BILL NUMBER: AB 1451 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MARCH 19, 2012
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Hayashi
JANUARY 5, 2012
An act to amend Section
of the Education Code, relating to high school athletics.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 1451, as amended, Hayashi. High school athletics:
coaching education program California High School
Coaching Education and Training Program .
Existing law states the intent of the Legislature to establish a
California High School Coaching Education and Training Program,
administered by local school districts, that emphasizes specified
components, including, among other things, training, which is
described as certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first
This bill would include a basic understanding of the signs and
symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response to concussions
within the description of training.
Existing law requires each high school sports coach to complete a
coaching education program developed by his or her school district or
the California Interscholastic Federation that meets specified
guidelines, including certification in first aid.
This bill, commencing January 1, 2013, would require each high
school sports coach taking or renewing his or her first aid
certification to take additional training that includes a basic
understanding of the signs, symptoms, and appropriate emergency
action steps regarding potentially catastrophic injuries, including,
but not limited to, head and neck injuries, concussions, second
impact syndrome, asthma attacks, heat stroke, and cardiac arrest. By
requiring high school sports coaches to complete this additional
training, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes
no . State-mandated local program: yes
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 35179.1 of the
Education Code is amended to read:
35179.1. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the
1998 California High School Coaching Education and Training Program.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The exploding demand in girls athletics, and an increase in
the number of pupils participating in both boys and girls athletics,
are causing an increase in the number of coaches needed statewide.
(2) Well-trained coaches are vital to the success of the
experience of a pupil in sports and interscholastic athletic
(3) Improvement in coaching is a primary need identified by
hundreds of principals, superintendents, and school board members who
participated in the development of a strategic plan for the
California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in 1993 and 1994.
(4) There are many concerns about safety, training, organization,
philosophy, communications, and general management in coaching that
need to be addressed.
(5) It is a conservative estimate that at least 25,000 coaches
annually need training and an orientation just to meet current
coaching regulations contained in Title 5 of the California Code of
Regulations, including basic safety and CPR requirements.
(6) School districts, in conjunction with the California
Interscholastic Federation, have taken the initial first steps toward
building a statewide coaching education program by assembling a
faculty of statewide trainers composed of school district
administrators, coaches, and athletic directors using a national
program being used in several states.
(c) It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature to establish a
California High School Coaching Education and Training Program. It
is the intent of the Legislature that the program be administered by
local school districts and emphasize the following
(1) Development of coaching philosophies consistent with school,
school district, and school board governing
board of a school district goals.
(2) Sport psychology: emphasizing communication, reinforcement of
the efforts of young people pupils ,
effective delivery of coaching regarding technique and motivation of
the pupil athlete.
(3) Sport pedagogy: how young pupil
athletes learn, and how to teach sport skills.
(4) Sport physiology: principles of training, fitness for sport,
development of a training program, nutrition for athletes, and the
harmful effects associated with the use of steroids and
performance-enhancing dietary supplements by adolescents.
(5) Sport management: team management, risk management, and
working within the context of an entire school program.
(6) Training: certification in CPR and first aid , including,
but not limited to, a basic understanding of the signs and symptoms
of concussions and the appropriate response to concussions .
(7) Knowledge of, and adherence to, statewide rules and
regulations, as well as school regulations including, but not
necessarily limited to, eligibility, gender equity and
(8) Sound planning and goal setting.
(d) This section does not endorse a particular coaching education
or training program.
SECTION 1. Section 49032 of the Education Code
is amended to read:
49032. (a) (1) Effective December 31, 2008, each high school
sports coach shall have completed a coaching education program
developed by his or her school district or the California
Interscholastic Federation that meets the guidelines set forth in
(2) Commencing January 1, 2013, each high school sports coach
taking or renewing his or her first aid certification shall take
additional training that includes a basic understanding of the signs,
symptoms, and appropriate emergency action steps regarding
potentially catastrophic injuries, including, but not limited to,
head and neck injuries, concussions, second impact syndrome, asthma
attacks, heat stroke, and cardiac arrest.
(3) The coaching education program described by paragraphs (1) and
(2) may be taught by an athletic director or high school sports
coach who is deemed to be qualified by the California Interscholastic
(b) Upon completion of the coaching education program, a high
school sports coach shall be deemed to have completed the education
requirement for the remainder of his or her time coaching at the high
school level in any school district in the state.
(c) Each high school sports coach shall be responsible for the
costs of taking the coaching education program.
(d) The training requirements of this section shall count toward
the continuing education required for the renewal of the teaching
credential of a high school sports coach who is also a certificated
(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a high school sports coach
who does not meet the requirements of subdivision (a) may be used for
no longer than one season of interscholastic competition.
(f) For purposes of this section, "high school sports coach" means
an employee or a volunteer who is authorized by a high school to be
responsible for leading a school sports team of pupil athletes.
SEC. 2. If the Commission on State Mandates
determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs
shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of
Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.