ARTICLE 13

COACHING REQUIREMENT


Section 1. Coaches Certification

 

Pursuant to the passage of Title 16, Chapter 91.1 – An Act Relating to Education – Cardiac Prevention in School Sports
In accordance with this Rhode Island Law:

  • Beginning with the 2017 winter season, ALL coaches must complete the free online course NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest prior to the start of the season.
  • In addition to the coaching requirements listed below, starting August 2016 all RIIL coaches must annually complete an RIIL Online Rules Test. (nfhslearn.com)


All NEW Rhode Island Interscholastic League Coaches (Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman, Volunteers) hired after January 1, 2012 MUST be certified in accordance with the new RIIL Coaching Permit Requirements.

 

  1. Rhode Island Coaches who were hired prior to January 2, 2012 are exempt from the new RIIL coaching requirements. However, they must complete the NFHS Concussion Course and the RIIL Online Rules test annually.

 

  1. Any Private/Parochial coaches that were listed as a coach on the RIIL website for the 2011-12 school year and have not received their RIDE certificate are exempt from the new RIIL/RIDE coaching requirements. All other Private/Parochial coaches must meet the new RIIL/RIDE requirements.

 

 

  1. NEW Athletic Coaching Permit

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2017 RIDE will no longer issue athletic coach permits.

 

1. Each member high school (Principal) will be required to mandate that all “NEW” coaches (hired after January 1, 2012) successfully complete the following (initial certification valid for 5 years):

 
2.  ● Red Cross First Aid course and
      
● Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course 

 3.   NFHS Online Courses www.nfhslearn.com :

    ● NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course (which includes the RIIL Rules and Regulations Test). 

                ● Annually complete the NFHS Concussion in Sports Course. 

   
4. Starting August 2016, all RIIL coaches must annually complete an RIIL Online Rules Test  (nfhslearn.com)


     5.  Beginning with the 2017 winter season, ALL coaches must complete the free online course NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest prior to the start of the season.

  1. Requirements for Renewal for Athletic Coaches (within 5 years after initial requirements are met):
  • Completion of the NFHS Accreditation Interscholastic Coach (AIC) Level 1 National Certification: Requirements

  • First Aid, Health and Safety For Coaches (Must maintain current First Aid certification at all times)
  • Concussion in Sports (required annually)
  • CPR (Must maintain current CPR certification at all times)
  • One NFHS sport-specific course of your choice (preferably in the sport you are coaching)
  • Conditions for Renewal for Athletic Coaches (every 5 years thereafter):
  • Completion of the following NFHS On-Line Courses:
  • First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches (Must maintain current First Aid certification at all times)
  • Concussion in Sports (required annually)
  • CPR (Must maintain current CPR certification at all times)
  • Three (3) NFHS On-Line Courses

    OR Lifetime Certification (after initial 5 years) NFHS Certified Interscholastic Coach
  • (CIC) Level 2 National Certification: Requirements.

Completion of the following NFHS On-Line Courses:

  • ​​​Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment
  • Strength and ConditioningTeaching and Modeling Behavior
  • Engaging Effectively with Parents
  • Sportsmanship
  • Fundamentals of Coaching (Covered by AIC requirements) Updated within the past three years)
  • Concussion in Sports (required annually)
  • One sport-specific course of your choice (Covered by AIC requirements)
  • Two additional courses of your choice
  • CPR (Must maintain current CPR certification at all times)
  • First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches (Must maintain current First Aid certification at all times)
A. Coaches who have not fulfilled he RIIL Coaching Certification Requirements are not eligible to coach any RIIL contest.
  • Each head coach of a varsity team under RIIL jurisdiction must attend (before the start of the season) a rules interpretation meeting for that sport. If the head coach cannot attend the meeting, the Athletic Director or his/her designee must attend
  • Section 3. Penalty

    The penalty for the use of an ineligible coach in any RIIL approved competition, game (league or non-league) event/championship tournament play will result in a fine of $100 per ineligible coach. The ineligible coach cannot coach until s/he is certified and fine is paid.

     

     

     

     

    Revised 11/9/17