I see quite a few efforts to professionalize archery coaching. Personally I have undertaken to create a professional literature for archery coaches, for example (see the Watching Arrows Fly Coaching Library on Amazon.com). I am all for that but there are some wrinkles that need to be ironed out. USA Archery is foremost in coach development in the U.S. (which is not much of a brag as there is little to no competition from the other archery organizations).
USAA requires their coaches to take and pass the SafeSport program training (I did and did just before I resigned my position as a USAA coach). They are now advocating archery coaches take a Mental Management course (this was long overdue) and they are currently flogging TrueSport, an organization that has the mission of changing the culture of youth sport by providing powerful education tools to coaches.
So, the “requirements” for being a coach and staying certified are going up. But is that all there is to professionalization? What about support services? Apparently USA Archery is finally offering web site hosting for JOAD programs, even though most JOAD programs already have a web site and probably are loathe to change it over. Other than that . . . there is not much.
What about remuneration? It is interesting that USA Archery judges get reimbursed for their expenses (albeit only slightly so) but their coaches get nada, well, unless you are the national coach.
JOAD coaches get nothing. No pay, no recognition, and almost no support. I suggest that JOAD coaches that make it through a calendar year at the helm of a JOAD program should have their membership fees waived for the subsequent year. I think JOAD coaches should have patches available: one to identify them as a JOAD coach, and others to indicate years of service (5-year patch, 10-year patch, etc.). I think JOAD coaches should get a letter thanking them for all they have done over the past year every damned year. I think . . . probably too much.
If you want people to act like professionals, shouldn’t they be treated like professionals?