Abstract

Training the Trainers: Supporting Sport-Based Youth Development Coaches

Presenters:
Vanessa LoVerme Akhtar, Boston University, USA
John McCarthy, Boston University, USA
Caitlin Barrett, Up2Us, USA
Frederick Ettl, Boston University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-03

Presentation: October 2, 2013 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Room: Jasperwood

Abstract:

While most youth sport coaches have no formal coach training or education, coach education interventions have shown to positively impact both coach-athlete interactions and overall youth experiences in sport (Barnett, Smoll, & Smith, 1992; Gould, Krane, Giannini, & Hodge, 1990; Smoll, Smith, Barnett, & Everett, 1993). This symposium will explore multiple aspects of a coach education program designed for coaches of a national sport-based youth development program, serving in various under-resourced communities. Presenters will first outline the organization of the program as a whole, with particular emphasis given to the objectives for creating learning and professional pathways for its coaches (Bheenuck & Davis, 2003; Klentschy, 2005). The presenters will then discuss the development of a three-tiered coach mentoring program, designed to increasing coaches’ feelings of efficacy, support (Feltz, Chase, Mortiz & Sullivan, 1999; Feltz, Hepler, Roman & Paiement, 2009), and interest in these professional pathways. In addition, attention will be given to aspects of the training focused on developing a coach-as-mentor approach to foster athlete-centered and collaborative coach-player interactions (Karcher & Nukkala, 2011; Kidman & Lombardo, 2010). As this program places coaches across the country, presenters will discuss the implementation of distance-learning strategies, with particular emphasis on technology, including online reflection logs, webinars and Skype (Cassidy, Potrac, & McKenzie, 2006; Cassidy & Rossi, 2006). The symposium will conclude with a discussion of lessons learned and potential implications for future implementation of coach education for sport-based youth development coaches.

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