EDUCATE: Our educational focus is dedicated to more than fundamentals and skills of a sport. We see coaches as leaders who are role models to our state's youth. We offer graduate college credit programs in Coaching Leadership, Professionalism, and Ethics; Drug Awareness Seminars; Speed, Strength, Nutrition, and Conditioning Seminars; Cheer Coaches' Certification Seminars; and Sports Specific Clinics. Other pertinent issues are covered to stay current with today's important issues.

RECOGNIZE: Coaches receive recognition for specific accomplishments during singular seasons, as well as for "lifetime achievements." The NDHSCA Coach of the Year awards are the most prestigious awards given to high school coaches in the state. The NHSACA Coach of the Year awards are awarded for lifetime accomplishments. The state awards are presented at the annual banquet held in conjunction with the state's coaching clinic. Nearly 150 coaches earn the "National Spotlight" in June at the NHSACA National Convention.

SUPPORT: Due to the cooperation of NDHSCA, NDHSAA, and NHSACA, our association is able to provide support for our members, including legal consultation via telephone regarding coaching issues. NDHSCA also has a state and national voice in significant issues facing high school coaches and athletes.

NDHSCA Goals and Purposes

The North Dakota High School Coaches Association is the only high school coaches association in North Dakota that is created by coaches and governed by coaches. It is a not for profit corporation that provides interscholastic coaches across the state with a voice in current issues. NDHSCA provides North Dakota's coaches with finest recognition program available and is a dual member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association and its recognition program.

The recognition program reflects awards for coaches and athletes. The annual coaches' awards are peer selected and based on season accomplishments. Meanwhile the Hall of Fame and the Junior High School Coach of the Year Awards and Assistant Coach of the Year Awards are based on lifetime accomplishments.

The Senior Athlete of the Year awards are selected by head coaches and are based on season and career performances in each sport. The Scholarships that are awarded to graduating seniors are granted to deserving student/athletes, based on high school endeavors. The scholarship recipients are chosen by the NDHSCA Executive Board Scholarship Committee.

NDHSCA offers a state coaching convention, complete with graduate college credit programs. NDHSCA goals include:

· To raise the quality and competence of interscholastic coaching and administration to the highest level possible through leadership development, educational programs, training sessions, and informative publications.

· To promote and publicize interscholastic sports and its athletes through a comprehensive state and local awards program.

· To foster amateur sports programs for boys and girls with skills in a variety of sports which provide social, educational, and competitive opportunities for the student/athletes.

· To recognize those professional men and women coaches who have devoted their energies over many years to bring excellence to sports programs in high schools across the Flickertail State.