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VOLUNTEER COACH CERTIFICATION

The single most important action a youth organization can take to improve its sports program is to train its volunteer coaches. If coaches understand and fulfill their significant responsibilities as teachers and role models, your league will be successful and your players and their families will have rich and rewarding sports experiences.

The Coach Ed course addresses subjects that volunteers need to know before they coach children. The training consists of two parts; one part addresses general coaching topics that the coach will have to deal with during the season. The other covers the fundamentals of coaching a specific sport. The fee for this certification is $20 per coach. Upon successful completion of the 3-hour course and official certification by KSN, the coach receives valuable benefits including insurance and additional educational resources.
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COACHING TOPICS

Why are you coaching?
Why kids play and quit sports
Dealing with parents
Winning and losing
Sportsmanship
The coach as a role model
Child abuse prevention
Legal issues
Injury prevention and  treatment
Conditioning

SPECIFIC SPORTS ISSUES

Teaching proper fundamentals
Suggested drills to reinforce   fundamentals
Sport specific conditioning
Organizing effective practices
Basic offensive and defensive

Example of Basketball Sports Specific Skills taught at clinics
 


KSN MEMBER COACHES RECEIVE

One year membership with KSN
3 hours of comprehensive training
$1,000,000 general liability insurance
$25,000 coaching medical accident insurance
Password protected access to coaches'
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Seasonal Time Out eNewsletter
Free use of KSN Resource Library
  (San Antonio area)


Check the "Clinic Listings" for information on clinics currently scheduled in the San Antonio area or contact us at (210) 654-4707 to schedule a clinic in the San Antonio area.

How to establish a KSN training program:

Youth sports associations within the San Antonio area who are interested in having their volunteers trained and certified should contact the KSN Education Office to arrange dates, times and locations convenient to the league. Depending on the anticipated attendance, the clinic will be presented live or via video. There is a $75 clinic fee for KSN clinicians to conduct the clinic for your league, however the fee is waived if 25 or more coaches successfully complete the clinic.

Other Texas or out-of-state youth associations who wish to certify their coaches can do so by applying to become a KSN Training Unit. Upon approval the associations/leagues will receive all the materials they need to conduct the training on their own including professional instructional videos (DVD or VHS). KSN can also provide Q-cards and Power Point presentations for live presentations. A $200 deposit is required to become a KSN Training Unit, $100 serves as a one time nonrefundable set up fee for the KSN materials and videos provided. The other $100 will be applied to the first five coaches certified within six months after the date the Training Unit is established.

Creating a KSN Training Unit is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Tell us you're interested.
  2. Complete an application and sign a short agreement.
  3. Pay $200 to become a Training Unit and $100 will be credited toward the certification fees of your first five coaches.

That's all there is to it! When you complete these steps the training materials will be placed in the mail and on your doorstep in just a few days. If you are interested in establishing a Training Unit in your area contact the  


Categories of KSN Certification:

Initial Coach - A new coach who has not been certified with the Kids Sports Network within the past two years. To become a KSN certified coach, a volunteer must attend an entire clinic, sign a Code of Conduct pledge, successfully pass a short test and pay a fee of $20. The coach is issued a one year membership card and receives the benefits described above.

Returning Coach – Coaches who have been certified with KSN within the last 2 years may renew their membership without additional training in the sport in which they were originally certified. To renew a membership, the coach must re-sign the conduct pledge, complete a short test and pay a $20 recertification fee. Coaches will receive a renewal notice prior to the expiration of their certification. They can also download and complete a renewal form from the KSN website or by attending a KSN clinic Note: Some organizations require coaches to attend additional training as criteria for recertification.

Extra Sport Coach - A currently certified coach who wants to add an additional sport to their certification may do so by attending the sports specific portion of a KSN clinic and paying an additional $10. This extends the insurance benefits to cover the coach in the additional sport but does not extend the coach’s overall certification.

Child Centered Sports - KSN believes in the Child Centered Sports philosophy. This occurs when the child is surrounded by trained coaches and officials, orientated parents and administrators that have been given every opportunity to run a successful youth program. For more information on how to conform your league to this same philosophy visit our Parent Orientation Program and Criminal Background Check web pages.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kids Sports Network
Alamodome
100 Montana St.
San Antonio, TX 78203
(210) 820-2125
Fax (210) 820-2199

 

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