National Youth Sports Coaches Association Certification
The CIBL requires that all volunteers who want to coach youth
sports must complete the National Youth Sports Coaches Association
course. This is done in an effort to properly prepare the coach for
the responsibility they are about to undertake, as well as, to protect
child, the coach, and the CIBL. This program costs the coach $20 a
year, but the benefits far outweigh the expense.
The NYSCA is designed to "sensitize" volunteer
coaches to their responsibilities when working with children in sports
and hold them accountable
to a strict code of conduct, as defined by the NYSCA Coaches' Code of
Ethics Pledge. More than one million coaches have been certified worldwide
through more than 2,200 NYSCA chapters that exist among parks and recreation
departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs/YWCAs, church recreation programs,
PALs, Optimist Clubs, and military youth activities. The clinics feature
information on the psychology of coaching children, maximizing athletic
performance, first aid, nutrition, safety, organizing fun and interesting
practices, how to teach fundamentals of the sport, plus many other important
areas. Coaches who complete the program receive a variety of benefits.
Stage 1: Introduction to Coaching Youth Sports
- Interactive Clinic: INTRODUCTION TO COACHING YOUTH
- YOUTH SPORTS JOURNAL (initial copy at clinic, three additional
- $1,000,000 Excess Liability Insurance
- Membership Card
- Coaches message board (via the Internet at www.nays.org)
- 5% discount
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Continuing Education Program
- Continuing Education through YOUTH SPORTS JOURNAL (Four Seasonal
- $2,000,000 Excess Liability Insurance
- $250,000 Excess Accident/Medical
Insurance ($50 deductible) for injuries sustained while performing
- Membership Card and member
- Decal Club USA Partnership Discounts at:
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Place, Sleep Inns, Comfort Inns,
Quality Inns, Clarion, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inns, Alamo Rent a Car, plus
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I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players
ahead of a personal
desire to win.
- Using appropriate language in appropriate tones when interacting
with players, league officials, game officials, parents, and spectators.
all players in team activities without regard to race, religion,
color, sex, sexual orientation, body type, national origin, ancestry,
ability, or any other legally protected classification.
- Treating all players,
league officials, game officials, parents, and spectators with dignity
- Playing all players according to the equal participation
rules established by the league and the spirit of those rules.
youth to participate in other sports and activities to promote all
aspects of their development.
- Allowing reasonable absences from practice.
I will treat each player
as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical
development for the same age group.
- Recognizing the differences of each child and treating each
player as an individual, while demonstrating concern for their individual
needs and well-being.
- Encouraging all players, regardless of skill level,
to be included as a member of the team and to remain involved in
that some physical tasks, drills, and demands are not appropriate
for all youth.
- Recognizing that youth may vary greatly in physical, social,
and emotional maturation and considering these factors when setting
and when interacting
I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for
- Maintaining a high level of awareness of potentially
- Protecting players from sexual molestation, assault,
and physical or
- Correcting or avoiding unsafe practice or playing conditions.
- Using appropriate
safety equipment necessary to protect all players.
- Seeing that the players
are provided with adequate adult supervision while under the coach's
I will promise to review and practice the
basic first aid principles
needed to treat the injuries of my players.
- Keeping basic first aid supplies available in all
practice and game situations.
- Recognizing and administering proper first
aid to an injured player.
- Demonstrating concern for an injured player,
notifying the youth’s parents,
and cooperating with medical authorities.
- Protecting the players'
well-being by removing them from activity when injured and not
returning them to activity if they are compromised by
I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging
for all my players.
- Establishing practice plans that are interesting,
varied, productive, and aimed at improving all players' skills and
- Devoting appropriate time to the individual improvement of
- Conducting practices of reasonable length and intensity appropriate
for the age and conditioning of the players.
I will lead by example in demonstrating
fair play and sportsmanship
to all my players.
- Adopting the position, teaching, and demonstrating
that it is our basic moral code to treat others as we would like
to be treated.
- Abiding by and supporting the rules of the game as well as the
spirit of the rules.
- Providing an environment conducive to fair and equitable
- Using the influential position of youth coach as an opportunity
to promote, teach and expect sportsmanship and fair play.
I will provide
a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and
alcohol, and I will refrain from their
at all youth
- Being alcohol and drug free at all team activities or in the presence
- Refraining from the use of any type of tobacco products at
all team activities or in the presence of your players.
