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HB 1045 - Education; athletic coaches; complete sports safety course prior to service; provide

Tracking Level: Watch
Sponsor: Harbin,Ben 118th
Last Action: 2/21/2012 - House Second Readers
House Committee: Ed
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

            This bill would amend Part 3 of Article 16 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. to require successful completion of a sports safety course before anyone could serve as an athletic coach in a public school. However, if multiple coaches serve on a team, only one would be required to have completed the safety course. The course would have to be approved by DOE in cooperation with GHSA with the following minimum content: 3-6 hours of instruction specific to sports safety to include emergency action planning and recognition; heat and cold illnesses; head, neck and ocular injuries; and participation warm-up and cool down. It would exclude coaching principles and CPR.

            Successful completion of the course would earn a merit certificate of verification of completion and would require re-certification once at least every 36 calendar months. It would be available in-person and on-line and be of a general nature, not sports specific. The curriculum would have to be one adopted in more states than just Georgia, but the printed materials could not exceed 150 pages of print.

            The authors of the course would have to include at least 10 health care professionals of a variety of descriptions and would require updates at least once every 30 months. It could not cost more than $50.00 to the general public. Assessment would include an on-line exam with a required score of 80% or better for satisfactory completion.

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