2020-21 OSAA Spirit Safety
Cheerleading and Dance/Drill Coach Training RequirementsBy 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 2020-21 association year is Monday, August 31, 2020. OSAA Spirit Safety Certifications for 2020-21 expire on 6/27/2021; the end of the membership year.
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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?