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Working As A Sports Coordinator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $53,133

    Average Salary

What Does A Sports Coordinator Do

Recreation workers design and lead recreational and leisure activities for groups in volunteer agencies or recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps, aquatic centers, and senior centers. They may lead activities such as arts and crafts, dance, sports, adventure programs, music, and camping.

Duties

Recreation workers typically do the following:

  • Plan, organize, and lead activities for groups or recreation centers
  • Explain the rules of activities and instruct participants at a variety of skill levels
  • Enforce safety rules to prevent injury
  • Modify activities to suit the needs of specific groups, such as seniors
  • Administer basic first aid if needed
  • Organize and set up the equipment that is used in recreational activities

The specific responsibilities of recreation workers vary greatly with their job title, their level of training, and the state they work in. The following are examples of types of recreation workers:

Activity specialists provide instruction and coaching primarily in one activity, such as dance, swimming, or tennis. These workers may work in camps, aquatic centers, or anywhere else where there is interest in a single activity.

Recreation leaders are responsible for a recreation program’s daily operation. They primarily organize and direct participants, schedule the use of facilities, set up and keep records of equipment use, and ensure that recreation facilities and equipment are used and maintained properly. They may lead classes and provide instruction in a recreational activity, such as kayaking or golf.

Camp counselors work directly with youths in residential (overnight) or day camps. They often lead and instruct children and teenagers in a variety of outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, horseback riding, or nature study. Counselors also provide guidance and supervise daily living and socialization. Some counselors may specialize in a specific activity, such as archery, boating, music, drama, or gymnastics.

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How To Become A Sports Coordinator

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and receive on-the-job training.

Education and Training

Recreation workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many receive on-the-job training that typically lasts less than a month.

Entry-level educational requirements vary with the type of position. For example, an activity leader position working with the elderly will have different requirements than a position as a summer camp counselor working with children.

Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree or college coursework. In 2014, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), accredited 80 bachelor’s degree programs in recreation or leisure studies. A bachelor’s degree in other subjects, such as liberal arts or public administration, may also qualify applicants for some positions.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Recreation workers must be able to communicate well. They often work with large groups of people and need to give clear instructions, motivate participants, and maintain order and safety.

Flexibility. Recreation workers must be flexible when planning activities. They must be able to adapt plans to suit changing environmental conditions and participants’ needs.

Leadership skills. Recreation workers should be able to lead both large and small groups. They often lead activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Physical strength. Recreation workers need to be physically fit. Their job may require a considerable amount of movement because they often demonstrate activities while explaining them.

Problem-solving skills. Recreation workers need strong problem-solving skills. They must be able to create and reinvent activities and programs for all types of participants.

For recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education. These qualities include a worker’s experience leading activities, the ability to work well with children or the elderly, and the ability to ensure the safety of participants.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The NRPA offers four certifications for recreation workers:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

Applicants may qualify for certification with different combinations of education and work experience. They also must take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Camp Association offers four certificates for various levels of camp staff, from Entry-Level Staff Certificate to Camp Director Certificate. Individuals who complete online courses may show their advanced level of knowledge of core competencies.

Some recreation jobs require other kinds of certification. For example, a lifesaving certificate is often required for teaching or coaching water-related activities. These certifications are available from organizations such as the YMCA or the American Red Cross. Specific requirements vary by job and employer.

Advancement

As workers gain experience, they may be promoted to positions with greater responsibilities. Recreation workers with experience and managerial skills may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Eventually, they may become directors of a recreation department or may start their own recreation company.

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Sports Coordinator Career Paths

Sports Coordinator
Account Executive Operations Manager Assistant Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Basketball Coach Head Basketball Coach Physical Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Sports Director General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sports Director Account Executive Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Admissions Representative Career Services Advisor
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Program Director General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Education Director School Director
Children's Ministries Director
6 Yearsyrs
General Manager Property Manager Communications Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director Assistant Principal Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Basketball Coach Physical Education Teacher Special Education Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer Home Health Aid Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Recreation Specialist Recreation Director
Parks Recreation Director
6 Yearsyrs
General Manager Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Director Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
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Sports Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

70.4%

Female

27.8%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.9%

French

5.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Nepali

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Hindi

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Greek

2.0%

Marathi

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Tamil

2.0%
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Sports Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

7.0%

Liberty University

7.0%

California University of Pennsylvania

6.1%

Ashford University

6.1%

Springfield College

5.2%

University of Central Florida

5.2%

Washington State University

5.2%

University of Phoenix

5.2%

Sam Houston State University

5.2%

University of Northern Colorado

4.3%

University of Idaho

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Sierra College

4.3%

Florida International University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Kentucky

4.3%

State University of New York College at Brockport

4.3%
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Majors

Kinesiology

30.1%

Business

13.8%

Health Education

6.7%

Communication

5.0%

Education

4.7%

Management

4.7%

Psychology

4.5%

Recreation Management

4.3%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Marketing

2.9%

General Studies

2.6%

Elementary Education

2.6%

Journalism

2.3%

Public Relations

2.2%

Political Science

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

History

1.8%

Educational Leadership

1.6%

Parks And Recreation Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.8%

Masters

21.5%

Other

16.5%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Sports Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief TV Production/Sports Coordinator Gazeta USA, Inc. New York, NY May 08, 2016 $116,168
Campus Recreation & Intramural Sports Coordinator North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Jul 01, 2016 $38,002 -
$40,000
Campus Recreation & Intramural Sports Coordinator North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Jan 07, 2016 $38,002 -
$40,000
Sports Coordinator YMCA of Long Island, Inc. Huntington, NY Sep 01, 2010 $36,400
Recreational Sports Coordinator Brookridge Soccer Consultants LLC, DBA Brookridge Sports Durham, NC Apr 25, 2016 $29,218
Recreational Sports Coordinator Brookridge Soccer Consultants LLC Durham, NC Mar 25, 2016 $29,218
Recreational Sports Coordinator Brookridge Soccer Consultants LLC NC Feb 15, 2015 $29,218
Recreational Sports Coordinator Brookridge Soccer Consultants LLC NC May 01, 2015 $29,218

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Top Skills for A Sports Coordinator

  1. Sports Leagues
  2. Game Coverage
  3. Soccer
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  • Enhanced and grew the amount of adult sports leagues available at the Center, from one league to four.
  • Coordinated feature and game coverage with writers, photographers and graphics department.
  • Instructed youth participants in developing fundamental skills of basketball, football, soccer, and other related team sports.
  • Recruited volunteer coaches and supervised over twenty referees.
  • Recorded information on and prepare reports concerning youth programs, costs, numbers of participants and equipment and facility use.

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