Virginia High School League

Welcome Virginia coaches!

Human Kinetics Coach Education is proud to be a partner with the Virginia High School League (VHSL). The VHSL has adopted Human Kinetics Coach Education courses as meeting its coaching education requirements, with the various courses and options outlined below.

Course Options for VHSL Certification

Option 1: Basic VHSL Course
This online course satisfies the VHSL coaching education requirement. It actually includes two courses: the Basic VHSL Course and the VHSL Component. The Basic VHSL Course provides an overview of essential coaching principles, sport first aid, and technical and tactical skills training. The course is delivered entirely online (without texts) and takes coaches roughly 6 hours to complete. The VHSL Component contains organization-specific information on VHSL regulations and rules including a review of local athletic policies and procedures. There is a separate test for the VHSL Component that coaches must complete to meet the coaching education requirement.  

Option 2: VHSL Advanced Coaches Education Course
This course package also satisfies the VHSL coaching education mandate but provides a much more comprehensive learning experience than the Basic VHSL Course. Offered in both classroom and online formats, the three components included in the VHSL Advanced Coaches Education Course are:

Coaching Principles*
Sport First Aid
VHSL Component**

*Coaching Principles includes the VHSL Component. If purchasing Coaching Principles, you do not need to purchase the VHSL Component separately.

**The VHSL Component contains organization-specific information that tests coaches on VHSL regulations and rules including a review of local athletic policies and procedures. If you're a coach who was hired prior to July 1, 2009, you need only take the VHSL Component to achieve certification. To order the VHSL Component as a stand-alone course, click here or on the course title in the table below. Coaches hired after July 1, 2009, must take either the Coaching Principles course or the Basic VHSL Course, both of which include the VHSL Component.

If you are an individual coach looking to register for the classroom version of the VHSL Advanced Coaches Education Course, contact the VHSL (see contact information below) for a list of instructors and upcoming clinics in your area.

If you are an instructor or VHSL administrator looking to purchase VHSL Advanced Coaches Education Course packages in bulk to distribute to coaches, call Human Kinetics Coach Education at 800-747-5698. Select option 1 to place your order with Human Kinetics.

Other online sport-specific courses available for VHSL coaches are listed in the table below. Click on the corresponding online course icon to place your order. 

Contact Information
Virginia High School League
Contact: Shawn Knight, Assistant Director
1642 State Farm Blvd.
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: 434-977-8475
Fax: 434-977-5943
Email: SKnight@vhsl.org
Web: http://www.vhsl.org/coachesed


Courses required or recommended by VHSL:

Basic VHSL Course

This course provides a general overview of basic coaching principles, sport first aid, and technical and tactical skills training. Gleaning content from Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, and Coaching [Sport] Technical and Tactical Skills courses, the Basic VHSL Course is delivered entirely online and takes coaches roughly 6 hours to complete. The last unit of the course is the VHSL Component, containing organization-specific information that tests coaches on VHSL instructions and handbook.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills Online Course with e-book

This course will help you learn how to teach the skills and strategies and techniques and tactics of baseball. You’ll learn about approaches to coaching, including the games approach (an alternative to drills-based coaching), you’ll develop a season plan and a series of practice plans; and you’ll improve your ability to coach during games. This course is suitable for high school coaches and for serious club coaches, and college coaches.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course Online course suitable for training and certifying high school baseball coaches or for offering as a college course. Advanced youth baseball coaches will also find the course valuable in taking their coaching to the next level.

Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills online course with e-book

The course is designed to help coaches learn how to teach the technical and tactical skills of basketball and is suitable for high school coaches, serious club coaches, undergraduate students, and advanced coaches at the youth level.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course Online course suitable for training and certifying high school basketball coaches or for offering as a college course. Veteran youth basketball coaches will also find the course valuable in taking their coaching to the next level.

Coaching Cheerleading Principles 2E with e-book

This course features content based on the Coaching Cheerleading Successfully text (delivered in e-book format), plus content gleaned from the Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid courses.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills online course with e-book

The course is designed to help coaches learn how to teach the technical and tactical skills of football and is suitable for high school coaches, serious club coaches, undergraduate students, and advanced coaches at the youth level.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course Online course suitable for training and certifying high school football coaches or for offering as a college course. Advanced youth football coaches will also find the course valuable in taking their coaching to the next level.

