Coaches Training

National Youth Sports Coaches Training Clinics

The National Youth Sports Coaches Training Clinics is for soccer, basketball, football, baseball, lacrosse,t-ball and softball coaches.

  • All youth coaches who use Recreation Facilities in the City of Northampton are required to attend the clinic or complete the online clinic sponsored by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA).
  • All coaches are required to fill out the CORI volunteer form, available from the Parks & Rec office, or click below.


Volunteers are required to fill out and pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check each season.

The Park and Recreation Department is authorized to process routine CORI (criminal offender record information) checks on prospective coaches, volunteers, and employees of Northampton Park and Recreation Department under M.G.L. c.6, §172 (c). The primary purpose of the CORI check is to screen prospective coaches, volunteers and employees who have the potential for unmonitored access to children and to promote the safety of children who are registered for a Northampton Park and Recreation Department program. The record check is conducted for conviction and other findings and pending criminal case information. The Department will not necessarily disqualify the applicant from coaching, volunteering or employment based upon these findings. Disqualification or removal is at the discretion of the director and any other authorized personnel. The records are accessed by CORI authorized personnel who are trained by CHSB, the director or his/her designee. CORI authorized representatives are sensitive to confidentiality issues when accessing and storing this information. Any person applying for coaching, volunteering or employment must complete the form authorizing a CORI check by the Parks and Recreation Department.

  • The completed CORI form must be turned in in person to an authorized staff of the Parks & Rec Department, and an ID must be shown to verify the person.
  • Download CORI form (PDF)

Steps for NYSCA Certification

Coaches who are not NYSCA certified must complete the online training. If you are currently certified you need to renew your membership before it expires.

Online Certification Clinic through NYSCA

The Online Clinic option can be done from your home but needs to be completed by a certain date depending on the season.. It consists of a couple of hours online, and you can work at your pace and your convenience. To register for the online clinic you must contact John at the Recreation Department at 413-587-1040, or by email.

Once you have successfully completed the entire clinic for your chosen sport, you will become an Initial Level member of the NYSCA. This membership is valid for one year from the date that you complete the clinic. If you do not have access to this training at home, please call the recreation department to set up a time to come in and complete the training.

Continuing Education Program

  • Yearly Renewal: Shortly before your Initial Level membership is due to expire, you will receive a courtesy reminder notice from NYSCA. You need to sign it and drop it off at the Parks & Recreation Dept. to be added to our Continuing Education Program list. Northampton Parks & Recreation will pay the dues if you are coaching a Northampton Park & Rec Dept. program. Bring your renewal form to the Parks & Rec Department, or call us and we’ll put you on our Continuing Education Program list.
  • Additional Sport: Certified in soccer, but want to coach another sport? For each sport you coach, you must view the Sport Specific video once, either by attending a clinic or through NYSCA online.

Additional Resources

Over 700 Youth Sport Coaches in the city have successfully completed this training. If you have any questions about the NYSCA program, please email John at the Recreation Department at 413-587-1040. If you’d like to learn more about the NYSCA program, visit their website and click on coaches. We look forward to working with you!

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