Youth Sport Coaches

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
sely@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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The Parks and Recreation Department provides many sport activities and always needs coaches for these organized activities.  It is a privilege, not a right to be a coach and mentor to youth.  The safety of the children involved is our number one concern.  All volunteer coaches must pass a background check every 2 years, wear an ID badge to signify that this has been completed, and sign the safety documents per State law.

Coach Background Check Policy & ID Badge Information [PDF]


BACKGROUND SCREENING:

Any coach or person who is on the team's sideline, dugout, or bench area during practices or games must successfully complete national background screening every two years.  Contact the league commission for link to the commission's background screening link.  A person is not permitted to coach unless or until successfully completing the national background screening process and receiving a coach identification badge.


COACH ID BADGE:
  • Once your background check has been submitted, please email a headshot with your first and last name, organization, team name, and age division to Nathan Nease at nnease@knoxvilletn.gov
  • Coaches must wear their ID badge at all teams practices and games.  No coach will be allowed to coach without their ID badge.

CONTACTS PER LEAGUE: 

Please click link below for list of Commissioners who oversee teams for each season.
  • Youth Basketball (November - February)
  • Youth Baseball/Softball (March - June)
  • Youth Football (July - October)
  • Girls 14U Middle School Softball League (August - October)

COACH EDUCATION REQUIRED TO BE SIGNED BY STATE LAW:

Coaches must sign the Concussion & Head Injury Education Form & Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education Form each year per State law.  Please print and turn in to the league commissioner or team's head coach each season to ensure that this requirement has been met.

Coach Concussion Education Form [PDF]
Coach Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education Form [PDF]
Combined Form - Coach - Concussion & Sudden Cardiac Arrest [PDF]