For Coaches and Staff


     Required Training (Link)

    Beginning in the fall of 2017, WIAA coaching education requirements changed. The new system is based on a checklist system. All coaches will complete training in CPR/First Aid every two years and Concussion Management and Sudden Cardiac Arrest every three years. Each sport has additional requirements. Make copies of all certificates for your records to ensure you receive credit for completing your training.

     -First Aid/CPR: All paid and volunteer coaches are required to renew their First Aid/CPR certification every two years. You can find the District’s offerings of First Aid/CPR on the Everett Public School’s Professional Development portal: A coaches’ only session has been scheduled for August 13 and 14 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the CRC. Classes fill quickly so please plan ahead. The expiration date list can be seen here.

    -On-line rules clinics: (NEW, 2018) ALL paid high school and middle school head and assistant coaches are required to complete on-line WIAA and sport specific rules clinics. It is believed that all coaches should know the WIAA rules and rules of the sport. High school coaches must complete their rules clinics as follows: Fall – September 16; Winter – December 8; Spring – March 22. Middle school due dates shall be within two weeks of the first practice. Failure to complete these rules clinics will result in a WIAA violation.

    -Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and Signs and Symptoms of Concussion: SCA education is a new state requirement. Every three years coaches (paid and volunteer) must be educated on SCA and Concussions.  All coaches will take the free SCA and Concussion management course on-line at Upon successful completion of the course you will send a copy of your certificate to the District Athletic Office. The WIAA offers this training through the on-line rules clinic process as well.  Take care of this before your season gets underway.  If you completed it last year you are good to go.  If in doubt, do it again.

    -Football requirements: Along with the base training requirements, football coaches must complete training on proper blocking/tackling techniques, heat/hydration signs and symptoms, and equipment fitting. If you completed this training 3 or more years ago, you MUST attend the training at Snohomish High School Monday, August 19 at 4:30 p.m. You must attend this in-person training to satisfy the “hands-on blocking/tackling training” requirement. Sign up to attend through this LINK.

    -District required training: State law requires all coaches must complete Bloodbourne Pathogen Exposure Prevention and Bullying Recognition and Response training. By August 1, the district will email all employees about their on-line training requirements. Additionally, every coach must complete What Every Coach Needs to Know beginning in the fall, 2018. This training is required every three years.

    -Checking training compliance: To check compliance with district training requirements, follow this link to login to your SafeSchools Account.  To check compliance with WIAA requirements, go to your account.

    -Professional Development Funds: As in years past, a request for funds for coaching PD will be made in the fall. It is likely this will be funded once again. More information will be available in the fall.

    -Fundamentals of Coaching course: Per the new WIAA requirements, new coaches will complete the Fundamentals of Coaching course at or an equivalent approved by Robert Polk. The Fundamentals of Coaching course costs $40.  Upon completion, the coach will print a copy of the certificate of completion and send it to the district athletic office.  At that time, a reimbursement check will be prepared and sent to the coach within 30 days.

    Optional Training

    -Type II Driver License: All coaches are encouraged to get their Type II Driver Certification so that they can drive students to athletic events. The class if offered on-line through the district’s professional development portal:  Search for Type II Certification.  Along with the course, you must provide a driving record abstract to the transportation department and remain current in your First Aid/CPR training. Contact the transportation department at 425-385-4143 if you have questions about your current status or certification process. Beginning in August, the transportation department will pull your driving abstract with your formal permission, free of charge. Please complete this form.


    Washington State Coaches Association Membership

    Per the ECEA collective bargaining agreement, the district will pay for membership in the WSCA. Coaches will register themselves at You may go to this link as well (LINK). Coaches must register by October 15, 2019 assuming there is agreement between the ECEA and District. This allows time for payment to be processed and passes to be delivered for fall post-season games.


    Transportation Requests

    Depending on when a bus is used for extra-curricular activities, the district is charged either a non-conflicting or a conflicting rate. A conflicting rate is about double the hourly cost of a non-conflicting rate bus. This year the conflicting rate time has changed from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This means any bus scheduled to arrive to pick up a team prior to 4:00 p.m. will cost twice as much as a bus picking up a team after 4:00 p.m. When scheduling a bus, please keep this in mind and avoid the conflicting rate when possible. However, it is more important to get your team to the contest on time so do not sacrifice team preparation. Robert Polk will prepare transportation requests for the middle school teams. When possible, schools will utilize a shuttle system to save money on transportation. Regardless of your school’s end time, all departure times will be the same to eliminate teams arriving at schools too early.

     Fall high school requests are due to your athletic secretary by Friday, August 30. The secretary will enter all trips into the system. Remember, IT IS THE COACH’S RESPONSIBILITY TO BE SURE ALL TRIPS ARE COVERED.


    Athletic Facility Use

    Complete a facility use request and submit it to your building athletic coordinator if you plan to use your facility after 5:30 p.m. weekdays or on weekends. Our supportive community will be using our facilities when we are not.


    Pre-season team/parent meetings (Link)

    All head coaches are required to host a pre-season parent information meeting. There are many great benefits to holding this meeting. An outline for a pre-season parent meeting is included as an attachment. Use the outline as a guide and add items for your meeting agenda. Parents want to know your plan for the program and their student so give this important meeting the time and attention it deserves. Be sure to highlight punch cards with your parents.


    Volunteer Coaches

    To be a volunteer coach, the following must take place.

    • All new and current volunteers must apply after August 1. Volunteers must be approved by the district BEFORE working with teams and athletes. Apply on-line
    • Beginning in 2018, all coaching volunteers must pass finger print screening. Current volunteers must meet the fingerprinting requirement. Costs will be reimbursed by the district.
    • Meet with the building athletic director before working with teams and athletes.
    • Meet WIAA coaches education requirements including first aid/CPR certification.
    • Head coaches will be selective about who volunteers.

    Everett Athletics Awards Night

    Next year’s event to honor our district’s student athletes will be held on Thursday, June 4th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Jackson High School. All middle and high school coaches are strongly encouraged to attend this event to support their athletes. The athletes appreciate the support and it builds a positive image in the community. Please dress appropriately. Do not wear shorts, blue jeans, t-shirts or hats. The honored athletes dress very well for this event. Coaches should also. 

    Thank you for your effort and commitment to the student-athletes in our district. It is a great opportunity to educate our students on the important things in life. Remember that life lessons and the growth of our students takes precedence over wins and losses. Keep things in perspective. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you all very soon.


    Robert Polk

    Director of Athletics and Activities