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									                     INTRODUCTION TO COACHING
                           COACHING-240
INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Dianne Jones
116 Williams Center
(262) 472-1649 Answering machine available
(262) 472-3221 FAX
(262) 472-1140 Department telephone
E-mail: jonesd@uww.edu
Home Page: http://facstaff.uww.edu/jonesd

COURSE DESCRIPTION
A lecture/discussion course designed to introduce undergraduate students to the profession of
coaching. The nature of the profession, qualifications, skills and issues relative to the profession
will be explored.

PREREQUISITES
None

COURSE OBJECTIVES
A.      Introduce the student to the profession of coaching where they will explore the nature of
        the profession, qualifications, skills, and issues relative to coaching.
B.      Introduce the student to the coaching minor so they can select curricular electives that is
        congruent with their professional objectives.
C.      The students will develop their professional objectives.

COURSE SYLLABUS
A.      Introduction to coaching and athletics
        1.       Problems in athletics and coaching
        2.      Benefits of athletics and coaching
        3.      Organization and control of athletics
B.      Nature of the profession and qualifications
        1.      Professional preparation, development and continuing education
                a.       Professional objectives
                b.       Coaching Minor curricular electives
                         http://facstaff.uww.edu/coaching/
                         (Coaching Minor Web Site)
                c.       Professional organizations
                d.       Textbook readings:
                         Chapter 4, pages 45-53
        2.      Career opportunities and types of employment
        3.      Assessing your aptitude for coaching
        4.      Textbook readings:
                Chapter 5, pages 54-60 and Chapter 25, pages 364-377
        5.      Developing your philosophy
                a.       Assessing your professional and personal objectives
                             i. Developing the physical, psychological, social and mental needs
                                  of the athletes
                           ii. Long and short term objectives
     6.       Code of behavior and ethics
              a.      Textbook readings:
                      Pages 9 & 10
     7.       Developing and displaying sportsmanship and positive social behaviors
              a.      Principles of sportsmanship
              b.      Putting sport in perspective
     8.       Roles and expectations of a coach
              a.      Educational value of athletics
              b.      Coach as an educator
                      i.       Developing characteristics and abilities
                               ii.     Desired outcomes
              c.      Teacher/coach role conflict
              d.      Textbook readings:
                      Chapters 2 & 3, pages 12-44
     9.       Obligations to athletes
C.   Skills needed in coaching
     1.       Technical
     2.       Conceptual
     3.       Administrative
     4.       Interpersonal
     5.       Textbook readings:
              Pages 1-9
D.   Developing the team
     1.       Guides to behavior
              a.       Rules
              b.      Textbook readings:
                      Chapter 11, pages 147-159
     2.       Meetings
              a.       Athletes and parents
              b.       Textbook readings:
                      Chapter 7, pages 86-97
     3.       Selecting and evaluating the team
              a.      Textbook reading:
                      Chapter 8, pages 98-108
     4.       Decision making
E.   Staff considerations
     1.       Assistant coaches
              a.      Textbook readings:
                      Chapter 21, pages 298-313
     2.       Support staff
              a.      Textbook readings:
                       Chapter 22, pages 314-332
     3.       Support groups
              a.      Textbook readings:
                       Chapter 23, pages 333-351
     4.       Parents
     5.       Community organizations
     6.       Public relations
              a.      Textbook readings:
                       Chapter 24, pages 352-361
                                   TEST I
F.      Leadership styles in coaching
        1.     Approaches to studying leadership
        2.     Assessing your leadership style
        3.     Adopting and modeling an effective leadership style
        4.     Qualities and traits of a good coach
        5.     Reading material:
               Chapter 9 in Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology by Weinberg and
               Gould which is at the reserve desk and on electronic reserve.
               http://library.uww.edu/ERSPAGE.HTM
               (UWW Library electronic reserves)
        6.     Meeting the needs of athletes
G.      Communication skills
        1.     Speaking
               a.        Sending effective messages
               b.        Communication biases
               c.        Communicating caring and acceptance
               d.        Giving and receiving feedback
        2.     Listening
               a.        Kinds of listening
               b.        Effective listening skills
               c.        Nonverbal communication skills
               d.        Evaluating and improving communication
               e.        Conflicts and confrontations
        3.     Reading material:
               Chapter 10 in Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology by Weinberg and
               Gould which is at the reserve desk and on electronic reserve.
               http://library.uww.edu/ERSPAGE.HTM
               (UWW Library electronic reserves)

