LA84 Foundation's CIF Coaching Orientation Course
The LA84 Foundation and the American Sport Education Program in conjunction with the California Interscholastic Federation are pleased to offer an online training opportunity for high school coaches in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The LA84 Foundation’s CIF Coaching Orientation course brings together material from the ASEP Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, and Coaching Technical and Tactical Skills courses, and includes an entire unit covering CIF-specific information on policies, procedures, rules, and reporting. The California Interscholastic Federation and the California Department of Education have reviewed this course and recognize it as meeting California coaching education requirements.
• Develop a personal coaching philosophy and coaching objectives.
• Recognize a coach’s role in helping players develop good character.
• Evaluate and improve communication skills.
• Describe how to build team chemistry and manage athletes’ behavior using positive discipline and team rules.
• Recognize how to work effectively with administrators, officials, parents, and the media.
• Recognize what motivates high school athletes and explain how to integrate that knowledge with innovative approaches to learning in order to be an effective teacher.
• Create plans for teaching technical and tactical skills and describe how to teach and practice those skills.
• Identify educational resources for learning about and keeping abreast of sport-specific skills and the latest technological advances in a sport.
• Recognize legal responsibilities related to managing risk.
• Explain responsibilities for ensuring the safety of athletes, including working with members of the athletic health care team, handling medical and weather emergencies, providing safe athletic facilities and equipment, and coordinating physical exams and medical records.
• Recognize a coach’s role in promoting physical fitness with athletes.
• Develop instructional plans for the season and for individual practices.
• Understand CIF-specific requirements on policies, procedures, rules, and reporting.
The course averages four to six hours to complete. Coaches conclude the course with two online tests (one for the course and another for the CIF-specific unit) and receive results immediately after submitting their tests. A certificate of course completion is printable from the ASEP Web site.