Step 1: Register for Rutgers SAFETY (Sports Awareness for Educating Today's Youth) Course

This clinic is mandatory for all new volunteer coaches and is offered in Warren Township on several occasions throughout the year. The cost for the course and all materials is $40 for non-Warren and Watchung Borough residents. Any change in the cost will be posted in the actual announcement of the scheduled clinic. Upcoming clinics will be posted on this page.

Introduction

On May 12, 1986, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to pass legislation, which protects volunteer athletic coaches, managers, and officials from lawsuits. Commonly referred to as the "Little League Law" (2A:62A-6 et. seq), this legislation extends partial civil immunity to volunteers who have attended a "safety orientation and training skills program."

Since 1986, the Youth Sports Research Council, in cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) has trained more than 250,000 volunteer coaches in New Jersey.

Objectives

In accordance with the stipulation in the Little League Law, the Rutgers SAFETY (Sports Awareness for Educating Today’s Youth) Clinic:

  • Helps coaches minimize the risk of injury to young athletes
  • Provides information about fundamental coaching concepts which enhances volunteer coaches’ effectiveness
  • Protects volunteer coaches from civil lawsuits

Topics

The curriculum for the Rutgers SAFETY (Sports Awareness for Educating Today’s Youth) Clinic is based upon the "Minimum Standards for Volunteer Coaches’ Safety Orientation and Training Skills Programs"(N.J.A.C. 5:52).

The topics include:

  • General coaching concepts
  • Legal aspects of coaching
  • Medical/first aid aspects of coaching
  • Psychological aspects of coaching
  • Training and conditioning athletes

Highlights

Individuals attending the Rutgers SAFETY (Sports Awareness for Educating Today’s Youth) Clinic receive:

  • The Coaches’ Reference Manual (5th Edition)
  • The Rutgers SAFETY (Sports Awareness for Educating Today’s Youth) Clinic Certification Card
  • Permanent registration with Youth Sports Research Council (YSRC) on an online database (0.3 Continuing Education Unit (CEU))