OFFERING A STRONG DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM USING PARENT COACHES
Most youth sports organizations have a similar mission: offer a fun and rewarding experience, while incrementally teaching the fundamentals with age appropriate teachings. Over 90% of youth leagues use parent coaches, but most groups of parent coaches have a HUGE variety of sport specific knowledge and coaching ability. In today’s overscheduled world, parent coaches have very little free time and are unfortunately taking less initiative to prepare for practices…and it’s getting a LOT harder to recruit enough coaches. We recently completed a benchmarking survey of over 275 youth organizations in the U.S. and Preparing Volunteer Coaches was by far and away the #1 Challenge, mentioned by 85% of league directors.
Given these challenges, it’s become much more difficult for a youth organization to accomplish its goal of offering a high quality and consistent program to the community. Success involves effectively recruiting enough coaches, getting them engaged and “buying into” the mission, and providing them with the training and materials to be effective. Unfortunately, most youth organizations are still using antiquated and ineffective methods to try to prepare coaches in an environment that is only getting more difficult – coaches have less time to prepare, can’t make the pre-season meeting, and are now expecting help in the form of simple, mobile tools. Youth organizations generally lack the resources and expertise needed to be successful in the current environment. It’s no wonder recruiting and preparing volunteer coaches has become the biggest challenge.
Alpha Youth Sports pioneered the concept of a “Digital Coaching Platform”, which has become the 4th Generation approach to preparing volunteer coaches. Over the past several years, we’ve worked with hundreds of youth organizations to create the industry’s most comprehensive, most effective, coaching solution that has proven to get more parents volunteering to coach, while getting coaches more engaged in their role and ultimately more prepared to coach. Our Coaching Platform has been very well received nationally and has driven fundamental and lasting improvements in youth organizations in over 30 states. Based on these results, we have begun offering coaching platforms for several team sports and are now helping organizations with other aspects of their coaching programs, including general youth coach training/certification and coach evaluations.
Contact us to learn more about our coaching solutions and how we can help your youth organization better achieve it’s mission and goals!