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Sunday, 10 March 2013 10:17

Paid Youth Sports Coaches

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We would really like to hear your thoughts about this:

A new and upcoming youth football league has proposed the idea of paying their head coaches the equivalent to what the local high schools pay their coaches, which is about $1,200 a season (if I stand corrected). They didn't say how they would pay for them but we are guessing it would probably come from registration fees and sponsorships.

While one might worry (and rightfully so) that this would lead to a win-at-all-cost (and risk) attitude with the coaches, the league states that coaches wouldn't be evaluated on a win-loss scale but rather they will be evaluated on overall team GPA, Parent & Player Surveys and by surveys by league Peers & League Referees.

We ask why not? It wouldn't be more different than some County/City run Parks & Rec departments from around the country that have part-time employees who coach their leagues. It would give the league more incentive to take more control and responsibility of their coaches behaviors so long as the league follows and abides by strict guidelines and doesn't deter from them for anyone. Salary would also have to be straight across the board for every coach, no bonuses for winning...

Ultimately, it is up to the parents to ensure that this is being followed through which would also require complete transparency by the league, teams and coaches as it comes to organizational finances, guidelines, coach selection and coach firing.

SO WHAT SAY YOU?

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