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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.



In person coaches certifications have been suspended.  The Department is moving to an on-line process for coaches certification and hopefully this will be in place before the end of this year.

In the meantime we recommend that you check out the site listed below.  If you complete any of the free certifications please print/download the certificate as you may need it in the future.

Any adult (age 18 and over) with care and custody of a child and recognized by a Recreation/Sports Association as a prospective volunteer/coach, is required to submit the following documents to the Sports Office 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