Over 600 million young people participate in sport annually. In Ohio alone 340,000 youth play school-based sport. We know youth sport can play a critical role for youth including:
These positive impacts are only achieved, however, when sport is structured and administered by caring, engaged adults. Coaches have the unique power to guide young people not only on the playing field but also in life. Unfortunately, many coaches are unprepared to harness this power.
of Ohio coaches feel confident in their ability to address athletes’ mental health concerns.
of Ohio coaches feel confident in their ability to help athletes regulate their emotions/to prevent burnout among athletes.
of Ohio coaches feel confident in their ability to identify off the field stressors among athletes (LiFEsports, 2022).
of coaches in OHSAA are non-school employees with limited background in education and child development.
Ohio State LiFEsports has launched Coach Beyond… in partnership with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Together Ohio State LiFEsports and OHSAA are working to change the landscape of coach training in Ohio by providing new and improved coach education training, coaching resources, and research aimed at ensuring youth sport coaches are ready to “coach beyond...”
As of 2022, we have trained 8,012 coaches — our goal is to train 15,000 by 2024!
Districts across Ohio have already started to make sure their coaches prepared to support youth both on and off the field.
August 02, 2023
LiFEsports Partners with Granville Schools for Student-Athlete Mental Wellness Trainings