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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...

Upon successful completion of this screening process (to include background check cleared, 4 training certificates on file, and youth sports coaches’ code of conduct (signed), the volunteer/coach’s name will appear on the Volunteer Database and will be considered a Certified Coach. The coach’s certification credentials will be valid for a period of up to 3 years.



Volunteer Coaches are our programs' greatest assets. The Coaches Certification is available to educate coaches on the expectations of Anne Arundel County. Whether this is your first experience as a coach or you have been coaching for several years, you will need to fulfill all six (6) mandatory requirements below. The purpose of this certification program is for children's safety, to develop coaching skills, teach good sportsmanship and make sure that all coaches receive the same information.  This must be done every 3 years.

When you complete any of the free training modules, you will receive a certificate after each module. Please print the certificate and upload the certificates under my info link in the Team Sports Portal.

Every year ALL coaches must complete the Youth Sports Coaches' Code of Ethics.  This can also be completed in the Team Sports Portal.

Link for the Team Sports Portal

Any adult (age 18 and over) with care and custody of a child and recognized by a Recreation/Sports Association as a prospective Commissioner/Coach/Volunteer must complete a Volunteer Background Consent/Release Form prior to participating with the team. The Volunteer Background Consent/Release Form is good for three (3) years.

The Head Coach is required to submit the following documents to the Team Sports Portal (partial/incomplete submissions will not be accepted):

NAYS FREE Coaches Training

Background Check

The purpose of the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Volunteer Background Check program is to ensure that every individual who interacts with children undergoes a criminal history records check.
Volunteer Background Check






(410) 222-7865