Coaches Education

At the heart of the high school sports experience is the quality of coaching provided to student-athletes.  A key element of having high quality coaching is ensuring that coaches have proper and ongoing training.

Young people will experience the positive outcomes of athletic participation only if they have a qualified coach.  A well-qualified coach knows how to plan dynamic practice sessions, teaches sound fundamentals with good learning progressions, and plans training programs appropriate for the sport.  Successful coaches communicate with the athletes effectively and understand the kind of positive motivational approaches that result in achievement.  Athletes who receive good coaching will also be injured less frequently.  As a consequence, they will have more opportunities to experience the excitement and receive the positive values of athletic competition, while perform at their best possible level.


Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, all coaches for all athletic activities will be required to have completed the following coursework through the website with NO equivalencies and NO “grandfather” clauses being allowed for substitution:

  • Fundamentals of Coaching (one-time requirement)
  • First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches (must be taken every two years)
  • Concussion in Sport:  What You Need to Know (must be taken annually)

All coaches’ requirements can be tracked by the public through the “Coach Search” feature of the website, which lists all courses completed by a given coach that are still active for fulfilling the requirements as set by the SDHSAA Board of Directors.

NOTE: All Coach Education Courses have been approved by the South Dakota Department of Education for application toward Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for certificated teachers. Please visit the Department of Education's website for more information, as well as access to the appropriate paperwork.  To view the clock hours for Department of Education credit, please click here.

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)