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OPRA - Youth Sports Webinar

  1. 1. Welcome to the Webinar!Welcome to the Webinar! We will begin at 1:32pm (eastern)We will begin at 1:32pm (eastern)    Your options for listening to the live audio of this webinar:Your options for listening to the live audio of this webinar: 1) Turn on your computer speakers and choose Mic & Speakers audio setting 2) Plug headphones into your computer and choose Mic & Speakers audio setting 3) Choose Telephone audio setting and dial in to the number provided (long distance rates apply) Important: If you have speakers or headphones you do not need to dial in. Effectively Managing &Effectively Managing & Overseeing VolunteerOverseeing Volunteer Youth Sports CoachesYouth Sports Coaches John Engh Chief Operating Officer National Alliance for Youth Sports
  2. 2. A Brief History ofA Brief History of Youth Sports inYouth Sports in America…America… • Sandlot/Pickup GamesSandlot/Pickup Games • Professional and college influenceProfessional and college influence • Local “organizations”Local “organizations” • National OrganizationsNational Organizations – Pop Warner – 1929Pop Warner – 1929 – Little League – 1939Little League – 1939 – AYSO – 1964AYSO – 1964 • All StarsAll Stars • Travel TeamsTravel Teams • Where are we headed?Where are we headed?
  3. 3. The ChangingThe Changing Culture of YouthCulture of Youth SportsSports Age of ParticipantsAge of Participants For the ParentsFor the Parents or the Children?or the Children? Travel/Select/EliteTravel/Select/Elite SpecializationSpecialization
  4. 4. For the Recreation Professional:For the Recreation Professional: • Vicarious parentsVicarious parents • Overuse InjuriesOveruse Injuries • Overzealous coachesOverzealous coaches • AccountabilityAccountability • Reactive vs ProactiveReactive vs Proactive • OversightOversight • Volunteer LeaguesVolunteer Leagues • Travel TeamsTravel Teams • Who is running “OUR” programs??Who is running “OUR” programs??
  5. 5. What positive aspects would youWhat positive aspects would you want children to gain from youthwant children to gain from youth sports participation?sports participation?
  6. 6. • FUN!!! • self-confidence • self-esteem • skill building • social skills • sportsmanship • fitness • respect • discipline • role model • follow through • responsibility • play by the rules • communication • teamwork • winning/losing • motivation • commitment • leadership • positive outlook What positive aspects would youWhat positive aspects would you want children to gain from youthwant children to gain from youth sports participation?sports participation?
  7. 7. The Sport Parent ParadoxThe Sport Parent Paradox • Parents enroll their children in sport because they believe that sport participation has tangible benefits – and they are right! – For the child: It’s enjoyable, builds character, increases self-esteem, lowers school drop out rates, etc. – For society: Persons who were involved in youth sports are more likely (as adults) to volunteer, donate money, vote, attend to news and current affairs – thus, they are more active members of society! • It ISIS a fun, safe and healthy activity • Shift HappensShift Happens - Parents voluntarily sign their children up for a fun activity and then do all they can to eliminate the fun their children are having • #1 Issue - Identification
  8. 8. Identification in Today’s YouthIdentification in Today’s Youth Sport Culture is the #1 IssueSport Culture is the #1 Issue • Identification - living through your child’s experience but applying your own set of values • Identification is based on outcomesoutcomes – winning – all-star teams – playing time – fitting into society Adults are Product Oriented Who won? Did my child play? How many hits/tackles/points did they get? Children are Process Oriented Was it fun?
  9. 9. “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…Recent email from a Certified Youth Sports Administrator… concerning TRAVEL Sports…concerning TRAVEL Sports…
  10. 10. Overuse Injuries…anOveruse Injuries…an epidemic??epidemic?? • Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all youthhalf of all youth sports injuriessports injuries. Immature bones, insufficient rest after an injury and poor training habits are the main culprits. • Most organized sports related injuries (62 percent) occuroccur during practicesduring 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 whileinjured while playing their sportsplaying 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 buildupbreakdown occurs more rapidly than buildup an overuse injury occurs. 3.5 million3.5 million children under 14 were treated for sportschildren under 14 were treated for sports injuries last yearinjuries last year
  11. 11. We must be ProactiveProactive NOTNOT ReactiveReactive to change the culture of youth sports
  12. 12. Tools to Utilize • Recommendations for Communities • National Standards For Youth Sports • Codes of Ethics/Conduct • Professional Development for Youth Sports Administrators • Training for Volunteer League Leaders • Training for Volunteer Coaches • Orientation for Parents • Pre-Sports Preparation for Kids and Parents • Effective Screening Program • Ongoing Coach Evaluation System
  13. 13. 1.1. ScreeningScreening 2.2. TrainingTraining 3.3. EvaluationEvaluation 4.4. AccountabilityAccountability What are we doing to manageWhat are we doing to manage and oversee the volunteersand oversee the volunteers runningrunning OUROUR programs?programs?
