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Coach (School Sports)

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 24 states
47th most burdensome licensing requirements
44th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Coaches and directors of athletics instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports, demonstrate techniques and methods of participation and may evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition.

Summary

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia require a license to coach high school sports; D.C., New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas require that coaches be licensed teachers, thus requiring four years or more of training. Tennessee requires only that coaches of some sports be licensed teachers. On average, licensing laws for coaches require 254 days in education and training and $54 in fees. South Carolina requires that the coach work at least half time at the school, and Rhode Island requires only a $25 fee.

(Last updated May 3, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Washington, D.C. 0 1,479 0 0 0
2 Oklahoma 0 1,465 0 0 0
3 Texas 0 1,460 0 0 0
3 New Jersey 0 1,460 0 0 0
5 West Virginia 250 2 3 12 0
6 Washington 0 5 0 12 21
7 Connecticut 0 10 0 12 18
8 Missouri 80 2 3 0 0
9 New Mexico 45 1 0 12 0
10 Iowa 85 13 0 0 18
11 Tennessee 285 1 0 0 0
12 Arizona 0 100 0 0 0
13 Nebraska 85 42 0 0 0
14 Florida 75 31 0 0 0
15 Oregon 65 1 1 0 0
16 Utah 50 1 1 0 0
17 Vermont 100 2 0 0 0
18 Wisconsin 80 2 0 0 0
19 New Hampshire 45 1 0 0 0
20 New York 0 17 0 0 0
21 Minnesota 35 1 0 0 0
22 Rhode Island 25 0 0 0 0
23 Maryland 0 2 0 0 0
24 South Carolina 0 0 0 0 0

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