Coaching Youth Cheerleading the AYC Way Recertification Course
By American Sport Education Program
The introductory course Coaching Youth Cheerleading the AYC Way is a prerequisite to taking this course. As an AYC coach, you’ll further your professional development and continue your $2 million liability insurance coverage by taking this recertification course, which includes important information on concussion management, sexual abuse and molestation, and sport-specific points of emphasis identified by AYC for the 2012 season.
Please note that the introductory course Coaching Youth Cheerleading the AYC Way is a prerequisite to the recertification course. Only coaches who have completed the introductory course are eligible to take the recertification course. Also, no discounts or bulk purchases are available for this recertification course.
At AYC, participant safety is our number-one concern. Providing a safe playing environment and ensuring our coaches interact with the athletes entrusted to them in a safe and responsible manner are of paramount concern. This recertification course is an integral part of that effort. Through this online course, you’ll gain important information and knowledge on concussion management, sexual abuse and molestation, and sport-specific points of emphasis identified by AYC for the 2012 season. As an additional benefit, you’ll continue your $2 million liability insurance coverage by completing the recertification course.
The online course blends reading from the book Coaching Youth Cheerleading (which is included as a PDF within the course) with interactive activities and quizzes, audio clips, and coaching scenarios that emphasize key concepts and challenge coaches’ decision making ability. The course concludes with an online 10-question test.
As we continue to learn more about the cumulative effects of head injuries, it’s of utmost importance that we properly prepare, protect, and instruct our youth participants to minimize their risk of injury. We’ve turned to the leading authority on concussions—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—for course content dedicated to the prevention, management, and treatment of concussions. As part of this recertification course, you’ll actually take the CDC’s Head’s Up: Concussion in Youth Sports course, used as a training resource for thousands of sport organizations across the country.
In addition to the CDC course, two units in the recertification course address stunts and pyramids and jumps and tumbling, with an emphasis on proper technique and safety in performing these moves. With this knowledge, coupled with the CDC tutorial, you’ll be better prepared to coach your athletes to be “head smart” when cheering.
Another area in which our kids need absolute protection is against abuse and molestation. AYF has for many years required criminal background checks for coaches and maintained a formal policy addressing these issues, but we felt strongly about including this content in the course to raise visibility and awareness of these policies and to impress our commitment to addressing these issues upon our league administrators and coaches. This course unit includes information from the AYF&C risk management policy encompassing criminal background checks, warning signs of and policies for addressing abuse or molestation, required procedures to follow in the event of any allegation, and communication advice surrounding these topics.
The final course unit provides coaches with tips, guidelines, and checklists to help them prepare for game day, coach during the game, and communicate with players and parents after the game.
Thank you for being an AYC coach. Don’t ever underestimate the influence you have on your athletes. By taking this course, you’ll show your commitment to being the best coach you can be. Upon completion of this course, you’ll be better equipped to instruct your participants on performing safe stunts, pyramids, and jumps and to create a positive environment in which they can grow, flourish, and realize their potential.
Organization and Activities
Unit 1: Concussion Management
Policy Overview and CDC Course
Unit 2: Risk Management of Abuse and Molestation
Warning Signs and Protection Policies
Protection Policies and Communication
Unit 3: Partner Stunts and Pyramids Review
Spotting and Catching
Teaching Partner Stunts
Building, Spotting, and Dismounts
Unit 4: Jumps and Tumbling Review
American Youth Cheerleading (AYC) is the sister league of the American Youth Football (AYF) League, an international nonprofit youth football organization founded in 1996 to promote the wholesome development of youth through their association with adult leaders in the sport of American football. All youth cheerleading squads, regardless of affiliation with a football program, are invited to join AYC.
The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) has been developing and delivering coaching education courses since 1981. As the nation’s leader in providing coaching education programs, ASEP works with national, state, and local sport organizations to develop educational programs for coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. These programs incorporate ASEP’s philosophy of “Athletes first, winning second.”