Coaching and Support Boat Policy
All championships and their qualifiers shall state in the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions which Grade that event will be governed by. See definition of terms below.
Grade 1: Private/team coaching is permitted. See definition of terms below. US Sailing may also supply coaches who will be available to all competitors. See coaching level requirements below. There are no exceptions to this requirement. NOTE: Effective January, 2016, Level 3 Coaching Certification will be required at all championships. Coaches must also provide a copy of a current background check and proof of successful completion of USOC’s Safe Sport program.
Grade 2: A US Sailing coach will be supplied. No private/team coaching is permitted. No private/team spectator boats unless permitted in the NOR. The OA may arrange for spectator boats.
Grade 3: No private/team coaching nor US Sailing-supplied coaches. Private/team spectator boats only if permitted in the NOR. The OA may arrange for spectator boats.
Definition of terms
Professional Certification: coaches should provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing Level 3 coaching certification or its equivalent from another NGB. Level 3 Coaching certification is required. Level 1 or basic instructor training or Level 2, advanced instructor training are not accepted for these events. No exceptions are permitted.
For qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Championship only: Effective January, 2017, Level 2 Coaching Certification will be required at all qualifiers. See the schedule of courses.
Private/Team Coach Any coach who is not supplied by US Sailing is defined as a private coach.
A spectator boat is defined as a vessel in which interested party (parties ) reside(s) while on the water and who have direct ties to a competitor or group of competitors.
A coach boat is defined as a vessel in which a coach (or coaches) reside(s) while on the water and who have direct ties to a competitor or group of competitors.
A platform is defined as a stationary flotation area which has been provided by the Organizing Authority located near to the racing area.
What must private coaches provide to get on the water credentials?
At all levels, coaches should provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing Level 3 coaching certification or its equivalent from another NGB. Coaches must also provide a copy of a current background check and proof of successful completion of USOC’s Safe Sport program. No exceptions are permitted.
Foreign coaches will need to provide proof of $1 million (US) insurance in the United States.
Note: US Sailing certified Level 3 coaches have $10 million in insurance coverage provided their certification is up to date.
b. Any coach and/or support personnel who does not have current First Aid and CPR and/or has neither US Sailing- Level 3 certification nor its equivalent from another National Governing Body) may be provided a fixed venue on the water.
What is permitted at a Grade 1 event
Grade 1 Events:
1) All coaches and/or support personnel shall register by the deadline stated in the notice of race; or if no deadline is issued, before 1700hrs on the day of registration at the host venue. Coaches shall provide:
1) proof of current US Sailing Level 3 certification
proof of its equivalent from another NGB, proof of current First Aid and CPR (US) and a certificate of liability insurance for $1 million (US).
Any person who does not have the credentials stated above will not be permitted to register as a coach.
2) Registered coach boats shall be marked with a numbered or colored identification flag, provided by the organizing authority at registration.
3) Registered coaches may have an additional person placed their boat by the PRO for safety and regatta management purposes.
Other permitted actions and requirements
1) Other than at a Grade 1 event, no coaching or support (other than a US Sailing-supplied coach) is permitted from the time a competitor arrives at the venue each day until 1800 on practice days, and until the Chief Judge or Umpire releases the competitors on race days.
2) The OA may arrange for spectator boats or a platform that provides a location for boat rotation and spectating. Supporters on OA-arranged spectator boats or platforms may provide food and drink, carry clothes and personal affects for use/changing between races, and give encouragement (but not information or advice).
3) The RC may create separate zones for registered coaches and general spectator fleets. Only registered coaches shall be allowed to operate boats in preferential coaching zones described by the RC.
4) The OA/RC may implement a notice of race and/or sailing instruction limiting the competitors’ access to only registered coaches and other designated persons on race days.
5) Except when rendering assistance to a boat in danger, or at the request of the race committee, registered coaches shall stay 100 meters outside the racing area or in the zone(s) indicated by the race committee, from the time of the preparatory signal for the first fleet to start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals an abandonment. Spectators shall stay at least 300 meters outside the racing area or in the zone(s) indicated by the race committee.
6) All coach and spectator boats must have a working VHF radio and monitor the RC channel. The PRO may direct the coach boats onto the race course at his/her discretion; i.e., after a general recall, postponement or if safety needs dictate it.
7) If the PRO, RC, Judges or Umpires see that a coach or spectator boat (as defined to include all on board) violate this policy, the following actions will occur:
- Violation #1: The coach/ spectator boat will be given a warning by the PRO.
- Violation #2: The coach/spectator boat occupants without exception will be banned from the racing area for the duration of the event and must turn in the identification flag.
- The PRO may lodge a protest against all of the boats identified as being associated with this coach boat. A penalty given to an associated boat will be considered a breach of rule 2, Fair Sailing and the penalty will be at the discretion of the Protest Committee.
Note, for the PC to have the discretion to not disqualify a boat for a breach of rule 2, the SI’s need to change rule 64.1, and the NOR needs to say that the SI’s will change rule 64.1 in this instance and give a summary of the changes. Suggested language for changing rule 64.1, Penalties and Exoneration:
- In the NOR, state under Rules: “Rule 64.1 will be changed to give the protest committee penalty discretion for a breach of the US Sailing Coach and Spectator Boat Policy, item 7(c).”
- In the Sailing Instructions, state under Rules: “A penalty given under US Sailing Coach and Spectator Boat Policy, item 7(c), will be at the discretion of the Protest Committee. This changes rule 64.1.” A disqualification under rule 2 cannot be excluded (see rule 90.3(b)).
Approved January 2015