Coach Education Courses
BaseballSoftballUK offers coach education courses for those wanting to coach baseball and softball. These usually run during each 'off-season' between October and April.
In autumn 2016, BaseballSoftballUK updated the opportunities available to coaches. The pathway has been redesigned to ensure that there are more courses available at more affordable price points, while improving the overall quality of the coaching system. Central to these changes is the provision of a course to support every coach, regardless of where they are on their development journey.
There are now four development programmes, diagrammed below, that coaches can take part in: the BSUK Coach Summit, the new Coach Award / (Level 2), the Activators Course and a new programme of CPD for Coaches, which includes nine modules to choose from.
Each development opportunity has been designed to help coaches find the course or event that is right for them, based on their availability, budget or knowledge.
In addition, clubs and leagues can request to host bespoke CPD Modules from the available list, tailored to needs of their coaches.
Sport Structures Ltd is the Coach Education Partner of BaseballSoftballUK. From 1 September 2014, all BSUK Coach Education courses will be administered and coordinated through Sport Structures on our behalf, using the BSUK Coach Portal.
Sign up for a coach education course
You can view a list of currently available courses (this link will take you to the Sport Structures website).
Potential learners are advised to consult BSUK regional staff and Local Authority sports development officers in good time for advice on possible funding.
Hosting a course
Safeguarding and First Aid courses
In addition to a BSUK coaching or activator qualification, anyone wishing to apply for or renew a BSUK Coach Licence will need valid safeguarding and first aid qualifications that have been achieved within the last three years. If you do not have certification or it is out of date, you will need to book on a suitable course.
Approved safeguarding courses include:
- Sports Coach UK 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children'
- Sports Coach UK 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2' for renewal purposes only if you have previously achieved a 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' certificate
- Child protection training delivered by your local Safeguarding Children's Board
- Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)-approved courses
- Educare online safeguarding course offered through BSUK - click the image below to find out more
Approved first aid courses include:
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE)-approved Emergency First Aid at Work / First Aid at Work courses
- Association of First Aid Instructors
- St Johns Ambulance
- Red Cross
- First aid courses run by your County Sport Partnership
For advice about the content or suitability of a course, or possible funding avenues for attending one, please contact your BSUK Point Person or appropriate Development Manager for your region.
For enquiries about booking on and paying for a course, follow-up after attending a course, managing your coaching qualification or using the Coach Portal, please contact Sport Structures. You can find the contact details on the Support page of the Coach Portal.