RVP added to coaching certification

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Beginning this fall, coaches seeking certification at any level through the United States Bowling Congress will have to be approved through the Registered Volunteer Program (RVP). The USBC Coaching Certification and Development team also announced that current coaches will need to be approved through RVP as part of their continuing education process.

"The Registered Volunteer Program simply needs to be a part of the process to certify coaches," said Neil Stremmel, USBC Managing Director, National Governing Body (NGB). "It will benefit coaches because parents and proprietors will know that USBC certified coaches have gone through the proper background screening. It adds integrity to our certification process, the game and our coaches."

USBC implemented RVP, a background screening program, to help provide a safe environment for USBC Youth members. The program ensures the USBC is doing everything it can to protect youth bowlers. As the NGB for bowling, USBC follows guidelines of the United States Olympic Committee and the USOC launched its SafeSport program earlier this year.

"The USOC has encouraged all NGBs to have programs to ensure athletes have safe training environments," Stremmel said. "We have used RVP with youth volunteers for several years and it is important for us to add this component to all coaches."

Under the new guidelines that take effect Aug. 1, 2012, new coaching candidates will have to be approved through RVP prior to becoming certified. Coaches who will be taking part in upcoming Bronze, Silver and Gold certification courses have been notified of the new requirement.
For current USBC certified coaches, RVP is now part of the continuing education program. Coaches will need to become approved through RVP by the end of their continuing education period to remain active. Coaches will earn two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for becoming RVP approved.

Go to BOWL.com/rvp to learn more about the Registered Volunteer Program and go to BOWL.com/coaching for information on coaching certification.