LA84 Foundation Helps Fund Training for Los Angeles High School Coaches

Author: ASEP Marketing

08/18/2010

The LA84 Foundation and the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announce the release of a new online training course for high school coaches in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): LA84 Foundation’s CIF Coaching Orientation. The course is accepted by the California Interscholastic Federation and the California Department of Education as meeting California coaching education requirements.

To help defray the cost of the course, funding provided by the LA84 Foundation is underwriting a large portion of the course price for the first 250 coaches who purchase it. While the course retails for $38 each, LA84 Foundation is covering $20, lowering the price to $18 for the first 250 coaches.

“We are delighted to partner with ASEP, a leader in online sports education,” said Wayne Wilson, LA84 Foundation Vice President of Education Services. “With the online course, the LA84 Foundation and LA City Section can reach high school coaches who need certification but may not be able to attend traditional in-person coaching clinics.”

“I could not be more excited that the LA City Section is partnering with the LA84 Foundation and the American Sport Education Program to develop an online coaching education program for LA City Section coaches,” says Barbara Fiege, LAUSD Director, Interscholastic Athletics, and CIF Los Angeles City Section Commissioner. “The partnership with LA84 Foundation and ASEP will allow us to equip coaches with the knowledge and resources they need to provide the best possible high school sports experience for our student-athletes.”

“We are excited to partner with LA84 to deliver the CIF Coaching Orientation course to first-time coaches in the LA City Section,” said ASEP Executive Director Jim Schmutz. “Built on ASEP’s ‘Athletes first, winning second’ philosophy, this online course provides high-quality content that prepares coaches to excel through a series practical interactive exercises focused on the core principals of coaching.”

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.

LA84 Foundation’s CIF Coaching Orientation is designed to help coaches

- Start to 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 this 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 these 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 other 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 information on policies, procedures, rules, and reporting requirements.

LA84 Foundation’s CIF Coaching Orientation is a four to six hour course that features interactive exercises, engaging graphics, poignant video vignettes, and quick pace to form a course that’s informative and enjoyable. Coaches conclude the course with two online tests, one for the course and another for CIF-specific unit, and receive results immediately after submitting their tests.

Those interested in purchasing the course can do so through the Los Angeles City Section page on the ASEP site. A special discount code is needed to receive the discounted course price. The code is available through the Los Angeles City Section.

LA84 Foundation’s mission is to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people's lives. LA84 Foundation supports a wide array of youth sports programming and awards grants to youth sport organizations within the eight southernmost counties of California. The organization also conducts youth sports and coaching education programs a number of which have become models for similar programs nationwide. It is a private, non-profit institution that has committed more than $185 million to accomplish its mission since 1985. To date, two million boys and girls and more than 1,000 youth sport organizations throughout Southern California have benefited from the endowment.

The California Interscholastic Federation Coaching Education Program was developed to enhance the experience of student-athletes by assuring that their coaches meet a minimum level of professional training. The program provides strong, pragmatic and comprehensive instruction for coaches of interscholastic athletics in California that is consistent with the highest national standards as set by the California State Legislature, the California Department of Education, and the California Interscholastic Federation.