Passion With A Purpose

DUANE: Over the years, we’ve turned away several requests and applications for volunteering to coach. In most cases, it is due to information listed on a background check conducted by the state police, but in other cases, it has been due to past coaching experiences. A coach may not have been suspended or done anything wrong in previous years, but we will look for other options if it is apparent the kids are not having fun and/or not learning from the coach. I think the intention of most volunteers is positive, but sometimes it just isn’t a good fit. If it isn’t a good fit, the kids will not gain anything from their experience.

Fred Engh is founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) in West Palm Beach, Fla. He can be reached via e-mail at To join more than 3,000 communities by starting a NAYS chapter, visit or contact Emmy Martinez at or (800) 729-2057.

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