By KENDRIA RICE-LOCKET
Volunteer coaches are the backbone of youth sports in America. Without the thousands of parents signing up to coach youth sports every season, the youth sports world would come to a screeching halt! The question is who are these volunteers and where did they come from? Are they an ex-high school or college athlete trying to re-live their sports experiences?
Are they a parent of a reluctant child trying to give their child the same great experience that they had as a child? Or are they the mother or father of a child who was told, “If you don’t volunteer, we don’t have enough coaches!” The truth is that all of these scenarios are pretty likely in the average volunteer-based youth sports league. That’s why in 1981 NAYS developed the National Youth Sports Coaches Association – to help educate those volunteers to become the best youth sport coaches that they can be. Overview – National Youth Sports Coaches Association The National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) is a membership organization and the most widely used volunteer coach training program in the nation, having trained more than 2.5 million coaches since its inception in 1981.
More than 3,000 community-based agencies and organizations have offered this opportunity. The NYSCA volunteer coach training program is designed to sensitize volunteer coaches to their responsibilities and hold them accountable to a strict Code of Conduct defined by the NYSCA Coaches’ Code of Ethics Pledge. The NYSCA training program – which is available both on-site as well as online – provides volunteer coaches with vital information on everything from designing fun and effective practices to teaching proper sports techniques. At the end of the clinic, coaches take an exam on the material presented. Coaches must also accept the NAYS Code of Ethics, and pledge to uphold a set of standards.
Coaches also have access to other innovative sections on the new NAYS Web site, including a Skills and Drills section that features hundreds of animated drills, as well as those that can be printed out and taken to practice to use as a handy reference while working with players; and the Coaching Forum, where volunteers can tap into the expertise of more than 100,000 coaches to gain insight on a variety of issues that are typically encountered while coaching children. Members also receive a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy and a subscription to Sporting Kid magazine.
Contact Kendria Rice-Locket, Manager of Athletics at 502-456-8173 for more information. Stay tuned for more coaching tips!