Coach Toolkit: Creating a Safe Space
Bullying is a growing concern in the lives of young people. Whether it is physical, verbal, relational, or cyber, bullying can happen anywhere and is harmful to everyone. Unfortunately, youth sports-which should be environments of fun, safety, and inclusion are not immune from bullying. In response to this emerging trend, Up2Us Sports and the Ben Cohen StandUP Foundation have teamed up to educate coaches about building safe spaces in the sport environment. This toolkit is built to ensure that all coaches have the awareness, knowledge, and strategies to make safe environements a reality.
Change the Game
This workshop introduces program administrators to a new way of looking at the structure of their sports program. Based on research in behavior economics and systems theory, this ground-breaking approach, called Sport System re-Design (SSrD) helps practitioners identify and leverage the aspects of their program that have the most impact on youth. The 1.5 day Change the Game trainings was developed in partnership with Edgework Consulting and Boston University’s Institute for Athletic Coach Education.
Sport as a Tool for Violence and Delinquency Prevention
Youth who have a SBYD coach not only have the opportunity to spend their time in productive activities, they also have the chance to practice skills and make choices that will keep them away from violence and crime. Coaches learn how to manage violent behavior, help youth become aware of and make healthy choices, use interactions in sports to practice conflict resolution, and use sport as a tool for community development.
Sport as a Tool for Health and Wellness
Our health and wellness training focuses on the positive outcomes that physical activity has on the body and the brain. Coaches learn strategies for increasing the level of physical activity without sacrificing fun, helping youth develop a healthy athlete’s identity and giving youth opportunities to practice making healthy decisions. Sport as A Tool for Health and Wellness, together with Foundations and SBYD Practice, is the core content of one of Up2Us’ signature National Training Institutes.
Because of the effects that trauma can have on their brains, many youth react to social situations in ways that are difficult to manage. This means they often end up excluded from activities because of behavior over which they have no control. Coaches who learn trauma-sensitive coaching techniques leave with a set of skills that enable them to engage through sport youth who are traditionally hard to serve. Trauma-Sensitive Coaching, together with Foundations and SBYD Practice, is the core content of one of Up2Us’ signature National Training Institutes.
Sports-Based Youth Development Practice
Part two of our sbyd foundations course includes strategies for promoting physical and emotional safety, building a positive, inclusive team culture, managing difficult behavior and helping youth feel competent through sport and life skill development. SBYD Practice is a one-day training that can be taken as part of a National Training Institute or on its own following Foundations.
Foundations of Sport-Based Youth Development
This high-energy, interactive introduction to sports-based youth development provides coaches with strategies for building strong relationships with youth, activities they can easily integrate into their coaching to focus on life skill development, and techniques for managing their team through dynamic and engaging practices. Foundations is a one-day training on which all other trainings are built.