Coaches Corner

All community sports leagues and high school sports are required to follow guidelines set forth by the California State Legislation and National Federation of State High School Associations. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Folsom Parks & Recreations adheres to the guidelines. Resources are available to keep current with information and certifications.

California Legislative Information

​AB379 Fact Sheet – “In January 2019, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, 77th District introduced AB379 to extend the sudden cardiac arrest prevention protocol in effect for school-sponsored sports activities to community youth sports programs.

AB379 now requires the same protocols used for concussions in youth and high school sports to be used to help protect young athletes participating in school and community youth sports organizations from sudden cardiac arrest—the #1 killer of young athletes. Community youth sports organizations include an organization, business, nonprofit entity, or a local governmental agency that sponsors or conducts amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs in which persons 17 years of age or younger participate.

Click to view the AB379 Fact Sheet, prepared by Derik Perez, Folsom Parks & Recreation, to identify what resource your organization will use to cover the state required protocols moving forward.

California Legislative Information: AB-379 Youth athletics: concussion and sudden cardiac arrest prevention

National Association of State High School AssociationsNational Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) – serves its members by providing leadership for the administration of education-based high school athletics and activities through the writing of playing rules that emphasize health and safety, educational programs that develop leaders, and administrative support to increase opportunities and promote sportsmanship. –

National Federation of State High School Learning

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars, and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex problems. But the goal of these convenings is to have an impact beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further, and improve actions taken in the real world.

The Aspen Institute –

Our Vision: Every school in the world will include the Pyramid of Success as a way of pursuing true success in life.

Our Mission: Equip leaders with a blueprint for day-to-day behavior to coach themselves and others The John Wooden Way.

The John R. Wooden Course –

Folsom Cordova Unified School District – Certifications required to coach middle and high school sports.

  • First Aid (2 years, can be completed online).
  • CPR (2 years, can be completed online).
  • Concussion (2 years, can be completed online).
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest (1 year, can be completed online).
  • Heat Illness Prevention Training (can be completed online).
  • Online training available through National Federation of State High School Association –

Peter Maroon
Director of Athletics
Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Positive Coaching Alliance – A national nonprofit organization that provides online tools courses and workshops to assist in giving youth athletes a positive , character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.

Positive Coaching

National Alliance for Youth Sports

NAYS mission is to educate, equip and empower youth sports leaders, volunteers and parents so all children can enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports.

NAYS vision is a future where all youth sports coaches, parents, officials and administrators are educated and all children have access to safe and positive sports experiences.

NAYS motto is “Better sports for kids, better kids for life.”

National Alliance for Youth Sports –