The City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous team sports opportunities for youth ages 5-18, and we are always seeking high-quality, energetic volunteers to coach these teams. Volunteers are the cornerstone of our youth programs, and securing coaches in advance of a season is of great necessity when organizing these leagues. Becoming a coach is simple, however, there are some small, but very important, preliminary actions to consider.
After speaking with an Athletic Director regarding the sport you are interested in coaching to determine if openings exist, it is essential that each potential coach complete a Volunteer Application. These can be obtained at the P&R office, or from this web site, and provide us with critical information, which we retain in a database. They also authorize us to conduct a criminal background check, helping us ensure that these young athletes are under the best of supervision. Head coaches, assistant coaches, and parents/adults, who help out in any capacity, must complete a volunteer application before having any contact with a youth sports team. Volunteer Applications must be renewed every two years.
Once these administrative obligations have been fulfilled, the athletic director in charge of your sport will be in communication with you to provide all pertinent information regarding registration details, team placements, practice and game schedules, uniforms, etc.
Wee Ball, Ages 3-4 (co-ed)
Dixie A Tee Ball, Ages 5-6
Dixie AA Instructional, Ages 7-8
Dixie Minor, Ages 9-10
Dixie Youth, Ages 11-12
Dixie Boys, Ages 13-14
Girls Softball (March-June)
Dixie Darlings, Ages 5-8
Dixie Angels, Ages 9-10
Dixie Ponytails, Ages 11-12
Dixie Belles, Ages 13-15
Soccer (Fall, August-November)
Wee League, Ages 3-4
Fun League, Ages 5-7
Small Fry League, Ages 8-10
Mite League, Ages 11-12
Flag Football, Ages 6-8
Small Fry, Ages 8-10
Mite, Ages 11-12
Basketball (Summer, June-July & Winter, November-February)
Small Fry, Ages 8-10
Mite, Ages 11-12
Midget, Ages 13-14
Juniors, Ages 15-17
Certifications & Clinics
With the exception of a completed volunteer application, no specific certifications are required to coach a
team for regular season play. It is, however, mandatory that at least one coach involved with an all-star
(post-season) team in basketball, football and soccer hold an NYSCA Certification (National Youth
Sports Coaches Association). Sport-specific NYSCA clinics are held throughout the year, and are open
for anyone to attend. The City will absorb the initial certification fee, along with the annual renewal fee.
Additionally, we try to offer “how-to” coaching seminars for each sport on a regular basis, as we feel that
arming volunteers with as much knowledge as possible will vastly improve the quality of our youth
All coaches, certified or not, should closely adhere to the NYSCA Volunteer Coaching Code of Ethics.
- I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
- I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
- I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
- I will promise to review and practice basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
- I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
- I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
- I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain form their use at all youth sports events.
- I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
- I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for all of the skills that I teach.
- I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.
For the most part, volunteer coaches are assigned to teams on a first-come, first serve basis, however, we reserve the right to make final decisions regarding who coaches which teams. During the pre-season practice period, a schedule will determine when facilities are available for a specific team to practice. Additional times and/or changes in times may be obtained only by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department.
In the instance of inclement weather, only the coach of that team may cancel scheduled practices. The facility is yours to use during the allotted time, and the City will not interfere with that. Should foul weather threaten the start of scheduled games, they will be played unless a coach hears otherwise from the Parks and Recreation Department. The coach should never make decisions regarding the status of a game. This is the sole responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Department until 5:00 p.m. Should inclement weather approach after 5:00 p.m., it will be the duty of the location supervisor and/or the game officials to determine whether games can be played or not. It is of the utmost importance that each head coach remains in communication with the Parks and Recreation Department throughout pre-season practices and during regular season games. It is critical that we know everything that is going on with your team (i.e., players that are not participating, facility conditions and supervision, equipment and uniform concerns, etc.). The non-city fee will be waived for children of the head coach who are on his/her team only.
Volunteer Applications may be...
Faxed: (803) 533-6027
Mailed: Jacque Fogle, Superintendent of Recreation and Marketing
City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department
P.O. Drawer 1321
Delivered: 367 Green Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(The 2-Story White House Beside the Post Office)