But my biggest frustration with regulation 10-145a-22 stems from the alleged reason for its existence: safety. A certified teacher is not necessarily an expert in first aid or sports medicine. A broken leg needs a lot quicker attention than a dangling participle.
When I was first informed I could not continue coaching at the junior high level, where I had coached without incident for several years, I called a friend—an English teacher who could no more coach a soccer team than I could fly to Jupiter.
"How would you like to coach the soccer team?" I asked.
"Are you kidding?" she said. "I'm not qualified to coach at all."
"Oh yes you are. You're more qualified than I am," I replied.
"I'd put a kid out there and he'd break his leg," she countered.
I doubt it. But if she did, the state of Connecticut might not care. The letter of the law would have been served.