There are plenty of reasons not to coach youth sports these days: crazy parents, long hours, and little to no pay, to name a few.
But there are also a lot of great incentives to being involved. If any of these resonate with you, then you are in it for the right reason!
Why Bother Coaching Youth Sports?
1. You love kids. If you don’t love kids, you should not be coaching.
2. You want to be a positive role model, something kids so desperately need. Many coaches don’t fully realize the impact they can have on kids’ lives. It can be huge, and lifelong.
3. You love the game and want to pass that love on to kids. Spread the joy of playing a sport you love!
4. You’ve seen coaches who are not doing it right and you want to do your part to correct that. It’s frustrating to stand or sit on the sidelines and see coaches who are clueless about motivating, challenging, and encouraging kids. Maybe it’s time for you to step up and help!
5. You want to show kids that hard work and fun can go hand-in-hand. They are not mutually exclusive.
6. Although your job is not to solely please the parents, you do care about helping them understand how they can be a positive voice in their kids’ sports experience. Youth sports are just as much a learning experience for parents as for kids. Your example and positive voice can help them as much as their kids.
7. You are tired of hearing about abusive coaches and want to be part of a changing tide. You’ve seen that coach, either on your side of the field or court or on the opponent’s side. Instead of complaining, BE the change you want to see.
8. You love competition and winning, but not more than you love to see young players develop. Every coach wants to win, but youth sports coaches need to have as their number one priority the development of young athletes, both in character and in skill.
9. You don’t care about the money. A youth sports coach will never make a lot of money, and most of them are volunteers. If you can happily donate a ton of time, then go for it!
10. You want to be part of your child’s youth sports experience. If you’re a mom or dad who wants to coach and you can adhere to the above reasons, then go be part of your child’s world!
Many youth sports coaches are quitting because there’s too much pressure and not enough support. If you are in it for the right reasons, please stick to it. You are very much needed in the youth sports world!
Coaches must be of high moral character, with knowledge of the sport, and with the ability to convey their knowledge to the athletes they train.
Coach must pass a background screening every two years in order to be members of the Delta Region of USA Volleyball.
All coaches must be current members of the Delta Region of USA Volleyball prior to the first practice. Coaches for Youth, Junior and Adult play, must be registered members of the region in which they live.
Coach must be at least 18 years of age. A junior under 18 years of age is allowed to act as a manager during the club season. At no time may an individual under 18 be allowed to be a head coach or assistant coach.
USA Volleyball and the Delta Region are committed to being leaders in providing a safe and fun environment for our youth. The safety of its participants on and off the court is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball and the Delta Region. Therefore, all coaches must complete the mandated SafeSport training prior to working a tryout, practice or event.
Delta Region coaches are responsible for the officiating requirements of their team and MUST remain court-side (or have another certified rostered adult team member) during their team’s officiating duties at tournaments. It is important for coaches to read the Junior Club Official’s Guidebook (under the Junior Official's tab) thoroughly to understand the steps to helping your team members become certified Delta Region officials.
With the high expectations for quality coaching, USA Volleyball has a minimum level coach education requirement in order for an individual to coach in a junior program. The coaching course is called IMPACT (Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory). It is a free online course for beginning coaches and those with little to no prior coaching education foundation course work.
Any player who enters a volleyball program has the right to expect quality coaching and instruction. USA Volleyball's Education Department strives to present an on-going, progressive format in which coaches at all levels receive the most current information available on volleyball.
IMPACT REQUIREMENT FOR ALL NEW COACHES:
IMPACT: Minimum entry-level coach education requirement in order to coach in a USAV junior volleyball program. The Indoor IMPACT course is required for all USAV junior club coaches and is the prerequisite for CAP Level I attendees.
CLICK HERE to register and take the IMPACT OnDemand Course.
Course length is approximately 4 hours. The course is designed for you to stop and restart.
The course is FREE for current USA Volleyball members.
A USAV IMPACT manual in e-book and PDF file format is included with your IMPACT course registration. Links to view the course e-book and download a PDF are available in the course.
Need Assistance? Please submit a help desk ticket at the USAV Education Helpdesk.
Important to Note: If taking a break, close the window by clicking the button marked "Exit and Bookmark," otherwise you will be forced to start from the beginning.
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR COACHES:
USAV-CAP: The USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program provides an opportunity for professional preparation and advancement for the volleyball coach. The curriculum addresses the essential topics for all coaching levels (from the volunteer to the internationally aspiring coach).
The program currently includes three course levels for indoor coaches (CAP I, II and III) and two course levels for beach coaches (BCAP I and II). Indoor or Beach IMPACT courses are prerequisites to start the CAP or BCAP program.
Each course level includes a special emphasis on building the foundation and creation of a well-prepared coach. This knowledge, coupled with hands-on coaching experience, creates an ideal learning experience. USAV-CAP has been helping coaches further their coaching education for the past 17 years. In that time, more than 35,000 coaches have taken USAV-CAP courses across the United States. We expect the USAV-CAP hosting experience to be great for you and your community. For additional information CLICK HERE.
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball has a ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct. This includes not only on-court safety, but also off-court safety in any part of USA Volleyball’s programs.
All coaches of USA Volleyball and the Delta Region are required to complete SafeSport training concerning child abuse prevention before regular contact with an amateur athlete who is a minor begins; or • Within the first 45 days of initial membership, or upon beginning a new role subjecting the adult to this policy
To complete SafeSport training, a new coach will need to complete the core training which includes all three of the 30-minute modules listed below:
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
Emotional and Physical Misconduct
A refresher course is required on an annual basis effective the calendar year following the completion of the Core Center for SafeSport Training for all coaches.
The SafeSport coursework is now delivered through the USAV Academy. Accessing the course through the USAV Academy is critical to tracking certification and expiration dates. Please access the course exclusively through the USAV Academy (not the USOC SafeSport website). To register for SafeSport training:
Log in to your USAV account.
In the navigation menu, click on USAV Clinics and select USAV Coaching Clinics.
Select “Core Center for SafeSport Training”
To access coursework, click on the Log into USAV Academy button.
Should you need to return to your coursework at a later time, log in to your USAV account and click on the Log into USAV Academy button.
For technical issues regarding the SafeSport course content freezing or not allowing the user to advance please submit a help desk ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches can print their own rosters just by logging into their member account.
Junior teams must have a certified R1 ADULT on their team roster (might have to be you).
An adult from the team roster must be present during the team’s officiating assignment.
A good coach improves the player’s game. A great coach improves their life!
All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.
Welcome Coach, and thanks for giving to our sport by coaching, whether you have played the game or not. It is the ultimate team sport and with all the uniqueness therein . Both coaching and playing the game will fill the rest of your life with the joy and adventures found in those unique aspects.
Check out the GRASSROOTS section on the USA Volleyball website. Information on this site can help the New Coach and the more Experienced Coach, as you will find shared core ideas on being the best teacher you can be.
Remember, kids don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care...Drills are the drugs of coaching (read this article from a recovering addict)--this is a must read for all coaches. Unopposed drills are the drugs of coaching...a lot of coaches are addicted to them...they are like alcoholics or maybe 'drill-aholics'...they just can't get away from the lure of the drill.