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Updated FAQs for Temporary Coaching Certificate

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
September 1, 2017

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals:

TEMPORARY ATHLETIC TEAM COACH CERTIFICATION

The California Department of Education (CDE) has updated the Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our Web site (http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/pe/physeducfaqs.asp) concerning the process for district local governing boards to meet the requirements of the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR) sections 5593 and 5594: Temporary Coaching Certifications.

Section 5593 states that any person serving at any grade level as a temporary athletic team coach must show knowledge and competency in the areas of:

  1. Care and prevention of athletic injuries, basic first aid, and emergency procedures;

  2. Coaching techniques;

  3. Rules and regulations in the athletic activity being coached; and

  4. Child or adolescent psychology, whichever is appropriate to the grade level of the involved sports activity.

Furthermore, the district shall establish a temporary athletic team coach’s qualifications in each of the below specified four competency areas:

  1. Care and prevention of athletic injuries, basic injury first aid, and emergency procedures as evidenced by one or more of the following:

    1. Completion of a college-level course in the care and prevention of athletic injuries and possession of a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card; or

    2. A valid sports injury certificate or first aid card, and a valid CPR card; or

    3. A valid Emergency Medical Technician I or II card; or

    4. A valid trainer’s certification issued by the National or California Athletic Trainer’s Association; or

    5. The person has had practical experience under the supervision of an athletic coach or trainer, or has assisted in team athletic training and conditioning, and has both valid CPR and first aid cards.

  2. Coaching theory and techniques in the sport or game being coached, as evidenced by one or more of the following:

    1. Completion of a college course in coaching theory and techniques; or

    2. Completion of in-service programs arranged by a school district office or a county office of education; or

    3. Prior service as a student coach or assistant athletic coach in the sport to be coached; or

    4. Prior coaching in community youth athletic programs in the sport to be coached; or

    5. Prior participation in organized competitive athletics at high school level or above in the sport to be coached.

  3. Knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining to the sport or game being coached, the league rules and, at the high school level, regulations of the California Interscholastic Federation.

  4. Knowledge of child or adolescent psychology as it relates to sports participation as evidenced by one or more of the following:

    1. Completion of a college-level course in child psychology for elementary school positions and adolescent or sports psychology for secondary school positions; or

    2. Completion of a seminar or workshop on human growth and development of youth; or

    3. Prior active involvement with youth in school or community sports program.
Section 5594 states that at the first regular board meeting, or within 30 days after selection of a temporary athletic team coach, whichever is sooner, the district superintendent shall certify to the local board of trustees that the provisions in Section 5593 have been met. The board shall certify to the State Board of Education by April 1 of each year that the provisions of Section 5593 have been met.

The Physical Education FAQs on the CDE Web site outlines how local boards may fulfill the process by letter or the form provided on the Physical Education FAQs Web page located at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/pe/physeducfaqs.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Linda Wilkinson, Education Programs Consultant, in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Office, at 916-323-5798 or by e-mail at LWilkinson@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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2017-03657

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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