Coach Development and Training

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Develop Orientation Program that Meets the Minimum Standards
Provide a Continuing Education Program for Experienced Coaches
Provide a System for Providing Adequate Feedback and Mentoring

1. Develop Orientation Program that Meets the Minimum Standards

All coaches, after being carefully selected, should at least have minimal training and orientation. Training could be conducted locally through a number of programs available. Veteran youth coaches or area high school and college coaches could be used to conduct this training.

Training should be conducted in the following areas:

  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Emergency Care Protocol
  • Pre-practice Warm-Up and Stretching
  • Pratice Routines (i.e. Length and Frequency)
  • Age Appropriate Conditioning
  • Skills
  • Age Apporpriate Drills and Teaching Techniques
  • Age Appropriate Team Strategies
  • Protocol for Player and Parent Issues
  • Expectations of Association and/or League
  • Playing Time Policies and Expectations
  • Techniques for Motivation
  • How to Ensure a Positive Experience for All

In addition, a basic orientation meeting should be held for all coaches.

Sample Agenda for Pre-Season Coaches Meeting

  • Review Association and/or League Handbook and Policies
  • Importance of communication to the players, parents, assistant coaches, association personnel, league personnel, etc.
  • List of squad members, contact information, emergency contacts, and medical forms
  • Information on uniforms and equipment (i.e. who supplies, do kids own them, plan for return, where do you go with equipment problems, etc.)
  • Access to training equipment and tools, keys to gates and storage areas
  • Medical supplies-first aid kits and replacement items, Basic Athletic Trainer first responder, CPR and AED
  • Emergency Medical Protocol and Procedures
  • Suggested Team Rules and Policies
  • Review policies on practice times, reservation and use of facilities, length of practices, etc.
  • Recommend or require a team parent meeting
  • Schedule for pictures, league meetings, play-offs, tournaments, etc.
  • Reporting of results, schedule changes, use of association or league website, etc.
  • Surveys for feedback from kids and parents
  • Sample practice plans, clinics for sport specific X’s and O’s, age appropriate drills and strategies, etc.
  • Resources for coaches (i.e. high school coaches, mentors, websites, books, etc.)
  • Organizational Procedures, suggestions, tips, etc.

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2. Provide a Continuing Education Program for Experienced Coaches
(Provide a Continuing Education Program for Experienced Coaches that includes basic topics such as: Child Development, Sport Psychology, Risk Management, Sport First Aid, Sport Specific Rules, Techniques and Strategies, and Team Organization and Administration)

There are a variety of coaching education programs available for both beginner and veteran youth coaches. They include but are not limited to the following:

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3. Provide a System for Providing Adequate Feedback and Mentoring
(Develop a System for Providing Coaches with Adequate Feedback and Mentoring During the Season to Enhance Their Development)

  • Have training observers observe coaches at practices and games and offer appropriate feedback.
  • Develop a mentoring system whereby more veteran coaches are assigned to a “rookie” coach. Coaches visit periodically about issues, problems, and things that are going well.
  • Coaches observe each other at practices and/or games.
  • Conduct post-season surveys for parents and possibly players. Share problems or concerns with coaches.

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