Coaching Standards


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Coaches Eligibility Standard of Excellence

For WHS Athletic Coaches

Varsity Coaches agree to oversee all other coaches and athletes. Each coach must meet the NHIAA Coaches Eligibility standard.

In addition, it is expected that coaches demonstrate a willingness to update their skills through attendance at training and continue education both in their sports and for coaching at the high school level. Coaches must develop an overall skill training and development program for their sport. This includes developing a plan for the season that encompasses all levels of the sport (Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity) always assuring that the safety and well being of the athlete come first.Skill development must take into account athletes performing at all levels in the sport from beginner to advanced. Measurement of success in skill development will not be exclusively based on wins and losses but rather on the overall improvement of the team.

Coaches are representatives of the school for their sport. They must instill an atmosphere of mutual respect among all participants in the program. They should expect that the actions of all participants in the program are their responsibility. Although it is understood that competition is a key aspect of the learning experience in sports, leadership requires finding the appropriate balance between competition and sportsmanship that must be demonstrated both during games and after events and practices. Properly trained coaches promote the educational mission of the interscholastic experience and interscholastic activity programs enrich each student's educational experience. Coaches shall support the Winnacunnet High School drug, alcohol, tobacco and wellness programs and policies.

Teaching self and team discipline is a key goal of any sports program. However, discipline must be administered in a just and fair manner. It should never involve intimidation, hazing or humiliation. In the administration of discipline, the coach is responsible for clear communication of the cause and intent of the action.

Coaches are expected to be effective communicators with all the stakeholders of the program, i.e.: athletes, coaches, administrators, the school board, and all other members of the school community. In addition, the varsity coach will be the spokesperson with the community at large including parents, officials, and the press. In all communications the coaches are expected to maintain a professional approach insuring that the school is always represented in a positive manner.

Academic Support
The primary mission of the school is to provide an adequate education for every student. The end outcome is for students to have as many options as possible for future success upon graduation. The coach is expected to work with each and every athlete to insure that they are striving for academic success. This includes insuring that they receive the support necessary for success. In addition, for athletes who wish to further their participation beyond high school, the coaches must work to support their goals by providing guidance and support including references where appropriate.

Administrative Direction
Although the Varsity coach is responsible for management of the sports program, all coaches must adhere to administrative rules and procedures established by the Athletic Director, the Administration, and / or School Board and must adhere to the By Laws of the NHIAA. In all actions, the coaches will be held accountable. All coaches will have a sport evaluation at the end of each sport season. The evaluation will be the responsibility of the Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will place forward all Coaches names to the Principal, who will forward them to the Superintendent, who present them to the School Board for consideration on a season to season basis.