Volunteer as a Sports Coach

Do you like to help create a positive learning environment where the children learn sportsmanship, fundamental skills, teamwork, and responsibility? Then BPRW could use you!

Burlington’s youth programs emphasize skill development, fair play, teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility, and fun. Each participant should be given equal playing time in every game, and play different positions on the field/court. Contact: Jen Cotton, Athletic Program Supervisor

  • Have a desire to work with children, enthusiasm, patience, organization, dependability, and be responsible.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be available at the times when games and practices are held.


  • Must have background check completed annually.
  • Regular attendance at scheduled practices and games.
  • Must have attended the coaches meeting or have reviewed the guidelines and rules with the Athletic Program Supervisor prior to the first practice.
  • Communicate program information to parents and players.
  • Complete online Concussion Training video (certificate good for two years), https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html


  • Teach fundamental skills to the children while emphasizing skill development, fair play, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun.
  • Be on time at all practices and games or find a replacement coach that is acceptable by the Department’s standards (i.e. background check has been processed and approved.)
  • Provide a safe and fun environment for practice and games.
  • Put the well being of players ahead of your desire to win.
  • Learn all league rules and abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • Assume responsibility of the equipment that has been provided to you.
  • Provide proper first aid when injuries occur.
  • Report any problems with fields, equipment, player behavior, parent behavior, or officials to Athletic Program Supervisor.
  • Communicate with Athletic Program Supervisor on all matters of policy.
  • Be accessible by phone and/or email.
  • Teach skills in developmentally appropriate stages, using the alpha youth sports curriculum as a guide.


To apply to be a youth sports coach, please follow this link which will take you to CoachSpan, our volunteer coach onboarding platform and you can complete the online application.


Useful Documents:

Basketball Volunteer Coach Outline

Youth BBall-Dates to Know 2019-20

Volunteer in Our Parks

Would you or a group you’re affiliated with like to take on a volunteer project at one of Burlington’s parks? We welcome offers from individuals or groups to help weed, rake, pick up trash, police parks, etc. If you have some time and would like to volunteer to help keep our parks beautiful and safe, we would love to hear from you!

To volunteer please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Dan Cahill.

Examples of volunteer Opportunities in the Parks

Dog Park Volunteers:
Volunteers needed to help monitor the dog park sites at Starr Farm and Waterfront parks, remove trash and inform users of park rules.

Ethan Allen Tower Keypers:
This group shares responsibilities among its members for opening and closing the Ethan Allen Tower. Beyond this, the Ethan Allen Tower Keypers are the eyes and ears of Ethan Allen Park assisting the Parks and Recreation Department on the identification and execution of vital maintenance needs.

Volunteer at the Champlain Senior Center

Share your skills and knowledge teaching older adults!

Contact Sarah Carter

*Crafts-General art and crafts
*Computer skills
*Nature-Crafts/short walks
*History of Burlington
*Basket making

Volunteer with CEDO

Work with CEDO to help keep our city clean and green! With events like the Spring Move Out Project and Green Up Day you and your friends could help maintain our city!

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Volunteer at Burlington City Arts

Do you have a creative mind and want to help others be creative? Help BCA with their many programs like the Art From The Heart initative that aims to bring art to all of those involved in hospitals. This includes, patients, staff and family. BCA also has many other programs that help the community throught creativity!

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Volunteer with Fletcher Free Library

Are books your forte? If so, volunteering for Fletcher Free Library may be the opportunity for you! In paticular, Fletcher Free Library is looking for volunteers to help with programining and outreach. Help keep the library a great space for anyone who wants to use it!

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