USA Ultimate Coaching Requirements

USA Ultimate has coaching requirements for individuals as well as teams. Refer to both sets of guidelines below to prepare for your team's coaching needs this upcoming season.

Requirements for individuals coaching at USA Ultimate Events

Due to changes in Federal law, it is more important than ever for teams to fully roster all coaches and for these coaches to fulfill event requirements.

This table is a quick summery of membership and certification requirements.  It does not describe all requirements for coaches. Please be sure to read event guidelines fully and carefully.  If there is a descrepency, the event guidelines should be followed.

For all of the events below, teams must roster all of their coaches.

Event   Coach Membership   Certification   Accepted Certifications
High School State Championships    All Coaches, Minimum  of 1 Coach    Minimum of 1 Coach   Middle  School,
High School
 Fall Cup    All Coaches, Minimum  of 1 Coach        
US Open - YCC    All Coaches, Minimum  of 1 Coach    Minimum of 1 Coach   Middle  School,
High School
College Nationals - DIII    All Coaches, no minimum        
College Nationals - DI   All Coaches
No Minimum, but for a team to have coaches and/or team support, the team must have rostered at least one coach
  If the team has coaches, at least one must be certified   College/Club,
US Open - ICC    All Coaches, no minimum        
Club Nationals    All Coaches, no minimum        



  • Coaches coaching teams at all USA Ultimate events must be identified via the team roster, all event rosters, and in some cases, event info forms.


  • Coach level membership educational requirements (all requirements must be valid through the dates of their event(s)).  The link for these requirements can be found on the homepage of your USA Ultimate Account:
    • Agreement to adhere to the Coaching Code of Ethics
    • Certification showing completetion of the CDC's concussion training (or other USA Ultimate approved training).
    • NCSI Green Light Background Screen
    • Competition of the SafeSport training.
    • Passing a quiz passed on four online training videos produced by USA Ultimate.
  • CDP Certification: At events where certification is required, at least one of the coaches on the roster must be certified with the appropriate certification.
  • CPR/First Aid certification is recommended.


Uniform Guidelines:

  • Coaches must follow the uniform guidelines established by their division: youth, college or club.

Team Requirements for coaching at USA Ultimate Events

Events requiring teams to have coaches present for all competition and included on rosters:

  • Youth Division:
    • High School Regional championships--1 unique coach (cannot represent two teams at the same event) mininum per team
    • Youth Club Championships--1 unique coach (cannot represent two teams at the same event) minimum per team
    • State Championships & Qualifying events - 1 unique coach (cannot represent two teams at the same event) mininum per team.
  • College, Club, Masters Divisions:
    • No events in college, club, or masters divisions currently require coaches. If a team in these divisions choose to attend an event with a coach, coaches must be listed on the roster & meet all individual requirements.


During events with restricted sideline access: