American Sport Education Program
Mission: to make sport safer, more enjoyable, and more valuable for athletes by developing educational programs and resources for coaches, administrators, parents, and officials.
Training for Coaches, Officials, Sport Administrators, and Parents
ASEP is the most widely used and respected sport education program in the United States. More than 30 state high school athletic associations recommend or require ASEP courses for their high school coaches, and more than 200 colleges and universities use ASEP courses and resources. At the youth level, hundreds of youth sport organizations and parks and recreation departments use ASEP to train volunteer coaches. Collectively, more than one million people-coaches, officials, sport administrators, and parents-have used ASEP products since the program began in 1981.
ASEP’s philosophy of "Athletes first, winning second" is the foundation of its curriculum and the driving force behind its efforts. ASEP courses offered in the classroom and online show adults involved in youth sport how to place the physical, mental, and social development of a child before winning.
ASEP offers a multilevel educational program that mirrors the common division of youth sport in America:
ASEP Volunteer Coaches Education Program—geared toward youth coaches affiliated with parks and recreation departments and national, state, and local youth sport organizations (coaches of athletes ages 14 and under).
ASEP Professional Coaches Education Program—geared toward high school, club sport, and Olympic coaches (coaches of athletes ages 14 and over). These courses are also taught in nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country as part of coaching major and minor programs. ASEP also works with a network of colleges and universities to offer ASEP online courses to faculty-coaches for CEUs and graduate and undergraduate credit.
ASEP Officials Education Program—geared toward officials at the youth and high school levels.
Classroom and Online Courses
ASEP courses are offered as classroom and online courses and combine interactive instruction with self-study, supported by texts, CDs, and tests. ASEP classroom courses Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid are taught to thousands of coaches annually through a network of more than 1,000 instructors nationwide.
ASEP has been in the sport education business for nearly 30 years, and its focus continues to be on reaching the more than 3.5 million coaches, one million officials, 300,000 sport administrators, 80 million parents, and 30 million young athletes in the United States who can benefit from ASEP educational courses and resources. So while ASEP is proud of its achievements, its aim is to provide the highest quality education to all who are involved in sport.