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Coach Training

Chances are you already know a great deal of what it takes to be a good coach, but there is an equally good chance there are some things that will hold you back–or stop you altogether– without the proper instruction.

There's no shame is having "gaps in competence." We all have them! After all, we can't be experts in everything.

The National Center for Youth Development coach training program is focused on supporting those who help young people navigate the challenges unique to adolescence through research-based coaching. We train caring adults and youth serving professionals to empower youth through evidence-based best practice.

Our goal is to help fill a support gap in coach development one participant at a time. The unique needs of our audience require developmentally appropriate and research-informed practice. To this end, our services integrate relevant psychology theories and evidence-based models adapted for application in a coaching context. Our content is continuously updated to ensure our services are informed by the most current research.

The result is to empower coaches to support youth as they rise and thrive through self-mastery, self-advocacy, and self-determination. Our coaching interventions are designed to foster resilience, optimism, social/emotional competencies, and problem-solving skills in the youth we serve.

Our coach training emphasize:

  • self-determination
  • self- and others-awareness
  • flexibility, tolerance, and collaborative problem-solving
  • proactive skill building
  • meaning, purpose, and goal-orientation

Through interventions including:

  • research-informed practice
  • trauma-informed practice
  • cultural awareness & sensitivity
  • social responsibility


Who should attend NCYD coach training?

Our trainings are structured for those currently employed in a field where they work with the youth, have a clear history of working with the youth, or is a student enrolled in a college or university in a academic area where he or she will be directly working with the youth and/or families of the youth. Participants in past training have included sports coaches, youth ministers, counselors, social workers, teachers, law enforcement workers, medical workers, probation officers, juvenile workers, after-school providers, and students training to work with the youth and/or families of the youth.

What will I learn from NCYD training?

Through our training sessions participants will learn strategies, tips and techniques to successfully coach youth and how to grow an evidence-based best practice coaching resume. Through our clear, step-by-step, practical training system coaches will gain the tools you need to help the youth live a more fulfilled life...today and tomorrow! Coaches are exposed to the foundational theories of evidence-based youth development and learn relationship-building skills, explore how to build a positive culture, and practice group management, instruction, and reflection techniques.

How long is the typical session?

Coach training sessions vary based on content and focus area. Most are structured to 50 minute time allotments, however, we provide half-day, full day, and weekend retreat events as well. 


This document sets out 10 principles for delivering sport and recreation to children (0-12 years) and adolescents (13-18 years).

These principles should be applied by coaches, parents, instructors, teachers and administrators involved in leading, supporting or managing sport and recreation opportunities for children and young people.