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Coaching All Star & Non-school Teams


About This Class

This course is designed to provide coaches of all levels - beginner to experienced - with information, ideas and support for coaching non-school based teams. Topics will include:

About The Instructor

Sheila Angalet





Course Type

This is not a certification course. Students will receive an electronic report card via email upon completion of the class in PDF format which students may print to hard copy version via their browsers. To view PDF formats, you may need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Course Materials


Course Objectives

  • To introduce students to the various programs available in the non-school setting and coaching activities within these programs
  • To help students locate existing programs in their areas, or develop a plan for beginning a new program in their areas.
  • To help students learn the challenges that come with coaching a variety of age and ability levels
  • To help expand current coaching/administrative knowledge
  • To provide resources for students to begin with their new experience


Quizzes, homework, problem solving - 40%
2 Projects - 30%
Final Exam/Project - 30%


: 90-100% = A
: 80-89.9% = B
: 70-79.9% = C
: 60-69.9% = D
: below 60% = F

Make-Up Exams And Late Work

Full Students Only: It is important to turn in assignments on a timely basis, because this helps show how you'd meet deadlines on day to day real life scenarios. You will generally have a couple of days to turn in assignments. Work should be submitted by due dates unless prior arrangements are made with instructor. Assignments will be accepted up to one week late but will be penalized 10 points, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late without prior approval from the instructor or an excused absence as explained in the SpiritU Before you Begin section.

Input From Coaching All Star & Non-school Teams Students

Sheila is obviously very professional and knows her stuff. She was able to relate to the Pop Warner aspect...A lot of thought has been put into the preparation and presentation of this course. It sticks to the outline very closely., The information provided was helpful and will be put to good use....did a good job of providing organizational concepts for the administrative end of the job.

[quoted from student's evaluation]

Course Syllabus

Week 1 Making Decisions
  • Why a non-school based team - the plusses and minuses
  • What age do you want to work with?
  • Existing programs - Pop Warner, Rec Leagues, All-Star programs, etc. - including coaching philosophies
  • Starting your own? - Pop Warner, Rec Leagues, All-Star programs, etc - including coaching philosophies
  • Your cheering section
Week 2 Getting Started
  • Setting goals - organizational as well as personal
  • Organization and administration
  • Budgets and Fundraising
  • Safety issues
  • Finding or gaining participants
  • Your cheering section
Week 3 Age Related Challenges
  • Working with the youngest of cheerleaders - ages 4-7
  • The middlers - babies or big kids - ages 8-11
  • The older youngsters - preteens - ages 12-15
  • High Schoolers - growing up - ages 15 -18
  • Your cheering section
Week 4 Communication
  • Communicating with your cheerleaders
  • Communicating with your parents
  • Communicating with your administration/board
  • Communicating with your community
  • Communicating beyond your back yard
  • Your cheering section
Week 5 Why do we cheer?
  • Games
  • Competitions
  • Community Events
  • Your cheering section
Week 6 Education and Support
    • The importance of your support network
    • Support within existing programs
    • Support network for new programs
    • Continuing education
    • Coaching and personal support
    • Your cheering section

[Class authored by Sheila Angalet and Leslie Goettsch. All SpiritU® classes are written exclusively for SpiritU®, and are the sole property of Leslie's Best, Inc.]


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