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Thank you for volunteering to coach at the YMCA of Austin!
Here you will find some resources for the upcoming season as well as our volunteer application and links to our online trainings.
Below are the requirements for all YMCA coaches:
- Volunteer Application
- Background Check
- Child Sexual Abuse Training (online training)
- Coaching YMCA Youth Sports (online training)
- Concussion Training (online training)
- Preseason Coaches Meeting/Training
We believe that a youth sports program is only as strong as its coaches and that is why we want you to have all the tools you need for your season. Below you will find manuals that include multiple practice plans including drills, team circles and fitness components. Furthermore, we recommend that you check out the YMCA training website where there are multiple sports-specific trainings available, visit http://training.ymca.net/
All volunteer applicants applying for YMCA of Austin volunteer positions must fill out the below application and background check authorization form.
- Volunteer Application
- Background Check Authorization Form
- If you are volunteering through the TownLake branch, there is an online process that you must go through to become a volunteer:
- Register on Volunteer Matters, and send an email to our Volunteer Coordinator, Michie, at Michelle.Reid@AustinYMCA.org confirming your registration and for further instructions. The process for the TownLake Y's volunteer coaches is to register online, complete a Child Protection training online, and return your Background Check Authorization form to us before you can begin volunteering.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind this season:
As a COACH, please…
- Be welcoming! Contact players prior to your first practice to welcome them and confirm practice times/dates/location.
- Be accessible and approachable to players and parents before and after practices and games. Arrive early to help build relationships.
- Be informative and distribute all printed materials and communicate any changes in the schedule or special announcements, such as Picture Day and Trophy Day information.
- Promote good sportsmanship and respect for others regardless of race, sex, creed or ability.
- Assure safe and fair play at all times.
- Encourage and be positive in correcting and instructing.
- Make it a rewarding and worthwhile experience.
- Understand that you are a representative of the YMCA during all events.
- Lead by example among program parents to support the duties and responsibilities of the referees and league leadership.
- Remember you are a role model spiritually, mentally and physically.
How to teach Passing
How to teach Dribbling
How to teach Shooting
How to teach Defense
How to teach Lay Ups
How to teach Rebounding
Ideas for practice drills
- Video of learning the fundamental skills of ball handling
- Drills for ages 3, 4 & 5 year olds
- Drill for ages 6 years and up
YMCA of Austin Mission Statement:
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
5 Core Values of Character Development:
Youth Sports Philosophy:
The YMCA stresses child-oriented attitudes by keeping winning in perspective, having fun, improving physical fitness, and working with the whole child. The YMCA wants the quality of play to improve in order to meet the needs of all participants whatever their ability and skills.
The YMCA accomplishes this by training adult volunteers in clinics and workshops that the child comes first and winning comes second. The key for coaches and parents is to keep winning in perspective. Competition will happen in youth sports without any external pressures. It is important to keep competition at a level appropriate for the athlete.
The goal of the Youth Sports program is to help the child grow to his/her fullest potential in mind, body, and spirit. Activity helps the body grow; thinking advances the mind; and belief makes our spirit grow.
YOUTH SPORTS PLEDGE I PLEDGE TO PLAY THE GAME, THE BEST THAT I CAN, TO BE A TEAM PLAYER, TO RESPECT MY OPPONENTS, THE RULES AND OFFICIALS, AND IMPROVE MYSELF IN MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT.
YMCA Sports: 7 Pillars
- Everyone plays. We do not use tryouts to select the best players, nor do we cut kids from YMCA Youth Super Sports. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team. During the season everyone receives equal practice time and plays at least half of every game.
- Safety first. Although some children may get hurt playing sports, we do all we can to prevent injuries. We’ve modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play. We ask you to take time to check that the equipment and facilities are safe and to teach the sport as we’ve prescribed, so that the skills taught are appropriate for children’s developmental level. We also ask you to develop your players’ fitness levels gradually so they are conditioned for the sport. And we ask you to constantly supervise your young players so that you can stop any unsafe activities.
- Fair play. Fair play is about more than playing by the rules. It’s about you and your players showing respect for all who are involved in YMCA Youth Super Sports. It’s about you being a role model of good sportsmanship and guiding your players to do the same. Remember, we’re more interested in developing children’s character through sport than in developing a few highly skilled players.
