West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association Inc., ("WJYAA") Coaches play an important role in the sporting life, but also the everyday life, of the participants they coach. Coaches influence the development of sport-specific skills and sporting performance, and also the participant’s development as a person and their approach to other aspects of their life. While at times it can be challenging, coaching is also a very satisfying role.
To be an effective coach, you will need a number of skills. A coach needs knowledge of the sport, but more importantly, they need to know how to pass that knowledge onto the participants they are coaching. To do this, a coach needs skills in:
- improving performance.
- be a good role model for the participants
- show enthusiasm and enjoyment for the task of coaching – make it fun!
- be self-confident, assertive, consistent, friendly, fair and competent
- ensure the safety of all participants
- behave ethically and dress appropriately
- maintain discipline throughout the session
- be very organised, not only for each session but for the entire season
- be able to justify, if necessary, why things are being done, or be ‘big enough’ to ask for suggestions when not sure and to admit and apologise when they make a mistake
- treat everyone fairly, and include participants of all abilities and disabilities, ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
Do you have a coaching philosophy?
A coaching philosophy will include aspects such as:
- how the coach communicates
- will the coach encourage athletes to ask questions and take some responsibility?
- will the coach seek to remain up to date and improve their coaching knowledge and skills?
- how behavioural issues will be dealt with
- will the coach include everyone, irrespective of ability or background?
- the coach’s emphasis on winning, losing and cheating
- promoting respect for others
Reminder- Coaches are not promised a spot to coach in any of our leagues, sports or events. All final coach decisions rest with the recommendation of commissioner and the final approval of the WJYAA Board. For every sport, every season a coach is required to complete a volunteer application and turn it in as requested on the form in a timely manner. All WJYAA volunteers interacting with youth are required to go through training, sport educational courses and pass a background check.
Coaches that are not eligible to coach typically receive written notice. WJYAA reserves the right not to ask a coach back just cause. However if you think you may not be allowed to coach or are one that would not be asked and have never received written notification please check with the president or vice president (located on the board member page) or your invited to attend a monthly board meeting.
Coach or Volunteer Application
Background Check Policy
Protect Youth Sports - Background Check Link
Code of Conduct
Coaches should email email@example.com or contact the sport commissioner or director. .