The primary mission of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is to enhance the youth sport experience in America, and arguably the most effective way to positively transform youth sport is to train coaches. Through effective education, coaches can acquire the tools they need to be more successful in their roles and help ensure their impact is a positive one.
To that end, NCYS has partnered with leading coaching education provider Human Kinetics, Inc., (HK) to endorse HK’s American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and its coach education courses.
NCYS is the largest organization in America representing the youth sports industry. NCYS membership includes more than 200 organizations and corporations serving 60 million registered participants.
“The NCYS has long sought a respectable, comprehensive, compete, user-friendly, and affordable coaching education program for the youth sport industry,” says Sally Johnson, Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports. “Our members can confidently deliver Human Kinetics’ ASEP customized online courses to their constituents knowing the courses are age appropriate and of the highest quality.”
“We’re delighted to partner with NCYS to reach more sport organizations with the message of the importance of quality youth sport coach education,” says Ted Miller, HK vice president and sport education director. “A coach’s influence—especially at the youth level—cannot be underestimated and often is the difference maker as to whether a child continues to participate in their sport. This is a great opportunity to help youth coaches affiliated with NCYS member organizations provide a safer and more positive sport experience for millions of young athletes.”
Human Kinetics through ASEP has been training coaches for more than 30 years. At the youth level—where coaches work with athletes under 14 years old—ASEP courses emphasize athlete development and discourage the win-at-all-costs philosophy. The courses also teach youth coaches how to manage all aspects of their role, instruct players in performing techniques and executing team tactics, and conduct efficient and appropriate practice sessions.
HK’s national coaching education program includes the Coaching Essentials course and nine sport-specific Coaching Youth Sport online courses offered through ASEP. Through Coaching Essentials, first-time and inexperienced coaches will come away with a solid understanding of fundamental coaching concepts and basic coaching responsibilities. That same content is incorporated in the sport-specific Coaching Youth Sport courses, which also feature content on teaching technical and tactical skills of the various sports. Coaching Youth Sport courses are available for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
In addition, administrators at ASEP partner organizations have access to the National Coaches Registry (NCR), a database of coaches who have completed ASEP courses. Administrators have the ability to look up coaches specific to their organization to ensure coaches have met their organization’s coaching education requirements.
Sport organizations often work with ASEP to create and deliver customized online courses featuring organization-specific content and branding. NCYS member organizations Pop Warner Little Scholars and PONY Baseball and Softball are examples of organizations that have tailored their coach education courses with ASEP’s help.
For information on ASEP online youth coach education courses and customizing them for specific needs, youth sport administrators should contact Jennifer Mulcahey, ASEP youth sports consultant, at 800-747-5698, ext. 2304, JenniferM@hkusa.com, or www.ASEP.com.
NCYS and Human Kinetics are also collaborating to define and agree upon recommended minimum guidelines for educating youth coaches. Look for announcements regarding these guidelines later this year.
About the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is well known for advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Founded in 1979, the NCYS members comprise the Who’s Who in the youth sports industry. Its membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving more than 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. NCYS is a united voice for amateur youth sports, leading the industry in promoting and enhancing the value of participation through advocacy and education. The NCYS is the largest known organization in America reaching broad and deep into the grassroots of America’s heartland with a passion to create a better, more wholesome society. To learn more about the NCYS, visit www.ncys.org.
About Human Kinetics and the American Sport Education Program (ASEP)
Human Kinetics, Inc. (www.HumanKinetics.com) is a worldwide leader in providing quality informational and educational products in physical activity, health, sport, and sport science. Among its product offerings is a coaching curriculum, which features a wide variety of coaching education courses and resources that can be used as is or tailored to suit organizations’ specific needs, including those delivered through the American Sport Education Program (www.ASEP.com).