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Coach's Corner

BECOME A VOLUNTEER COACH

The YMCA invites you to join our team of Volunteer Coaches (training provided)! Download a Volunteer Coach application form below and submit it at any local Y.

YMCA Sports - Volunteer Coach Application

What is Playerspace?

We are pleased to announce that the Y has partnered with PLAYERSPACE for electronic communication and league management.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? CONVENIENCE, COMMUNICATION AND MORE ENJOYMENT!

Convenient 24/7 online access to league information such as schedules, practice times, team information, standings and event specifics. Go here to view our new league website:  playerspace.com

You will receive emails from PLAYERSPACE as to updates on important sports program information including schedule changes, practice times, and even new league registration announcements.  Convenient access to your private PLAYERSPACE e-mail where all league communication can be viewed at any time.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN YOU NEED TO DO?  JUST A FEW EASY THINGS:

  • Add PLAYERSPACE to your email service’s safe sender list.
  • After you have been registered for a sports program be sure to log into to your new PLAYERSPACE account at www.playerspace.com
  • Add your profile picture
  • Edit your information as you see necessary.

WHAT IF I HAVE PROBLEMS VIEWING OR ACCESSING INFORMATION?  IT’S USUALLY SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE!

99% of all registration problems come in two forms:

  • Outdated Internet Browsers – Just be sure to use the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera
  • Forgot Password – Once you’ve created an account you’ll need your e-mail address and the password you set up for future registration or access to the system.  Simply click the Forgot Password link to recover it.

So to get started log in at playerspace.com using your username and password and view your team sites. 

Frequently Asked Playerspace Questions:

WHAT IS PLAYERSPACE?

Playerspace is a sports communication portal that the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Sports program has partnered with to enhance and improve the overall communication for our sports leagues.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE ON PLAYERSPACE FOR PARENTS?

Parents will find all the essential information for the league. You can find game schedules, snack lists, coach contact information, end of season party information and weather status updates and cancellations for games and practices.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL I BE RESPONSIBLE FOR POSTING ON PLAYERSPACE?

As a coach, you will be responsible for posting snack lists, your contact information, end of season party information and practice cancellations.  You will also be responsible for communicating with your team via the message center.  Game schedules will be posted by your Sports Director.  Helpful video links are at the bottom of this page.

HOW DO I GET ON TO PLAYERSPACE?

When you sign-up to coach a team, you automatically are registered with an account on Playerspace. There is no need to create a new account!  You will receive an e-mail with your username and password the first week of practice.  From their you can visit playerspace.com and click “sign-in” at the top of right corner.

WHERE WILL I GO TO USE PLAYERSPACE AS A COACH?

Just visit your team’s site and your “Coaches Corner” will be on the upper right hand corner. There are four essential tools that you can click on to utilize Playerspace.

WHAT IF I AM NOT RECEIVING E-MAILS FROM PLAYERSPACE?

Be sure to check your junk, trash and spam folders for Playerspace. You will need to add notifications@playerspace.com to your safe sender list. If you still are not receiving e-mails contact your Sports Director at your local YMCA.

WHAT IF MY TEAM ROSTER OR GAME SCHEDULE IS NOT PRESENT ON PLAYERSPACE?

If you are missing any essential team information such as game schedule or roster, contact your Sports Director at the branch you are coaching for. Helpful video links on finding these are below.

HOW DO I INVITE A PARENT TO BE A FAN OF THE LEAGUE?

See the helpful “Invite a Fan” video link below.

HELPFUL PLAYERSPACE VIDEOS:

  • Navigating Playerspace
  • Inviting A Fan
  • Viewing Your Team Roster
  • E-mailing Your Team

Coach Youth Sports FAQ

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER COACH?

Becoming a volunteer coach is easy! You must fill out a Volunteer Coach Application, pass a Police Background Check and provide three references that the Sports Director can contact. A basic knowledge of the sport is preferred, but we can help with rules and drills!

HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?

Teams are formed by the night, time and location that you pick for practice. You may request a certain coach, location, night or time that fits your family best.

WILL MY SPECIAL REQUEST BE HONORED?

The Pikes Peak YMCA Sports Program will try to make every accommodation when dealing with special requests for coaches. However, not all requests can be honored.

HOW DO I COMMUNICATE MY SPECIAL REQUEST?

Send an e-mail to your local YMCA branch YMCA Sports Director.

HOW DO I GET A COPY OF MY ROSTER?

