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Sport Coaches' Handbook

Sport Coaches' Handbook

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    While the impact of coaches on their athletes has been appreciated for more than a century, only recently have researchers identified key coaching principles and methods that consistently ensure the most positive outcomes for athletes and coaches.

    In an effort to bring clarity to these new understandings, Sport Coaches’ Handbook delivers the knowledge necessary 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 gain insight 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
    • Promoting athlete development by enhancing athletes’ psychological and physical growth as well as technical and tactical performance
    • Developing a coaching philosophy and evaluating how to define or sharpen that approach
    • Embracing the crucial characteristics that nurture 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, leadership insights featured throughout the book—including motivational quotes from and anecdotes about well-known coaches—help to fuel coaches’ confidence for enhancing performance and becoming effective leaders.

    The internationally recognized contributors to Sport Coaches’ Handbook collectively represent more than 300 years of coaching experience and bring to the book their passion for coaching. No other resource matches this book’s authority, content, and diversity. Sport Coaches’ Handbook is the clear choice for coaches and coach educators dedicated to developing and improving coaches and furthering the profession of coaching.


    Sport coaches, coach developers, sport federations, sport organizations, and coaches’ associations. Also a resource for college courses and libraries.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: Coaching and Its Development as a Profession
    Wade Gilbert

    Chapter 1. The Coaching Role
    Daniel Gould and Cliff Mallett

    Chapter 2. Coaching Ethics
    Andy Driska, Laurie Patterson, and Sue Backhouse

    Chapter 3. Coaching Philosophy
    Karen Collins

    Chapter 4. Key Coaching Functions
    Daniel Gould and Kristen Dieffenbach

    Chapter 5. Core Coaching Skills
    Sergio Lara-Bercial and John Bales

    Chapter 6. Program Management
    Bob Crudgington

    Chapter 7. Athlete Development Models
    Joe Baker and Nick Wattie

    Chapter 8. Psychological and Social Development of Athletes
    Karl Erickson, Martin Camiré, and Jenelle N. Gilbert

    Chapter 9. Physical Development of Athletes
    Vern Gambetta

    Chapter 10. Technical and Tactical Development of Athletes
    Damian Farrow

    Chapter 11. Career Decision Making in Coaching
    William Taylor and Mike Sheridan

    Chapter 12. Continuing Education in Coaching
    Cliff Mallett, Steven Rynne, and Pierre Trudel

    Appendix: Governing Rules and Laws: The World Anti-Doping Code

    About the Editor

    The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) is a not-for-profit organization based at Leeds Beckett University whose mission is to lead and develop sport coaching globally. In pursuit of that mission, ICCE has developed an international sport coaching framework and built a global coaching community to strengthen the position of coaching as a profession. ICCE partners and markets include national representative bodies responsible for coach development, international federations, institutions that deliver coach education or represent coaches, individuals who design and deliver coach education, coaches, and the international sport community at large.

    ICCE president John Bales and ICCE manager for strategy and development Sergio Lara-Bercial lent their experience and expertise to this project, not only as chapter contributors but also as selectors of leading coach educators to be part of this ambitious collaboration.

    Daniel Gould, PhD, is the director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and professor in the department of kinesiology at Michigan State University. Gould’s current research focuses on the psychology of coaching, the role coaches have in teaching life skills to young athletes, and the development of youth leaders through the sport captaincy experience. In addition to his research interests, Gould has dedicated much of his career to applied sport psychology efforts as a mental skills training consultant, coaching educator, and author.

    Gould has given over 1,000 coaching education clinic presentations and developed numerous coaching and coaching education programs aimed at coaches ranging from the youth level to the Olympic level. He has written a number of books, including the USTA Mental Skills and Drills Handbook, Sport Psychology for Young Athletes, and Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the most widely used text in the field.

    Cliff Mallett, PhD, is a professor of sport psychology and coaching in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland (Australia) and an honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich (Germany).

    Mallett is an Olympic-medal- and world-championship-winning coach. He is internationally recognized as a leading researcher in sport psychology and coaching as well as a coach developer. His research interests are varied but emphasize motivation, mental toughness, and leadership as it pertains to coaching high-performance sport.

    Mallett has been cochair and chair of the research committee for the International Council for Coaching Excellence (2009-2019). He served as associate editor for the International Sport Coaching Journal for several years.

    Sue Backhouse
    Joe Baker
    John Bales
    Martin Camiré
    Karen Collins
    Bob Crudgington
    Kristen Dieffenbach
    Andy Driska
    Karl Erickson
    Damian Farrow
    Vern Gambetta
    Jenelle N. Gilbert
    Wade Gilbert
    Daniel Gould
    Sergio Lara-Bercial
    Cliff Mallett
    Laurie Patterson
    Steven Rynne
    Mike Sheridan
    William Taylor
    Pierre Trudel
    Nick Wattie