MRPA Upcoming Events

MRPA Cottontail Classic Mixed Pickleball Tournament
April 14, 2017

Marketing Strategy: Best Practices for Developing Successful Marketing Campaigns
April 17, 2017
Brooklyn Park

Legislation 101 Seminar
April 28, 2017
Hiway Federal Credit Union, Saint Paul

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course 
May 10 through 12, 2017

Minnesota Twins Parks and Recreation Days
June 15 and 22
July 19
August 17 and 31
Target Field, Minneapolis

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall
October 10 through 13, 2017
Cragun’s Resort
Brainerd, MN
* Exhibit hall information coming in April
* Delegate information coming in June

Trusted Coaches Membership Program (TC):
Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) have partnered together to offer the Trusted Coaches Membership Program (TC).

The program cost is $35 per coach, with volume discounts available. As an incentive to MRPA and its agencies, MYAS will provide a $5 rebate per registered coach to MRPA as a marketing partner. In turn, MRPA will reimburse participating agencies $2/coach registered from that community.

This comprehensive online program includes four components essential for a youth coach. Upon completion, a coach will receive a Trusted Coaches membership card that is valid for three years:

  • Nationwide Criminal Background Check
  • Concussion Instruction
  • First Aid Training Online
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach®character Education Course

This incentive applies for those who directly manage youth programs and also for those who refer this program to their city’s athletic associations. Please share this information or work with your local athletic association to see if they are interested in participating. For the participating agency to receive credit, users must select Minnesota as the state parks and recreation association, and enter the local / city / county parks and recreation agency.

You may have heard about this program, and thought that it didn’t apply to you. The 100+ youth sports organizations listed in the link below are currently participating in the program. Had your parks and recreation department/athletic association selected Minnesota as the state parks and recreation association, you would have received credit as a referral partner.

CLICK HERE for a full list of youth sports organizations that are currently utilizing Trusted Coaches to train, educate and screen their coaches.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dawson Blanck ( with any questions you have regarding this option for coach development and risk management. We look forward to working with our members and MYAS on this program. Please contact MRPA’s Deb Weinreis with any partnership questions at or 763.571.1305 x106. Thank you!