Coaches Guidelines

The Davie Parks and Recreation Department has implemented a coaches training program to assist volunteers in the development of youth sports participants.  We are happy to offer to you the National Youth Sports Coaches Association program to better help you learn the proper coaching techniques. NYSCA classes will be available to all coaches in each individual sport offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.  NYSCA introduces the coaches to areas of Sport Philosophy, Psychology, Medicine, Management, Physiology and Pedagogy.  Coaches interested in this program will need to set up a class with our Clinicians.

Our philosophy is:  “Athletes first, winning second." We want you to adopt this philosophy and hope your decisions and behavior are based, on what is best for your athlete, then on what may improve your chances of winning.

Winning is fun and exciting, and is important as well.  But, winning is not just final scores.  Learning team play, becoming physically fit, developing lifetime skills, and having fun are also necessary.  Coaches are in a position to set a high example of sportsmanship and leadership and are responsible for the conduct of their team whether on the field or sideline.  Items that all coaches should remember are:

  1. Contact players by phone to inform them of their team assignment.  Be sure to speak to a responsible older  child/adult.  Inform them of your name, phone number and their first practice date, time and site.  Practices for 4 -7 year olds should start no later than 6:45 p.m. and finish no later than 7:30 p.m.  Practices for 9-14 year olds should finish no later than 9 p.m.  Practices should be limited to 1 hour and 15 minutes 2-3 times a week.  Once games begin, teams should only practice once a week.
  2. Players may not participate with your team unless they are legally registered.  Legally added players must present an official receipt from the Parks and Recreation Department.  
  3. Team assignments are final.  Players may not transfer to another team, unless approved by the Sports Coordinator.
  4. Participants must play their required time per game, and more where possible.
  5. If you are unsure how to handle a child, parent or team problem, please contact the Sports Coordinator for assistance.  Remember, we are here to help - 954-327-3928.
  6. Late registrations are accepted in order to fill teams to their capacity.  If teams are filled, those persons wishing to register will be put on a waiting list.
  7. Advertising on uniforms and playing fields is prohibited unless governed by the Parks and Recreation Department.  
  8. Coaches are not allowed to purchase additional items to replace, or be worn with, the standard uniform handed out by the Parks and Recreation Department.
  9. Call 911 in case of emergency.
  10. Accident/Incident reports must be turned in to the Sports Coordinator within 24 hours of accident/incident occurrence.
  11. Please be aware that it is our responsibility to instruct players on the hazards, proper techniques, and sportsmanship involved in participating in our programs.
  12. Please be organized and plan your practices and instruction.  The basic fundamentals and skills must be taught to prepare the participants for the games.
  13. The Town of Davie Parks and Recreation Youth Sports Program is strictly recreational.  Our main responsibility to the youth is to stress having fun while learning.
  14. The Head Coach shall be responsible for the care and return of all equipment issued to him for his/her team’s use.  He/she must pay the Town of Davie for lost equipment at the end of the season before he can be eligible to coach another sports season.
  15. Remember. . . without you, our program would not be possible.  Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated by the Department and everyone involved in the program.