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.
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. At National Championships, Smallboat Level 3 Coaching Certification is required. Coaches must also provide proof of up-to-date completion of USOC’s Safe Sport program (Safesport requires retraining every two years). At Area Junior Championships (area qualifiers for the Junior National Championships), Smallboat Level 2 Instructor certification is required.
Grade 2: A US Sailing coach will be supplied. No private/team coaching is permitted. Private/team spectator boats only if permitted in the NOR. The OA may arrange for spectator boats.
Grade 3: No coaches. Private/team spectator boats only if permitted in the NOR. The OA may arrange for spectator boats.
Definition of terms
Professional Certification: coaches shall provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing certification or its equivalent from another NGB.
Private/Team Coach: A coach who is not supplied by US Sailing is defined as a private coach.
A spectator boat is defined as a vessel occupied by interested parties who have direct ties to one or more competitors.
A coach boat is defined as a vessel occupied by a coach or coaches who have direct ties to one or more 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 National Championships, coaches shall provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing Smallboat Level 3 coaching certification or its equivalent from another NGB. Coaches must also provide evidence of successful completion of USOC’s Safe Sport program. At the Area Junior Championships (area qualifiers for the Junior National Championships), coaches shall provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing Smallboat Level 2 instructor certification or its equivalent from another NGB.
Foreign coaches will need to provide proof of $1 million (US) insurance in the United States.
Note: US Sailing certified Smallboat Level 2 and 3 coaches are covered by $10 million in liability insurance.
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.
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 on their boat solely 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.
3) The RC may create separate zones for registered coaches and general spectator fleets. Only registered coaches shall 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 remain outside the racing area or in the zone(s) designated 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.
Updated June 14, 2017