I work primarily at the high school level. And I’m a firm believer in the idea that every high school coach, regardless of sport, should be certified by a reputable organization.
Because, the truth is, 8 out of 10 high school coaches could not pass a basic strength and conditioning test. And I’ve worked with quite a few of them.
You know who I mean. That angry, incompetent and morbidly obese dude that clearly hates kids (and Christmas), but has nothing else to do after school except torment some teenagers.
We need to get these people out of coaching. And being really good at what we do is the only way to drive these people into coaching extinction.
Not to mention the fact that these types of ‘coaches’ are the reason your athletes feel compelled to seek outside coaching when they’re competing in a season they’re not with you.
(If you’re one of those ‘outside the school’ trainers, this is another reason to look into this certification…)
And if you’re both equally uncertified, it’s hard for you to tell a kid not to go to that ‘personal trainer’.
If we, as New Breed Coaches, are going to drive the bad coaches into retirement, we have to be the change we want to see in others.
That starts with educating ourselves and then our athletes.
Not only will they work harder for you, but they’ll get better results, have more fun, and, most importantly, stay injury free.
If you agree with what I’m saying, you should take a serious look at this HS Strength & Conditioning Certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA):
I know that certifications aren’t the ‘end all, be all’ of whether or not we’re good coaches.
But I know the guys and the organization who created this one.
They’re smart people who care about our industry and care about kids. And if you study their information, you’ll become a better coach.
And that serves the greater good. It helps you. It helps kids. It helps your sport. It helps our industry. Check it out: