New as a coach?


Autumn is the high season for recruiting new coaches and managers in Norwegian children and youth sport. This could relate to children staring primary school, which introduces sports that are more organized. Because of this the demand for coaches are high, which leads to many parents taking on a coaching role because of their own children have engagement with sports.

We have made a list of the most important things you MUST remember when you are entering the role as a new children and youth coach.

- Many people use their own experience as an athlete in the coaching role. Therefore, one must be aware that the coach might utilize techniques, which is outdated.

- When starting as a coach one should be aware of the basic principles of children sport, which is the children's rights and provisions governing child sport (see link).

- The national sport federation offers several of coaching courses and asset management courses, which is excellent for beginners (see link).


- What are the biggest challenges new trainers in children sport meetings?

- It is carrying out an activity and training that is comprehensive and diversified, so that children get a comprehensive development.

- We believe that the coaches should know the names of all the kids on the team - so he or she helps to create confidence in the group and could give everyone feedback on each exercise. For security reasons, we urge that a minimum of two coaches should always be present during training.


Norwegian Confederation of Sports has made a list of the most basic things you as the new coach should know:


1. Participation

Sport has for many children an intrinsic value they do it because they think it's fun. In addition to this, for many participants it provides a foundation for lifelong enjoyment and participation in sport.


2. About children's sports

Children's sports are sports activities for children until the year they turn 12 years old. The children's provisions rights apply to all children without discrimination and irrespective of the child and their parents' gender, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, weight/physical development and disability.


3. Children's sports coordinator

All sports club organizes activities for children up to the age of 12 are obliged to appoint a person who will be responsible for children sport.


4. The children's rights and provisions

The rights and provisions are unique in a global context, which helps to ensure that children have a positive experience every time they are in training or engaged in other activities. The sport environment should facilitate for the children to socialize, feel safe, want to try new things and not be afraid to fail. Rights are based on the UN children's convention and expresses the values that underlie children sport in Norway.

The provisions are part of the sports legislation, which regulates the children's competitive offers. This is facilitates a natural progression in how far one should go, which contests you can participate in, and how prizes, ranking and use of leaderboards should take place. Read more about sport children's rights and provisions.


5. Police certificate

Norwegian Confederation of Sports is continuously working on how sport should be perceived as a safe and good place to be for children, youth and people with developmental disabilities. As an important part of this work, sport board has resolved that all personnel in contact with children and people with disability should get a police certificate.


6. Children with disabilities

We have made a list of different materials, publications and films that can help to increase knowledge about physical activity for disabled people. See Sports for Disabled


7. Insurance

All children who participates in a team who is a member of the Norwegian Confederation of Sportsis insured through Gjensidige children's sports insurance, until the age of 13.


8. Parents safety rules

Here's football federation parental common sense rules.

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