We believe well trained sport coaches are the key elements to providing quality sports experiences for America’s youth. Studies indicate there are thousands if not millions of sport coaches who would benefit from formal, sport coaching education. Parents and community leaders desire the best sports experiences for their children. Good experiences lead to healthy lifestyles. Some pertinent facts from studies:
- Less than 5 percent of volunteer coaches in community-based programs receive any coaching education. Less than 8 percent of school coaches receive any coaching education. [Coaching Education in America: A White Paper National Federation of High Schools, 2001]
- Studies have found athletes who played for untrained coaches reported an attrition rate of 26%; whereas those athletes play for a trained coach reported a drop out rate of only 5%.
- Additional studies show athletes under 12 yrs old increase their self-esteem when coached by a trained coach.
Sport coaches need leadership development to become better coaches because coaching entails leading and teaching athletes. Also, the sports industry needs leaders among coaches to lead coaching associations, promote particular sports in their communities and to participate in their respective sport national governing bodies. Of particular concern is the growing need to recruit and train sport coaches to replace the baby boomer generation coaches who are entering retirement by the thousands each year.
- 67 % — Paying a fee would not be discouraging
- 72 % — Mandatory coaching education encouraged them to continue
- 85 % — Prefer a league that requires training
- 85 % — Believe that training increases skill and confidence
- 86 % — Would attend training even if not required [Coaching Education Survey: National Youth Sports Research and Development Center, 2000]