You will receive a copy of your roster at the coach’s meeting, however if you need it before then contact your Sports Director at the branch you are coaching. Your roster is also located on playerspace.com (visit our Playerspace FAQ and video links for more information on this under the “Coaches Corner” tab at www.ppymca.org/programs/youth-sports).

IS EQUIPMENT PROVIDED FOR PRACTICES?  IF SO, WHERE AND WHEN DO I GET IT?

Yes, equipment is provided. You will receive your equipment at the coaches meeting. You will return the equipment after the last game.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT MY TEAM?

Playerspace is a great communication tool. On here you can message your team, send e-mails and text messages and post to your wall.  You can also add your contact information on your team site (visit our Playerspace FAQ and video links for more information on this under the “Coaches Corner” tab at www.ppymca.org/programs/youth-sports).

WHEN WILL GAME SCHEDULES BE FINALIZED?

Game schedules will be finalized by the second week of practice.  These schedules will be posted on Playerspace and you will receive an e-mail when they are published.

WHEN WILL MY TEAM RECEIVE THEIR JERSEYS?

Your team will receive their jerseys by the second week of practice.  Not all players order jerseys every single season, as some have them from other sports.

WHERE WILL GAMES BE PLAYED?

Game locations and times vary by branch location. Contact your Sports Director at your local branch that you are coaching for to find out this information.

ARE PRACTICE DRILLS/RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR FIRST TIME COACHES?

Yes, visit the “Coach's Corner” tab located at www.ppymca.org/programs/youth-sports. There are sports specific drills available as well as Season Progression Checklists.

CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR MORE THAN ONE SPORT?

Yes you may!  The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region sports is always looking for volunteer coaches. You may coach multiple teams in a season or several different sports throughout the year. If you are interested in coaching more teams/sports contact your Sports Director at your local YMCA.

Youth Sports Pledge

Every Youth Sports game opens with coaches, officials and children reciting the following pledge to reinforce good sportsmanship and values:

I pledge to play the game the best I can…
   …to be a team player
   …to respect my opponents, the rules, and officials
   …and to improve myself in spirit, mind, and body.

7 Pillars of YMCA Youth Sports

EVERYONE PLAYS

The Y does not conduct tryouts to select the best players, nor do we cut kids from YMCA Youth Sports. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team. During the season everyone receives equal practice time and plays at least half of every game.

SAFETY FIRST

Although children may get hurt playing sports, we do everything we can to prevent injuries. We’ve modified each sport to make it safer and more enjoyable to play. We make sure the equipment and facilities are safe and teach the sport so the skills are appropriate for children’s developmental level. We gradually develop your player’s fitness levels so they are conditioned for the sport. We constantly supervise our young players and stop any unsafe activities.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility are about playing by the rules and more. It’s about you and your players showing respect for all that are involved in YMCA Youth Sports. It’s about you being a role model of sporting behavior and guiding your players to do the same. Remember, we’re more interested in developing children’s character through sports than in developing a few highly skilled players.

POSITIVE COMPETITION

We believe competition is a positive process when the pursuit of victory remains in the right perspective. The right perspective is when adults make decisions that put the best interests of the children before winning the contest. Learning to compete is important for children, and learning to cooperate in a competitive world is an essential lesson of life. Through YMCA Youth Sports, we want to help children learn these values and for parents to do the same.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

We encourage parents or guardians to be appropriately involved in your child’s participation in YMCA Youth Sports. We invite you to help as a volunteer coach, official, or timekeeper and encourage you to be at practices and games to support your child’s participation. To help you get involved appropriately, YMCA Youth Sports offers orientation programs, a code of conduct to support fair and inclusive sports practices and games, and a set of guidelines to help encourage positive skills development and increase your child’s self-image and self-confidence.

SPORTS FOR ALL

YMCA Youth Sports is an inclusive sport program. That means that children who differ in various characteristics are included in rather than excluded from participation. We offer sports programs for children who differ in physical abilities by matching them with children of similar abilities and modifying the sport. We offer programs to all children regardless of their race, gender, religious creed, or ability. We ask our adult leaders to encourage and appreciate the diversity of children in our society and to encourage the children and their parents to do the same.

SPORT FOR FUN

Children love the challenge of mastering skills, playing with their friends, and competing with their peers. Sometimes when adults become involved in children’s sports they over organize and dominate the activity to the point that it destroys children’s enjoyment of the sport. If we take the fun out of sports for our children, we are in danger of the kids taking themselves out of sports. Remember the sports are for the kids; let them have fun.

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