Message From The CSCCa Executive Director

Welcome to the CSCCa Monthly online newsletter.  This will be the CSCCa’s primary method of communication with its membership and will allow us to send far fewer mass emails.  The first issue of CSCCa Monthly was released in March, and we sincerely hope you are enjoying this publication and find the articles to be informative and useful to you in your position as a strength and conditioning coach!  We are excited to kick-off the 2016-17 school year with the September Issue.  It will provide a great deal of helpful information to assist you in planning for the coming year.

2016-17 CSCCa Membership Year:

The CSCCa membership year runs concurrent with the 2016-17 school year: August 1 – July 31, 2017.  You should have received an email with information regarding how to renew your CSCCa membership.  If you did not receive this letter or if you have any questions or concerns regarding your CSCCa membership, please contact the CSCCa National Office by phone (801-375-9400) or email (info@cscca.org), and we will be happy to assist you.


CSCCa membership is no longer required to participate in the following CSCCa-sponsored events:

  • SCCC certification
  • national conference attendance
  • maintaining of SCCC certification through completion of  CEU requirements

CSCCa membership is, however, still required for obtaining and maintaining Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) status.

It is important to note, however, that CSCCa members receive discounted pricing for SCCC certification fees, national conference registration, and CEU reporting fees.  CSCCa members also receive complimentary subscriptions to CSCCa Monthly, This Is AFCA Magazine and Training & Conditioning Magazine.  We strongly encourage you to maintain your membership in this unique organization which is designed solely for collegiate and professional-level strength and conditioning coaches.

View the 2016-17 CSCCa Event Calendar.

MSCC Applications

This is a friendly reminder that all SCCC Certified Members who are interested in applying to be inducted as a Master Strength & Conditioning Coach (MSCC) at the 2017 CSCCa National Conference should do so as soon as possible. Due to the extensive administrative work required to verify employment and gather information for the increased number of applicants, we have been forced to move up the due date for the 2017 MSCC application to December 1, 2016. Applications received after this date will be considered for 2018 Induction. Eligibility requirements to become an MSCC may be found on the CSCCa Website here. The required minimum of 12 years (144 months) as a full-time collegiate and/or professional-level strength and conditioning coach must be completed by December 31, 2016.

2017 MSCC Application

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the CSCCa National Office at 801-375-9400.

New Pricing Structure

A new price structure has been put in place to accommodate both CSCCa members and non-members interested in CSCCa programs and services.  In addition, the 2.75% processing fee for credit card transactions has been eliminated.  Please see the chart below for the new price structure effective August 1, 2016:

CSCCa Dues And Fees

Please be aware that any fees that were due prior to August 1, 2016, are still subject to the 2.75% processing fee which will be reflected on your account.

Updated Mentoring Packet Available

The CSCCa Mentoring Packet has been updated and is now available for all CSCCa-approved mentors.  Any newly approved CSCCa mentors and individuals listed as CSCCa Mentors for May 2017 SCCC Candidates will be sent a new packet.  Any other CSCCa-approved mentors who are interested in receiving the updated packet should contact Carlee at the CSCCa National Office at 801-375-9400 or at info@cscca.org.  Please provide her with the mailing address where the packet should be sent.

December 2016 and May 2017 SCCC Candidates and Mentors

The SCCC Candidate Handbook is available on the CSCCa website and includes valuable information for preparing for both the written and practical portion of the SCCC Certification Exam.  All SCCC Candidates and CSCCa-approved mentors of these Candidates are strongly encouraged to review this important information.

CEU Program

Education has always been and will continue to be the central focus of the CSCCa. The organization has implemented a variety of programs and activities designed to keep strength and conditioning coaches current on the latest scientific research, developments, and innovations in their field and to help these coaches implement these concepts in their own programs safely and effectively. All CSCCa members are strongly encouraged to obtain the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) Certification to identify them as individuals possessing the necessary knowledge, skills, techniques, and expertise to be an effective strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level.

In order to ensure the validity and credibility of the SCCC Certification, it is necessary that individuals holding this prestigious certification continue to be updated and informed about recent developments and advances made in the field of strength and conditioning. To facilitate this, the CSCCa Certification Commission has implemented a Continuing Education Units (CEU) program. This program ensures not only that SCCC certified coaches stay current on the latest exercise science/research and its practical application in the field, but also that they are familiar with all NCAA rules and regulations affecting the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs. The primary concern of the CSCCa and its member coaches continues to be the protection of the health and safety of the student athlete and to provide appropriate and effective exercise prescription that will maximize athletic performance safely and effectively while decreasing the risk of injury.

August 1, 2016 marked the beginning of the current CEU cycle.  Attendance at a minimum of one CSCCa National Conference each CEU cycle is no longer required.  However, attendance at the CSCCa annual national conference continues to be the most effective and efficient way to obtain the required CEUs.  CEUs for attendance at the event are automatically recorded to the individual’s account, and the annual CEU fee is waived if the corresponding CSCCa National Conference is attended.  Individuals who attend the CSCCa National Conference each year fulfill the required 45 CEUs.

SCCC certified individuals are strongly encourage to submit CEU information as it is completed and not to wait until the end of the CEU cycle.  As a reminder, itineraries and verification of attendance are required for attendance at events that are not CSCCa-sponsored. Visit the CSCCa website for more information regarding CEU reporting.

CPR/AED/First Aid certification is also required to maintain SCCC certification.  This is to ensure the health and safety of the athlete.  A card or certificate verifying certification that will be current on the last day of the cycle, is required as part of the CEU program.  Please be aware that the CSCCa does not accept certification courses that are completed solely on-line. While it is acceptable to have a portion of these courses offered online, there must also be an in-class portion conducted by an instructor to ensure the demonstration and mastery of necessary life-saving skills and techniques. The SCCC certification is the “gold standard” for strength and conditioning certifications, and consequently has established a high standard for its certified coaches.

2017 CSCCa National Conference

Mark your calendars now and please plan to attend the 2017 CSCCa National Conference.  The national conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, at Coronado Springs, which is located on the Walt Disney World property!  The dates of the conference are Wednesday, May 10, through Friday, May 12, 2017.  We encourage you to bring your families and take advantage of all that Walt Disney World has to offer.  You can now make your room reservation and find more information regarding the 2017 National Conference on the CSCCa website!

As you can see, there are many exciting events planned for the 2016-17 membership year.  We sincerely hope to see each of you in Orlando in May!  If we can provide any additional information regarding any of the CSCCa events and activities, please contact the CSCCa National Office.  On behalf of the CSCCa Board of Directors, we want to wish each of you a safe and successful year!

Dr. Chuck Stiggins
CSCCa Executive Director

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