COACHES EDUCATION PROGRAM:
Rationale: The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA)and the Vermont State Athletic Director’s Association (VSADA) believe strongly in the importance and value of a coaches education program. To this end, the VPA and VSADA support the Coaches Education Program offered through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and encourage all coaches to participate in this program.
Requirements: In order to be a coach in a VPA member school, all coaches in grades 9 through 12 are required to complete the following education requirements. These requirements are recommended for middle school and elementary school coaches.
a) Fundamentals of Coaching – NFHS Coaches Education Program – must be
completed in the 1st year of coaching.
b) First Aid Health and Safety For Coaches – NFHS Coaches Education Program –
must be completed in the 1st year of coaching.
c) Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know –NFHS Coaches Education
Program– must be completed before the first practice of a sports season (VT State Law effective 7/1/13). Must be renewed every two years. The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) course“Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports” may also be used to meet this requirement.
All three courses can be accessed at www.nfhslearn.com. The Concussion Course is free of charge, but there is a nominal cost for the Fundamentals of Coaching and Sports First Aid Course. Coaches should check with their Athletic Director to determine how to register for all courses. The CDC courses may be found at www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Youth.html.
Once completed, coaches should notify their Athletic Director, who in turn will notify the Coaches Education Coordinator, Amy Molina (Athletic Director at U-32) who will then register the coach in the state-wide coaches databank.
Recommendations: The NFHS Coaches Education Program also offers a number of free and elective courses and a number of sport specific courses to coaches.
- Sportsmanship – For Coaches, Officials, Players,Parents and Fans
- The Role of the Parent in Sports
- Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment
- Coaching Unified Sports (in conjunction with Special Olympics)
- NCAA Eligibility Center Coaching Education
- Pole Vault: Successful Skill Development
- A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention
- A Guide to Sports Nutrition
- World Book: Learning Pro Courses
Sport-Specific Courses (a fee is charged)
- Boys Lacrosse
- Cheer and Dance
- Field Hockey
- Girls Lacrosse
- Spirit Safety Certification
- Track and Field
Elective Courses (a fee is charged)
- Coaching Sports in Middle School
- Engaging Effectively With Parents
- Strength and Conditioning
- Teaching and Modeling Behavior
- Teaching Sports Skills
All courses may be found at www.nfhslearn.com