Coaches and Scouts

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

47600+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes’ strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes’ technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

Common job titles of Coaches and Scouts include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 48.89% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 19.37% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Plan strategies and choose team members for individual games or sports seasons.

    Plan, organize, and conduct practice sessions.

    Evaluate athletes' skills and review performance records to determine their fitness and potential in a particular area of athletics.

    Provide training direction, encouragement, motivation, and nutritional advice to prepare athletes for games, competitive events, or tours.

    Instruct individuals or groups in sports rules, game strategies, and performance principles, such as specific ways of moving the body, hands, or feet, to achieve desired results.

    Adjust coaching techniques, based on the strengths and weaknesses of athletes.

    Counsel student athletes on academic, athletic, and personal issues.

    Monitor athletes' use of equipment to ensure safe and proper use.

    Keep and review paper, computerized, and video records of athlete, team, and opposing team performance.

    Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that will enable athletes to achieve maximum performance.

    Teach instructional courses and advise students.

    Identify and recruit potential athletes by sending recruitment letters, meeting with recruits, and arranging and offering incentives, such as athletic scholarships.

    Coordinate travel arrangements and travel with team to away contests.

    Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams to develop game strategies.

    Monitor the academic eligibility of student athletes.

    Contact the parents of players to provide information and answer questions.

    Explain and demonstrate the use of sports and training equipment, such as trampolines or weights.

    Serve as organizer, leader, instructor, or referee for outdoor and indoor games, such as volleyball, football, and soccer.

    File scouting reports that detail player assessments, provide recommendations on athlete recruitment, and identify locations and individuals to be targeted for future recruitment efforts.

    Perform activities that support a team or a specific sport, such as participating in community outreach activities, meeting with media representatives, and appearing at fundraising events.

    Negotiate with professional athletes or their representatives to obtain services and arrange contracts.

    Select, acquire, store, and issue equipment and other materials as necessary.

    Arrange and conduct sports-related activities, such as training camps, skill-improvement courses, clinics, and pre-season try-outs.

    Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations.

    Develop and arrange competition schedules and programs.

    Keep abreast of changing rules, techniques, technologies, and philosophies relevant to their sport.

    Oversee the development and management of the sports program budget and fundraising activities.

    Hire, supervise, and work with extended coaching staff.

Tools

Weighlifting analysis equipment

Vaulting poles

Track and field hurdles

Tablet computers

Speed skates

Speed measuring radar guns

Regulation volleyballs

All Tools

Regulation soccer balls

Regulation footballs

Regulation basketballs

Personal computers

Motion analysis equipment

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Ice hockey sticks

Ice hockey skates

Football training sleds

Football training dummies

Figure skates

Field hockey sticks

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital stopwatches

Cyclical variations in adaptive conditioning CVAC pods

Communications headsets

Baseball catching gloves

Technologies

YouTube

Graphics creation software

Motion analysis software

Online registration software

Performance database software

Scheduling software

Twitter

All Technologies

Video analysis software

Video editing software

Video file conversion software

Website creation software

Skills

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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