a coaching course, not a shooting seminar.
AGAIN: HOW do you prepare properly to be an NTS-qualified coach?
Buy a copy of USA Archery's ARCHERY magazine (Amazon has it). STUDY it like it is the most important textbook you have ever had in school. USE a highlighter. Begin employing what you glean from the book in your own shooting method as much as possible.
If you cannot know for sure what the relevant things in the book are, you need to assume that *every* sentence in the book concerning the NTS has some impact to being a better NTS coach.
If you are still interested in this course, please email me (Ron) to let me know. The course may fill up at some point, so please pencil yourself in asap. Payment will not be required until January 15, at which time the registration will be closed and course materials will be ordered. <hint> BUY THE BOOK NOW even if you do not plan to attend the course, and start working through it, line by line.