1. Each member shall require every coach (unless otherwise specified) to have successfully completed the following courses prior to the start of the season:
i. C.P.R. and AED Training - All middle school coaches (head and assistant) shall
successfully complete a C.P.R. course including the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator and the requisite First Aid training, as approved by a college or University, the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other bonafide accrediting agency. Initial certification shall use in-person instruction and certification shall be timely and appropriately updated as required by the approving agency.

ii. Coaches Education Program - It is suggested that all Members have at least one coach (preferably the head coach) to have successfully completed the Coaches Education Program approved by the KHSAA as the coaching education program in Kentucky.

iii. Sports Safety Training – Each coach (head and assistant, including cheerleading) at all levels (6-8) shall be required to complete a sports safety course consisting of training on how to prevent common injuries.
a. The content of the course shall include emergency planning, heat and cold illnesses, emergency recognition, head injuries, neck injuries, facial injuries and the principles of first aid.
b. The course shall be taught by a Certified Athletic Trainer, Registered Nurse, Physician or Physician’s Assistant licensed to practice in Kentucky.
c. The course material and content shall be updated every thirty (30) months.
d. Each coach having completed the course shall re-certify by taking the course
not less than once every two (2) years.
e. Successful completion of the course shall constitute a passing score.
f. Each coach (head and assistant, including cheerleading) at all levels (grades
6-8) shall have successfully completed the sports safety course prior to assuming coaching duties.

2. Concussions – Each coach is required to complete training on how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion and to otherwise comply with additional requirements/guidelines required by KRS 160.445.

3. It is recommended that coaches familiarize themselves with the Kentucky Medical Association/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Procedure For Avoiding Heat Injury / Illness Through Analysis Of Heat Index And Restructuring Of Activities And Recommendations For Cooling Methods Due To Heat Related Illness which can be viewed at

4. Coaches Cards – Every member is encouraged to provide all coaches with a coaches’ card or to otherwise obtain liability insurance for coaches through,, or other organization which provides such benefits to its members.