Coaches Education

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the following courses shall be required for completion by all coaches, paid or volunteer, for athletic activities grades 9-12:

  • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching
  • NFHS First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches
  • NFHS Concussion in Sports

Each course also has a defined renewal period per SDHSAA Board of Directors action:

  • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching - No renewal required after completion
  • NFHS First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches - Must be renewed every two (2) years
  • NFHS Concussion in Sports - Must be renewed annually after July 1st per SD Codified Law (SDCL)

The only exception to these rules is as follows:  Individuals who graduate from an accredited education program and obtain a teaching certificate from the South Dakota Department of Education which includes a Coaching Endorsement pursuant to SDCL 24:15:06:32 will have a five-year grace period to complete the requirement of the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course.  This course must be completed prior to beginning coaching duties within five (5) calendar years from the date of graduation.

Continuing Education & Graduate Credit

General Coach Education

(All Sports)
Fundamentals of Coaching
First Aid for Coaches
Concussion in Sports

Spirit Coach Education

(Comp. Cheer, Comp. Dance, Sideline Cheer)
AACCA Spirit Safety Certification
*REQUIRED (if stunting)