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Wanted: Coach Potatoes

Does your dutiful hubby (or you) coach one of the kids’ sports teams? Research reveals that the vast majority of youth sports coaches are woefully unprepared for their roles as sport-specific trainer, teacher, motivator, mentor, leader, medic and disciplinarian.

Online certification programs like the one offered by the American Coaching Academy (www.americancoachingacademy.com) let busy volunteer coaches pick up and polish the skills they need from the couch, after the kids are in bed. Topics range from theory  (philosophy and ethics of competitive sports) to practice (planning practices and managing parents).

Coaches who finish the course and pass an online exam can become ACA-certified.