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All head coaches and assistant coaches participating in HHSAA state championship events must have completed the following courses from the NFHS Learning Center website (

  • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching** ($50): One-time certification to be completed within two years of hire.
  • NFHS Concussions in Sports (free): To be completed yearly in accordance with state law.
    Or, HCAMP Brainspace Concussion Course. Either Concussion Course will satisfy the requirement.
  • NFHS Heat Illness Prevention (free): To be completed yearly as mandated by the HHSAA.

** Coaches that have completed the ASEP Fundamentals in Coaching prior to implementation date of June 30, 2005 are exempt from NFHS certification by grandfathering clause.

In addition, cheerleading coaches are required to obtain additional certification and/or safety instruction:

  • AACCA Spirit Safety Certification ($75)
    • Adopted by HIADA and the HHSAA executive board in 2012.
    • Credential valid for 4 years.
    • Available on NFHS Learning Center -
  • Annual review of NFHS rules and rule changes – dates and locations TBA

A coach that does not obtain the required certifications and/or instruction will result in that coach not being able to participate in the HHSAA state tournament.


General liability insurance coverage is provided to HHSAA member school coaches as a membership benefit.

Coverages include:
  • Educator professional liability
  • Participant legal liability for insured members
  • Liability assumed under insured written contract
  • Defense cost outside limits

  • The use of automobiles, buses, watercraft and aircraft.
  • Property of others in the care, custody, and control of the insured.
  • This insurance does not apply to members that coach an All-Star game that is not approved by your state association.

Camp Insurance:

Today, most Coaches are involved in some type of sports camp. Please note that our general liability program follows insured members while working at camps and/or conducting their own personal camp.

In addition, Participant/Accident Coverage is required for coaches and/or participants. Should an accident occur during a camp, clinic or event, this secondary coverage helps offset the loss suffered by families affected by such accidents.

Procedure for camp insurance:
  • Participant Waivers - Signed waivers must be in place for all participants attending camps. The waiver must have indemnification language and acknowledgement that primary medical insurance is in place for the participant.
  • Participant/Accident (Medical) - If you cannot secure such a waiver, you must purchase coverage for all participants attending your camp.
  • Additional Insured/Certificate of Insurance - If you require a certificate of insurance naming an additional insured, you must purchase the Participant/Accident (Medical) coverage for all participants attending your camp.
  • Proof of Insurance - If you require a certificate of insurance showing proof of insurance and you have the required waiver in place, you DO NOT have to purchase the Participant/Accident (Medical) coverage.

To purchase insurance, a camp insurance request form is available at

HHSAA athletic administrators may contact the HHSAA office for more information on the HHSAA coaches membership benefit.