FAQ about Coaches' Training

(updated August 1, 2018)
Q. #1. How do I know which coaches' training courses I need to take?
A. #1. First, register online as an OISRA Coach, using the "COACH" registration button. Within the online registration form is a description of which courses you are required to complete and how often they must be completed.
  •  Certified Coaches are required to take
    • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching  (Only Once)
    • NFHS First Aid -- or an equivalent Red Cross course (every 2 years)
    • SafeSchools Concussion Training -- or an equivalent course (annually)
    • SafeSchools Mandatory Reporting of Abuse -- or an equivalent course (annually)
    • SafeSchools Anti-Hazing -- or an equivalent course (annually)
    • SafeSchools Boundary Invasions -- or an equivalent course (annually).
  • "Helper" Coaches are required to take only Concussion Training and Anti-Hazing (annually).

Q. #2.  Are these online courses?
A. #2.  Yes, they are offered online through SafeSchools or the NFHS (National Federation of High School Associations).

Q. #3.  How do I register for the coaches' training courses?
A. #3. When you register online as an OISRA Coach, your name will be entered on a SafeSchools roster and you will receive information about how to access SafeSchools courses.  There is also a part of the coaches' registration form where you ask OISRA to order the Fundamentals of Coaching and/or First Aid course(s) for you.  OISRA will purchase the course(s) you request, and you will receive an email message from NFHS giving you a link to access the course(s) you have requested.
Q. #4.  Why is OISRA ordering and paying for coaches' training courses from NFHS?
A. #4.  OISRA wants to have a professional coaching staff that meets training requirements that are required for other high school coaches in the state. Because OISRA now requires these training courses for all coaches who are unsupervised when they work with students, OISRA is making the commitment to pay for coaches to take these courses

Q. #5.  What happens if I open an NFHS course and do not complete it?
A. #5.  Once an NFHS course is opened, it must be completed within one year or OISRA loses the investment of the cost of the course. All courses are prepaid by OISRA before they are sent to you.

Q. #6. What happens if I have not opened an NFHS course that was sent to me?
A. #6. If an NFHS course has not been opened, OISRA can resend that course to you or reassign it to another person.

Q. #7.  What is the difference between a Certified Coach and a Head Coach?
A. #7.  All Head Coaches are Certified Coaches, but all Certified Coaches are not Head Coaches. They are both required to take the same courses and both can supervise students without another coach present. The difference is that the Head Coach has other responsibilities, such as voting, developing school team rules, becoming knowledgeable about school athletic policies, reminding students to register, etc. A Certified Coach may only be in charge of training, for example.

Q. #8. If I am not a Head Coach, will OISRA pay for my coaches’ training courses?
A. #8. Yes. If you are regularly supervising students in situations where the Head Coach is not present, you are required to take the Certified Coach's training courses. OISRA will pay for you to take the same training courses as the Head Coach.  Also, if you would like to become a Certified Coach (and you are not a Head Coach and/or not required to become a Certified Coach), OISRA will pay for your coaches' training courses, because OISRA wants to encourage education and training for all OISRA coaches.

Q. #9. How do you define an OISRA Helper Coach, and what kind of training does an OISRA Helper Coach need?
A. #9. An OISRA Helper Coach works with high school students while under the supervision of an OISRA Certified Coach. A Helper Coach must complete a Concussion Training course and a Hazing course annually.  It is an Oregon State Law that all adults who work with high school athletes must take the Concussion Awareness Training annually.  The Hazing course gives all adults who work with students an awareness of what actions are considered hazing and punishable as a Class A violation by Oregon law (2017 ORS 163.197).


Q. #10. When I complete a course, how will this completion date get recorded?
A. #10. An OISRA administrative assistant checks the NFHS records and SafeSchools records and keeps OISRA records of coaches' names and the dates when they completed these courses. These records are continuously updated and posted here. If you have any questions about these records, contact the OISRA Administrative Assistant.

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