  14. 14. Step 1:Step 1: ScreeningScreening • 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 and staff for positions. • To clarify what the standards and expectations of the organization are in terms of child protection.
  15. 15. ScreeningScreening it’s notit’s not JUSTJUST a background check!a background check! • Have a written screening policypolicy • Provide job descriptionsjob descriptions • Obtain completed applicationsapplications • Have a consent/release formconsent/release form signed and dated • EvaluateEvaluate application • InterviewInterview the applicant • Conduct a criminal background checkbackground check • Review results check against disqualifiersdisqualifiers • AccessAccess to results
  16. 16. Step 2:Step 2: TrainingTraining • Indoctrinate the volunteers with the philosophy of your organization – be PROACTIVE • Comprehensive sport specific information • On-going education • Behavior stressed – Code of Conduct, etc. • Important needs beyond the training • Insurance coverage • Educational Resources • Coaching Tools • Value
  17. 17. Continuing Education…Continuing Education… • Training Follow Up • Reinforce learning points from clinic • Take Homes • Commitments (Code of Ethics) • Resources • Drills & Skills • Practice Planners • Peer to Peer Resources • Coaching Tools • Communication Tools • Self Evaluators
  18. 18. Step 3:Step 3: EvaluationEvaluation • As a training tool to make coaches better • To better oversee satisfaction • As a response to coach complaints • Timing is essential • What happens with a bad evaluation? • Convenience • Practicality
  19. 19. Step 4:Step 4: AccountabilityAccountability • Coach Accountability Committee/Individual • Codes of Ethics • Reporting Procedures • Established Recommendations  Specific Penalties for Specific Offenses • Specific Procedures  Possible Revocation • Responding to Complaints • National Reporting • Information Sharing
  20. 20. Four components of providing quality youth sports programs: 1. ScreeningScreening – Guidelines & Management 2. TrainingTraining – Live and Online Clinics – continuing education – membership benefits - value 3. EvaluationEvaluation – Coach Rating System 4. AccountabilityAccountability – Code of Conduct/ Reporting & Revocation Procedures It’s not just aboutIt’s not just about TRAINING…TRAINING…
  21. 21. • Psychology of coaching • Tips on communication • Sportsmanship • Parents as partners • Child abuse in sports • Injury prevention • Conditioning • Nutrition Hydration Introduction to CoachingIntroduction to Coaching Youth SportsYouth Sports On-Site and Online PLUS Sport SpecificOn-Site and Online PLUS Sport Specific
  22. 22. Now at NAYS.org, every NYSCA member gets a personalized websitepersonalized website with tons of tools and resources…
  23. 23. 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…
  24. 24. Coach RATINGSCoach RATINGS Parents canParents can rate yourrate your coaches in 14coaches in 14 key areas…key areas…
  25. 25. Results are displayed as an average between 1- 10 Or view a grid of all scores for each question Coach RATINGSCoach RATINGS
  26. 26. Sporting kid magazineSporting kid magazine the official member publication offers key information on all aspects of youth sports and coaching. NYSCA members canNYSCA members can view all pastview all past SportingKidSportingKid issuesissues onlineonline and/or requestand/or request to have current issuesto have current issues mailedmailed to theirto their address.address.
  27. 27. Skills and drillsSkills and drills
  28. 28. Coaching forumCoaching forum  Choose a category  Add your own comments  Search entire forum  Interact with other coaches  View topics being discussed
  29. 29. 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 trainingtraining program you have access to: • Background Screening &Background Screening & ManagementManagement • Online Evaluation ToolOnline Evaluation Tool • Accountability Policies andAccountability Policies and ProceduresProcedures Chapter ManagementChapter Management Plus many other youth sportsPlus many other youth sports
  30. 30. ViewView members :members : All relevant information is available in one database Manage your CoachesManage your Coaches
  31. 31. Select aSelect a member formember for more detailedmore detailed information:information: Edit information, check background information or initiate an online evaluation for a coach. Manage your CoachesManage your Coaches
  32. 32. Background ScreeningBackground Screening Using your ownUsing your own screeningscreening system:system: Chapters can enter their own screening results so that they can be viewed in the system as well Use NAYSUse NAYS program:program: If you register for the NAYS system you can view results in the Chapter Management system* *stored securely by screening company
  33. 33. Background ScreeningBackground Screening
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. ViewView Categories:Categories: You and coaches will be able to see the areas where they need to improve their coaching. ““Rate Your Coach” EvaluationsRate Your Coach” Evaluations
  36. 36. Coach AccountabilityCoach Accountability 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
  37. 37. Our Vision for EveryOur Vision for Every CommunityCommunity Certified Youth Sports Administrator Trained League Administrators and/or Professional Staff Screened, Trained, Evaluated Coaches/Volunteers held Accountable for their actions Knowledgeable Parents Working Together for theWorking Together for the KIDSKIDS
  38. 38. www.nays.orgwww.nays.org John EnghJohn Engh jengh@nays.orgjengh@nays.org