Thank you for volunteering to coach! Coaching is one of the most rewarding activities that a parent can do, both for a child but also the coach too.
You're not alone in looking for resources. Although enthusiasm and some self-organization are the most helpful attributes, you will find below some additional resources that may be useful.
As with many other organizations, the LPAA has implemented a screening program for coach volunteers along with adopting the LPAA Abuse Prevention Policy.
1. All coaches will be checked against the national police database. Please see the Note about Coaching at the bottom of this page for more information.
2. Coaches will be required to read and acknowledge the LPAA Abuse Prevention Policy.
Description: These clinics are designed to provide coaches with the skills and strategies to effectively instruct and coach their teams. The focus of the clinics will be on identifying and correcting common problems, and on providing examples of drills and games to re-enforce key teaching messages. The goal of the clinics is to help coaches improve every player's development and enjoyment of the game and to help facilitate the positive impact that coaches can have on youth athletics.
Cost: The clinics are complimentary for all LPAA coaches.
Coaching Clinic for LPAA (conducted by North Toronto Baseball Camp)
Date: Monday, April 24, 2023
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 8:30 pm-10:00pm
Level: House League
Ages: All Divisions
Parents who coach children's rec sports are awesome. We think so, and we know the kids think so too. We have decades of enthusiastic feedback from parents who were uncertain whether they could coach, or enjoy it, and who loved it and want to return every year. Simply put, without parents offering to coach, leagues like LPAA wouldn't exist, and we would all be the worse for it. So we do everything we can to encourage, train and celebrate the coaches who step up for this uniquely rewarding experience.
That said, in today's society we are also mindful about creating safe experiences for kids and adults. We have policies that try to make sure that kids are never alone with adults, and we encourage parents to remain with their kids at all times and never to consider LPAA sports as "drop-off" programs. But even that is not enough, so like most other youth organizations, we now ask that prospective coaches complete a police criminal records check before coaching.
The good news is that we have made this as easy as possible. The application is entirely online, directly through the Toronto Police Services website. The cost is only $20 for a check that is good for two years, and is transferable among many other organizations. Of course, if you have already been cleared, we accept this too.
We know it's an additional step to take when signing up to coach, but we hope it's smooth and painless and won't prevent you from offering to engage in such a rewarding experience. If you have any comments or questions, we're happy to hear from you through our "Feedback" tab above.