BSUK to run Coach Award Courses in North and South in February

Thu 13 Dec 2018

BaseballSoftballUK will be running two Coach Award Courses in February, one in St Albans and one in Manchester.  The courses are equivalent to a Level 2 qualification, and both will run over three weekend days.

The courses will consist of 21 taught hours, but with no coursework.  The cost for the three full days plus associated CPD modules will be £290.

The course has been developed specifically for coaches that need to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive coaching sessions independently over the course of a season. 

For more details, including a link for registration, see below.

Dates and venues

The course in St Albans will run across the following dates and times:

  • Saturday 9 February: 10.00 am-5.30 pm
  • Sunday 10 February: 10.00 am-5.30 pm
  • Saturday 23 February: 10.00 am-5.00 pm

The venue for the course will be:

St Albans Girl School
Sandridgebury Lane
St Albans
Herts AL3 6DB

A map showing the venue location can be found here.

The course in Manchester will run across the following dates and times:

Saturday 16 February: 10.00 am-5.30 pm
Sunday 17 February: 10.00 am-5.30 pm
Sunday 3 March: 10.00 am-5.00 pm

The venue for the course will be:

Trafford Way
Manchester M17 8DD

A map showing the venue location can be found here.

Why do the course?

  • The course has been developed in partnership with Great Britain Baseball and Great Britain Softball.
  • You will learn everything you need to know to run practices and organise your team for an entire season.
  • You will learn how to creatively run practices, making the best use of time and space to engage participants of all abilities.
  • You will earn a coaching qualification recognised by BaseballSoftballUK.
  • You will interact with and learn from your peers while receiving the most up-to-date information on coaching techniques.
  • You will become a better and more well-rounded coach.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Coaches who are responsible for teams over a season, including running practices, selecting line-ups and planning pre-season training.
  • Assistant coaches who lead on skills or plan other areas of practice.
  • Coaches who want to take responsibility for the ongoing development of players.
  • Coaches wishing to work independently or as a licensed coach.
  • Coaches who need the equivalent of a Level 2 Qualification or Award.
  • Experienced players looking to become a qualified coach.
  • Coaches with the old BSUK Level 1 qualification who are looking for the next step in their development.

What are the pre-requisites to take the course?

  • Learners must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Learners must attend one Pitching CPD module (baseball, fastpitch or slowpitch) plus one other CPD module prior to certification.  The cost of attending each CPD course is included as part of the Coach Award fee, but if you choose to use the BSUK Coach Summit for your second CPD module then you must cover the full cost of attending the Summit.
  • Attendance at the CPD workshops is required before certification.
  • Learners must have a coach license prior to certification.

Course outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Explain the role of a coach in relation to baseball and softball and how the roles differs for different participants’ needs.
  • Lead sessions either on your own or as part of a coaching staff, developing players’ skills, knowledge and confidence.
  • Plan and deliver effective practices, taking into account time and space considerations, safety, age-specific needs, time of year, the development stage of participants and sport-specific needs.
  • Understand the basic safety requirements when teaching pitching in baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch softball as well as catching in baseball and fastpitch softball.
  • Teach the fundamental and generic skills of throwing and catching, hitting, playing infield, playing outfield and baserunning.
  • Understand the basic principles of coaching and informing athletes on health and lifestyle issues, including warm-ups and cool-downs, nutrition, hydration, strength and conditioning and the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs.


The link to register for the course is:

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