In the western part of the state of Minnesota, lies a sports hotbed in Morris (population 5,286). Home to the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars and a blossoming youth sports scene, the local youth leaders decided they needed to take their coach education program to a higher level of credibility.
“Morris Area Community Education and MACA Traveling Basketball started using the Trusted Coaches program for the 2016-2017 basketball season”, said Tony Reimers, Director of the Morris Area Community Education Program. “It not only gave parents peace of mind, it gave our coaches guidance and confidence. I have received only POSITIVE feedback from the coaches!”
But that’s not all. With the launch of the Trusted Coaches Community Umbrella Program, entire communities can get on board to reduce coaches having to go through multiple training sessions for each sport they coach, plus it will end up saving the community money! Coach training takes place under one umbrella, on one platform, on the Trusted Coaches website. This makes it easier for people like Tony to administer the program and keep track of the progress his coaches are making with the training and screening.
Reimers continued to say that “in Morris, we are excited to expand Trusted Coaches into our Little League Baseball program and our Girls Softball program. In cooperation with the various youth associations, we hope to have Trusted Coaches in all Morris Area youth programs within the next 2 years.”
Sometimes communities the size of Morris (about 5,000 population) assume that since they are small, they don’t have to do the coach training and background checks. The Morris Area Community Education program and Tony Reimers are taking a different approach and hopefully setting a higher standard for other youth sports communities to follow!