The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department in North Carolina serves more than 14,000 youth team participants, ages 3-18, each year at their 18 recreation centers located throughout the county.
As a busy department with lots of youth sports activities they needed a way to efficiently manage their National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) Chapter by keeping track of their coaches’ National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) training and membership expiration dates.
“As our program’s Chapter Director, I was responsible for managing all clinician trainings as well as ensuring the NYSCA clinics were taking place and proper training was being provided to coaches,” said Carla Hoover, recreation coordinator/supervisor of youth athletic programming at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. “With the introduction of NYSCA online training, it made sense for each recreation center to become a sub-chapter.”
The program supervisor at each recreation center is responsible for recruiting coaches for their center’s teams, says Hoover. As sub-Chapters of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the program supervisors can pre-register coaches for online training, submit training rosters and pay for their coaches’ training.
“With the creation of the sub-chapters, we now have an easy way to pull coach rosters for each center, which allows us to keep track of training and expiration dates,” Hoover said. “The process has become more streamlined and easy to use for our front line staff.”
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation requires NYSCA training for those who want to coach in their programs. The department has more than 250 active NYSCA coaches.
“Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation wants to ensure that our volunteer coaches are trained with the necessary tools that will equip them to be positive and effective coaches for the youth in our community,” Hoover said. “NYSCA training has provided our youth league coaches with knowledge and tools on how to work with kids, parents and officials. Through this training coaches begin to understand basic fundamentals of sports, and how to convey those to the participants. They learn how to motivate and instruct participants while remaining positive and uplifting.”
Hoover says the feedback about NYSCA training has been positive.
“Coaches seem to enjoy learning tips for practices and knowing that there are additional resources for them to use throughout the season,” she said. “Parents have also commented that they appreciate their coaches taking the extra step to become trained.”
Parents are encouraged to complete a sportsmanship program through the Parents Association for Youth Sports (PAYS).
“The PAYS training gives us a chance to remind parents and family members that they are the participants’ No. 1 supporter and they need to look for ways to uplift and make their child’s experience more enjoyable,” said Hoover. “Over the past four years we have been conducting the PAYS training. Parents have reported to staff that they are grateful we talk about situations that may arise during youth sports and that we hold everyone accountable to the same code of conduct.”Mecklenburg County NYSCA Sub-chapter Training PAYS Coaches
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