- Positive competition. We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory is kept in the right perspective. Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson of life. The “right perspective” means adults make decisions that put the best interests of the children above winning the contest. These are the lessons we want to teach through YMCA Youth Super Sports.
- Family involvement. YMCA Youth Super Sports encourages parents to be involved appropriately along with their child participating in our sport programs. In addition to parents being helpful as volunteer coaches, officials, and timekeepers, we encourage them to be at practices and games to support their child’s participation.
- Sport for all. YMCA Youth Super Sports is an inclusive sport program. That means that children who differ in various characteristics are to be included rather than excluded from participation. We offer sport programs for children who differ in physical abilities by matching them with children of similar abilities and modifying their sport. We offer programs to all children regardless of race, gender, religion or ability. We ask our adult leaders to support and appreciate the diversity of children in our society and to encourage the children and their parents to do the same. We do not forfeit games; instead, we share players and proceed with planned games.
- Sport for fun. Sport is naturally fun for most children. They love the challenge of mastering the skills of the game, playing with their friends, and competing with their peers. Sometimes when adults become involved in children’s sport, they over-organize and dominate the activity to the point of spoiling children’s enjoyment of the sport. If we take the fun out of sport, we are in danger of our children taking themselves out of sport. Remember, that these sports are for the kids; make sure the kids are having fun.
YMCA Youth Sports Coach Code of Conduct:
YMCA Sports are dependent upon volunteers to act as role models within their coaching position. It is your duty as a YMCA Coach to uphold YMCA character values in your interactions with families, players, fellow coaches, school staff and others. As a YMCA Coach, in order to protect both yourself and the YMCA you must agree to the following:
- At no time during the YMC A program may a coach be alone with a single child where he/she cannot be observed by others.
- Coaches shall not leave a child unsupervised and shall not leave a practice/game site with children unaccounted for. Coaches need also to be aware of who is responsible for picking up children.
- Coaches shall not abuse children including but not limited to:
- Physical Abuse: Strike, Shake, Withhold Water, Exercise as Punishment Sexual Abuse: Inappropriate Touch or Speech
- Mental Abuse: Withhold Kindness, Be Cruel, Neglect Verbal Abuse: Humiliate, Degrade, Threaten, Tease
- Coaches will monitor children at practice and games for possible signs of abuse. Indicators need to be passed on to YMCA Sports Coordinator for further investigation and follow-up.
- Coaches must use positive techniques of guidance including redirection, positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than competition, comparison and criticism.
- Coaches must treat children equally and with respect and consideration regardless of ability, sex, race, religion or culture.
- Coaches will refrain from intimate displays of affection toward others in the presence of their teams and parents.
- Coaches must present themselves in a clean, neat manner and must wear appropriate attire.
- Smoking; use of tobacco; consumption of alcohol; use of illegal drugs; misuse of prescription drugs during practices, games and in the presence of children is strictly prohibited.
- The rules of the game will be regarded as mutual agreements, the spirit of which shall be respected and unbroken. Coaches shall not attempt to undermine the rules or engage in behavior meant to circumvent rules.
- Coaches must portray a positive role model for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, loyalty, commitment, courtesy, tact and maturity.
- Coaches will accept the decision of an official as being fair. Should a concern arise coaches will refrain from making derogatory comments and will respectfully discuss with the official. Any unresolved issue will not be handled at the game and the coach will contact YMCA Sports Coordinator for follow-up.
- Abuse of referees, families, volunteers and other coaches will not be tolerated; All coaches must act with respect toward others. Coaches will not make negative or demeaning comments toward any individual.
- Coaches will relay any problems, questions, comments in regard to officials, rules, parents/player issues, schools to YMCA Sports Coordinator in a timely manner.
- Coaches must remember: While winning is desirable, it is not the most important outcome. Role model and teach your players to respect opponents and win / lose with honor.
- I understand that y outh dev e l opm e nt is the primary focus of YMCA Sports and should I violate the code of conduct or act outside the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility I may be removed from my volunteer position and/or may be prohibited from attending YMCA Sports