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Canon-McMillan Youth Girls Softball

Coach's Corner

Requirements for Coaching with CMYGSA

CMYGSA depends on volunteers to coach our teams.  If you are interested in being a Coach (Head or Assistant) please complete the following:

1. Register for your desired role(s) - this is done in the same manner as registering your child(ren) to play for a given season; go to My Account and choose "Volunteer" then "Find Volunteer Roles."
2. Obtain Background Clearances (criminal record & child abuse) and submit all appropriate documents to [email protected].
3. Watch this Field Maintenance Video and acknowledge that you have watched it in the coaching volunteer registration form (see Item 1 above).
4. Complete the CDC Youth Sports Concussion Training for Coaches (45-Minutes) and submit the certificate of completion to [email protected].

Coaches should possess good people skills (both with kids and adults) and be comfortable teaching the terms, skills, techniques and strategies pertinent to the given age group.  Good organization and planning skills are also helpful.  Ideally coaches should have softball/baseball playing experience but it is not required.  Coaches are also expected to help the Association make sure we take care of our fields and equipment which helps us maintain good standing with Canonsburg Town Park/Parks & Rec (or other property owner). 

We also try to have one Team Parent per team (especially for the 8U+ age groups) to help keep score and manage the bench (batting order, who is in or out of the field, etc).  Team Parents must register and obtain the background clearances as listed above in bullets 1 and 2.

Coaches and Team Parents, like all families, submit a Volunteer Deposit check each season and must fulfill the duties that they have signed up for as detailed in our Volunteer Policy.

We ask that everyone (coaches and parents) be familiar with the CMYGSA policy regarding concussion safety described below.

Lastly we've compiled a list of skills, drills & coaching aids that are worth checking out for coaches, parents & players!

Concussion Safety

Steps Required of Coaches Regarding Concussions

CMYGSA coaches are to take the following steps if a player is suspected to have possibly sustained a concussion:

STEP 1:  Remove the athlete from play.  Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if the athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body.  When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.

STEP 2:  Recording the following information can help health care professionals in assessing the athlete after the injury:
- Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head or body
- Any loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
- Any memory loss immediately following the injury
- Any seizures immediately following the injury
- Number of previous concussions (if any)

STEP 3:  Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them this fact sheet on concussions.  Make sure they know that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

    Possible Local Resources
       - Canonsburg Hospital Concussion Clinic (724-873-5955)
       - Washington Hospital (724-225-7000)

STEP 4:  Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussions, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.  A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first — usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks) — can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.

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