BUFFALO, NY - Coaching in 2013 is a little different than it was in the 1960's and 1970's.
"It's changed, from certification to expectation to commitment level," said Greg Kaszubski, Clarence Schools Athletic Director.
For most coaches at the varsity level, it isn't a three month season any longer. Student-athletes are into personal trainers year round, "with that comes raised expectations by the students themselves and the parents and with those expectations comes the expectation that the coach will be doing the same," said Kaszubski, who also is a member of Section VI.
This school year, some coaches have been relieved of their coaching duties around Western New York for a variety of reasons.
There are some school districts that encourage coaches "not" to be on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
"It's becoming more and more difficult because you're not sure from one season to the next, from one year to the next what new issues or what's going to go to develop so you've got to be on your toes all the time," said Kaszubski about the changes.
The certification process is extensive. "They need to take an on-line course on child abuse and identification. A violence prevention course, they need to be fingerprinted and put in the state education data base. They need to take three coaching classes through BOCES in a 3-5 year period and they have to apply for a temporary coaching license." This is in addition to CPR and First Aid courses.This is in addition to CPR and First Aid courses.