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Four Steps to Improving Your Program's Coaches


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This presentation discusses best practices your youth sports program should adopt to improve your volunteer coaches. Learn the four steps plus get an introduction to the National Youth Sports Coaches …

This presentation discusses best practices your youth sports program should adopt to improve your volunteer coaches. Learn the four steps plus get an introduction to the National Youth Sports Coaches Association program.

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    • 1. Kate Dilworth National Alliance for Youth Sports Four Steps to ImprovingFour Steps to Improving Your Program’s CoachesYour Program’s Coaches
    • 2. Our volunteer:Our volunteer: Coach DanCoach Dan • First year coach • Father of player • Played soccer in high school What would you do if Coach Dan were an employee?
    • 3. 1.1. ScreeningScreening 2.2. TrainingTraining 3.3. EvaluationEvaluation 4.4. AccountabilityAccountability Compare volunteer coachCompare volunteer coach management process tomanagement process to employment processemployment process
    • 4. Step 1:Step 1: ScreeningScreening Why screen coaches?Why screen coaches? • To make an unwelcome environment for anyone who doesn’t put children’s needs first. • To keep people who have a history of inappropriate behavior or who are unfit to work with children out of your organization. • To select the ‘best’ volunteers. • To clarify what the standards and expectations of the organization are in terms of child protection.
    • 5. ScreeningScreening it’s notit’s not JUSTJUST a background check!a background check! • Have a written screeningscreening policypolicy • Provide job descriptionsjob descriptions • Obtain completed applicationsapplications • Have a consent/release formconsent/release form signed and dated • EvaluateEvaluate application • Conduct a criminal background checkbackground check • Review results against disqualifiersdisqualifiers • InterviewInterview the applicant
    • 6. Step 2:Step 2: TrainingTraining • Orientation which includes the philosophy of your program • Comprehensive sport specific information • Behavior expectations – Code of Conduct, etc. • Important needs beyond the training  Insurance coverage  Educational Resources  Coaching Tools
    • 7. Continuing Education…Continuing Education… • Training Follow Up • Reinforce learning points from orientation • Take Homes • Commitments (Code of Ethics) • Resources • Drills & Skills • Practice Planners • Peer to Peer Resources • Coaching Tools • Communication Tools • Self Evaluators
    • 8. Step 3:Step 3: EvaluationEvaluation • How are your coaches doing? • Feedback from parents • Type of feedback • Frequency of feedback • Evaluations should be convenient and practical • Define steps for reviewing and responding to evaluations
    • 9. Step 4:Step 4: AccountabilityAccountability • Codes of Ethics • Established Procedures for Disciplinary Actions  Reporting  Responding  Follow Through • Coach Accountability Committee/Individual • Information Sharing
    • 10. 1. ScreeningScreening – Guidelines & Partnership 2. TrainingTraining – Live and Online Clinics – continuing education – membership benefits - value 3. EvaluationEvaluation – Coach Rating System 4. AccountabilityAccountability – Code of Ethics Pledge/ Reporting & Revocation Procedures
    • 11. View membersView members :: All relevant information is available in one database
    • 12. 1.1. ScreeningScreening Select aSelect a member formember for more detailedmore detailed information:information: Edit information, check background information or initiate an online evaluation for a coach.
    • 13. 2. Training2. Training OR
    • 14. Psychology of coaching Tips on communication Sportsmanship Parents as partners Child abuse in sports Injury prevention Conditioning Nutrition Hydration Coaching Youth SportsCoaching Youth Sports PLUS Sport Specific – 13 SportsPLUS Sport Specific – 13 Sports
    • 15. Every NYSCA member gets a personalized homepagepersonalized homepage with additional coaching tools and resources…
    • 16. Coaching Forum: Ask questions & share knowledge with over 150,000 NYSCA members Coach Ratings: Provides feedback from parent evaluations all season long SportingKid Magazine: Youth sport magazine packed with news, tips & expert info Skills & Drills: Video and printable exercises for practice preparation Educational Resources: Additional content relevant to coaching youth sports Member areaMember area highlights…highlights…
    • 17. Parents canParents can rate yourrate your coaches in 14coaches in 14 key areas…key areas… 3. Evaluation3. Evaluation
    • 18. Results are displayed as an average between 1- 10 Or view a grid of all scores for each question 3. Evaluation3. Evaluation
    • 19. View AllView All Results:Results: Historical results can be exported to a spreadsheet for management. View IndividualView Individual Results:Results: Results can be used to follow-up with coach complaints or to reward coaches for great service. ““Rate Your Coach” EvaluationsRate Your Coach” Evaluations
    • 20. NationalNational Guidelines:Guidelines: Created with input from youth sports professionals Revocation :Revocation : Coaches not living up to the Code of Ethics can have their memberships revoked -permanently ReportingReporting Feature:Feature: Allows NAYS to keep track of incidents and report back to chapters 4.4. AccountabilityAccountability
    • 21. Questions?