Family Resources

Welcome sports families! Whether you are new or have played sports with us before, use this page as a map to help orient you to the B&GC Athletic Department. Please browse this page for our Parent/Guardian Guide, safety information, and other resources to help support you this season.


How to Become a Parent Helper

Would you like to be involved with your player’s team, but aren’t able to take on being a coach? Parent Helpers lend a hand to coaches with things like team communication or snacks. Talk with your coach about taking on this role and then follow the steps below!

1. Fill out this volunteer application, including a copy of a photo ID. We’ll run annual state and national background checks. Volunteering with the B&GC is contingent upon passing both background checks.

2. Read, sign, and return the Coaches Code of Conduct.

3. Email all documents to, stating the sport and age division for which you are applying. You can also bring in all documents to either our Bellingham or Ferndale offices.

Parent Resources – General

Below are some resources we have gathered that we recommend to all sports parents who want to know more about how to support their kids.

Parent Resources – Positive Coaching Alliance

10 Tips for Sports Parents

10 Tips for FIRST TIME Sports Parents

5 Ways to Talk to Your Athlete – Aspen Institute

Doc Rivers on Sports Parenting


Youth Athlete Safety

At Boys & Girls Clubs, safety is our number one priority! Below is some information on how we keep kids safe, and what you can do to help keep your athlete healthy and active. 


Concussion Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents

Heads Up Concussion Information for Parents

Hydration & Heat Illnesses

Defeating Dehydration

CDC Heat Related Illness

CDC Sun Protection

Injury Prevention

Preventing Overuse Injuries

Preventing Sports Injuries

Abuse Prevention

Safety at Boys & Girls Clubs

Child Abuse Prevention

Strategies for Keeping your Child Safe