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A Volleyball Coach's Job Description

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A person who is asked to coach a competitive team has every right to be given a clear understanding of what coaching entails. The following job description will serve to introduce the coach to the broad spectrum of responsibilities she acquires before she begins practice.

Head Coach

Title: Head Coach

Responsible to: Athletic Director

Function: To co-ordinate all aspects of the assigned interscholastic sport and to work cooperatively with all personnel in maintaining a quality program within the policy framework of the school district.

Duties:

  1. Be responsible for all matters pertaining to the organization and administration of the coaching of the team under his/her direction. Enforce all rules of the league, state and national association as they pertain to the respective sports.
  2. A completed and signed parental permission form and physical examination card shall be in the hands of the coach or athletic office prior to an athlete beginning practice. Assure that players and coaches under his/her jurisdiction understand the training rule policy. These forms are to be returned to the athletic director promptly.
  3. Cooperate with the administration, athletic director, fellow coaches and students to promote the best interests of the entire athletic program.
  4. Work with the athletic director in the appointment and dismissal of assistant coaches in grades 7 - 12.
  5. Have meetings with assistant coaches to coordinate coaching methods at different levels; assign duties to all assistant coaches; assist the athletic director in evaluating the performance of assistant coaches in grades 7 - 12.
  6. Conform to athletic department policy in ordering equipment and supplies for the sport involved.
  7. See that all candidates for a team have returned a properly completed insurance form (if necessary.)
  8. See that all candidates for a team have had a physical examination and have returned the physical examination/parental consent form before the first practice session.
  9. Prepare a roster of all team members. Have participants fill out the athletic eligibility form from which the master eligibility list will be compiled. Both should be in the athletic office and principal's office one week prior to the first game.
  10. Assume responsibility for conduct of contestants in sport involved.
  11. Assume responsibility for a group until all athletes are dressed and have left the building. This responsibility can be delegated to an assistant coach. Secure all gates, dressing rooms, locker and gymnasium or fieldhouse facilities before leaving the area.
  12. Accompany and supervise the team to and from all contests.
  13. Plan and supervise all practice sessions. Suggested length is not more than two and a half hours.
  14. Work with trainer-equipment manager in selecting reliable student managers and student trainers; assign their duties and supervise their work.
  15. Conform to athletic policy to assure that students are not given keys to enter buildings when the coach is not present.
  16. Conform to school policies in handling injuries; report all serious injuries immediately to the athletic director.
  17. Attend scheduled school meetings unless excused. During sports season, coaches should check with principal or department chairperson as to what transpired at a meeting that the coach was unable to attend.
  18. Turn in a complete inventory of all equipment to the athletic director at the conclusion of the season.
  19. Complete and return a Coaches Annual Report form to the athletic director within two weeks after the last contest.
  20. Complete and return a supplemental pay voucher to the athletic director after all responsibilities have been fulfilled.
  21. Complete all requirements mandated by State and National agencies.
Assistant and Junior High Coaches

Title: Assistant and/or Junior High Coach

Responsible to: Head Coach, Athletic Director, and Principal

Function: To cooperate with the head coach in the assigned interscholastic sport in maintaining a quality program within the policy framework of the school district.

Duties:

  1. Cooperation by the junior high and assistant coaches of each sport with the head coach, athletic director, and the principal in performing the following duties related to the school athletic program.
  2. Assure that players under his/her jurisdiction understand the training rule policy. The signed parental permission form shall be in the hands of the coach or athletic office prior to an athlete beginning practice. All parental forms are to be returned to the athletic director.
  3. Support the head coach in conducting the athletic program of that particular sport and total athletic program of the school district.
  4. Remain loyal to the head coach and to the team. He/she may have to give up some of his /her own thoughts regarding team strategy, etc. to fit into the overall pattern as set forth by the head coach.
  5. Attend all practices beginning the first day to the end of the season along with being available for all staff meetings and scouting assignments.
  6. Assume the responsibility for maintenance of facilities and personnel in the absence of the head coach.
  7. Report all injuries, misconduct, or other unusual situations to the head coach, athletic director, or principal.
  8. Assist the head coach in checking in and inventorying all equipment at the end of the season.
  9. Assume all duties as assigned by the head coach.
  10. Complete and return a Coach's Annual Report form to the athletic director within two weeks after the last contest.
  11. Complete and return a supplemental pay voucher to the athletic director after all responsibilities have been fulfilled.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by the head coach or athletic director.
  13. Complete all requirements mandated by the State and National organizations.
Once an individual understands the duties and expectations of a coach, he/she can make the decision to devote his/her teaching abilities to "coaching" a small group of skilled young girls in an effort to develop their individual and team excellence.

Defining the term "coaching" is complicated by the fact that those persons affected by the ability and influence of a coach perceive the coach differently. The school administrator views the coach as the teacher who directs the competitive play and behavior of the girls who represent the school. The team sees the coach as a highly skilled teacher who builds game skills, teaches competitive play, and fosters an appreciation for both virtue in cooperation and excellence in competition.

Coaching is highly skilled teaching of a limited number of individuals. Coaching develops skills beyond the fundamentals and combines the abilities of individuals into a team effort with the focus on enthusiastic competition in the spirit of fair play, good sportsmanship and friendship. The experience and demands of competitive play are complex and all persons concerned undergo a degree of intensity of effort and psychological stress.

The following list of topics are designed to assist the coach in preparing for the competitive season.

  • Coaching is teaching - depth teaching of the advanced skills and strategies of the sport volleyball.
  • Coaching requires expert knowledge of the sport.
  • The coach must be willing to be a specialist.
  • The coach must be willing to devote a large amount of time to a relatively small group of students.
  • A coach must be sensitive, firm, insightful, adaptable,and flexible. A coach must be consistent.
Personal Knowledge

Every coach needs to refresh and review before beginning the season. This may consist of concentrated readings, attending workshops or clinics, or visiting other coaches and teams to observe and ask questions. Many theories of play and techniques of skills and strategy change over time. It is the coach's responsibility to be aware of changes.

Republished with permission from Tom Kohl