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  • Academy DAY 2 National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • Academy DAY 2 National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • Academy DAY 2 National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • Volunteer Coach Management

    1. 1. Effectively Managing & Overseeing Volunteer Youth Sports Coaches
    2. 2. A Brief History of Youth Sports in America… <ul><li>Sandlot/Pickup Games </li></ul><ul><li>Professional and college influence </li></ul><ul><li>Local “organizations” </li></ul><ul><li>National Organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pop Warner – 1929 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little League – 1939 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AYSO – 1964 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All Stars </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we headed? </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Changing Culture of Youth Sports <ul><li>Age of Participants </li></ul>For the Parents or the Children? Travel/Select/Elite Specialization
    4. 5. YOUTH SPORTS ISSUES… <ul><li>For the Recreation Professional: </li></ul><ul><li>Vicarious parents </li></ul><ul><li>Overuse Injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Overzealous coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Reactive vs Proactive </li></ul><ul><li>Oversight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Leagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who is running “OUR” programs?? </li></ul>
    5. 7. What positive aspects would you want children to gain from youth sports participation?
    6. 8. <ul><li>FUN!!! </li></ul><ul><li>self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>skill building </li></ul><ul><li>social skills </li></ul><ul><li>sportsmanship </li></ul><ul><li>fitness </li></ul><ul><li>respect </li></ul><ul><li>discipline </li></ul><ul><li>role model </li></ul><ul><li>follow through </li></ul><ul><li>responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>play by the rules </li></ul><ul><li>communication </li></ul><ul><li>teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>winning/losing </li></ul><ul><li>motivation </li></ul><ul><li>commitment </li></ul><ul><li>leadership </li></ul><ul><li>positive outlook </li></ul>What positive aspects would you want children to gain from youth sports participation?
    7. 9. The Sport Parent Paradox <ul><li>Parents enroll their children in sport because they believe that sport participation has tangible benefits – and they are right! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For the child: It’s enjoyable, builds character, increases self-esteem, lowers school drop out rates, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It IS a fun, safe and healthy activity </li></ul><ul><li>Shift 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 </li></ul><ul><li>#1 Issue - Identification </li></ul>
    8. 10. Identification in Today’s Youth Sport Culture is the #1 Issue <ul><li>Identification - living through your child’s experience but applying your own set of values </li></ul><ul><li>Identification is based on outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>winning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all-star teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>playing time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fitting into society </li></ul></ul>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. 11. Overuse Injuries…an epidemic?? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul>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
    10. 12. We must be Proactive NOT Reactive to change the culture of youth sports
    11. 13. Tools to Utilize <ul><li>Recommendations for Communities </li></ul><ul><li>National Standards For Youth Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Codes of Ethics/Conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development for Youth Sports Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Training for Volunteer League Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Training for Volunteer Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation for Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Sports Preparation for Kids and Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Screening Program </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing Coach Evaluation System </li></ul>
    12. 14. 1. Screening 2. Training 3. Evaluation 4. Accountability What are we doing to manage and oversee the volunteers running OUR programs?
    13. 15. Step 1: Screening <ul><li>To make an unwelcome environment for anyone who doesn’t put children’s needs first. </li></ul><ul><li>To keep people who have a history of inappropriate behavior or who are unfit to work with children out of your organization. </li></ul><ul><li>To select the ‘best’ volunteers and staff for positions. </li></ul><ul><li>To clarify what the standards and expectations of the organization are in terms of child protection. </li></ul>
    14. 16. Screening it’s not JUST a background check! <ul><li>Have a written screening policy </li></ul><ul><li>Provide job descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain completed applications </li></ul><ul><li>Have a consent/release form signed and dated </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate application </li></ul><ul><li>Interview the applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a criminal background check </li></ul><ul><li>Review results check against disqualifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Access to results </li></ul>
    15. 17. Step 2: Training <ul><li>Indoctrinate the volunteers with the philosophy of your organization – be PROACTIVE </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive sport specific information </li></ul><ul><li>On-going education </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior stressed – Code of Conduct, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Important needs beyond the training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coaching Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul>
    16. 18. Continuing Education… <ul><li>Training Follow Up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforce learning points from clinic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take Homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitments (Code of Ethics) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drills & Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice Planners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer to Peer Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coaching Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Evaluators </li></ul></ul>
    17. 19. Step 3: Evaluation <ul><li>As a training tool to make coaches better </li></ul><ul><li>To better oversee satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>As a response to coach complaints </li></ul><ul><li>Timing is essential </li></ul><ul><li>What happens with a bad evaluation? </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Practicality </li></ul>
    18. 20. Step 4: Accountability <ul><li>Coach Accountability Committee/Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Codes of Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Established Recommendations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific Penalties for Specific Offenses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific Procedures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible Revocation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responding to Complaints </li></ul><ul><li>National Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Information Sharing </li></ul>
    19. 21. 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…
    20. 22. <ul><li>Psychology of coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Tips on communication </li></ul><ul><li>Sportsmanship </li></ul><ul><li>Parents as partners </li></ul><ul><li>Child abuse in sports </li></ul><ul><li>Injury prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition Hydration </li></ul>Introduction to Coaching Youth Sports On-Site and Online PLUS Sport Specific
    21. 23. Now at NAYS.org, every NYSCA member gets a personalized website with tons of tools and resources…
    22. 24. 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 area highlights…
    23. 25. Coach RATINGS Parents can rate your coaches in 14 key areas…
    24. 26. Coach RATINGS Results are displayed as an average between 1-10 Or view a grid of all scores for each question
    25. 28. 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.
    26. 29. Skills and drills
    27. 31. Coaching forum <ul><li>Choose a category </li></ul><ul><li>Add your own comments </li></ul><ul><li>Search entire forum </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with other coaches </li></ul><ul><li>View topics being discussed </li></ul>
    28. 32. <ul><li>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: </li></ul><ul><li>Background Screening & Management </li></ul><ul><li>Online Evaluation Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability Policies and Procedures </li></ul>Plus many other youth sports resources Chapter Management
    29. 34. View members : All relevant information is available in one database Manage your Coaches
    30. 35. Select a member for more detailed information: Edit information, check background information or initiate an online evaluation for a coach. Manage your Coaches
    31. 36. 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*
    32. 37. Background Screening
    33. 38. 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
    34. 39. View Categories: You and coaches will be able to see the areas where they need to improve their coaching. “ Rate Your Coach” Evaluations
    35. 46. 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
    36. 47. 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 the KIDS Our Vision for Every Community
    37. 48. www.nays.org John Engh [email_address]