Coaches Training Program

AAASP provides a professional coaches education program for school personnel coaching students with physical disabilities in adapted sports. All adapted sports coaches are required to take the training course for the sports they are coaching including, wheelchair handball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair football and wheelchair track and field.

Adapted sports coaches receive instruction and training from AAASP, both in the team sports and individual sports which include the rules of play, implications of coaching students with various physical disabilities, safety guidelines, proper use of equipment, proper positioning, coaching philosophy which fosters a process based vs. outcome based environment, wheelchair handling techniques, fundamental skills and drills, individual and team goal setting, how best to incorporate power chair users in team play with manual chair users, and strategy.

Officials Training Program

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP), conducts educational training for game officials to enable high quality adaptedSPORTS® programming for its member school districts.   These trainings cover policies and procedures, competition rules, and guidelines for ensuring fair and equitable play. The trainings are conducted in an all-day, sport-specific clinic that includes class time and hands-on instruction. The trainings also cover game officials’ authority, signals and positioning on the court for lead and trailing officials, as well as pre- and post-game duties.

AAASP requires all of its officials to complete the annual all-day training clinic for each respective sport officiated and officials are required to adhere to the uniform policy of AAASP. Officials are taught to administer all sanctioned contests within the rules and procedures established by AAASP and adhere to a higher standard of behavior on and off the playing field as a registered sport’s official of AAASP.

For more information, please contact Robyn Hootselle