Professional High School Coaches

May 21, 2014
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While attending the state track meeting a few weeks ago, I learned that in two years all high school coaches will have to be licensed by the IHSAA.  One of the things that each of them will have to do is pass a course on recognizing the symptoms of a concussion.   This is already in place in most states.  The head coaches in Indiana already must do this.  Coaches also must pass CPR and other emergency response procedures.

What is new is that to obtain this license and then retain it, you must constantly take courses to upgrade these skills.  I am not opposed to having a coach be proficient in these skills, but with so many lay coaches now filling positions in high schools, I wonder what this will do to filling staffs for 17 or more high school sports.  This will also include junior high as far as I understand.

It will soon be easier to be a regular teacher and retain a license than it will be to coach a high school sport.  Are we really moving in the right direction?

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