Coaches play a vital role in developing people through sport. They play an important part in providing people with the skills and knowledge needed to develop, improve and succeed in sport. Coaches have a major influence over participants' enjoyment of sport.
It is essential that coaches provide people of all ages with the best possible sporting experience, which will ensure their continued participation and development in sport.
More than 2,700 Baseball coaches are registered with Baseball New Zealand and their backgrounds and motivations for coaching Baseball vary widely. The one thing they all share is a genuine passion for and commitment to the game.
There is a high demand for more coaches in every sport from grassroots level through to the elite. All you need to do to become a coach at grassroots level is share an interest in sport and a willingness to be involved.
Embarking on some education and training through the accreditation system as a coach is an important first step to ensuring that you are on the right path to becoming a quality coach.
Baseball New Zealand has developed a long term coaching pathway in accordance with its player pathway, where coaches can sequentially build their skills from grassroots to elite level via an accredited education program.
Given New Zealand is the only country in the world to have 4 elite teams ranked in the top 3 in the world, the respective coaches are highly valued members of the Baseball community. It is imperative that we recognise the work of grassroots community coaches as well in the initial development of the national players as many of them played a role in the team's success by assisting these athletes to reach their potential.
SPARC and Baseball New Zealand have developed an extensive range of educational coaching resources, for beginner, intermediate and advanced coaches. Further assistance and support can be provided through a range of coaches or coaching advisory bodies listed in the coaching directory.