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  November/December 2020 (Volume 33, Issue 6)


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Free Access Article
Quality Sport Coaching:  The Role of the National Standards for Sport Coaches 
– Lori Gano-Overway

The purpose of this Strategies feature series is to provide coaches examples of how they could integrate the NSSC within coaching practice.  The series begins with Neelis and colleagues (this issue) describing the importance of developing the profession of sport coaching, how the profession has evolved over time, and the importance of personal professional development in moving the profession forward.  The remaining articles in the series provide opportunities for personal professional development for coaches across the youth sport (Driska, this issue), interscholastic (Baghurst & Benham, this issue), intercollegiate (Van Mullem, this issue), and high-performance (Moreno, this issue) coaching contexts.  The intent of each article is to use vignettes, coach stories, and practical examples to help coaches see how they could align their own coaching practice with the NSSC as well as provide resources for coaches wanting to further develop their coaching.


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Quality Sport Coaching: The Role of the National Standards for Sport Coaches
Laurie Neelis, Arien Faucett, & Melissa Thompson

The purpose of this Strategies feature series is to provide coaches examples of how they could integrate the NSSC within coaching practice.  The series begins with Neelis and colleagues (this issue) describing the importance of developing the profession of sport coaching, how the profession has evolved over time, and the importance of personal professional development in moving the profession forward.  The remaining articles in the series provide opportunities for personal professional development for coaches across the youth sport (Driska, this issue), interscholastic (Baghurst & Benham, this issue), intercollegiate (Van Mullem, this issue), and high-performance (Moreno, this issue) coaching contexts.  The intent of each article is to use vignettes, coach stories, and practical examples to help coaches see how they could align their own coaching practice with the NSSC as well as provide resources for coaches wanting to further develop their coaching.

Quality Sport Coaching in Action: The Application of the National Standards for Sport Coaches in Youth Sport
Andrew P. Driska

Coaches must be critical and influential agents in this culture if youth sport is to maintain its viability as a meaningful social institution. This article provides strategies for coaches and leaders to en-act these responsibilities in the youth-sport context.

The Application of the National Standards for Sport Coaches in the Interscholastic Sport Context
Timothy Baghurst and Robert H. Benham

School sports are traditionally described as fertile ground for the achievement of diverse outcomes for student-athletes. Philosophically, this means that the adult leaders of school-sponsored sport programs have an obligation to provide developmentally appropriate outcomes for their student-athletes. While sport skill development and competitive performance are integral to a coach’s roles and responsibilities within a school’s sports program, a coach must also achieve a broader set of educational goals. Examples might include ensuring players meet academic expectations, train and compete safely, exhibit sportspersonship, model valued life skills such as cooperation and civility, and demonstrate personal health and well-being. This article provides practical examples detailing how coaches and leaders in a scholastic sport program can use the recently revised National Standards for Sport Coaches (NSSC) to aid in meeting these roles and responsibilities more effectively. Descriptive vignettes provide real-life situations that might happen to a coach in school sports, how those situations could be avoided or resolved, and discourse explains how coaches might use the standards to their benefit.

Quality Sport Coaching in Action: The Application of the National Standards for Sport Coaches to Intercollegiate Sport
Pete Van Mullem

With no universal educational requirements to coach at the collegiate level (Schempp et al., 2006), a coach may be hired based on past playing experience (Morris et al., 2014), who they know (McCullick et al., 2016), or by demonstrating a strong work ethic (Van Mullem & Croft, 2015). Thus, in reality a coach may be unprepared to lead an athletic team. To overcome this challenge, the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NSSC) can support intercollegiate coaches regarding what a coach needs to know and how they can apply that knowledge in practice (SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, 2020). Therefore, through the use of a case study, the purpose of this article is to discuss how the NSSC can be applied in the intercollegiate sport setting to assist coaches in following best practice relative to coaching and coach development.

Quality Sport Coaching in Action: The Application of the National Standards for Sport Coaches to the High-Performance Sport Context
Tony Moreno

It is a central focus of this article to express why the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NSSC; Gano-Overway et al., 2020) and the respec-tive seven core responsibilities be considered and integrated by all professional and elite organizations. Further, adoption of these standards can be used by key stakeholders to underscore the support for and implementation of holistic coach education throughout all stages of the athlete development framework, thus effectively emphasizing a positive mission and vision of the respective governing body or sport organization.

Departments

ADVOCACY IN ACTION
Possibilities for Leadership Development in High School Physical Education 
– James D. Ressler and Alan Rodriguez 

While traditional offerings for PE are still prevalent, some larger high school programs offer choice in their curriculum after students have satisfied basic requirements. This article discusses the importance of a PE Leaders Program as a way to emphasize leadership through elective physical education classes.

EDUCATOR'S CORNER
Joy, Grit, and Pride: Classroom Activities that Promote Positive Emotions 
– Duke D. Biber and Sadija Zizic

Research supports the “broaden and build” nature of positive emotions on child socio-emotional outcomes. This article describes three lesson plans that can promote learning while helping students express positive emotions.

COACH'S CORNER
Making the Cut: Equitable Team Selection Using Performance Rubrics
– Kimberly S. Hurley and Tam L. Burt

This article describes what are best coaching practices in assessing the variety of physical, psychological, and social skills that may help in narrowing down your tryout pool. Effective, objective, equitable team selection will be significantly enhanced with the use of performance rubrics.