Coaching Baseball and Softball
Here are three good reasons to get involved in coaching baseball and softball in the UK:
To introduce new participants to our sports around the country, develop their skills and ensure they get a rewarding experience that encourages them to stay involved. Baseball and softball need good coaches and BaseballSoftballUK can pay qualified coaches to help us deliver our regional programmes.
To ensure that practice and development sessions are led by individuals with high standards of knowledge, teaching and welfare in baseball and softball.
To share your love of the game! Develop your coaching skills to help develop others -- in your club, in schools and in your local community.
The 'Activator' is a new role that has been created to enable new volunteers, teachers, current players and coaches to receive training to deliver sessions for BSUK's development programme, Hit the Pitch. The Activator Licence can be obtained with a lower level of qualifications but there are greater restrictions on the range of environments that Activators can coach in, compared to a Coach Licence.
The Coach Portal
In September 2014, BaseballSoftballUK launched its new online Coach Portal.
Part of the BaseballSoftballUK website, the Coach Portal enables baseball and softball coaches to register with BSUK -- the national development agency for the sports -- and for us to manage coaches' attendance on courses and record their achievement of coaching qualifications. This will become the main database of qualified coaches that BSUK can engage with to help us develop baseball and softball.
You can access the portal from the menu on the right.
Code of Conduct
BaseballSoftballUK coaches abide by the Sports Coach UK Code of Practice. This document outlines the rights, relationships and responsibilities of sports coaches.
BSUK has prepared helpful Beginner's Guides for both baseball and softball, which are useful to coaches who are instructing newcomers to the sports. Click here to access these useful tutorials:
Sports Coach UK's YouTube channel has various informational videos for coaches, including a number on coaching children.
You can find useful coaching documents and links in the Resources section.
If you have a question about a coach education course or your coach registration, please contact Sport Structures through the Support page of the Coach Portal.