Resources for Coaches

Are you a volunteer or professional coach? These resources can help you support your players.

The top priority for a youth sports coach is to provide children with a sports experience that’s fun and that lays the groundwork for them to become healthy, happy adults.

Calls For Coaches

Coaching kids goes beyond simply winning games – it’s also critical to develop each athlete. As a coach, if you are able to focus on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the whole child, you can help youth athletes feel safe and supported, and foster important traits such as responsibility and perseverance, and guide them in building an emotional foundation for success.


Built with input from coaches and youth sport organizations, Cornerstone offers FREE resources and tools to help organizations attract, support and retain coaches and youth while making the coaching and playing experience more enjoyable for kids, families, and communities.

How to Coach Kids

Are you a volunteer coach or interested in becoming one? Then check out this FREE, 30-minute interactive online training course for volunteer coaches for kids under age 12. Co-created by Nike and the U.S. Olympic Committee, with the support of our partners at the Aspen Institute, How to Coach Kids also offers a complete resource center with tools for coaching kids in any sport.

Community Conversations

Project Play WNY hosts conversations for families, coaches and youth sport organizations on how we can all work together to ensure kids in our region have an opportunity to be active through a quality youth sport experience regardless of zip code. Check back for future dates and details.

Trauma Informed Care

Our community has faced tremendous challenges and endured multiple traumatic events over the last few years. Youth sports can heal. It’s important for coaches to learn about trauma-informed care to support their athletes both on and off the field.