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Volunteer Coaching

Volunteering as a sports coach can transform a child's life -- and your own.

Our coaches are the backbone of our program, and without them the children of Camp Pendleton would not have a Sports program to participate in!  Camp Pendleton Youth Sports has approximately 500 Volunteer Coaches per calendar year that donate a collective 44,800 hours of their personal time to the military youth!  We are thrilled that you are interested in becoming a part of our Outstanding Volunteer Team.

We need to inform you of a policy change to the background check process that has been mandated by Headquarters Marine Corps (DoDI 1402.05). As of Fall Season 2017, all volunteer coaches will need to complete a background check and are now required to be fingerprinted at MCCS Human Resources (Building 15100) prior to being authorized to coach. Results must return in an "approved status" before coaches can begin coaching. It is imperative that we are prompt in initiating this process if you would like to begin practicing following the coaches meeting.

This requirement is transferable between Marine Corps Installations and must be renewed every 5 years.

The Process to Become a Youth Sports Coach:

    1.  Fill out a background check packet (found below)
    2. Turn it into the Youth Sports Office - Bldg. 276022 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday - Friday. Or Register online now as well! please make sure to still submit your packet if needed. You can also do this online! 
    3. Once turned in a Youth Sports Representative will review the paperwork and schedule you for a fingerprint appointment at our Human Resources Department
    4. You will need to attend your Fingerprint appointment at your scheduled time. Two missed appointments results in not being able to coach.
    5. Wait for the background check and fingerprints to come back in an "approved status" before you can begin coaching and/or be around the children.

The Perks

  • Coaches with children in the program will receive a $10 refund at the end of the season
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Active Duty Coaches will receive an LOA documenting 115 hours of Volunteer service. *LOA's wont be kept past 6 months, will not be recreated, nor will you receive one if you have not completed the mandatory training*
  • We work around your schedule - Coaches choose when and where they practice.
  • CPYS will loan Coaches all the necessary equipment to run a successful practice.
  • A Youth Sports Coaches' Shirt (Yours to keep!)
  • NYSCA Membership (We pay your fees!)
  • NYSCA members may participate in corporate discounts and exclusive programs.

The Basics

  • Each Team is allowed up to four (4) coaches, one (1) head coach and three (3) assistants.
  • If assigned a team, all coaches need to attend the coaches meeting to get certified.
  • All Coaches will be subject to a Background Check and FBI Fingerprinting
  • Coaches are selected based on experience and not a first come first serve basis. We also reserve the right to make changes up until the coaches meeting for the perspective season.


  • The top quality NYSCA training features two components: Coaching Youth Sports and a sport-specific training. The Coaching Youth Sports portion covers topics coaches of all sports need to know, such as working with parents; motivating kids; building confidence; instilling good sportsmanship; safety; and nutrition and hydration; among many other areas.
  • In the sport-specific training coaches learn how to teach the basic skills and fundamentals of the particular sport they are coaching, as well as effective drills to use during their practices. 

NYSCA Membership

  • After completion of the NYSCA clinic, coaches become full members of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. As members, coaches receive many outstanding benefits to support them throughout their time as a youth sports coach.
  • All NYSCA members receive a high quality membership card with key tag. Cards include the member's name, membership ID, each sport completed, and expiration date.
  • Each NYSCA Initial Level member receives $1,000,000 excess liability insurance coverage in case he/she becomes liable for an occurrence while coaching. The Excess General Liability coverage increases to $2,000,000, with an additional $250,000 in excess accident medical, for all coaches who have been with us for over a year.
  • Coaches gain access to a members-only section of the NAYS Website, with coaching resources and additional training opportunities. These include a Resource Library, Coach Rating System, Skills and Drills section, and a coaching Forum. Coaches have the ability to complete several additional trainings at no cost, including Concussion Awareness, Bullying Prevention and Protection Against Abuse.

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