At St. Rita, volunteer coaches are the backbone of the program. Without them, teams would either have to be combined and/or reduced in number. Typically, volunteers for a particular season are solicited in the weeks and months prior, as well as a general call for coaches at the beginning of the year. As the child progresses in school, usually most of the coaches continue with their teams as they move on to 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Ideally, each team will have a coach who has knowledge and experience with the sport, as well as a positive approach in dealing with the particular age group they are coaching. Using parent volunteers as coaches is certainly not a perfect system, however, it is a system that promotes family atmosphere among our community.
Coaches meetings are conducted before each season to discuss expectations, techniques and communication to try to prevent some of the aforementioned problems. All coaches must go through safe environment training required by the diocese as well as The Play Like A Champion Today workshop, required by the Dallas Parochial League. Forms for the Safe Environment Training are available through the Parish Office and can be found here
, and all information for the Play Like a Champion Today workshop can be found here