OSAA Unveils 'Beyond the Scoreboard' Coach Certification

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The Oregon School Activities Association is now offering its own certification course for new coaches.

As reported by Jerry Ulmer of OSAA Today, "Beyond the Scoreboard" is a two-hour online course that includes voiceovers by state coaches and athletic directors, as well as OSAA staff. Starting last week, first-year coaches have  had the option of taking BTS or the six-hour National Federation of State High School Associations fundamentals of coaching course, which has been used for certification for the past two decades, to fulfill the one-time requirement, Ulmer reported.

“We think it will be a positive,” OSAA executive director Peter Weber said. “It really focuses in on being an interscholastic coach. I feel like it's going to be helpful with that messaging, not Xs and Os, but how coaches prepare, their relationships with kids, and making sure they understand how they're dealing with kids that need that support.”

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