I tried coaching a couple years back. Thought I would cut my teeth at U5/6. It was a blast. Dealing with the ******* leadership in our associations is brutal. I couldn't get a course through my association. Went searching. Every other association wouldn't allow me unless I coached in their program. So I quit. I have tons of free time and all I want is knowledge to help make our players better. I don't need to be paid.
I now spend my time coaching Special Olympics Powerlifting. Had a nationally certified course within 3 months. I can work towards certification for coaching nationally within a couple of years. I am quite happy with the Special Olympics setup. Its not perfect but they push to make their athletes competitive.