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OSAA Information and Resources for Coaches

Oregon Athletic
Directors Association


The OSAA values its relationship with administrators and support staffs of our member schools. Your leadership allows the Association to function efficiently and effectively in enriching the educational experiences of more than 130,000 high school students annually throughout Oregon. We hope you'll find what you need at www.osaa.org to assist you in achieving our common educational goals. We encourage you to contact the OSAA staff directly if you have questions or need further clarification on a specific policy.

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Professional Organizations for Administrators

The OSAA has relationships with several professional organizations that work closely with school administrators. Follow the links below for additional information.

Oregon Athletic
Coaches Association


School coaches are tremendously important educators who have the opportunity to make lasting impressions on students as they learn lifelong lessons through participation in activities. Thank you for your efforts in developing your students. We hope you'll find this page helpful in reaching your goals.

Professional Organizations for Coaches

The OSAA works closely with several professional organizations that provide excellent resources for high school coaches. Follow the links below for additional information.

AD and Coach Requirements

This page highlights the certification and training program requirements for Oregon high school Athletic Directors and Coaches. Full details on AD and Coach certification requirements can be found in the OSAA Handbook.

For athletics (football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball, track & field, golf, and tennis), coaches must complete required certifications before interacting with participants during that sport's season.

Cheerleading and dance/drill coaches must complete required certifications by the first day of the association year (the first practice date in the fall).

Lookup a Certification

Certified through NFHS after August 1, 2007

NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching certified through ASEP prior to August 1, 2007 (Sorted by last name)
» ASEP Certified List
NOTE: All ASEP-certified coaches will be grandfathered into the OSAA requirement for the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course, these previously certified coaches are not required to take the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course.

ODE Steroid List of Completed Assessments

Required Certifications and Training Courses for Oregon High School Coaches

NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching
One time requirement, or grandfathered

"NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching" - $50
Concussion in Sports
Annual - required every year

"NFHS Concussion in Sports" - free
Heat Illness Prevention
Quadrennial - required every 4 years
Annual - required every year (only for football coaches)
"NFHS Heat Illness Prevention" - free
Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Substances Training
Quadrennial - required every 4 years
NFHS Online Course or ODE/Other Training
First Aid
Optional - per district/school policy

Not an OSAA or state requirement

CPR / AED Training
Optional - per district/school policy

Not an OSAA or state requirement
OSAA Spirit Safety
Annual - required every year (only for cheerleading & dance/drill coaches)
OSAA Online Training - free
Heads Up Football Certification
Annual - required every year (only for football coaches)
Composed of 4 course components that must be completed annually: Concussion in Sports, Heat Illness Prevention, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Blocking, Tackling & Equipment Fitting
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Annual - required every year (only for football coaches)

"NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest" - free
Blocking, Shoulder Tackling & Equipment Fitting
Annual - required every year (only for football coaches)
"NFHS Blocking, Shoulder Tackling & Equipment Fitting" - $10

Visit the NFHS Learning Center for additional online courses.

Online Training Course Help

Answers to common NFHS online course questions, logins, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does certification through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) satisfy the one time requirement for NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching?
A. Yes, so long as the athletic director or coach was certified through ASEP prior to August 1, 2007. Thereafter, only the NFHS Coach Education Program "Fundamentals of Coaching" will satisfy this requirement unless an exception is granted in writing by the OSAA.

Q. When must a coach be certified?
A. All coaches must be certified prior to assuming coaching duties unless an emergency exception is authorized in writing by the OSAA. This includes cheerleading coaches, dance/drill coaches, and choreographers at schools that do not participate in competitions.

Q. Is certification required of volunteer coaches?
A. Yes.

Q. Must a "guest" coach be certified?
A. No, but if the coach has contact with students more than three times in a sport season, the coach shall no longer be considered a "guest" and must be certified. A non-certified "guest" coach may not serve as a coach at a contest. Coaches may not use this provision to circumvent the training requirements, i.e. a regular coach does not get a three day grace period to interact with participants prior to being wholly certified.

Q. May a school bring in alumni or other non-high school personnel to scrimmage with teams or individuals as "guest coaches" if those personnel are limited to student contact on no more than three occasions during the sport season?
A. No. The "guest coach" exception is intended to allow a limited number of visits by a guest instructor; it is NOT intended to allow coaches to bring in coaches or players to participate in drills or scrimmages against teams or individuals. Any attempt to circumvent the Participation Limitations by calling practice participants "guest coaches" or to have coaches interact with participants prior to being wholly certified would be a violation of OSAA rules.

Q. In individual sports, may a parent or non-certified coach accompany a participant to a contest as the school representative if that person is an authorized representative of the principal?
A. Yes, but the authorized representative may not coach the participant unless specific permission has been granted in writing by the Executive Director.

Q. Does the OSAA require high school coaches to have current first aid certification?
A. No. However, coaches should check with their athletic directors as most high schools or school districts have this as a requirement.

Q. How long is the Heads Up Football certification valid?
A. The answer depends on the four component courses that comprise the Heads Up Football certification: Concussion in Sports, Heat Illness Prevention, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Blocking, Tackling & Equipment Fitting. Heads Up Football certification expires one year after the earliest component completion date. Even if an individual component course is valid for more than one year, for the purposes of retaining Heads Up Football certification, the four component courses must be completed annually.

Additional Resources

The following additional resources provide quality information on pertinent subjects for high school coaches.

Sportsmanship Resources

Beyond High School: College Bound Student Information

The resources below should be utilized as part of a larger collaboration of efforts among the student, parents, coaches, school administrators, and college compliance or admissions personnel.

Title IX Resources

Cindy Simmons, OSAA Assistant Executive Director, (503) 682-6722 x227 | cindys@osaa.org
Karin Moscon, ODE Education Specialist, Civil Rights, (503) 947-5706, karin.moscon@state.or.us
Tim Sell, Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office, (206) 607-1639, timothy.sell@ed.gov

OSAA/ODE Title IX Self-Evaluation Toolkit for Athletic Programs

Additional Title IX Resources

Who Should Attend?

Workshops are ideal for:
  • Athletic Directors
  • Assistant Athletic Directors
  • Athletic Director Secretaries

2017-18 School Year Workshops

August 8, 2017:
  • Shriners Building, Wilsonville

August 9, 2017:
  • OSAA Office, Wilsonville
  • St. Mary's School, Medford
  • Ridgeview High School, Redmond

August 10, 2017:
  • Springfield High School, Springfield
  • Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton

August 11, 2017:
  • OSAA Office, Wilsonville

Annual Administrator Workshops

The OSAA hosts annual Administrator Workshops to familiarize representatives from the member schools with the services, policies, procedures, rules, and interpretations of the Association.

Mandatory Attendance

Each member school shall ensure that at least one representative participates in one of the annual Administrator Workshops presented by OSAA staff. Roll shall be taken at the Workshops to confirm compliance with this policy.

Should it be determined that a member school failed to have a representative at any of the Administrator Workshops, that school shall have an administrator view a recorded version of the workshop within five days, receive a $1,000 fine, appear before the Executive Board at their next meeting and be placed on probation during the Association Year of non-attendance. The Executive Board shall consider the probationary status of the school when assigning penalties for any violations of OSAA Regulations by the school that might occur during the period of probation. (Executive Board policy)