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Recruiting Coaches and Volunteers
How many coaches you need
You will want two people to be coaches/assistant coaches for each level you anticipate participation. The ideal ratio is approximately one coach/assistant coach for every 6 skiers. So, if you have 12 kids in a level, you could have one head coach and one assistant (or junior) coach. The more coaches you are able to find, the more positive experience the kids will have.
Where to find coaches
Coaches are generally parents. At registration all parents are asked to volunteer. You can export your volunteer list by going to your club webpage, click members, select "current year" and "new & current" from the drop down menus and then click on export. A spreadsheet will automatically download to the desktop of your computer containing all the registration information for club members. You can then see email addresses and who has volunteered to be an assistant coach, head coach and sweeper.
It is also a good idea to contact local high school Nordic Ski Team coaches. High school kids make great MYSL coaches and give the kids something to aspire to. The High School skiers can use these volunteer hours towards requirements for school service organizations (we can make certificates as well). If you need contact information for high school coaches or volunteer certificates, contact Chrissy.
Keep in mind that our daily curriculum plan makes it very easy for volunteers to coach. Most parents will not consider themselves qualified to coach because of their skiing skills, but the most critical charateristic of success is enthusiasm and engagement with the kids, not necessarily ones' skiing skills. If you meet parents/adults that have experience leading kids in any setting (a teacher, for example) they are a great recruit. If you meet parents/adults that have a great sense of humor (don't mind being silly) and a loud voice, they are great recruits too.
One day coaches training
MYSL offer coaches training, usually held the first weekend of December. This is on snow technical training for your ski technique (classic and skating), youth teaching tips, and an inside seminar over lunch (included in registration). All abilities are welcome. Please promote this wonderful training to your coaches. You may pay for coaches to attend this training with your discretionary fund.
Coach meeting agenda
Some clubs find it helpful to have a meeting with coaches before ski season. Here is a possible agenda for your coach meeting:
1. Make sure everyone knows who is teaching what level and feels well supported (enough coaches, assistant coaches, sweepers)
2. Hand out the curriculum, or at least the first day of the curriculum, to each level.
3. Discuss the flow of club time. Are the kids meeting in a large group, individual levels, when do the coaches bring them in.
4. Come up with a plan for when kids get there late, need to go to the bathroom, get cold, etc.
5. Make sure you have everyone’s cell number.
6. Either complete concussion training as a group or have coaches do this individually.
7. Answer questions and concerns.
MYSL Clubs are completely run by volunteers and this makes us stronger. When a familiy registers, every adult is asked to select a volunteer opportunity. Your club can recruit its own list of volunteers but below are the MYSL basics.