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Coaching Permits And Renewals

By FPS Student Activities & Programs Director Todd Olson


NDHSAA Coaching Permit Requirements

In the Fall of 2013, the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) began requiring a NDHSAA Coaching Permit for all coaches who work with athletes in grades 9 –12. The Fargo Public Schools certifies approximately 260 permitted coaches on April 1 of each year. The initial permit is issued for five years and requires coaches to complete the following:

  • National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Fundamental of Coaching online course
  • NFHS Concussion in Sports course
  • First Aid Course
  • CPR/AED training every two years

NDHSAA Permit Renewal Process

The Fall of 2018 will mark the first round of permit renewals for coaches that received their initial coaching permits in 2013–14. To renew their coaching permits, each coach must be certified in CPR/AED training, concussion management, up-to date on all appropriate rules clinics, and complete at least two of the following within five years of receiving their coaching permit:

  • Attend one ND High School Coaches Association Convention during the five years.
  • Complete five hours of training at national, state, or local coaching clinics.
  • Complete one sport-specific course from the NFHS.
  • Complete one of the elective courses from the NFHS.

Coaches will self-report their completion of the renewal requirements on a Google Form on the Coaches Portal.  The form will be available after October 1, 2018 with a deadline for submission of March 15, 2019. This information will be more thoroughly covered in the District Coaches Professional Development Program in September.

Opportunities for Coaches

The following are some opportunities for FPS Coaches to engage in the renewal process:

  • CPR/AED Training, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at the North High Commons
  • First Aid Course, March 28, 7:30 p.m. at North High Room 102
  • NDHSCA Coaches Convention, July 24 – 27, Fargo Ramada
  • NFHS Learn Website, nfhslearn.com, 15 free courses & Sport Specific Courses