Coaches Corner

Updated Thursday March 7, 2019 by Citrus Park Sports Association.

CPSA is always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to manage or coach baseball and softball teams for children ages 4 - 18. Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game. You may be required to attend meetings or instructional sessions. You will communicate with the parents/guardians of your players to inform them of any schedule changes, rainouts, events and activities.
Your goal as a coach should be to instruct athletes in the fundamental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for players to realize a degree of individual and team success. At the same time, you must instruct and demonstrate behaviors that lead to socially acceptable character development, self-discipline, self-confidence, and pride of accomplishment in the athletes.

 

            Are you interested in manging Advanced Baseball (AB) or All-Stars this Spring?
                                  Apply for AB HERE and apply for All-Stars HERE.

 

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Anyone who wishes to volunteer must start by registering to volunteer online (the same process used to register players) There is no cost for volunteer registration. This registration is required EVERY SEASON of all volunteers for any position. Click here to register as a volunteer!

All managers and coaches are required by Hillsborough County to be certified in handling concussions, volunteer coach training, and CPR. All Managers and coaches are also required to have a background check conducted. Managers/Coaches will not be assigned to their requested role until all documents have been received by the league. These documents are required to be uploaded EVERY SEASON.
If you have any questions or need assistance with these requirements, please contact our Safety Officer.

COACH TRAINING
All managers and coaches need to be certified in coaching training.  Hillsborough County offers in person coaching certification classes at All Peoples Life Center. These classes are FREE to attend and your certification is valid for two years. Spring 2018 Schedule TBD.  For more information please visit: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/recreation-and-culture/sports-and-athletics/action-folder/register-for-volunteer-training

 

Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth is now offering a new updated coachese certification course. The cost is $19.95. Here is the direct link.  https://us.humankinetics.com/blogs/babe-ruth-league

You can also get your coaching certification and concussion training online through the National Alliance for Youth Sports. There is an initial fee of $20.00 and it is valid for one year for the coaching certification. (concussion training is free). 
Click here for more details. 

CPR TRAINING
Below are links to meet your CPR requirement training for the upcoming 2018 season. If your certification expires before the 2018 season is over, you will need to get re-certified before your certification expires. Once you have completed the course you will need to have a screenshot or picture of the certificate of completion/transcript uploaded to your account.  

National CPR Foundation offers online certification courses from $16.95 and up

American Health Care Academy offers online classes from $12.99 and offer a 10% code.  CPRSECRET10

Red Cross offers classes in person and or online and in person. Prices vary depending on location.

CONCUSSION TRAINING 
It is mandatory for all coaches to take the free concussion training course online or the one offered by the county. Here are links to available online FREE courses:
 
                                  
    NFHS     –     CDC     –     NAYS

BACKGROUND CHECKS
CPSA, Hillsborough County and Babe Ruth League, Inc. advocates for the careful selection of our league's volunteers, especially those who make a direct impact on our young players, such as our managers and coaches. CPSA is required to conduct background checks on all managers and coaches, as well as any other persons and volunteers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.  These background checks are performed by an appointed member of the CPSA Executive Board through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Once selected to manage or coach volunteers will need to complete the online form

Per state law, if your background check is not cleared by the FDLE, you will not be able to coach or volunteer at the park.

APS Player Safety Training - Because of the Safe Sports Act volunteers are required to take abuse prevention training. Sports Engine is offering this separate from the background checks. 

Training is $10 and good for 2 years. It is completely online 
  1. Go to https://baberuthleague.org/login.aspx

  2. Click on the blue Child Protection Program Tab in the upper right section of the screen.

  3. Next Click on the link after it says FOR THOSE COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED AND ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF A VALID BACKGROUND SCREEN WITHIN THE PAST 18 MONTHS, you may access the required online training directly.

  4. It is going to take you to a welcome page, scroll down to the green continue tab and click it.

  5. Once you create an account, it will take you to the who are you registering screen, click your name and hit continue tab. When you get to the screen where it asks Have you completed a background check in the last 18months - Click YES It will then ask you to upload Proof of a Background Screen. (Provided from a CPSA Board Member Volunteer)

  6. Upload the document sent to you that has your name and the date of the background screening from the FDLE.

  7. Next is the League Selection - Choose Southeast, scroll down and click on Citrus Park Sports Association Scroll ALL the way down to the APS Fee ($10.00)

  8. Click Review, continue to shopping cart. Pay for course.

  9. Once you complete the quiz. Make sure you keep a copy of the passed/complete course certificate. Then Log Out. The course will be linked with out CPSA System.

We are a 100% volunteer non profit organization. Thank you to everyone who is volunteering and putting in all of their time and effort!  We know that all of the requirements from the county, state, and Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth are a lot.  CPSA truly appreciates all of their volunteers and know that without you, CItrus Park could not be the park that it is.