ERIC Number: ED381522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
Sport Coaching Certification as an International Educational Trend.
Freeman, William H.
This paper looks at the international trend toward certification of sport coaches and, in particular, developments and obstacles toward certification in the United States. A look at developments abroad cites four common approaches to sport coaching certification with training falling into three focal areas: knowledge that is common to all sports, knowledge that is sport-specific, and practical experience. Representatives of each sport develop their own sport-specific curricula. Although standards may very from one country to another they are generally minimal. National coaching programs in other countries usually require no more than the equivalent of two days' work in class to coach inexperienced children and no more than 2-3 weeks work in class for certification to coach Olympic-level athletes. Following sections discuss the basic knowledge needs of coaches, their technological knowledge and skill needs, and their traditional conservatism and fear of technology. A discussion of concerns in developing an American certification program notes that physical educators are a major force in shaping certification efforts, and that realistic guidelines are needed as well as applied coach education programs for certification. A final section describes the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and its proposed standards currently under discussion. Contains 38 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AAHPERD; Coaching; Sports Officials
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (Portland, OR, March 30, 1995).