Train your coaches
The single most important action a youth sports organization can
take to enhance its program is to train its volunteer coaches.
your organization to train their coaches.
A Parent Orientation Program and
Criminal Background Checks are also available.
Coaching Resource Links
Check out Basketball, Football, Cheerleading,
Soccer, Baseball, Softball
our Sports Official resource
pages that provide coaches and sports officials with information
Complete Summer Camp List: Kids Sports Network compiled a comprehensive list of Texas area Summer Sports Camps!
Helpful Coaches FORMS:
Parent Letter (Hold a parent meeting.)
Parent Letter-Spanish Translation
Parent Brochure (Hand out at parent meeting.)
Parent Brochure-Spanish Translation
Incident/Injury Form (Have one with you at every practice and game)
Medical Info Form (Keep info at every practice and game)
Top 2 Drug-Free Resources for Coaches:
How to talk to kids about drugs. (Page 2 - a must for every coach)
Coaches "do's and don'ts" against drugs
Books & Videos
Click in the
Books & Videos link for a list of websites that offer great
material to support the work of youth sports coaches and administrators.
web page will help you keep a realistic perspective
about the likelihood of your players making it to the pros. This John
T. Reed article has
a look back at a junior pee wee (age 8 to 11) football team
he coached in 1992. It shows what each of those players did in
in the ensuing nine years. Posted 4/24/06
Need a form for a Team
Contact List, Fundraising
Letters and even a Membership
Database. These are just a few of the Community
and Fundraising Templates available from Microsoft Templates.
Excellent and very complete page that covers the rules for most
sports and also provides rules of the various organizations offering
each sport. Sports are listed in alphabetical order, making it
very easy to search for the sports and organizations you work
This site has field
and court dimensions, history, rules and
other information on a variety of sports. Posted 12/21/05
Diagrams - Douglas Sports
Need to know the dimensions of the court of play for most sports.
This site provides PDF files of the layout for not only
the usual team sports but also for Badminton, Darts, Handball,
Judo, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Indoor Soccer and Water Polo.
It is a commercial site selling equipment for the sports
but it's also an informational site.
Some of the sports have links to PDF file of the rules of that sport such as
Top Ten Sport Injuries
Check out the top 10 sports injuries and the proper treatment
Sports Injury Clinic
You can click where it hurts and Virtual
Therapist will give you relevant information. Scroll down in
the left navigation area for a list of injuries and
an explanation of the injury, e.g. ankle
sprain. Registration is required to see the treatment options
but explanations of the injuries are free.
It's Up To You
Have you suspected child abuse and not known what to do or
who to call? The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers a great website that can help you with your Frequently Asked Questions about how to report abuse. It shows you two ways to Report Abuse and explains the laws that protect those who do report it, Important Hotline Numbers that are good to keep handy, and Intervention Programs available in your county. Don't let uncertainty keep you from making a difference in a child's
can enter an address and see a map showing the location of registered
and convicted sexual offenders and predators who live in the
area of that address. The scary part is they are in
almost every neighborhood. Click on any of the map legends to
see the actual address, name and often the picture of the registered
offender. You might want to check the areas where your teams
practice and play. Added 5/10/06
What to do
This page from a Soccer website in the UK has some good
advice on what you need to know about child protection. Be sure
to read down the page a way to what to do if a child tells you
something that suggests they are being abused. It's good practical
Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS)
How can a youth sports organization check the background of their
volunteers? This can be a very complicated
issue and any organization contemplating doing background
checks should have a plan and policies in place and should consider
using an organization to help them with the issues. The TDPS
web site is the official Internet source of public record
for Texas on Criminal Convictions, Deferred Adjudications and
Offender Registrations. You must be a registered user of the
database to obtain some of the information but anyone can search the public area and a national website of registered sex offenders.
The Kids Sports Network now offers youth leagues an
easy and inexpensive way to conduct Criminal
Background Checks on their volunteer youth coaches and youth
league administrators. For more information visit our Criminal
Background Check page.
National Center for Sports Safety
Check out the articles for
coaches which includes articles on overuse
playing environments, preventing
heat exhaustion and dehydration,
aide kits, and an emergency
action plans. Also there are interesting facts
on sports injuries.
This Web Site contains information about children developing good
character, and how sports can play an important role. The
sports section of this Web Site details the “Pursuing Victory
with Honor” campaign, which was design for coaches, athletic administrators,
counselors, sports officials, and other youth group administrators.
These seminars go over themes such as ethics in sports, sportsmanship,
moral character in young athletes, etc. This Website overall is
a good reference for anyone involved and working with youth.
& NCAA Scholarship Information
An information site containing resources for student-athletes
who want to apply for a college sport scholarships. Information
and advice is free.
At this site you can create a Youth Sports Page and search their
database for tournament listings.
A youth coaching resource site, with practical coaching advice for teaching
a skill and a database of drills. A good site for the youth coach.
A site full of resource articles for those involved in youth sports.
A high school sports website covering high
schools and sports in South Central Texas.
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