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Speed Certification Q & A

Top 10 CSAC Questions

Here are the top 10 questions we are getting asked about the Certified Speed & Agility Coach course. I thought it would be best to have a page to refer everyone to…..

Question #1

Q: Is this certification recognized by other organizations?
A: OK, this question has multiple parts so bear with me.

First, if you are asking this question because you are looking for CEU’s from other organizations, then here is what I know…

Certification organizations like the NSCA and NASM do not allow other certifications to apply for CEU’s. So, even though our other courses have been approved for CEU’s, we were not able to apply the CSAC for CEU’s. That being said, there are many coaches who already registered for the CSAC that are going to petition their certifying organization to get CEU’s after they take this course, due to the type and quality of information and the fact that there is a test at the end that show comprehension and completion.

Second, if you are asking this question because you are concerned on the quality of this information and you want to make sure it’s valuable, then I have this to say…

The CSAC is brand new and this is the first time it’s being offered. However, Athletes Acceleration has been providing speed development information for the past 11 years. Myself, with his over 25 years’ experience, and being the go-to-guy in multi-directional speed, really makes this course a step above anything else out there. Now, calling myself the go-to-guy, and being known as the ‘Speed Guy’ is easy to state in an email. However, when you actually ask around to people in the know in our industry, most recommends me. I have been called in to consult and speak for the NFL, NBA, Perform Better, Rebook, NFL Combine, EXOS, NSCA, CSCCa, Bollettieri, and numerous NCAA college strength and conditioning programs.

We didn’t create this certification coming in lightly. We knew if we put something out that it had to be a game changer and a step ahead of everything else. If you are actually concerned about speed & agility development , want specific information for improvement, and want  information that you can immediately apply (with your clients/athletes and staff), then this CSAC course is right up your alley.

Again, don’t take my word for it. Ask people you respect in our industry. I know you can ask these top coaches in our industry: Eric Cressey, Dave Gleason, Zach Even-esh, Alwyn Cosgrove, Robert dos Remedios, Wil Fleming, Mike Robertson, Mike Reinold, Kevin Neeld, Tony Gentilcore, … or even ask anyone who has registered for the course. The staff at Washington State University just registered and are going through it now, ask them and see what they think.

Our name is only as good as our information and the coaches’ experience going through and using that information. We know this and are putting our reputation behind it.

Question #2

Q: “What’s the difference between Complete Speed Training and the Certified Speed & Agility Course?”
A: CSAC goes deep into why and how we understand movement and speed. We want to make sure we can evaluate an athlete and we understand why we need to implement a certain set of exercises for that particular athlete or group of athletes. As a certified coach you need a complete understanding of why you are doing what you are doing, when to do it and how to progress it. How to assess and recognize the potential issues you may run into with your athletes.

Question #3

Q: “What if I don’t want the certification, just the information from the course?”
A: Simple…register for the CSAC course, and don’t take the test. I do not place a big emphasis on initials after my name and I know others feel the same way, but still wants the education, so you are not required to take the test at the end (you must take the test though if you want to be certified).

Question #4

Q: “How is the CSAC different than other speed certifications?”
A: First, I love this question that Eric Cressey posted in a recent blog when he discusses if it is worth getting a course or not – “Is the experience delivered by one of the best in the experience? Can these individuals speak from perspective? Or, are they academics who haven’t worked with an actual human in years?”

I like Eric’s question because, as you get more familiar with organizations, the more you can see how some are out of touch with in-the-trenches information, or how the organization might have an impressive ‘Board of Directors’ but you find out how they are not involved at all with what goes on in the organization or are not involved with the information that they put out. Then, there are certifications and courses out there that you have no idea who actually created it (our reputation and name are behind this CSAC course).

But to fully answer this question, Pat Beith answered it the best…..

“Athletes Acceleration has been the leader in speed development education for the past 11 years. Coaches from over 107 countries worldwide have been using our speed courses. Joining forces with the man, the myth, the legend, Lee Taft, makes this course the best around. Lee has been coaching speed & agility for over 25 years and is the most sought after Speed Expert in the World (just ask around…seriously ask around). This coaching certification is what we actually use with our athletes to evaluate and develop their speed. This is what we teach our coaches that work for us and what we base our speed camps and speed programs around. It dives deep into how to be a better speed agility development coach. So, pretty much to answer your question, we do speed. It has been our focus at Athletes Acceleration for 11 years and Coach Taft’s focus for over 25. We don’t dabble and put out a bunch of different random certifications that we think people will buy. We do what we do best – educate other coaches how to get their athletes faster and better prepared. Little known fact: Lee Taft created the first ever multi-directional speed training certification years ago, before speed certifications were so popular. We have seen most speed programs around and feel very strongly that you will be happy with the CSAC and agree with us about it being the best speed agility certification around.”

Question #5

Q: What happens if you update the information in CSAC?
A: If you join and get the CSAC, you will get free access to all future updates with the program. We won’t ask you to pay again for this course if we make updates to it. Yes, like any other coach that continues to learn better ways to do things to get the most out our athletes, we may change the CSAC down the road. So if we do make any updates or changes to the CSAC course, we will let you know and you can go check out the new material for free.

Question #6

Q: Why does the CSAC course close on January 29th?
A: Since this is the first time we are releasing the Certified Speed & Agility Course we want to make sure it’s as awesome as we think it is. Call it a BETA. We will be in there answering questions and asking each member how they like the course to see if we can make it even better. We do not know when we will release the CSAC course again, so if you are interested at all, now is the time to get in.

Question #7

Q: “How is the CSAC Course Delivered?”
A: The Certified Speed & Agility Coach Course is a digital course and will be entirely online (nothing will be shipped to you). Once you enroll, you will be given access to all of the material in our secure members’ area where you will be able to start the course on your own time, at your own pace.

Question #8

Q: “Do I need this CSAC Certification?”
A: The answer is simple. If you coach athletes or train athletes that participate in a sport that requires speed & agility – the answer is yes (and yes, I know I am biased). It doesn’t matter if you work with soccer players, baseball players, football players or any other young athletes. If their sport performance is even partially dictated by their speed or agility, than this is a must have Certification. It will help you separate yourself from the competition.

Question #9

Q: “How will this certificate help me?”
A: It depends on who you are… If you’re a coach – this Certification will give you the knowledge to make all of your athletes better. Much, much better. It separates yourself and your athletes from your competition. If you’re a fitness professional – this Certification will empower you to deliver the one thing athletes need more than anything else to be successful – SPEED! This means more clients and a better business because you will be positioned as the speed expert in your area.

Question #10

Q: “How long do I have to complete the class and take the test once I am enrolled?”
You can move at your own pace! It should take around 7-14 days to complete but, we understand that life happens, and that just because you enroll today that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to finish (or even start) the class this week. And that’s ok! Take as long as you like. We aren’t going anywhere, and neither is this certification.

That’s all I got for now. If you have any other questions, please let me know. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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