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Youth Basketball Coaches in Southern California Offer Free Online Training

The LA84 Foundation and Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) have partnered with leading coaching education provider American Sport Education Program (ASEP) to offer a customized online training and certification program to SCMAF basketball coaches with the release of the online course, LA84 Foundation’s Art of Coaching Youth Basketball.

Through the sponsorship of LA84 Foundation, the initiative provides youth basketball coaches affiliated with SCMAF with online training at no cost. LA84 Foundation and SCMAF highly recommend coaches participate in the course, which is accessible through the ASEP Web site at

This is the second course released through the collaboration, joining the LA84 Foundation’s Art of Coaching online course released last year. That course, coupled with the newly launched basketball-specific course, provides basketball coaches with a well-rounded learning experience addressing general coaching principles, sport first aid, and sport-specific technical and tactical skills.

“We’re excited to bring these courses to SCMAF coaches,” says ASEP executive director Jim Schmutz. “We applaud LA84 Foundation for funding the program and for equipping SCMAF coaches with the means to provide a high quality, meaningful sport experience for Southern California youth,” states Schmutz.

SCMAF will provide its basketball coaches will a special key code for accessing the course. Those with questions about the program may visit the Partner Organizations\LA84 Foundation section of the ASEP Web site at

The LA84 Foundation mission is to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people’s lives. The LA84 Foundation supports a wide array of youth sports programming and awards grants to youth sports organizations within the eight southernmost counties of California. The organization also conducts youth sports and coaching education programs, a number of which have become models for similar programs nationwide.

The LA84 Foundation ( is a private nonprofit institution that has committed more than $185 million to accomplish its mission since 1985. To date, two million boys and girls, and more than 1,000 youth sports organizations throughout Southern California have benefited from the endowment.

The Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation is a non-profit corporation, which was founded in 1949, serves the ten southernmost counties of California. SCMAF’s mission is to create healthier communities through sports and physical activities. SCMAF strives to instill in young people a positive attitude, good sportsmanship, sound fundamentals, confidence, and high moral standards. SCMAF seeks to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship and full participation with the belief that in team sports every athlete must be offered every opportunity to play in each game. To learn more about SCMAF, visit

The American Sport Education Program ( is the leading provider of youth, high school, and elite-level sport education programs in the United States. With the most easy-to-use and the highest quality programs, ASEP has educated more than one million coaches, officials, administrators, parents, and athletes. ASEP’s motto is “Athletes first, winning second,” and for more than 25 years local state and national sport organizations have partnered with ASEP to make sport a safe, successful and enjoyable experience for all involved.

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