Center for Ethical Youth Coaching Develops New Instruction Video on Child Abuse Intervention for Coaches

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CEYC committed to taking action to prevent more tragedies in sports.

The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching unveiled today an instructional video that gives adults who coach sports step-by-step instruction on how to handle situations of child abuse that they may become aware of. The video gives coaches steps in the situations when an adult suspects child abuse, situations when the adult has evidence of s child being abused and finally in circumstances when the adult may witness a child being abused. The videos appear on the Center’s web site: and also have been posted on YouTube at: .

“We (Staff at the Center for Ethical Youth Coaching) couldn’t keep shaking our heads at news report after news report of inappropriate coaches harming young people. In keeping with our mission we took action to prevent and intervene into these situations. Posting an instructional video was the most immediate and effective action we could take to help.” Said Dr. John Mayer, Vice-President of the C.E.Y.C. and a national expert on violence and youth.

The video details each situation that the adult coach may find himself or herself confronting about a child in danger and then gives direct, practical steps to take in each situation. This type of instruction is also found in the training manual, The Principles of Ethical Youth Coaching, that is included when a coach becomes certified through the Ethical Youth Coach certification.

“Like our program for certification of coaches, which no other organization provides such a thorough and beneficial training and qualification, we are standing out to make a difference in this huge area of vulnerability for young people from toddlers through college age athletes.” Stated Andrew Teunis, Director of Development at C.E.Y.C.

The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching has developed the most comprehensive training and certification program available for coaches at all levels of youth sports from the earliest ages through college coaches. This certification is called, the Ethical Youth Coach Certification or EYC. To be certified as an EYC coach, a prospective 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 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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