For Coaches - Seattle Public Schools

  • All Fall League coaches are required to be registered as a "Volunteer Athletic Coach".
  • If you have previously registered and been approved as a Volunteer Athletic Coach, then you don't need to register again.
  • All coaches must have a valid Adult First Aid/CPR/AED certification.
We will add a link here with an overview of the requirements necessary to become a Volunteer Athletics Coach (VAC) with Seattle Public School (SPS).

Registering to be a coach with the Seattle Public Schools (SPS)

Here is the outline of steps:
  1. Apply Online [every year]
    Complete an online application with the Seattle Public Schools to be a "Volunteer Athletics Coach"
    • Complete the online "Volunteer Athletics Coach" (VAC) application here.
    • Don't worry about filling in the application in its entirety. They don't need to know your total work history. Fill in all the contact info, the position you're applying for, maybe a brief work history, and your coaching background. This is simply to get your info into the system. There's no interview. You got the job!
  2. Fingerprints [every 2 years]
    Get you fingerprints taken and a background check completed at the Seattle Public Schools administration building down in SODO.
    • Schedule a fingerprint appointment or
    • Call 206-252-0215 for an appointment
    • Cost is ~$45. No Cash! Not sure about credit cards. Bring a check if you can. Save your receipt! We will reimburse you.
    • Go to the Seattle Public Schools administration building
      • John Stanford Center
        2445 3rd Ave. S.
        Seattle, WA 98134
  3. Adult Sexual Misconduct (ASM) Course [once]
  4. Adult First Aid/CPR/AED [every 2 years]
    Retain a valid Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
    • Certification must be valid through the entire season.
    • Cost is ~$65-$75. Save your receipt! We will reimburse you.
    • It's up to you where to get certified, but here's one option:
    • Be cautious about online certification programs. SPS requires the certificate to be certified by either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
    • SPS also requires CPR to be “hands on” training, but First Aid can be online
  5. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness [every year]
    View the online video on Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
    • The training takes approximately 15 minutes and is available for free at
    • You need to create an account on this site.
    • Download and save the Certificate when completed.
  6. Concussion Course [every year]
What to do with Certifications
Save a PDF of your certifications and then attach them into your account profile (this is the online application with SPS mentioned above). If your profile hasn't yet been accepted, I think you can log into it and there should be a section for uploading certifications.

Alternatively, you can email or fax copies of your certifications the Seattle Public Schools Athletic Department. Include your name, and that you have applied to be a Volunteer Athletics Coach for Hamilton International Middle School, Ultimate Frisbee:
How to check if you have been verified and accepted as a Volunteer Athletic Coach
Log into your account. Once you're logged in, select your name in the top right corner and in the drop-down, select "Application and Status".  After Volunteer Athletics Coach, it will say "Verifying Certification" (if your application is still pending), or it will say "Clear to Volunteer".

How to get reimbursed
You'll need to pay for the First Aid/CPR/AED certification and the fingerprints. Keep your receipts and scan and Hamilton Hawks, who will get the info to the Treasurer. HIMS Ultimate Club will reimburse you for these expenses..

If you have any questions with ANY of this, contact Hamilton Hawks. You'll want to get started on this ASAP. It takes SPS some time to get all this into the system, and coaches are not allowed to step on the field with students until all this is received and approved.

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