Parks and rec seeks coaches

Published 10:31pm Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are you looking for a way to give back to the community and share your love for your favorite sport? Suffolk Parks & Recreation wants you to be a part of the 2014 Winter Youth League season as a volunteer coach.

Coaches are sought for the upcoming basketball, soccer and cheerleading seasons. Age groups range from 4 to 15. There are two teams each in the 8- to 10-year-old and 11- to 13-year-old divisions, one for boys and one for girls. Soccer teams and cheerleading teams are coed.

Volunteer coaches can select the age group and sport that interests them.

The season will begin with tryouts in early November for soccer and basketball, with practice beginning in early December and games tipping off in early January and continuing into late March.

Typically, there is one practice session per team per week, depending on the team’s coach. Suffolk Parks & Recreation strives at all times to make the practice schedule fit the coach.

Prospective volunteer coaches are invited to submit an application outlining experience and general qualifications, along with the reasoning they believe they are qualified. Coaches are subject to a background check.

These forms are available in the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 134 South 6th St., or online at www.suffolkva.us.

All volunteer coaches — including head coaches, assistant coaches and anyone working with the teams in any capacity — are also required to hold a coaching certificate. All background and certification costs will be covered by Suffolk Parks & Recreation for first time coaches with any youth league.

The deadline for submitting an application to volunteer as a coach is Oct. 18. Coach selection will be handled by Suffolk Parks & Recreation.

Submit applications to Roberto Ramos, P.O. Box 1858, Suffolk, VA 23439 or email rramos@suffolkva.us. For more information, contact Suffolk Parks & Recreation Athletics at 514-7270.

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