Coaches

High School Coaches Information

Coaches that are not licensed to teach are required to take a coaching course as well as a sports first aid course before they may coach their second year at a WIAA member senior high school.

These two courses can be taken either through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) www.nfhslearn.com or the American Sports Education Program (ASEP) www.asep.com/asep_content/org/WIAAWI.cfm. NFHS and ASEP course are very similar in content. Note: The coaching course through ASEP is called Coaching Techniques.

Cost for courses through NFHS:
$35 for Fundamentals of Coaching
$35 for First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches.

Cost for courses through ASEP: $65 for each course.

The NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching consists of five units, will take approximately 4-6 hours to complete:
Unit 1 –Educational Athletics and the Role of the Coach
Unit 2 –The Coach as Manager
Unit 3 – The Coach and Interpersonal Skills
Unit 4 – The Coach and Physical Conditioning
Unit 5 – The Coach as Teacher

The NFHS First Aid for Coaches course consists of six units, will take approximately 4 hours to complete:
Unit 1 – Coaching Responsibilities and Injury Prevention
Unit 2 – Preventing Disease Transmission
Unit 3 – First Aid
Unit 4 – Breathing Emergencies
Unit 5 – Prevention and Care for Specific Injuries
Unit 6 – Sudden Illness

The following individuals do not have to take an approved course:

  • A student teacher while student teaching.
  • An individual with an administrator or counselor license.
  • Guest lecturers (one time appearance).

The following individuals must take an approved course before they can coach a second year:

  • Anyone that does not fit one of the above listed categories.
  • Anyone that does not have a current license to teach in Wisconsin's public schools.

The following conditions do not exempt a person from the requirement:

  • Holding a license to teach that has expired.
  • Being a volunteer.
  • Being unpaid.
  • Being an occasional, but regularly scheduled lecturer or demonstrator.
  • Having been a student teacher, but is no longer officially in that capacity.
  • Being a nonvarsity coach.
  • Being an assistant coach.

Course requirements may be waived if individual shows documentation of study in Sports Psychology, Injury Prevention and Treatment (Sports Medicine), Teaching Techniques (Pedagogy) and Litigation/Liability (Risk Management).

Communication within an athletic department is an integral part to the overall success of the athletic program.

Athletic directors need to be in contact with coaches, coaches with their players and parents and vice versa.

A ladder of responsibility approach can be very effective in making sure all parties involved in a given issue are communicating effectively. The WIAA was established to serve its member schools. In order to serve the members effectively, inquires should come directly from individuals of a member school and not from parents.

Here is a suggested way for dealing with questions:

Example: Player or his/her parent has a question about a WIAA eligibility rule. Player/parent should contact the individual in their district responsible for athletic eligibility.
Step 1 – Player/parent should ask his/her athletic director for an answer to his/her question.
Step 2 – Athletic director should provide response if he/she knows the correct answer. If athletic director is not knowledgeable, consult WIAA materials for a possible answer or contact the WIAA for assistance.
Step 3 – Once an answer is obtained, the response should be communicated with the coach, athlete, and parent either verbally or in a written format.

Keys to the success of this approach:

1. Player/parent need to understand that questions need to be asked at the local level first and that he/she should not contact the WIAA for a response prior to seeking an answer locally.
2. Coaches should not be contacting the WIAA directly without first involving the school's athletic director. 3. If the athletic director is unable to find the answer in WIAA supplied materials, he/she needs to contact the appropriate WIAA staff member and get an answer to the question.
4. The athletic director needs to communicate the answer to the question to all involved parties in a timely manner.
5. An Athletic Director should not tell a parent to call the WIAA directly to obtain an answer to his/her question. If the athletic director does not know the answer to the specific question, the athletic director should call the WIAA for assistance.

Baseball
Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association

Basketball
Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association

Cross Country
Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association

Football
Wisconsin Football Coaches Association

Golf
Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin

Gymnastics
Wisconsin High School Gymnastics Association

Hockey
Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association

Soccer
Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association
Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association
Madison Soccer Central

Softball
Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association
Amateur Softball Association

Swimming & Diving
Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association

Tennis
Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association

Track & Field
Wisconsin Track Coaches Association
Wisconsin Pole Vault Coaches Association

Volleyball
Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association

Wrestling
Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association
Wisconsin Amateur Wrestling


Video & Exam Requirement

All coaches are required to watch the rules video and write the exam each season in the sport they coach.

 Rules Meetings & Exams

 

Middle Level/Junior High Coaches Education

Coaches Education Requirement For Middle Level/Junior High Schools
The coaches education requirement for coaches not licensed to teach in the State of Wisconsin at the middle level is different then at the high school level.  Middle level coaches can still take the NFHS courses if they so choose and that would meet our current requirement.  If they do not do the NFHS courses they must completed the Middle Level Coaches Education Guide (link to guide is below).  The completion of this requirement is to be overseen by the school athletic director.

Click here for a copy of the Middle Level Coaches Education Guide

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