USA Badminton

Jul 06 Parent Coaches

July 06, 2009, 6:35 p.m. (ET)

Parent Coaches - We applaud your dedication, hard work and caring. USA Badminton needs you and the young athletes you train. Thank you.

Badminton players don't appear from nowhere. Each player starts off in a family, and for many the first coach the player learns from is a parent. Some of those parents go on to coach players in community or club settings. Some parents become school coaches, and some go onto become elite coaches.

Over the last few years at Junior Nationals, the junior committee has asked those seated in the coaches chair at the end of the court to wear a coaching credential. This helps our young players get used to the idea of a certified coach, formally coaching, as they grow into international players. We of course certify club coaches (and player coaches assistants), but also credential any parent who wishes to be the on court coach. 

This recognition of parent coaches is long overdue. Who else watches and works with a player from the earliest years? Who else is there at every match? Who else is always ready to video tape and review match tapes?  The Parent Coach.

In years past, when funding was low for our Juniors going to Junior Pan Ams and Junior Worlds, and we could often send only one coach, parent coaches have stepped in to fill the gap and coached international matches. This year, 2009, for the first time we are able to send a Head Coach and 5 assistant coaches. However a group of parents have all signed up to certify as Level I USAB coaches to be the back-up if more coaching is needed, and to sit 2nd chair and learn more.

The USAB coaching department is continuing to develop its Coaching Certification Programs. Although in the past the goal has been 1) certifying Level I coaches for school and community activities and 2) working to develop a pool of elite coaches for the future.   Fred Coleman will host a Lunch meeting at Junior Nationals, OCBC, Tuesday July 21 with those parent coaches, recently certified for Junior Pan Ams 2009, (as well as other interested Parent Coaches) to learn what future needs of Parent Coaches can be met by programs and training opportunities provided by USAB as the parent coach remains critical.

Parent Coaches - We applaud your dedication, hard work and caring. USA Badminton needs you and the young athletes you train. Thank you.

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