Who’s Coaching Your Kids –Center for Ethical Youth Coaching asks, Are Youth Coaches Safe and Qualified?

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Every parent seems to have a horror story of an inappropriate youth coach—How to protect your kids.

From coaches who blow smoke in the faces of kids that make mistakes to coaches that slap players, any parent who has had a child play sports has seen or heard of these abuses, yet parents seem helpless to stop inappropriate adults from coaching their children. The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching wants to end these coaching horror stories.

A new not-for-profit organization, The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching, is dedicated to preventing inappropriate adults from being around young athletes. The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching (CEYC) has developed a comprehensive credentialing program to certify that a youth coach has met the highest ethical standards to safely coach young people.

To be certified, a coach must read a training manual and then take an exam both of which cover the areas of ethics, safety, first aid, good communication, sportsmanship, healthy lifestyle, discipline, developmental issues in young people and handling special issues in youth coaching such as dealing with parents, motivating players, child abuse, and substance abuse. The coach then passes a background check from the leading security screening service and pledges to uphold the ethical standards of the CEYC. The cost of the three-year certification is $75.00 and that covers the manual, test fees and background check. All procedures can be done online at the Center’s website.

“The manual alone is worth the price of the certification. It has innovative coaching techniques never offered anywhere else such as how to use each player on the team and still maximize success and the 5 stages of player development.” Said Andrew Teunis a high school lacrosse coach.

The manual and certification do not emphasize learning the techniques specific to an individual sport, rather its focus is on the safety, respect, character development and ethical treatment of the players by adult coaches. A certified ethical youth coach pledges to continue to be a student of the game (they coach) for their entire career.

After passing the examination a coach can use the initials, E.Y.C. after his/her name, on their uniform and on promotional materials.

“The success of our program will take the grassroots support of parents who have long suffered seeing their child hurt by these inappropriate adults. We urge parents to ask their park districts, their schools, their state associations and their sports clubs to only have E.Y.C. certified ethical youth coaches train their children. We need to start asking why aren’t these adults, in such sensitive positions in our children’s lives better trained and screened.” Comments Justin Mayer the founder and president of the Center for Ethical Youth Coaching.

Complete information on the new certification including information on the exam can be found on the certifying association’s web site: http://www.ethicalyouthcoaching.com.

The mission of the not-for-profit Center for Ethical Youth Coaching is to raise the ethical standards of coaches who work with young athletes, through research, publication, credentialing and public presentations. As a result of raising these ethical standards, young athletes will be in the best possible position to learn and grow through sports. Sports are a tremendous way to learn about life and develop life skills. It is therefore important that coaches are prepared to guide young athletes in the most ethical manner possible.


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