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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 November.

  • There is NO charge to attend a clinic
  • Clinics generally run for two (2) hours
  • No pre-registration required
Anyone needing special accommodations must contact Ryan Stewart at (410) 222-7304, or by e-mail to [email protected] at least seven days in advance of the event.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.

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.

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Upcoming Coaches Clinics
All Coaches Clinics: Registration begins at 6:00 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. The clinics last for about 2 hours. 
Spring Sports:
Date: February 2021 (TBD)     
Place: TBD
Fall Sports:
Date: August 2020 (TBD)
Place: TBD
Winter Sports:
Date: November 2020 (TBD)
Place: TBD

Please note: Coaches Clinic dates are subject to change

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