Welcome To The 2016 CSCCa National Conference

Welcome to the 2016 CSCCa National Conference – the 16th annual national conference of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa)! As we approach the national conference each year, I reflect and marvel upon the growth this association has experienced. I vividly remember the organization’s first national conference, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in May 2001.

There were 167 attendees and just 16 exhibiting companies. This year, we welcome about 1,500 coaches to the national conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

The conference features a large exhibit hall with well over 250 exhibit booths representing more than 120 different equipment, athletic gear, sports nutrition, recovery, and software companies. We filled up the original exhibit hall and had to open up additional booths in an expanded hall! These exhibitors know that the CSCCa annual national conference is the largest gathering of collegiate and professional-level strength and conditioning coaches in the country and is their best opportunity to connect with this important group.

This is an exciting time for the CSCCa and its member coaches. The SCCC (Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified) certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is considered to be the “gold standard” among certifications designed specifically for the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Its three-pronged certification process includes a 640-hour internship, a written scientific exam, and a practical skills evaluation. These three components set the SCCC certification apart as the most thorough and comprehensive strength and conditioning certification in the industry.

Individuals holding this prestigious certification have shown that they possess the necessary knowledge, skills, techniques and expertise required to design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs to maximize athletic performance while reducing injury potential.

Another big change has taken place over this past year to the SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified) certification program that you should know about. The written portion of the exam is now being offered through Computer-Based Testing (CBT). This will increase the accessibility and efficiency of the exam’s administration. In addition, separating the dates of the written and practical exam will allow candidates to focus more fully on one portion of the exam at a time and prevent candidates from being overwhelmed by having to sit for both portions of the exam on the same day. Having an open window of availability for candidates to take the written exam will also allow candidates to schedule a time to test that is convenient for them. CBT should also improve the timetable in which the CSCCa is able to provide candidates with their exam results. Additionally, CBT will allow for the scheduling of a written re-take exam later in the year.

I strongly encourage you to plan to attend the CSCCa National Conference EVERY year and participate in great educational presentations by highly qualified speakers regarding the various aspects of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program, designed to keep you abreast of the latest developments in the field. The annual national conference also provides a great opportunity for coaches to share ideas and philosophies and develop camaraderie. In addition, attending the CSCCa National Conference each year is the simplest, most cost- and time-efficient, and most beneficial way to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and maintain SCCC certification.

In short, your participation in this conference is a reflection of your commitment to be the best strength and conditioning coach you can be.

Welcome to the 2016 CSCCa National Conference!

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