While the impact of coaches on their athletes has been appreciated for more than a century, only recently have researchers reached a consensus concerning the key coaching principles and methods that consistently ensure the most positive outcomes for athletes and coaches. Sport Coaches' Handbook presents this more holistic approach to coaching and provides possible applications to raise the quality of coaching around the globe.
This groundbreaking reference is for aspiring coaches and current coaches across all sports and participation levels. Sport Coaches' Handbook is authored and edited by leading international figures in coaching and coach development who have been selected by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). The book helps coaches to fulfill their chosen role while considering their personal values and philosophy, the athletes they coach, and the environment in which they work. Coaches will find information and insights on numerous topics of critical importance to a successful coaching career:
Employing ethical decision making with a systematic method to ensure choices are consistent with moral and professional guidelines
Developing a coaching philosophy and evaluating how to define or sharpen that approach
Promoting athlete development by enhancing athletes' psychological and physical growth as well as technical and tactical performance
Embracing the crucial characteristics that nurture effective leadership in coaching
Each chapter features a practical exercise or self-evaluation that underscores specific points of emphasis and challenges coaches to reflect on their personal experiences and apply their newfound knowledge in their individual coaching contexts. In addition, motivational quotes and subject-related anecdotes about exemplary coaches are highlighted throughout the book to inspire coaches to be even more athlete-centered and successful leaders.
The book's internationally recognized contributors collectively represent more than 300 years of coaching experience and bring to the book their extensive knowledge of coaching. Sport Coaches' Handbook is the clear choice for coaches and coach educators dedicated to developing and improving coaches and furthering the profession of coaching.