Coach Application Process

Kidsports Coach Application & Identification Card

Note: Kidsports calendar year is based on August 1-July 31

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Head Coaches: Please complete steps 1-7 (assistant coaches can skip step 6)

  1. Coaches Application/ Background Check Form
    • Every year, complete, sign, date and submit to your Sports Manager via email, fax or in person. New coaches must submit valid ID.
  2. Kidsports Coaches Pledge
    1. Read, sign and submit to your Sports Manager (yearly).
  3. Concussion Training. You have three options:
    1. Online NFHS Course“Concussion in Sports – What you need to know,” visit this website, complete the course and submit the certificate to your Sports Manager.
    2. Complete training at coaches meeting.
    3. Read, complete and turn in the signed concussion awareness-training document. (yearly)
  4. NFHS Course: “Protecting Students”
    1. Visit this website, complete the course and submit the certificate to your Sports Manager via email, fax or in person (yearly)

  5. Create an account online: Make sure you have created an account in our online registration system, DaySmart. You don’t need to register for a program, our staff will assign you to your team in the system as long as you have already created an account.

  6. HEAD COACHES ONLY Complete the free online training course: “How to Coach KIDS”
    1. Created by The Aspen Institute- Project Play and Nike Made to Play, this is a one-time course for all head coaches.
    2. Go to
    3. Register your account using a personal email.
    4. Select the “Take The Courses” option from the HTCK home page
    5. Select and complete the “1. How to Coach Kids” option from the list of courses.
    6. Forward a copy of the resulting certificate of completion to your Sports Manager to satisfy this training requirement.
  7. Kidsports Coach ID Badge
    1. All coaches – once you have completed the necessary requirements (see above) and have been approved by a Kidsports Sports Manager – you are required to obtain your KS Coach ID Badge. This card is required to be worn and visible for all games. You can pick up or create your KS Coach ID Badge through one of the following methods:
      1. Visit the Kidsports office during normal business hours (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, M-F)
      2. Send an individual photo to [email protected] (minimum 8 mega pixel resolution) Please no hats or sunglasses
      3. At Kidsports Coaches Meeting. Photo opp.
      4. Returning Coaches: Pick up renewal sticker at Kidsports office or at Coach Meetings. Your ID Badge must be present for renewal sticker application
    2. Benefits of Kidsports Coach ID Badge (valid upon completion of requirement)
      1. Free access to Bethel, 4J, and Springfield High School regular season athletic events
      2. Access to the Portland based Nike Employee Store once per year (July)
      3. Access to the Portland based Adidas Employee Store (once per sport season)

Kidsports believes the above coaching requirements are very important coaching tools in order to be a successful coach. Any coach – whether new or returning – who fails to complete the coaching requirements will not be assigned to a team.

Coaches must complete all steps prior to being approved and placed as a Kidsports Coach. Completed forms may be returned in the following ways:

  1. Drop off at the Kidsports Civic Park, 2054 Amazon Parkway, Eugene 97405
  2. Fax forms to Kidsports: (541) 302-9430
  3. Scan form and email to your sports manager
  4. Mail to Kidsports Civic Park, 2054 Amazon Parkway, Eugene 97405

Out of district fall soccer teams send coach info to Beth Nitkowski ([email protected]).
Out of district football teams send coach info to Ryen Shyrer ([email protected]).

Also, once each school year every Klassic (5th-12th Grade) Soccer coach must register themselves on-line and complete the OYSA background check info on-line.

Sports Managers

CoachJob Description

As coaches, you determine the kind of experience our athletes have with sports. KS is
committed to the principles of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). KS expects you to be a Double-Goal Coach, who strives to win (one goal), while pursuing the more-important goal of teaching life lessons through team sports.

The KS/PCA Double Goal Coach Job Description includes:

  • Model and Teach your players to Honor the Game by teaching ROOTS – Respect for Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and one’s Self.
  • Provide simple, clear, concise teaching points for your players who are in the process of learning.
  • Teach players the ELM Tree of Mastery (Effort, Learning, and bouncing back from Mistakes)
  • Reward effort, not just good outcomes. Recognize players even for “unsuccessful” effort.
  • Encourage Players to set “Effort Goals” tied to how hard they try adopting these philosophies and actions will contribute to a positive, character-building youth sports experience for all the children in the KS program.

Game Management

  • Coaches should demonstrate calm, composed, consistent behavior during games, regardless of score or situation
  • Provide simple, clear, concise teaching points for your players who are in the process of learning.
  • Maintain self control in the face of adversity or when things are not going your way (sportsmanship)
  • Focus should always be on effort and process goals rather than outcome goals.
  • Kidsports games are part of the development zone. The development zone requires an environment conducive to learning. A learning environment allows for a positive youth sport experience for everyone involved in the game.
  • As a coach it is your responsibility to create an environment that is conducive and safe for ALL kids to play in.
  • Self control is the key; kids and parents are watching you and will follow your actions.
  • This is about children and their experience – not yours. This is not about winning or losing, this is about learning.

Great coaching (& Parenting) emphasizes the WATCHING, and letting the child know that yes, “I see you.” Seeing them makes all the difference.

Kidsports Youth Basketball Coaching Resources online: