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Coaches are entrusted with the important responsibility of providing an enjoyable, healthy youth sports experience. Coaches are role models and held accountable to a code of behavior that ensures youth sports remain in proper perspective. To assist with this vital undertaking, the Department provides a coaches clinic covering topics such as:

  • departmental procedures
  • coaching philosophy
  • sports psychology
  • legal matters
  • health and much more...

The Coaches Certification Clinics are offered three times a year, typically held in March, August and December.

  • There is NO charge to attend a clinic
  • Clinics generally run for two (2) hours
  • No pre-registration required

Certification Levels

Bronze: All youth head coaches in County-sponsored leagues are initially required to attend a Coaches Certification Clinic prior to beginning their second year of coaching. A coach’s initial certification is referred to as the Bronze level and is valid for three years, after which time the coach must be re-certified.
 
Silver: Head coaches who attend the clinic for a second time and become re-certified attain the Silver level of certification. The Silver level certification is valid for three years, after which time the coach must be re-certified.
 
Gold: Head coaches who attend the clinic for a third time and become re-certified attain the Gold level of certification. The Gold level certification is a lifetime certification. Gold level coaches are welcome to attend future coaches’ clinics; however their attendance is not mandatory to retain their certification.

  
If a coach DOES NOT re-certify prior to their expiration date of their current certification they may lose that certification and will become ineligible to be a head coach.
 
As a prerequisite for any personal involvement with children, all adults who have care, custody or control of youth participants in any program or activity are required to successfully complete a criminal history records check. A current background check is required for a coach’s certification to remain valid and for a coach to be deemed in good standing with the Department. Background checks are valid for three (3) years from the date reflected in the Volunteers Database on the Department’s website. Coaches must check the website to verify their eligibility to coach.

Related Information

Clinics

Upcoming Clinics
Fall Sports:
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: Registration begins at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30pm and last for about 2 hours. 
Place: Old Mill High School - Auditorium
   
Winter Sports:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
 
Spring Sports:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Please note: Coaches Clinic dates are subject to change

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(410) 222-7865