in an International Coaching Opportunity?
time to time, the ASCA is contacted with an opportunity for an American
Coach to participate in coaching either international athletes or coaches.
Some of these requests come to us directly. Others come from the USOC
and USA-Swimming. Some even come from agencies of the US government, or
a foreign government.
In general terms, we do the best we can to fulfill all reasonable requests.
As you might imagine, the time frame expected for a response is sometimes
quite “unreasonable”. This being the case, ASCA would like
to have on file, a list of approved coaches who might be interested in
any of these type of positions.
If YOU are interested in any sort of international coaching experience,
you need to have documents on file in the ASCA office in order to be considered
for one of these assignments. You can find the link at the bottom of this
page to complete these documents, with the exception of your personal
International coaching assignments have a number of “different”
conditions than coaching here in the USA. The most important of which
is to understand that your legal rights overseas are radically different
than they are here in the USA. In terms of payment in particular, the
ASCA requires that the employing agency, group or individual, deposit
in full the expected finances associated with this coaching venture, before
the USA Coach leaves the USA, in most circumstances. The ASCA will then
pay the coach contingent on the successful completion of the coaching
assignment. This protects both the American Coach, and the International
Due to the amount of staff work involved in these projects, the ASCA will
retain a small percentage of the total contract (on the order of 3-10%
of the total money involved, depending on extent of the work involved.)
in order to cover our costs. The requesting agency pays this amount to
ASCA. (not the coach)
Due to the sensitive nature of international sport, ASCA also requires
that the coach undertake a short course of study and discussion with relevant
persons in the ASCA and USA-Swimming office, so that we can expect that
you will represent our nation appropriately while you are coaching overseas,
or hosting international guests.
Typically, these opportunities fall into one of several categories:
1. An American coach requested for a period of time to coach athletes
in a foreign nation. This can range from a “national team”
to a local club. Time period can range from a week to multiple years.
2. Similar to the above, with the added stipulation that the American
Coach will also work with the native coaches of that country, as well
as the athletes.
3. An American Coach requested for a “coaches to coaches”
education program. Typically of short duration, but occasionally a long
4. An American Coach to host a foreign coach in the USA, and provide the
internship type opportunity for that coach. The financial arrangements
for this sort of situation can range from the host coach paying a salary
to visiting coach, to the visiting coach paying an honorarium to the host
American Coach for the opportunity to learn.
Again, time periods will vary wildly.
5. An American Coach/Club requested to host a group of swimmers from a
foreign nation for either a training camp or a prolonged training experience
that could range from weeks to years.
There are of course, variations on all of the above themes.
Now, if you are interested, please complete the questionaire
and submit along with a your resume.