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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MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program




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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.  

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.

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Coaches Advancement Program Outline

CAP 1 6 Hours
2.5 hours Coaches Make the Difference: MHSAA Philosophy and Regulations
1.5 hours Effective Instruction: The Coach as Teacher
2 hours Sports Medicine and First Aid
CAP 2 6 Hours
2 hours Effective Communication: Characteristics of Coaches who are Great Communicators
2 hours Legal Issues in School Sports: A Game Plan to Meet Legal Needs
2 hours Psychology of Coaching
CAP 3 6 Hours
2.5 hours Additional Coaching Responsibilities: Becoming Aware of your Many Resources
2 hours Effectively Working with Parents
1.5 hours The Coach as Performer: Managing Your Time and Energy Level
CAP 4 6 Hours
2 hours Understanding Athlete Development
1.5 hours Preparing for Success
2.5 hours Strength and Conditioning: Designing Your Program
CAP 5 6 Hours
2 hours Peak Health and Performance
2 hours Controlling Emotions in Pressure Situations
2 hours Resolving Conflicts in Athletics
CAP 6 6 Hours
6 hours Current Issues and Topics In Educational Athletics
CAP 7 6 Hours
6 hours Current Issues and Topics In Educational Athletics
CAP 86 Hours
6 hoursCurrent Issues and Topics In Educational Athletics

Coaches Advancement Program Certification

CAP Beginning Certification = 12 hours
CAP Intermediate Certification = 18 hours
CAP Advanced Certification = 24 hours
CAP Masters Certification = 30 hours
CAP Masters Elite Certification = 36 hours
CAP Masters Elite+ Certification = 42 hours
CAP Masters Elite++ Certification = 48 hours

Certification would occur after the first 12 hours (CAP 1 and 2) with subsequent increments of 6 hours for a total of 42 hours available. Additional units may be written.