For our Spring & Fall seasons, the WYBSL will recruit almost 600 Head and Assistant coaches. We know that many people will respond by volunteering for these important positions this year.
These coaches spend many hours during the year with our young people – and more hours learning. WYBSL asks that our volunteers prepare for their work and provides opportunities for coaches to learn more about working with young people and teaching skills.
NEW COACHES’ MEETING
We understand that being a first-year coach in the WYBSL can be overwhelming. To acquaint new coaches with the League and to assist in the administrative side of coaching, first-year WYBSL coaches are expected to attend a new coaches’ meeting, followed by an NYSCA certification clinic (see below).
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
The League conducts background checks on all head coaches, Trustees, Commissioners and General Managers – and all persons wishing to serve in any of those capacities must authorize the league to do so. All checks are conducted with strict confidentiality by a national screening company.
All official head and assistant coaches must complete the free, online concussion training as required by Ohio Law. Take the free NFHS course here and be sure to email your course completion certificate to the WYBSL HR Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All head coaches are expected to participate in the certification program of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, whose membership is open to all volunteer coaches. The program covers the psychology of working with youth, maintaining athletic performance, basic first aid and safety. Completion includes an exam and Code of Ethics pledge. WYBSL pays certification costs for all head coaches; others are welcome to join the program for a nominal fee of $20. First year certification classes are held at various times during the year.
COACHING SKILLS CLINIC
Players benefit the most from coaches who have an understanding of the skills necessary to play the game. This is a hands-on clinic that will help a coach teach the basic skills to their players, with an emphasis on practice organization and drills.
WYBSL NEW COACHES MANUAL
Written by veteran league coaches and staff, the WYBSL New Coach’s Manual is a valuable resource for new as well as returning coaches. Topics include communicating with parents, organizing practices and coaching games!
WYBSL RULES CLINICS
Conducted by our Umpire Director and Program Staff, league-specific regulations and rule interpretations are covered in detail. Thorough understanding of game rules leads to better team preparation for game play.
LEAGUE MEETINGS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Each league holds meetings during the year to review progress, evaluate opportunities to improve the program and provide timely communication of critical activities. Coaches can also benefit from our player clinics, conducted by Westerville’s high school baseball and softball coaching staffs. The technical expertise offered can also be applied in team practices.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO APPLY FOR A COACHING POSITION?
Coaches can volunteer via the same online registration process that players use.
Please contact the Softball Director or Baseball Director if you have further questions or would like to learn more about being a coach in the WYBSL.
Miscellaneous forms and information sheets for coaches:
- Medical Authorization Form (completed by parent, kept in coaches manual)
- Ohio Return to Play Law
- Concussion Information for Parents & Athletes
- Return to Play Clearance (from Concussion)
- Lindsay’s Law (Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes)