OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REVISED OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STANDARD
FOR SPORTS FIRST AID TRAINING FOR COACHES
Q. What are the changes in the
revised standards and when do they go into effect?
A. There are two major changes in the revised standards: 1.) All coaches must demonstrate
that they have met the requirements of a CPR training course and must possess a valid
certification card; and 2.) All coaches must complete sports first aid training. This
training can be completed in one of four ways: a.) Complete a four hour sports first aid
course offered by a provider that is approved by the State Department of Education (ODE);
b.) Complete one of the following national sports first aid course programs: the American
Sport Education Program, the American Red Cross Sport Safety Training course, or NFHS
First Aid for Coaches (www.nfhslearn.com); or c.) Complete college course work in sports
first aid; d.) Have one of the following licenses, M.D., D.O., R.N., EMT, A.T.C.. The
local school district is responsible for documenting that all coaches have current
certification. Coaches must meet both parts of these standards to be approved to coach at
an OHSAA member school.
Q. How does a coach demonstrate
compliance with the sports first aid training standard (items 2a, b, c and d above)?
A. Coaches must hold a valid CPR card and
be prepared to show it to a school administrator before being permitted to coach. To
demonstrate compliance with 2a, upon completion of the course, the coach will submit an
application for the Pupil Activity Supervisor Permit to the ODE along with a $45
processing fee. The ODE will issue the permit upon verification of completion of the
course which is submitted by the provider. To demonstrate compliance with 2b and d, the
coach must submit proof of such completion to the ODE at the time application is made.
Documentation required is the American Sport Education certificate of successful
completion which will be mailed to the coach after completing all course requirements; or
the American Red Cross Sport Safety card, which will be issued after successful course
completion; or the NFHS First Aid for Coaches card, which will be issued after successful
course completion. In these two cases coaches must still file the $45 processing fee along
with the application. Coaches wishing to receive the permit based on 2c must submit course
syllabi, and official transcripts to ODE along with the application and the fee. The ODE
will issue the permit if the course work meets the standard.
Q. How long is the Pupil Activity
Supervisor Permit in effect?
A. The permit is issued for a three year
period, dated July 1 - June 30.
Q. When will the first permits be
A. The ODE has informed the OHSAA that they will begin processing applications after June
Q. Who must have this permit?
A. Although local schools may make their own decisions about what other personnel they may
require to participate, in accordance with OHSAA Bylaw 6-1-1, all coaches (paid or
volunteer) in all member schools (public and non-public) must meet the state standards and
receive both the permit and have current CPR certification.
Q. Who maintains compliance of this
A. The ODE maintains administrative
compliance over the Pupil Activity Supervisor Permit. Members schools are required, as
stipulated in the bylaw, to insure that all standards are met. The school administrative
authority will maintain the CPR