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Becoming a Better Youth Sports Parent-Coach is Aim of New Certification Program

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Monday, Feb. 11, 2008

Thinking about entering the youth sports coaching ranks? Maybe you’re already on the sidelines and wondering how you can make the coaching experience more meaningful for you and your team.

The SUNY Youth Coaching Certificate might be the answer for current and prospective coaches, and Hudson Valley Community College will offer the six-hour certification this semester. The program encompasses three classroom hours on Tuesday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., and three hours of online study. It is recommended for coaches of all youth sports up to age 17.

The Youth Sports Institute, which offers the certificate, was created at SUNY Cortland and now includes a statewide network of trainers who can offer the certification. Hudson Valley is one of the first locations in the state to offer this certification program.

The course will be taught by Hudson Valley Community College faculty member Ron Mulson, who has coached a wide variety of sports from youth leagues to national caliber athletes. The program covers the basic health, safety and organizational guidelines for being an effective coach but it also will go into what Mulson called “the human aspect” of running a team. One of the keys to good coaching is understanding why kids participate in youth sports, he said, and keeping a healthy perspective on what they hope to get out of the experience.

To register or for more information about this program, contact the Office of Community and Professional Education, (518) 629-7339.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.