How to Become a Volunteer High School Coach
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Here are some of the things you can do - or must do - to be
accepted as a volunteer coach. Some organizations are desperate for help and will make the
path as easy as possible for you. In other programs, becoming a volunteer assistant may be
a competition in itself. One thing is for sure, you will need the trust of the
professional coaches and the Activities Director to particpate.
- Permission of head coach is needed. Arrange for one of the professional coaching staff
to be a sponsor/mentor.
- Demonstrate ability to help through active service. Coach local players in alternative
leagues, help raise money, volunteer to help with activities.
- Obtain and complete necessary paperwork provided by school administration. Documentation
will include criminal history check, Tetanus shot, and First Aid certification - all at
- Mandatory coaching classes may be necessary. Such classes are designed for the safety
and well-being of the students.
- Organizing time from or around work to attend practices and games
- Establish credibility with the players without sanctioning of official, paid coach
- Maintain conduct that reflects well upon the school and the program
- Support the plans and goals of the head coach. No room for personal agenda.
- Look for ways to improve program and implement with minimal effort from coaches. Ideas
include helping with transportation, keeping records, shot charts, etc.