Strategies and Methods

Strategies

To provide leadership in the design and implementation of educational initiatives focusing on best practice, based on sound theoretical principle (praxis), including key features such as:

  • Providing leadership training opportunities through youth volunteerism
  • Mentoring youth in leadership roles
  • Development of women in youth sport coaching settings
  • Moving away from a coach-centered model towards an athlete-centered approach based on “engaged learning” through experience
  • Adopting a competency-based approach to adult teaching and learning of leadership, in which the best measures of effectiveness are observable behaviors and actions

Methods

  • Meet with representatives of interested youth sport organizations committed to youth development through sport and physical activity in order to define their core values
  • Develop understanding of how these organizations currently function:
    • Characteristics of current athlete population
    • Characteristics of current coach population
    • Characteristics of current coach training and education, if any
    • Openness to observation of current coaches at work
    • Openness to giving and receiving feedback on current coaching practices
  • Identify key leaders in the organization who are interested in learning about and implementing intentional training and education for coaches working in the organization
  • Work to establish a commitment to design and deliver sustainable coach development processes integrating the key values of the organization
  • Collaborate with key leaders in the organization to design and deliver appropriate coach education and training, aimed at developing long-term improvement in coaching performance
  • Adopt an athlete-centered model of coaching, aimed at helping all participants improve their performance over time
  • Establish the coach development cycle based on observation of performance, followed by giving and receiving feedback and support to all participants
  • Focus coaches’ attention on the development of heightened self-awareness, the ability to self-correct and the acceptance of personal responsibility for learning
  • Assist coaches to understand an appropriate athlete development model for their particular sport or activity
  • Assist coaches to plan and deliver effective practices, based on establishing suitable performance objectives for their participants, ensuring a sound organization and practicing appropriate methods of communication