Most youth leagues have similar goals: offer a fun and rewarding experience, incrementally teach the fundamentals with age appropriate teachings, and deliver a consistently strong program to every player. Over 90% of 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 harder to recruit enough coaches. We recently completed a benchmarking survey of over 250 League Directors in the U.S. and Preparing Volunteer Coaches was by far and away the #1 Challenge, mentioned by 85% of league directors.
To accomplish its goal of offering a high quality and consistent program, leagues need to first get coaches engaged and “buying into” the mission, and then need to provide them with the training and materials to be effective. Unfortunately, most leagues are still using antiquated and ineffective methods to try to prepare coaches in an environment that is only getting more challenging – coaches have less time to prepare, many coaches can’t make the pre-season meeting, and coaches are demanding more succinct, more age appropriate materials. The reality is that youth leagues simply lack the resources to develop and maintain a program plan, skill curriculum, and age appropriate coaching materials…nor do they have the tools to deliver modular, video-based materials in a multi-device manner that is expected by today’s parents. It’s no wonder 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 leagues to create the industry’s most comprehensive, most effective coaching solution that has proven to get parent volunteers more engaged in their role, and ultimately more prepared to coach. This model has been very well received nationally and has driven fundamental and lasting improvements in leagues in over 30 states that have implemented our digital coaching platform. Based on these results, we have begun developing coaching platforms in all of the major team sports. Contact us to learn more about our coaching solutions and how we can help your league better achieve it’s mission and goals!