UKSCA Accreditation Update

The UKSCA was established in 2004 to set professional standards for strength and conditioning coaches. The UKSCA’s ‘Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach’ (ASCC) standard is now a requirement for jobs in the UK and also overseas, and is highly valued as it not only assesses in-depth subject-matter knowledge, but also practical coaching skills.

From 1 January 2018 the Plyometric/Ballistic and Speed/Agility element of the ASCC assessment will be changing. Candidates should now prepare to coach two of 20 specified drills. The drills and supporting videos are detailed in the table below. For further details of the change please read the following documents:

Article from current issue of UKSCA Journal

2018 Revised Assessment Day Guidelines


Scenario Warm up Plyo / Ballistic Speed / Agility Video
You are asked to coach a performer. They and their technical coach would like you to help improve their acceleration and deceleration and ballistic rate of force development Deliver an appropriate warm-up 1. Kneeling overhead medicine ball throw
2. Rotating medicine ball slam
Linear acceleration, deceleration to a stop
You are coaching a performer whose technical coach would like you to help them improve their transition into acceleration over 5 metres and their jump ability Deliver an appropriate warm-up 1. Alternate leg bounds
2. Hurdle jumps
Side shuffle to acceleration
You are coaching a performer who requires good acceleration from a variety of start positions. They and their technical coach would like you to help improve their jump ability and their initial acceleration Deliver an appropriate warm-up 1. Box to box jumps
2. Counter movement jumps
Linear acceleration from varied start positions:
1. Reactive from standing (bilateral)
2. 180 degree start
You are coaching a performer. They and their technical coach would like you to help their ability to turn and reaccelerate Deliver an appropriate warm-up 1. Drop landings
2. Horizontal jumping
180 degree turn
You are coaching a performer who needs to address issues in running technique. The technical coach and performer would like you to help improve their maximum running speed Deliver an appropriate warm-up 1. Tuck jumps
2. Drop jumps
Maximum velocity running drills:
1. Ankling
2. A-skips
You are coaching a performer whose sport requires good change of direction ability. They and their technical coach would like you to help improve their ability to change direction Deliver an appropriate warm-up 1. Split jumps
2. Acute lateral (“zig-zag”) bounding
Outside foot cutting

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