There seems to be a misinterpretation by some people about the ruling on Head Coaches being members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. This rule has been discussed manytimes and after many years of debate was finally brought up to a vote. To align with the rest of the coaching organizations in other states, the CHSCA has made it mandatory for head coaches to be members of the CHSCA in order to participate in CHSCA sponsored activities.
The CHSCA was organized to serve coaches and student athletes. The CHSCA recognizes athletes and coaches with many programs and awards no matter what level of coaching they are at. The state of Connecticut offers much more than all other states. The million dollar liability insurance policy alone should be reason enough to join the coaches organization The majority of other states demand membership based on this alone.
We now have a little more than 100 school systems that pay for their coaches. However, due to budget constraints this may not be possible at your school. The CHSCA encourages more schools to ake this step as a benefit to all of their coaches especially since our dues are only $30 per year including the insurance coverage. This membership issue is simple. In the past we had head coaches, assistant coaches and athletes being honored in programs sponsored by the CHSCA. We emphasize that by not belonging to the CHSCA we are only taking away the privileges of the head coach. As an example, if a coach is not a member and his or her athlete places in the state meet qualifying for All-State WE DO NOT TAKE THIS AWAY OR DENY THE ATHLETE THAT HONOR. The non-member coach who has to vote on All-State players will not get that opportunity. The non-member head coach has NO PRIVILEGES. Some have said we are punishing youngsters, but please remember within the organization for as little as $30, the coach and his program become part of everything the CHSCA provides. When you think the CHSCA is punishing student athletes, think of the following: if a school system does not pay dues and doesn’t become a member of the CIAC, the school would not be able to take part in state tournaments. We are no different in serving our member coaches than the CIAC or any other state organization.
The CHSCA supports the coaches in our state. It was the driving force behind coaches recertification, the due process legislation bill, All-State banquets, All-Star football at a college stadium, the CHSCA Hall of Fame at Rentschler Field and so much more. We honor the achievements of the athletes, coaches and assistant coaches. We need the support of all the coaches to be able to service all of the athletes and coaches in our state.
This was written to clarify the reasons why the rule of head coach membership is so important. The CHSCA is one of the strongest an dmost influential coaching organizations in the country. As in all organization, we stand by our membership. We recignize excellence in athletes, coaching and playing. We nominate coaches for All-Star games, provide liability insurance, oru members serve on committees and vote for All-State and All-Stars. Lastly, they participatein surveys to improve individual sports and coaching as a whole and much more.
This rule was put into effect during the 2006-2007 school year knowing that it might take one full year to get full imlementation. It is the hope that all schools will eventually take the responsibility to pay for their coaches’ membership and/or encourage their coaches to be part of this fine organization.