HFS 225. COACHING YOUNG ATHLETES.
Prepares the student to become a competent youth sport coach. Identifies differences between a “corporate model” and “educational model” of athletics, “process vs. product” coaching philosophies, and autocratic vs. humanistic coaching styles. Alternative athletic program models are examined. The student surveys recent coaching effectiveness research and develops a sound basic philosophy of coaching, including a professional code of coaching ethics. Various coaching principles and techniques are studied, including; communication and motivation, talent identification, injury prevention and care, legal responsibilities of coaches and moral imperatives in the coaching of children. A class practicum, introspective written assignments, and small group discussion are interspersed with brief lectures, videos, and guest speakers. Addresses coaching certification requirements.