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Coaching Pathway

BaxterSports Coaching Pathway

Our Core Values

A Holistic approach to sports

Create a Community Environment

Foster a Positive Growth Mindset

Develop a life-long love of a sport or activity

Provide a continuing sporting opportunity for the community

Strike the balance between structure and freedom

Allow for both directed and exploratory learning

Pathway to Coaching: Roles, and Programs Defined

So, you want to be a BaxterSports Coach?  You’ve come to the right place!  Here’s everything you need to know.

First a breakdown of camps we offer by age range:

  • Age 5-13 – Soccer Camps, All Sports Camps, and All Girls Camps
  • Age 9-14 – Competitive Soccer and Competitive All Sports Camps
  • Age 13-15 – Youth Leadership Development Program
  • And then…

Paid Coaches – Age 14+.  

The decision to hire coaches is a thorough process. We take into account these factors:

1 – Age, Grade and Experience level

Our camps are meant for 5-13 year olds. 14 is the youngest age at which coaches will be paid.

2 – “Readiness”

Maturity, communication skills, responsibility, and presence. Coaches are responsible for being present at all moments with their campers, earning their trust and respect quickly.  These intangible qualities are usually the result of “readiness.”

3 – Special Skills

For example, at Soccer camps, we prefer soccer players, etc..

4 – Performance

Great coaches demonstrate a high aptitude in the following categories that we deem essential for a well run camp: Professionalism, Engagement, Proactivity, Reactivity, and Communication. We conduct periodic evaluations to help coaches set and maintain goals so that they can continue to make strides in these areas.

5 – Logistics and Availability

How many weeks are coaches available?  How many camps are going each week?  How many campers do we have in each camp? Who is a good fit for which camp?  Which parks are you able to work at?  These are all considerations as we coordinate coaching schedules for the summer.  For example, we prioritize coaches with the most availability and flexibility (ie, 6+ weeks per summer). 

6 – BaxterSports “alum” status

Those who have previously been a camper know first-hand what makes our camps so fun and that experience is helpful.

How to join:

Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP)

A week-long camp for rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders, where we will focus on the following:


1 – Helping campers develop leadership skills that translate from sports to daily life

2 – Providing an opportunity to put those skills to use assisting coaches running a camp

3 – Promoting understanding of  The Keys to being a great leader- Leadership & Followership, Growth Mindset, Planning, and Communication.


The purpose of YLDP is to elevate the campers position in life, whether that be on their sports team, in their studies, or in their home life with friends and family. Our goal is for campers to acquire the skills needed to grow. If they currently come off the bench, how can they get an edge to compete as a starter, or a starter to get an edge to become a captain, a captain to learn how to elevate another potential captain among their peers. 


Upon completion of YLDP campers should have the tools needed to support their own growth. Campers who have completed YLDP and are at least 14 years old may be considered for future employment with Baxter Sports.

Cost: Same as a week of camp

How to join: 

We will be holding Youth Leadership Development Camps the following dates/locations in 2024: Woodstock Park All Sports Camp, June 17th-21st; Rose City Park All Sports Camp, July 8th-12th; Alberta Park All Girls Camp, July 15th-19th; Clinton Park All Sports Camp, July 22nd-26th; and Woodstock Park All Sports Camp, July 29th-Aug 2nd. Teens interested in attending Youth Leadership Camp can begin the process by submitting an application. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed out within two weeks of submission.

Future Coaches Training (FCT) – This is a voluntary program for 6-8th graders (ages 11-14).

The goal of these 2-3 hour periodic sessions is to identify campers who show promise or express interest in leadership and coaching, and give them the basics of coaching, teamwork, and leadership. They are usually scheduled during the off-season, typically on school holidays like President’s Day, or on a weekend day.

The purpose of FCT is:
1 – To provide more opportunities for youth in our community

2 – To improve overall leadership

3 – To give young leaders the beginning of a pathway to coaching

Cost: Free to everyone
How to join:  This program is by invitation only

Probably the most fun your child will ever have at a sports camp. Sign them up and let your little ones be the judge!