NYSCA unveils new training video to be used at its coaching clinics worldwide


Mike Krzyzewski, Vivian Stringer, Pete Carroll, Jim Tressel and John Harbaugh headline an impressive list of some of the nation’s premier professional and collegiate coaches that are featured in the National Youth Sports Coaches Association’s (NYSCA) new Coaching Youth Sports training video.
This newly released video will be used by the more than 3,000 NYSCA chapters that exist nationwide, and on military bases worldwide, to train their volunteer coaches.  
As part of NYSCA’s commitment to provide volunteer coaches with the best information to help them guide their teams to fun and rewarding experiences, it interviewed highly respected coaches from the NFL, NBA, WNBA and Major League Baseball, as well as from the collegiate football and basketball ranks, who shared their insights on what it takes to make a difference in a youngster’s life both on the field and away from it.
“Every coach we spoke with was genuinely enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge to help volunteer coaches interact with children and be a positive influence in all areas of coaching,” said John Engh, chief operating officer of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, which provides the NYSCA program. “Whether it’s Coach K talking about how to teach sportsmanship to youngsters, or Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sharing how to run practices that keep all the kids engaged, there is simply a gold mine of information available in this video. We are confident that the information presented will enable volunteer coaches to really gain a clear understanding of how to fulfill their roles and responsibilities, as well as help make them one of those special coaches that kids love playing for.”  
The video also includes NFL coaches Lovie Smith and Marvin Lewis; NBA coach Erik Spoelstra; baseball manager Jerry Manuel; WNBA coach Julie Plank and player Alana Beard; NBA Hall of Fame player and former coach Kevin McHale; college football coach Mark Richt; and college basketball coach Tubby Smith.
These renowned coaches provide insight on teaching good sportsmanship; interacting with children in a positive fashion to help them get the most out of their abilities; setting up and running productive practices that are fun and promote skill development; making every youngster feel valued and appreciated, regardless of their talent level or role on the team; building kids’ confidence; and helping players overcome rough patches when they encounter difficulty learning a skill or perform below the level they had hoped in a game; among others. 
Also featured are respected experts discussing important areas that often are easy for coaches to overlook amid all their other responsibilities, such as hydration; pre- and post-game nutrition; injury recognition and prevention; safety; recognizing concussions; stretching and conditioning players.
This video represents another step in NYSCA’s continuing efforts to provide new and updated content for its members. Additionally, NYSCA members now have access to several new and upgraded member benefits – all found simply by logging in at www.nays.org – that can enhance their coaching skills and make their seasons more enjoyable and productive ones.
The Coaching Forum provides a platform for NYSCA coaches all around the world to communicate. Whether it’s a question on how to deal with an overzealous youth sports parent or a suggestion for how to help a youngster with a certain skill, the Forum promotes the constant exchange of information that can benefit all coaches.
The NYSCA Coach Rating System allows league administrators who are affiliated with NAYS to provide a digital link for parents to evaluate coaches anonymously. The link can either be placed within an e-mail or posted directly on a league or organization’s Web site. The questions hit all the key coaching areas, such as safety, sportsmanship and how well they teach skills, among others. Coaches can also log on and see how parents rated them. While the parents’ answers are confidential, coaches can see their average scores in each category.
The system is extremely valuable for providing feedback to coaches looking to understand what areas they are strong in and what, if any, areas they should focus on improving, as well. A high rating can reinforce for a coach that he or she is doing a good job while a low score in a particular category can alert the coach that he or she must devote a little more attention to that area while interacting with the team.
Coaches who successfully complete the NYSCA training program are eligible for the full benefits of membership, which includes the Coach Rating System and Forum, as well as many other innovative resources. Members also receive $1,000,000 excess liability insurance, SportingKid magazine and a membership card.
Since 1981, more than 2.5 million coaches have been trained through NYSCA, making it the most widely used volunteer coaches training program in the nation. For more information, or to start a chapter today, visit www.nays.org, call (800) 729-2057 or e-mail nysca@nays.org.

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