Most youth sports coaches are unprepared for their position. Studies show that only 5-10% of youth sport coaches have received any relevant training1. We know most coaches sign up because their own child is on the team and no one else volunteered. The next thing they know it is the first day of practice and they have a whistle and clipboard – but no formal training. Why does this matter? Why be concerned about providing coaching education or certification to coaches?
Quality trained coaches benefit children, youth sports programs and communities in countless ways. If volunteer coaches are comfortable and confident in their abilities to work with children and coach the sport, they will feel like – and be – an extremely valuable part of the youth sports program.
Here are a few of the many reasons your volunteer coaches should be trained:
With so many wonderful reasons why coaches should be trained it is hard to believe that the majority of today’s volunteers are not trained. A program coordinator may claim that budgets are tight and they can’t afford to train coaches but the evidence above proves beyond a doubt that youth sports organizations can’t afford NOT to train coaches.
Incorporating a coach training program into a sports season is not a daunting task. Leagues, multi-sport associations, municipal recreation departments and other youth organizations have the ability to become a Member Organization of the National Alliance for Youth Sports to offer the NAYS Coach Training & Membership Program. The online training for coaches can be accessed within 24 hours of establishing a Member Organization and on-site trainings can be hosted by your organization in as little as one week. Explore www.NAYS.org to learn more about the program and the benefits of becoming a Member Organization.
1National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education - Coaching Counts! Case Statement - 2011
2Sports Done Right Report - The University of Maine Sport & Coaching Initiative - 2004
3Palo Alto Online: What Makes A Good Coach? Terri Lobdell - 2010
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