- Refraining from
providing any type of alcohol, drug, or tobacco products to any of
- Encouraging parents to refrain from the public use of tobacco
or alcohol at team activities.
I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport
that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
- Becoming knowledgeable, understanding, and supportive
of all applicable game rules, league rules, regulations, and policies.
and requiring compliance of these rules among players.
I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills
that I teach.
- Teaching techniques that reduce the risk of injury
to both the coach's own players and their opponents.
illegal contact or intentional dangerous play and administering swift
and equitable discipline to players involved in such activity.
remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children
and not adults.
- Maintaining a positive, helpful, and supportive attitude.
your authority/influence to control the behavior of the fans and spectators.
gracious acceptance of defeat or victory.
- Accepting and adhering to all
league rules and policies related to the participation of adults
- Fulfilling the expected role of a youth coach to adopt a "children
- Allowing and encouraging the players to listen,
learn, and play hard within the rules.
- Placing the emphasis on fun
The CIBL, along with the NYSCA, is dedicated to
raising the standard of service to youth in
sports through the enforcement of this Code of Conduct among its membership.
This Code of Conduct defines the expectations for adults serving as
coaches in youth sports. It provides guidance for responding with
protect all children from the psychological, emotional, physical,
or social abuses that can be perpetrated against them by youth sport
The CIBL and the NYSCA firmly believe that for the sports
experience to be positive, safe, and a learning experience for youth,
coaches must be trained and held accountable for their behavior when
working with and around children. Every NYSCA member coach is required
to sign and adhere to a Coaches' Code of Ethics Pledge. The Code
of Conduct has been developed to help explain how each of the "canons" of
the Code of Ethics should be manifested in the actions and behaviors
of an NYSCA Certified Coach.
It is the duty of the CIBL, as a NYSCA
Chapter, to be responsible for certifying the coaches to respond
to complaints lodged against
member coach that has allegedly violated the Code of Ethics.
is accomplished by initiating the “Complaint Against a Coach
Procedure” which is outlined on the following page. The purpose
of this procedure is to hear the complaints and to determine what,
if any, action should be taken towards correcting the member coach's
In order to provide the CIBL the flexibility to take appropriate
action when an NYSCA member coach is found to have violated the Coaches'
of Ethics, a range of possible review committee actions has been
developed to accompany the Code of Conduct.
Possible actions include:
- Warning to and/or Apology from the coach
- One Game Suspension
- Multiple Game Suspension
- Season Suspension
- Permanent Revocation of Certification
The specific response of the
review committee may include terms and conditions supplementing one or
more of the listed sanctions. When
reviewing a complaint
and deciding what action is the most appropriate in a given situation,
the committee must take into consideration various extenuating circumstances.
Factors that might suggest a more lenient sanction include:
- First Offense
- Apparent Desire to Reform
- Other Good Coaching Attributes
- Dedication to Youth Sports
Factors that might suggest a harsher sanction
- Child Endangerment
- Violation of Law
- Prior Complaints/Review Action
- Lack of Remorse
- Number of Ethics Canons Violated
- Number of Expected Behaviors Violated
- Breach of Duties as a Role Model
- Extraordinarily Poor Judgment Around
Complaint Against a Coach Procedures
When the CIBL receives a complaint
about a member coach, the CIBL will:
- Gather information and eyewitness
accounts of the event(s) that took place from everyone involved to
determine if a violation of the letter
or intent of the Coaches' Code of Ethics Pledge has occurred. This
may include the site supervisor, game officials, and other coaches,
- Require the member coach to attend a meeting to address
the complaint and to offer his/her side of the incident.
- The League Administrator/Chapter
Director has the authority to determine the severity of the situation
and whether or not the affected coach has
violated the expected behaviors outlined under each of the canons
of the Code of Ethics Pledge that comprise the NYSCA Code of Conduct.
League Administrator/Chapter Director, after approval has the authority
to enforce the appropriate range of disciplinary actions outlined
in the NYSCA Coaches' Code of Conduct. The League Administrator/Chapter
Director will report to the NYSCA in brief, the nature of the complaint,
the findings of the investigation, and the sanction applied to the
member coach. This information will be logged in the member’s
the League Administrator/Chapter Director decides to revoke a coach’s
certification, NYSCA Headquarters will notify the coach of the revocation
and their right to appeal to the National Executive Board. The League
Supervisor/Chapter Director will be sent copy of the correspondence.
This information will also be logged in the member’s file.