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Coach Certification Registration

Principals are responsible to insure that all coaches of the CIF member school for all individual or team(s) meet the requirements of the California Education Code 49032, 35179.1 and Bylaw 22.B.(9)

Membership in the California Interscholastic Federation shall be open to public, charter and private schools of the State of California. The CIF Section in which the school is located may grant membership according to the Section's policies and procedures.

As a condition of membership and continuing membership a member school agrees to: 

Ensure that all coaches, paid and unpaid, will have completed a coaching education program that emphasizes the following components:
a. Development of coaching philosophies consistent with school, school district and school board goals;
b. Sport psychology: emphasizing communication; reinforcement of young people’s efforts; effective delivery of coaching regarding technique and motivation of the student-athlete;
c. Sport pedagogy: how young athletes learn and how to teach sport skills;
d. Sport physiology: principles of training; fitness for sport; development of a training program; nutrition for athletes; and the harmful effects associated with the use of steroids and performance-enhancing dietary supplements by adolescents;
e. Sport management: team management; risk management; and working within the context of an entire school program;
f. Training: certification in CPR first aid, that includes training in signs and symptoms of concussions and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA);
(Revised January 2015 Federated Council)

g. Knowledge of, and adherence to, statewide rules and regulations; as well as school regulations including, but not necessarily limited to, eligibility, gender equity and discrimination;

h. Sound planning and goal setting; AND

i. A school/district may use a coach that does not meet these standards for one (1) sports season in an emergency. The coach must still hold a CPR, First Aid, Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest certification as required under Title V. However, that person may not coach another season of sport without fulfilling this coaching education requirement. Any currently employed coach who has completed and passed a prior version of a coaching education program that meets the above listed criteria, as determined by the local administration, is exempt from this provision. The above certification is transferable between/among CIF member schools.

Coaches may need to complete additional local school or school district requirements.
NOTE: Definition of a coach, paid or unpaid: Any individual that the school/district is required to approve under Title V, California Code of Regulations, Section 5593 and 5594 and/or under California Education Code 35179-35179.7, 49032 and 45125.01-45125.1.
(Revised January 2015 Federated Council)

The Executive Director and/or Executive Committee or Section Commissioner and/or Section Board of Managers shall have power to suspend, to fine or otherwise penalize any member school for the violation of any CIF or Section rules and regulations or for just cause. The period of suspension or other penalty shall be left to the discretion of the CIF governing body that has jurisdiction of the matter where the penalty is not fixed.

Badminton - February 5, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Baseball - February 5, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Boys Basketball - January 11, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Boys Golf - February 5, 2018 to May 1, 2018
Boys Soccer - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Boys Tennis - February 5, 2018 to May 2, 2018
Cross Country - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Football - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Girls Basketball - February 5, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Girls Golf - February 5, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Girls Soccer - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Girls Tennis - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Softball - February 5, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Swimming - February 5, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Track and Field - February 5, 2018 to May 12, 2018
Volleyball - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Wrestling - January 11, 2018 to June 16, 2018
Cheer - June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019
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