Resources: What Makes a Good Coach

On the Web

Some of the best Internet sites offering information and advice for parents and coaches include:

American Sport Education Program - offers courses for coaches.

Center for Sports Parenting - provides parents with answers to questions and issues that surface while raising a child who loves sports.

Coaching Youth Sports - is an online newsletter for coaches and parents that presents information about learning and performing sports skills, with the emphasis on athleticism, not winning. - works to create a safer, saner, less stressful and more inclusive youth sports experience. Offers general information on topics such as nutrition and safety, as well as pages devoted to specific sports.

National Alliance for Youth Sports - offers a training program for volunteer youth coaches with the aim of making participation in youth sports a positive and safe experience.

National Institute for Child-Centered Coaching - sells materials for coaches and parents on nurturing coaching.

North American Youth Sports Institute - offers consulting in fitness and recreation for individuals, groups and schools.

Positive Coaching Alliance - advocates for change in youth sports coaching on multiple levels. Offers documents and resources.

Sports Illustrated for Kids - aims to create a fun, safe environment for kids, with news, games and interactive features. - provides information, advice and instructional products for parents, coaches and children involved in youth sports.


Beyond X’s and O’s: What Generic Parents, Volunteer Coaches and Teachers Can Learn About Generic Kids and All of the Sports They Play, by Jack Hutslar, North American Youth Sports Institute, 1985.

Just Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child’s Fun and Success in Youth Sports, by Bob Bigelow, Tom Moroney and Linda Hall, Health Communications, 2001.

The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide for Parents, by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., with Carol Shookhoff; Little, Brown & Co., 2002. This book is designed for parents of older kids and teenagers and focuses primarily on the physical needs of young people, but also addresses working with coaches.

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