In 2019...

In 2019, Aspen Institute found that less than 30% of youth coaches have been trained in the past year in CPR / basic first aid, concussion management, general safety and injury prevention, physical conditioning, sports skills and tactics, or effective motivational techniques.
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America’s sport coaches historically have been underserved when it comes to training and professional development. Studies tell us that less than 5% of youth sport coaches have received any relevant training.

Coaching Counts Statement

Coaches play a central role

Coaches play a central role in getting and keeping youth involved in sports. Similarly, for both boys and girls, current players reported liking their coach more than sport dropouts do, and dropouts were more likely to have liked their coach only “a little” or “not at all.” Parent evaluations of the coach also reflected these differences, with parents of current players more likely to report that their child’s coach is excellent, and parents of sport dropouts more likely to rate the coach less positively.

Coaches of current players were also more likely to have an equal focus on both winning and having fun (not just having fun). Additionally, current players were more likely than dropouts to have a coach that sets team and individual goals. Together, these qualities may help impart/reinforce to players that their playing matters, that their efforts are paying off, and that the coach cares about their growth as athletes (i.e., takes it seriously). Keeping Girls in The Game: Factors That Influence Sport Participation

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Sports Based Youth Development

Sport is a powerful tool for positive youth development. In order to ensure that all young people gain the benefits of participation in sports, it's essential that programs create environments that prioritize skill development, meaningful relationships, and a positive and inclusive team culture.

Trauma-Informed Sports

People who experience overwhelming stress, or trauma, have unique challenges that often aren’t recognized within the sport experience. It is imperative that all sports coaches and sports program leaders understand the ways in which exposure to trauma can change a person’s brain and impact their behavior. Sport is uniquely suited to help people who have experienced trauma to heal, because it inherently combines physical activity, relationships, structure, and competence building.

Download The White Paper (PDF)

Girls In Sports

Girls participate in sport at lower rates than boys at all ages, but it is not because they don’t enjoy the key components of sport: being competitive, feeling athletic, reaching goals, and building a team. The reality is that girls have extra challenges to overcome when it comes to staying in the game. Girls need the physical, mental, academic, and social benefits that sport participation has been shown to give, so programs need to do all they can to help girls stay involved.

A Guide To Coaching Girls (PDF)