The start of the 2014-15 school year has begun, meaning fall sports seasons are gearing up around the country, and with it, the United States Sports Academy has an incredible free service for coaches of all sports and at all levels.

As a public service, the United States Sports Academy offers a free online course, Introduction to Coaching, available to the public year-round.

The Introduction to Coaching course includes six units: Ethics, Administrative Principles, Methodology and Pedagogy for Sports Coaching, Sports Conditioning and Nutrition, Injury Management for Coaches, and Sport Psychology. Supplemental materials including videos, up-to-date articles and other readings are used to enhance and augment the program.

Whether a student is an experienced coach wanting to refresh their knowledge or just simply wanting to coach their child’s little league team, this free course would be a useful resource. Once the course is completed, the student will have basic understanding of coaching athletes across the broad spectrum of sport.

The free class may accessed by visiting

Also, students wanting to pursue a degree from the Academy, but who are unfamiliar with online education, can use these free courses to familiarize themselves with the details and the process.

The Academy offers its courses 100% online, allowing students to take courses from wherever they want and rolling enrollment allows students to begin courses whenever they are ready.

The final exam for both courses is open book, which means you may use your text during the exam. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and does not include a time limit. Those who score 70% or higher on the final test may purchase Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and receive a certificate of completion. For additional information about this course, email 

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit