“Grow the Game” Through Impactful Coaches
The Gridiron “Grow the Game” initiative reflects our commitment to give our volunteer coaches the support, resources, and mentoring they need to create an amazing experience for both themselves and our athletes. And we believe it’s one of the most important ways we can positively impact flag football, our athletes and their families each season.
Bob Winstead, former pro athlete turned coach and Gridiron North Carolina commissioner, shares his insight on the importance of what this initiative can do for young people, communities, and families as a whole.
THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL COACHES
Our goal is to identify and elevate the coaches we know are “doing it right”. To encourage them to mentor existing coaches and anyone desirous of coaching, in hopes that their “good” will be contagious. We want to encourage more individuals with sound character to enter coaching (no matter the skill level or football knowledge).
When I was growing up, my football coaches were some of my biggest role models. They taught me this beautiful game, how to lead by example, and to love on and off the field. They also assisted in teaching me “life”. You know: manners, respect, responsibility, and the ever important quality of sportsmanship. So I know first hand that your child will be “influenced” by the type of person their coach is, and that influence will potentially be reflective in his/her life and actions outside of the game itself. We want that influence to be a positive one!”
HOW WE SET OUR COACHES UP FOR SUCCESS
Our Coaches Resources library provides you with the digital tools and training to ensure your success and a great experience coaching. From printable documents to instructional videos, we aim to do everything we can so our coaches can feel confident in the role they are serving for young athletes.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED
(As an added safety measure, the information you submit during coaching registration is also submitted for a mandatory background check as a required part of the process. )