Florida School Districts Adopt ASEP Coaching Education Program

Author: ASEP Marketing

09/18/2008

One third of the school districts in Florida have had their coaching education programs approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) by using the American Sport Education Program Bronze Level course curriculum as a primary component of their programs.

Florida is one of a number of states in which the DOE sets the requirements for coaching education. It is then left to each individual school district to develop a coaching education curriculum that meets the standards. These programs are submitted by each district to the DOE for approval.

The Florida standards require nine (9) semester hours in athletic coaching to include these areas:

• Three (3) semester hours in care and prevention of athletic injuries and the effects and dangers of drug use including performance enhancing drugs;
• Three (3) semester hours in coaching theory;
• A course in theory and practice of coaching specific sport; and
• A valid CPR certificate.

Through the hard work of several Florida athletic directors, 23 school districts have had their coaching education programs approved by the Florida DOE using the ASEP Coaching Education Program Bronze Level as a major component of their curriculum:

• Glades County School District
• Indian River County School District
• Lake County School District
• Lee County School District
• Orange County School District
• Osceola County School District
• Sarasota County School District
• St. Johns County School District
• Sumter County School District
• North East Florida Educational Consortium (consisting of member school districts Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, FSDB, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, P.K. Yonge, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union)

The ASEP Professional Coaches Education Program features a four-course curriculum—the Bronze Level—addressing all aspects of coaching. Bronze Level courses include Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, Coaching [Sport] Technical and Tactical Skills, and CPR/AED for Coaches. Unlike coaching courses from other providers, ASEP courses are accompanied by college-level texts that provide foundations for learning and serve as valuable references well after coaches complete the courses. ASEP courses can be offered in the classroom, online, or blended.

"The easiest decision I made while developing a blended coaches education program for Lake County was that of choosing ASEP as the curriculum provider," says Russell Wambles, CAA, coaches education director, Lake County School District. "The quality of the program is unmatched and it has been very easy to implement. The cost-effectiveness is outstanding and the staff has been tremendous to work with in putting our program together. In my opinion, this is simply the best program out there."

“Teaming up with ASEP and its coaching education program has been a tremendous boost for the Orange County Public Schools athletic department in our quest to develop a rigorous and comprehensive professional development system,” says Kevin Demer, CAA, athletic director, Orange County, Fla. “The feedback has been extremely positive, and we are very proud to be able to partner with ASEP to expand the knowledge base of our coaches and to help them become more effective educators both on and off the fields of play.”

Not all nationally recognized coaching education providers have been able to gain the approval of the Florida DOE. Vicki Crisp, program specialist with the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC), was referred to the ASEP program by other district representatives. “I checked with other school districts in Florida when I was searching for another coaching education program, and ASEP was highly recommended by several of my colleagues.

“ASEP’s coaching education program will meet the needs of our small and isolated districts by offering high-quality programs at a very reasonable price. Our coaches are excited about participating in the ‘anytime, anywhere’ online course offerings.” ASEP is also working with NEFEC to offer face-to-face courses to meet the needs of coaches who prefer that format, adds Crisp.

Those interested in adopting the ASEP Professional Coaches Education Program Bronze Level for their school district should contact Jerry Reeder, ASEP scholastic sport sales consultant, at 800-747-5698, ext. 2325 or JerryR@hkusa.com.