ACCEL Program Structure



ACCEL coaches will complete three different requirements to earn the coaching certificate:

  • Impact Series workshop: Coaches will attend a three-day session on the UW Seattle campus, engaging in group discussion, activities, and coaching labs.
  • Fieldwork: Coaches will capture video of themselves in action, working with their athletes.  Coaches will be responsible for reviewing the footage and submitting a reflection for three different video assignments.  Feedback will be provided by the CLA. 
  • On-Your-Own's (OYO's):  Coaches will choose three topics from a variety of podcasts and videos, produced and curated by the ACCEL training team to review and connect to their coaching work through a reflective assignment.  

Coaches enrolled in ACCEL can complete the certificate on their own timeline following attendance at the Impact Series workshop.

Curriculum Themes and Topics

  • Role of a coach as a leader, educator, and teacher

  • Athlete-centered approach to social-emotional skill building and leadership development
  • Relationship-building and creating positive team culture
  • Effective communication skills for maximizing impact
  • Physical training, planning for a season, and long-term athlete development
  • High quality instructional delivery and feedback
  • Working effectively with parents, athletes, and other coaches


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