- Category: Volunteers
- Last Updated on 22 August 2013
Local schools are gearing up for their spring season and many are in need of coaches. Please consider coaching for a few hours a week; see below for listings.
The following schools are looking for Coaches for 2013 and beyond.
- Boston: 4+ Inner-City Middle Schools
- Cambridge Middle Schools (Peabody) Asst coaches needed.
- Holliston Middle School
- Watertown High School and Middle School
From talking with coaches, 1-2 days per week is sufficient to generate interest and have a fun recreational after-school club. Building a competitive team requires 3-5 afternoons per week.
"One day a week is a great starting point to have an after school club and that’s what I had to commit to start generating interest a few years back."
--Dave Christiansen, Sharon, whose program has grown to 45 kids after 4 years.
"I would say that ideal commitment is 3-5pm, four days a week (M-Th), plus two-three weekends per month, for the months of April and May. Coaches would be expected to plan and run practices, coach games, and perhaps develop training regiments for the players during their off season.
--Chris Farina, Andover, a Division 1 ultimate program
"If you can make the commitment then it is really worth it. The kids in the state are really great, the league is competitive (but not over the top) and the teams are exceptionally well spirited. No words can describe coaching a kid and then watching them throw their first forehand for a score, win their first game, or make their first D. It is also really great when you learn that many of them end up playing in college and that you have had a positive influence on their lives."--Steve Laken, Acton-Boxborough
Beyond the fun of teaching ultimate, here's the job description:
"In all situations you will be required to collect USAU paperwork, complete the chaperone process, collect medical forms, sanction practices and convince someone to lease/loan you fields. You may also want to get shirts or discs, and guess who gets to use their credit card. If you are not over 21, USAU will not let you be a chaperone. In addition to the paperwork and any fees that need to be collected you will also need to organize games. Though I have been able to pass off many of these things to the kids, or at least one responsible parent, you will never-the-less have to maintain some level of control and responsibility. If you think the kids can organize this, then you and the team are likely to show up at some away game with the other team not there. The reality of life is that the kids are good, but not great."
--Steve Laken, Acton-Boxborough
Here's a typical job description from an established program. The description will differ for new teams...
is currently searching for a coach for their [Boys/Girls] [Varsity/JV] Ultimate team.
- Leading practices with novice Ultimate players, 3:15 - 5:15, three
days a week (weekdays only, exact days negotiable)
- Coordinating curriculum with the Varsity and JVA coaches to ensure
consistency in skill and strategy development between teams
- Leading the team at 2 - 3 weekend tournaments, including at least
one involving travel
- Managing logistics of team travel and scheduling with opposing teams
- Assisting the Varsity and JVA coaches with tryouts
- Communicating with parents and school administrators
- Maintaining the highest level of safety for players at all practices
- Strong organizational skills and high level of responsibility
- Strong history of playing ultimate at a high level (several years of
college- or club-level play)
- Experience teaching youth in a sports or academic context
The position start date is March 19, but the selected candidate
will be expected to meet with the other coaches several times before
that. The season ends in early June.
If selected, applicants will have to pass CORI/SORI background
Applicants should send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing
their experiences in playing Ultimate and working with youth to _____
[Disclaimer: BUDA provides these listings solely as an informational service to the ultimate community. We can not vouch for individuals and therefore encourage programs looking for coaches to perform their own interview, screening, and CORI process.]