Interested in getting additional opportunities for coaches education? The Coaches Advancement program is for you! This is great coursework for new and veteran coaches of all sports. Click the "Register Now" button below for the current schedule. And, new coaches can get a jump on completing the CAP requirement effective with the 2016-17 school year. Starting in 2016-17, each head coach of a varsity team hired for the first time at any MHSAA member high school (after July 31, 2016) shall have completed either Level 1 or Level 2 of the MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program (CAP).

MHSAA Handbook Regulation II, Section 3(C)

Each head coach of a varsity team in an MHSAA tournament sport hired for the first time as a varsity head coach at any MHSAA member high school after July 31, 2016 shall have completed either Level 1 or Level 2 of the MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program (CAP). If the head coach does not complete CAP Level 1 or 2 prior to the established deadline, that coach shall be prohibited from coaching in that season’s MHSAA tournament for the sport involved and shall not be present at the facility where the MHSAA tournament involving that coach’s team is being held. See Regulation II, Section 15(H)4. An administrator or faculty member designee of that school shall be present with supervisory capacity over the school’s competitors. Failure to receive reminder notifications (email or other) does not change the requirement of this Section. The MHSAA may substitute an alternative coaches education program for late hires which will fulfill the requirement on a temporary basis.

The deadlines are:

  • Fall: September 15, 2016
  • Winter: December 15, 2016
  • Spring: April 13, 2017

The substitutes for late hires are found at Both courses are required:

“Fundamentals of Coaching” ($35 – no Michigan surcharge)

“First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches” ($35 – no Michigan surcharge)

Certification of these two NFHS online courses must be provided to the MHSAA office prior to coaching in that season’s MHSAA tournament for the sport involved.

CAP 1 or CAP 2 will still need to be completed prior to the start of the coach’s next season.  

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Programs and Resources for Coaches

School coaches are vital grass-roots educators who have the opportunity to make lasting impressions on student-athletes as they learn lifelong lessons through athletics. We hope you'll find this page helpful in carrying out your daily duties with student-athletes.

Educational Resources 


The MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program (CAP) is an educational program geared to assist coaches in their growth and development as they advance in the field of educational athletics. Value added benefits of the program include:

INSURANCE: Liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million per occurrence.  This protection extends to coaches’ performance of duties for the school team during the interscholastic season.  The coverage is good for the year that the coach successfully completes the program and the following year.

NEWSLETTER: GamePlans is an electronic newsletter that is sent six times a year to coaches who have successfully completed six hours of the Coaches Advancement Program. The GamePlans newsletter contains pertinent articles that will assist coaches in their daily planning. GamePlans also publishes a record of all coaches who have been certified through the MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program.

STATE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLOCK HOURS: State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are available to coaches and can be used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education.  Coaches who complete a six-hour session are eligible to receive 6 SCECHs..

CAP Overview >
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Rules Meetings/Videos

High school head coaches of a varsity sport must have a valid CPR Certification (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). More information on this CPR Certification can be found here. CPR Certification is tracked by the school athletic director, similar to the rules meeting-risk management course requirement for assistant and sub varsity coaches. Athletic Directors must confirm (attest) each season through that both these requirements have been met. If a coaching requirement is not complete prior to the deadline, the school shall prohibit that coach from coaching in that season's MHSAA tournament for the sport involved and shall not be present at the facility where the MHSAA tournament involving that coach's sports team is being held.

All individuals who have been designated by their school or district to serve as an assistant or subvarsity coach (paid or volunteer) at the high school level must complete the same rules/risk management meeting requirement as the high school head coach, or in the alternative, one of the free online sports safety courses listed here and designated to fulfill this requirement:

 The deadlines for each MHSAA member high school athletic director to certify, while logged into, that all of its assistant and subvarsity coaches (paid and volunteer) have completed this requirement are below. These are the same deadline applies for certifying that head coaches have met the CPR Requirement:

  • Fall Sports - Sept. 15
  • Winter Sports - Dec. 15
  • Spring Sports - April 13

2016-17 Rules Meeting Dates and Coaches Requirements

Assistant and subvarsity coaches who have been registered in the MHSAA’s system with an up-to-date email address may log in to and complete the same required rules meeting, just as the varsity head coach must do. In the alternative, the school may direct or permit assistant and subvarsity coaches to complete the rules meeting requirement individually or in a group setting. Regardless of the method utilized, the administration of the school is responsible for attesting to the completion of the requirement by all sports team coaches by the deadlines listed above. Click the headline above to see the MHSAA Handbook Coaching Requirements Regulations (Reg. II, Section 3 (B & C) and Section 8 (B & C).

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IN-PERSON Rules Meeting Schedule

NFHS Free Online Courses

The NFHS is offering a series of FREE valuable online courses regarding concussion management, sportsmanship and the role of parents in sports. Click a topic below and begin the course.

Click Here for Instructions in Signing Up for Free NFHS Online Courses

Officials Ratings

Schools are responsible for rating officials who officiate contests involving their teams in sports for which officials’ratings ratings are maintained. Schools which fail to rate any officials during the season shall be subject to the penalties outlined under MHSAA Handbook Regulation V, Section 4. The school principal or athletic director shall verify that the ratings submitted are truthful and accurate, have met with the approval of the appropriate school administrator and are submitted on the school’s behalf.

Ratings Guidelines

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Coaches Box

Looking for Tournament Assignments and Schedules, Rules Updates, Coaches Associations, Games Wanted, Records? All of this information and more can be found in this same location under the same title "Coaches Box" on your specific sport page.

Go to MHSAA Sports Pages >

High School Sports Leader:
The site for Captains and Coaches

Efficiency is Effective...

The MHSAA is always willing to assist with issues concerning Association regulations. Please remember, however, the most efficient method of communication with the MHSAA on eligibility questions is through the athletic director or principal. Athletic directors should gather all information necessary on a question and then call or write the MHSAA. Coaches or parents calling the MHSAA on eligibility matters can create confusion and delay. ADs or principals are encouraged to contact the MHSAA office directly. Please follow this efficient path of communication.

MHSAA Library


Visit the Library for a wealth of archived articles, publications and videos pertaining to school sports and the MHSAA.