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 role of an Activator is to deliver fun and engaging sessions for people new to baseball and softball. The Activator is more of a facilitator than a coach, but there are elements of coaching in the responsibilities involved. The BSUK Activator Course will enable new volunteers and current players or coaches to facilitate Hit the Pitch sessions either for BSUK or at their own baseball or softball club.
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.