What It Takes to Become a Coach

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When I think of coaching I think of practice planning, game planning, scouting strategizing of offense and defense, choosing my starters, little things like that. All of those ideas are valid, but that's not the whole picture. There is a lot more to coaching than planning for a practice or a game. Many times a person who would like to coach an interschool athletic team has little or no preparation to teach sports skills and techniques. The only qualifications is often the person's participation on his or her high school, college, or university's team, coach of a community youth team or even perhaps as a professional player. While all that experience is valuable in one way or another, it does not constitute an adequate preparation for coaching an interschool team as an integral part of the school's physical education program Regardless of the experience or teaching certificates a person may have, State Education Law, Article (6), Section 300lb, requires, "That a person employed as a coach of an interschool athletic team must old valid first aid skills and knowledge certification (12 hours of initial training), and adult CPR certification (4 hour training). "Within the coaching profession there are three potential secondary school coaches: (1)a certified physical education teacher, (2) a teacher certified in an area other that physical education, (English, Mathematics), (3)holds no teaching certification and must qualify for a "Temporary Coaching License."

A person not certified as a physical education teacher or a certified classroom teacher who qualifies under the, "Grandfather Clause," needs to understand the basic philosophy and principles of athletics in education. Required classes under the category of philosophy, principles, and organization of athletics in education are: Basic philosophy and principles as integral parts of physical education and general education; state, local, and nation regulations and policies related to athletics; legal...
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