Volunteer Coach of the Year


The foundation of youth sports would collapse without dedicated coaches who put fun and development above competition and who place the emotional and physical well-being of players ahead of a personal desire to win. These inspiring role models are caring friends, enthusiastic team leaders and a beacon of fair play and sportsmanship.

It is with this realization that the National Alliance for Youth Sports created the Volunteer Coach of the Year Award.

Do you know a volunteer coach who places the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of any personal desires to win? Does he or she treat each player as an individual? Are they an enthusiastic team leader, a positive role model, and do they have thorough knowledge of the techniques and rules for the sport while being an understanding and caring friend? Are you proud to have them coaching in your community? If you answered yes to the above questions, then this coach deserves to be nominated for the prestigious NAYS Volunteer Coach of the Year Award.

Judging will be based how the nominee upholds the NAYS Code of Ethics for Coaches.

The nominee...

  • Must be a member of the NAYS Coach Training & Membership program 
  • Places the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of a personal desire to win 
  • Treats each player as an individual and understands the range of emotional and physical development for the same age group
  • Does his/her best to provide a safe playing situation for all players 
  • Reviews and practices basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries
  • Leads by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship
  • Does not cheat or engage in any form of unethical behavior that violates league rules.
  • Provides a sports environment free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and refrains from their use at all youth sports events 
  • Is knowledgeable of the rules for each sport that he or she coaches, and teaches these rules 
  • Uses the coaching techniques appropriate for all of the skills taught 
  • Remembers that he or she is a youth sports coach, and that the game is for kids, not adults 

The award winner and one guest receive complimentary flight and accommodations to the Youth Sports Congress in Orlando, FL during Nov. 8-11, 2017 where the winner will be honored during the Awards Ceremony. 


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