Coaching Golf Principles with E-book

Coaching Golf Principles is an online course and test based on the e-book, Coaching Golf Successfully.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Principles

This online self-paced course includes the printed text Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition. Geared toward high school and club-level coaches (those who coach athletes age 14 and older), the 20-unit online course challenges coaches to define their coaching philosophy, objectives, and style; enhance communication and motivational skills; become more effective teachers; and improve team, relationship, risk, and self-management skills. Coaching Principles covers the fundamentals of being a successful coach—on and off the field.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With Print Materials With your course registration, you'll receive a hard copy of the text Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition, a valuable reference guide for seasons to come.
Instructor-Led Classroom Course With Print Materials

Coaching Principles with E-book

This online self-paced course includes the e-book Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition. Geared toward high school and club-level coaches (those who coach athletes aged 14 and older), the 20-unit online course challenges coaches to define their coaching philosophy, objectives, and style; enhance communication and motivational skills; become more effective teachers; and improve team, relationship, risk, and self-management skills. Coaching Principles covers the fundamentals of being a successful coach—on and off the field.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With this version of Coaching Principles, you'll receive the Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition, textbook as an e-book that's accessible through the online course.
Instructor-Led Classroom Course With Print Materials

Coaching Soccer Principles 2E

Coaching Soccer Principles is an online course based on the text, Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer 2E.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With Print Materials This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Softball Technical and Tactical Skills online course with e-book

This course will help you learn how to teach the skills and strategies and techniques and tactics of softball. You'll learn about approaches to coaching, including the games approach (an alternative to drills-based coaching), you'll develop a season plan and a series of practice plans; and you'll improve your ability to coach during games. This course is suitable for high school coaches and for serious club coaches, college coaches, and advanced coaches at the youth level.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course Online course suitable for training and certifying high school softball coaches or for offering as a college course. Advanced youth softball coaches will also find the course valuable in taking their coaching to the next level.

Coaching Strength & Conditioning Principles

Coaching Strength and Conditioning Principles is an online course and test based on the text, Bigger, Faster, Stronger. The course satisfies the sport-specific component of ASEP's Bronze Level certification.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With Print Materials This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills online course with e-book

Human Kinetics Coach Education brings the hard court to your hard drive with Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills online course, geared toward tennis coaches of athletes 14 and older and those coaching higher-ability players ages 11 to 13.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course Online course suitable for training and certifying high school tennis coaches or for offering as a college course. Experienced youth tennis coaches will also find the course valuable in taking their coaching to the next level.

Coaching Track & Field Principles

Coaching Track & Field Principles is based on the text, Coaching Track & Field Successfully, written by Mark Guthrie.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With Print Materials This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Volleyball Principles E-book

Coaching Volleyball Principles (e-book) is an online course and test based on the text, The Volleyball Handbook. The text, The Volleyball Handbook, is delivered in e-book format through Adobe Digital Editions. The course satisfies the sport-specific component of ASEP's Bronze Level certification.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Wrestling Principles

Coaching Wrestling Principles is an online course and test based on the text, Coaching Wrestling Successfully. The course satisfies the sport-specific component of our coaching education program. (This course does not satisfy USA Wrestling's Copper Level certification.)
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With Print Materials This course can be purchased and taken online.

Sport First Aid 5th Edition

Provides high school and club coaches with action steps for the care and prevention of more than 110 sport-related injuries and illnesses. With Sport First Aid, you will be prepared to make critical decisions and respond appropriately when faced with medical emergencies.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course With Print Materials With your course registration, you'll receive a hard copy of the text Sport First Aid, Fifth Edition, a valuable reference guide for seasons to come.
Instructor-Led Classroom Course With Print Materials

Sport First Aid 5th Edition with E-book

Provides high school and club coaches with action steps for the care and prevention of more than 110 sport-related injuries and illnesses. With Sport First Aid, you will be prepared to make critical decisions and respond appropriately when faced with medical emergencies.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This version of the online course includes the Sport First Aid textbook in e-book format. The e-book is accessible from within the online course.
Instructor-Led Classroom Course With Print Materials

VHSL State Component Online Course - Basic

The VHSL State Component contains organization-specific information that tests coaches on VHSL by-laws and handbook.
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This course can be purchased and taken online.