Asked Questions Regarding Coaching
The WVSSAC offers three courses through ASEP (American Sport
Education Program) Coaching Principles,
Sports First Aid and
WV Rules and Regulations. Cost $250.00
What does an
individual have to do to be able to coach if
they are not a certified teacher?
A. ASEP Coaches Education Program
- Complete our 14 hour course with
a WVSSAC instructor and
pass all 3 tests with a minimum score of 80%.
B. Local School Board approval
(must be a high school graduate or GED)
must be done each year.
C. Background Check - Fingerprint.
D. Make application with the WV
State Department of Education after
completing the above (A-C). The application
(form 39) is available at your
local Board of Education and must be done each year.
Does an individual have to take
the entire course
at designated site to
receive the authorized certified status?
Fourteen hours of
course work must be completed
at the designated site
with a WVSSAC instructor,
and all three tests must be passed (online) with a
minimum score of 80.
Does an individual who is not a professional
educator have to take the
Education Program courses before they begin
All course work, testing, and
must be completed prior to assuming any
If an individual is First Aid certified, does
he/she have to take the Sports First Aid
The WVSSAC does not waive either course
regardless of prior course work, experience,
5. If an
individual takes the WVSSAC
Coaches Education Program courses and receives
a WVSSAC certificate after completing
the test requirement, how often must he/she
retake the WVSSAC Coaches
are not necessary; however, the WV State
Department of Education authorization to coach
is only issued on a yearly basis and must be
renewed each year.
Coaches must complete form 39 and have local
Board approval each year.
If an individual has a license to substitute
but does not have a teaching certificate, does
he have to take the WVSSAC Coaches Education
7. Can Authorized Certified Coaches work
with athletes out of season?
Authorized Certified Coaches must follow all
rules and regulations of the WVSSAC including
the "Out of Season Coaching" Rule.
8. Can an individual "volunteer" to
coach without taking the class?
There is no such thing as a "volunteer" coach.
If an individual wants to coach, whether paid
or unpaid, they must be a teacher, substitute
teacher or WVSSAC authorized certified individual.
9. What do I need to take to class with
Please bring paper and writing utensil.
Text books and workbooks will be provided at
10. How long do I have to complete and
pass all three tests?
Six (6) months from the last date of your
class. If you do not finish in six
months, you will be required to take the
entire class again for the full price.
11. What method of testing is used for
the 14 hour course?
All three tests must be taken online at the
completion of the course.
12. Can I receive college credit for the
WV Coaches 14 hour course?
If you have a 4 year college degree, you can
follow the instructions on the bottom of the
registration form to receive college credit.
Coaches Education - 3 hours, Sports First Aid
- 2 hours.
13. Will I be notified when my
registration is received by the WVSSAC?
You must call our office (304-485-5494) to
verify we received your registration.
You will only be notified if the class is full
(maximum capacity is 20).
14. Can I receive a refund if I cannot
attend the class?
But only if you cancel 7 days before the first
15. What happens if I register and do
not show up for class?
NO refund will be given and you
will NOT be placed in another
16. What happens if the check I send for
the bank does not clear the bank?
You will be assessed a $10 reprocessing fee
and you must send a money order/certified
check . Your spot in the class will
NOT be held until we get a valid
form of payment. If the class fills
before we get valid payment you will have to
choose another class or we will return your
17. Can I get authorization to coach if
I took the class prior to 2004 (before the WV
Component was offered)?
Any individual who completed the Coaching
Principles and First Aid class prior to
November 2004 and did not obtain a Coaching
Authorization issued by the West Virginia
Department of Education, is not currently
eligible for a Coaching Authorization because
they do not meet the minimum requirements
according to West Virginia Board of Education
To satisfy the requirement, individuals who
have completed two of the three courses, have
the option to complete the 3-hour West
Virginia Rules and Regulations course or may
choose to take the entire course.