Introduction to Coaching

This one-semester course focuses on the various responsibilities of a coach and the skills needed to successfully fill this important position. Throughout the course, students will explore various coaching models and leadership styles, sports nutrition and sports psychology, as well as safety, conditioning, and cross-training. Students will learn effective communication, problem-solving, and decision making skills. The course will also introduce students to game strategy, tactical strategy, skills-based training, and coaching ethics.  Unit 1: The Role of a Coach; Sports Careers & Venues, What is a Coach?  Coaching Philosophy.  Unit 2: Building a Team; Organization, Leadership, Communication.  Unit 3: Team Safety; Sports Safety, Health-Related Fitness, Understanding Movement  Unit 4: Training Athletes; Sports Conditioning, Game Play & Strategy, Sport-Specific Training.  Unit 5: Beyond the Playing Field; Sports Nutrition, Individualized Coaching, Life Coaching.



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