Coach Education Courses

Coach Education LogoBaseballSoftballUK 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.

CPD for Coaches

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.

For more information on these courses and which one might be most suitable for you, download the BSUK Coach Education Pathway document or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Changes for 2018

Following a thorough review period, BaseballSoftballUK has taken the decision to bring the delivery of our Coach Education programme back in house. This follows a four-year partnership with Sport Structures, who provided administrative and development support to our Coach Education programme.

By regaining total responsibility for our Coach Education programme, we want to achieve several things:

  • Make the process of enrolling as easy as possible for you
  • Ensure that courses are staged in the most appropriate venues for you
  • Ensure that courses are as cost-effective as possible for you and your coaches

From September 2018, the organisation and delivery of our Coach Education courses will return to BaseballSoftballUK. If you would like to discuss holding courses in your area, please contact your BaseballSoftballUK Point Person in the first instance.

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

Educare safeguarding training advert

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

UK Coaching 

UK Coaching has recently published the latest Funding Opportunities for Coaching Guide in the UK. This is a national guide to those of you seeking to access funds to develop your coaches further. Further details available here.

Contact us

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.

For any other general coaching enquiries, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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