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INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- A new online education course, "The Role of the Parent in Sports,"is now available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) at www.nfhslearn.com.
Similar to the Concussion in Sports--What You Need to Know online course released in May, the new parent course is being offered at no cost. Anyone can register for the free course at www.nfhslearn.com.
"Parents of students who participate in athletics make a huge difference in the quality of the sport experience for their sons and daughters," said Tim Flannery, NFHS assistant director who directs the NFHS Coach Education Program. "Parents unintentionally spoil the educational experience of their children at times by the way they talk to them after games, behave in the stands and interact with coaches and officials. This online course provides information and resources to help parents understand their role in ensuring an educational experience for their son or daughter."
The NFHS Coach Education Program was started in 2007, and more than 140,000 coaches have taken the core course in Fundamentals of Coaching. Forty-five of the 51 NFHS member associations have adopted the course. In addition to the core courses (Fundamentals of Coaching and NFHS First Aid for Coaches), eight sport-specific courses are available in football, basketball, soccer, softball, cheer and dance, spirit safety, wrestling and volleyball. The program also includes four elective courses and the two free courses.
The NFHS offers coaches the ability to become Level 1 certified as an Accredited Interscholastic Coach. In addition to theFundamentals of Coaching course, coaches must complete NFHS First Aid for Coaches, or its equivalent, and one of the sport-specific courses or Teaching Sport Skills, and then can apply for certification online.
All NFHS coach education courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is a member of the NFHS.