“ We also have the huge issue of TRAVEL sports. I am torn between preserving the values that I truly believe in with youth sports - emphasizing developing children over winning and the shift towards winning first, sitting those less talented, etc - which seems to be the travel motivation.... Travel teams started at 5th grade but now it’s down to 3rd grade - even some 2nd grade teams have formed. So what to do ... sell out on my values and support a product that I have trouble believing in? Know that if you have coaches in place that believe winning is what is most important, then the less talented will be brushed aside and forgotten about! Can I do that? Travel is only good when the entire team is talented. It is appropriate and challenging at the level. But what we are seeing is 3-4 talented kids and the parents of those kids creating a team around those kids... thus taking recreation kids and putting them in a situation that is not benefiting the rec kids. Strangely, the rec parents are happy to pay the bigger price tag for the prestige of travel and to be part of the team ... How do we combat this social pressure? Can we?” Recent email from a Certified Youth Sports Administrator…
Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all youth sports injuries . Immature bones, insufficient rest after an injury and poor training habits are the main culprits.
Most organized sports related injuries (62 percent) occur during practices rather than games. Parents often do not take the same safety precautions during their child's practices as they would for a game.
A recent survey found that among athletes ages 5 to 14, 15 percent of basketball players, 28 percent of football players, 22 percent of soccer players, 25 percent of baseball players and 12 percent of softball players have been injured while playing their sports .
The remodeling process involves both the breakdown and buildup of tissue. There is a fine balance between the two, and if breakdown occurs more rapidly than buildup an overuse injury occurs. 3.5 million children under 14 were treated for sports injuries last year
We must be Proactive NOT Reactive to change the culture of youth sports
Four components of providing quality youth sports programs: 1. Screening – Guidelines & Management 2. Training – Live and Online Clinics – continuing education – membership benefits - value 3. Evaluation – Coach Rating System 4. Accountability – Code of Conduct/ Reporting & Revocation Procedures It’s not just about TRAINING…
Introduction to Coaching Youth Sports On-Site and Online PLUS Sport Specific
Now at NAYS.org, every NYSCA member gets a personalized homepage with tons of tools and resources…
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 ShapeStuff: Interactive communication tool connects coaches to players Skills & Drills: Video and printable exercises for practice preparation Educational Resources: Additional content relevant to coaching youth sports
Coach RATINGS Parents can rate your coaches in 14 key areas…
Coach RATINGS Results are displayed as an average between 1-10 Or view a grid of all scores for each question
Sporting kid magazine the official member publication offers key information on all aspects of youth sports and coaching. NYSCA members can view all past SportingKid issues online and/or request to have current issues mailed to their address.
Establishing a chapter gives you access to a number of tools to ensures your youth sports volunteer workforce is made up of quality, reliable individuals. In addition to the NYSCA coach training program you have access to:
Background Screening & Management
Online Evaluation Tool
Accountability Policies and Procedures
Plus many other youth sports resources Chapter Management
View members : All relevant information is available in one database Manage your Coaches
Question #4 If you are applying for CEU’s please answer the poll question on your screen.
Select a member for more detailed information: Edit information, check background information or initiate an online evaluation for a coach. Manage your Coaches
Background Screening *stored securely by screening company Using your own screening system: Chapters can enter their own screening results so that they can be viewed in the system as well Use NAYS program: If you register for the NAYS system you can view results in the Chapter Management system*
View All Results: Historical results can be exported to a spreadsheet for management. View Individual Results: Results can be used to follow-up with coach complaints or to reward coaches for great service. “ Rate Your Coach” Evaluations
View Categories: You and coaches will be able to see the areas where they need to improve their coaching. “ Rate Your Coach” Evaluations
Coach Accountability National Guidelines: Created with input from youth sports professionals Revocation : Coaches not living up to the Code of Ethics can have their memberships revoked -permanently Reporting Feature: Allows NAYS to keep track of incidents and report back to chapters
Question # If you are applying for CEU’s please answer the poll question on your screen.
“ During a football tournament for 7 year olds the coaches knowingly falsified birth certificates and had 10 year olds memorize false information.”
“ Coach bribed his players to win by offering them $30 to take them paintballing or buy them a video game system.”
“ The coach continues to yell at youth players in a demeaning way and places the emotional welfare of the youth athletes below his own desire to win games.”
“ One of the coaches bumped into the other coach and the coach reacted by hitting, drawing blood. The other coach required stitches.”
Quotes from recent coach complaints…
Certified Youth Sports Administrator Trained League Board/President or Professional Staff Screened, Trained, Evaluated Coaches/Volunteers held Accountable for their actions Knowledgeable Parents Working Together for the KIDS Our Vision for Every Community