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2017-18 OSAA Spirit Safety

STAFF CONTACT: Kelly Foster, Associate Director, 503.682.63722 x233, kellyf@osaa.org

Cheerleading and Dance/Drill Coach Training Requirements

By OSAA rule, all Cheerleading and Dance/Drill coaches must be certified in the following courses prior to assuming coaching duties. » AD and Coach Requirements & FAQs
Fundamentals of Coaching One time requirement
Concussion in Sports Annual - required every year
Heat Illness Prevention Quadrennial - required every 4 years
Appearance and Performance Enhancing
Drugs and Substances Training
Quadrennial - required every 4 years
Spirit Safety Annual - required every year

All Requirements Must Be Met Prior to Assuming Coaching Duties

Once the OSAA association year begins, all Cheerleading and Dance/Drill coaches must obtain all required certifications including OSAA Spirit Safety Certification before assuming coaching duties. The first day of the 2017-18 association year is Monday, August 14, 2017. OSAA Spirit Safety certification is valid through the end of the association year, 5/28/2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Can our team practice or attend a camp over the summer?
A. Yes; however, summer activities cannot be mandated.

Q. May a coach require participation on a non-school team including summer teams or use participation on a non-school team as a factor in selecting members of a school team or allowing full participation in team activities?
A. No to both questions. Participation on a non-school team is a personal choice of the student and his/her parents, and may not be required or even considered when selecting school team members or allowing full participation in team activities.

Q. May a coach require participation in out-of-season or summer workouts as a factor in selecting members of a school team or allowing full participation in team activities?
A. No.