A youth basketball coach gives his player a high five as he practices the do's and dont's of coaching youth sports


Trusted Partners


InCheck is the official background check partner for Trusted Coaches.  InCheck is nationally accredited through the Professional Background Screening Association, and a company that believes in the mission of Trusted Coaches.  Background checks are typically completed between 15 minutes and a few days, however, depending on what additional information is needed, they could take 2-3 weeks.

Minnesota Hustle

Minnesota Hustle is a Minnesota based spring basketball club organization committed to the development of all boys and girls that have the desire to improve their skills and build their self-confidence on the basketball court and in everyday life.  Minnesota Hustle has experienced coaches with solid credentials and have been educated through the Trusted Coaches program.  Teams are comprised of boys and girls from 3rd-11th grade and have teams for all skill levels and experience, from elite to developing players.

Minnesota Youth Athletic Services

Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) is the creator and manager of the Trusted Coaches youth coach program. MYAS was organized in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is dedicated to using youth athletic activities as a positive child development tool. MYAS is Minnesota’s largest organization focused solely on youth athletics with more than 150,000 participants in our programs each year. Our activities are conducted for girls and boys aged 5-18, primarily in five different sports. MYAS owns no athletic facilities of its own so all of its leagues, tournaments, meets, camps, clinics and educational events are accomplished by collaborating with youth sports organizations, school districts and municipalities. Every MYAS major event (300+ events annually) is designed as a fundraiser; MYAS events raised over $2.5 million for local youth sports organizations and schools in 2014. Trusted Coaches is designed to be a “one-stop shop” to make it easier for community sports associations and park and recreation departments to provide a safe, positive sports experience for their young athletes.

The MYAS carefully recruited organizational partners to develop “best practices” online courses including:

Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care

Fairview offers a full range of sports and orthopedic services for people of all ages and fitness levels. Their providers treat all types of orthopedic injuries and work with patients to manage chronic conditions related to muscles, bones and joints. Fairview supplied the healthcare experts (doctors, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists) featured in the concussion and first-aid videos. Fairview has been a sponsoring partner of the MYAS for over a decade.

Wisconsin Sports Services

Wisconsin Sports Services (WSS) is an extension of the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS), a 501c(3) non-profit organization created to serve the youth and adult sports populations existing in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The organizations hold their non-profit status based on an educational foundation.  Both the WSS and MYAS offer educational programs for coaches, umpires, referees, players and parents.  The athletic programs are the “lifeblood’ of the organizations where the educational programs provide the ‘skeletal structure’.

Since it’s inception in 2013, the WSS has created many programs and state tournaments in the sports of youth basketball, youth baseball, youth fast pitch, and youth wrestling.

Several members of the WSS have been involved in the creation, development, and ongoing growth of the Trusted Coaches program.

Minnesota Twins Community Fund

The Twins Community Fund’s mission is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins.

Educational Contributors

Iceberg Sports Education logo

The Iceberg System is a curriculum of 6 different short online courses.  Parents & coaches of 3rd-8th grade athletes only take one 30-minute course per year.

All courses are made up of  5-minute lessons that are updated regularly with the latest research and expert recommendations.

The Iceberg System is easy for organizations to implement.  All courses are on the Trusted Coaches website.

National Sports Center

The National Sports Center (NSC) is a 600-acre, multi-sport complex that includes a soccer stadium, over 50 full-sized soccer fields, a golf course, a velodrome, a meeting and convention facility, and an eight-sheet ice rink, the Schwan Super Rink, which is the largest ice facility of its type in the world. The NSC is located in Blaine, Minnesota, and has hosted numerous National and World Championship events in soccer, hockey, figure skating, short track speedskating, broomball, rugby, ultimate and lacrosse. The NSC communications team produced and filmed the concussion and first-aid videos.

Inside Out Initiative

The InSideOut Coaching e-learning module empowers coaches to transform the current “win-at-all-costs” interscholastic sports culture where the value is too often defined by the scoreboard, to a culture that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience.

The role of the coach has never been more important than in the current American culture. Students grow up in a negative, media-driven, win-at-all-cost culture that is often toxic to the development of their moral character. Character coaching is essential for individual and team success on the field, and more importantly, in the development of the student’s inner life—which contributes to creating a fair and just society.

Coaching for Change

Coaching for Change is an interactive on-line training that provides youth coaches real life examples of how to recognize and address issues of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, teen dating violence, and domestic violence.  The training focuses on the “primary prevention” of these behaviors by introducing skills and strategies which create a team culture of gender equity and respect.  This, “Community Athletics” version of Coaching for Change is developed for coaches working with youth athletes.  For more information, go to their website at:  http://www.menaspeacemakers.org/coachingforchange/