                              TEST II
EVALUATION
200 points - Two Exams (100 points each)
        TEST I
        Items A-E on the course syllabus
        TEST II
        Items F & G on the course syllabus
        Examples of test questions will be given in class after each section. The composition of
        the test, i.e., True and False, Multiple Choice, etc. will be given in class prior to the test.
50 points-Coaching Philosophy (Information on the papers will be given in class)
         Developing your coaching philosophy on fun, player development and winning (50
             Points)
10 points- Web site self-evaluations (5 self-evaluations worth 2 points each)
260     TOTAL POINTS
Points subtracted for unexcused absences
(Subject to change)
EXTRA CREDIT
None available

GRADING
90% of total points             A
80% of total points             B
70% of total points             C
60% of total points             D
59% or below of total points    F

ATTENDANCE
You are allowed 2 absences without penalty, but then 5 points for each unexcused absence after 2
will be deducted from your total points earned. Coming to class more than 10 minutes late will
count as one absence. You are responsible for signing the attendance sheet each class. The
attendance sheets will be used to calculate attendance points. Signing in another person would be
considered a violation of UWS Chapter 14 and could result in your dismissal from the institution.
Absences for University sponsored events are excused, providing that documentation is given to
the instructor. No make-up tests except with University excused absences. Late projects/papers
will be reduced by 5 points for each day they are late, including weekends, and they must be
turned in the day they are due in class. Missed course work is the responsibility of the student.

WRITTEN MATERIALS
All assignments must be typed. Mistakes in grammar, spelling, syntax, etc. detract from your
message and will affect your grade negatively. For your protection, you are expected to keep a
photocopy/disk copy of all assignments submitted to the instructor.

COURSE MATERIALS
The textbook for the course is Guide to Effective Coaching: Principles and Practice by Jones,
B.J.; Wells, L.J.; Peters, R.E. and Johnson, D.J. The textbook is available through the textbook
rental. All the course materials and your grades can be accessed through Desire 2 Learn which
you get to by going to the UW-Whitewater homepage at http://www.uww.edu then pull down the
POPULAR SITES menu bar on the right side of the page, go to Desire 2 Learn and login. Once
you get to the site you will click on login and enter your username for the course, which will be
your University email user ID (the part of your email address before the @). Your password will
be your student ID without the 00 at the end (7 digits). Please note that all usernames and
passwords are case sensitive. Your Desire 2 Learn courses will be listed on your homepage and
you go to COACHING-240. If you cannot access a web site, please email me and let me know.
There is always the possibility that a web site will become inactive permanently therefore the
most up to date information will be provided in Desire 2 Learn. You can download an interactive
copy of the PowerPoint slides used in class from Desire 2 Learn Go to Course Material,
PowerPoint Slides and the different course topics are identified. To print the slides go to
File…Print…Print What…Handouts. Check the following areas: Pure Black and White and
Frame Slides. Also check Order…Horizontal.
In addition, you are required to read Chapters 9 & 10 in Foundations of Sport and Exercise
Psychology by Weinberg and Gould. The reading materials are at the reserve desk and on
electronic reserve. The electronic reserve web site is: http://library.uww.edu/ERSPAGE.HTM.
After getting to this site enter the course number or my name to get the book chapters. You may
have to download Adobe Reader, if you do not have it, to read the file.
EXAMS
The first exam will be announced about 1½ weeks before the exam and the second exam will be
during Final Exam week. Dates are subject to change.

WEB SITE SELF-EVALUATIONS
Self-evaluations are to be submitted in class on the day indicated on the syllabus. No points will
be given for late self-evaluations. Dates are subject to change.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Students with special needs or disabilities should contact me, so that arrangements can be made to
meet the students’ needs.

SPECIAL NOTES
This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Material included is intended
to provide an outline of the course and rules that the instructor will adhere to in evaluating the
student's progress. However, this syllabus is not intended to be a legal contract. Questions
regarding the syllabus are welcome anytime.

UW-WHITEWATER ENVIRONMENT
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is dedicated to a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory
learning environment. It is the responsibility of all undergraduate and graduate students to familiarize
themselves with University policies regarding Special Accommodations,
http://www.uww.edu/bulletin/Legal/legal6.html#Disability, Misconduct, Religious Beliefs
Accommodations, Discrimination and Absence for University Sponsored Events.
http://www.uww.edu/bulletin/Legal/legal5.html. (For details please refer to the Undergraduate and
Graduate Timetables; the “Rights and Responsibilities” section of the Undergraduate Bulletin; the
Academic Requirements and Policies and the Facilities and Services sections of the Graduate Bulletin
http://www.uww.edu/bulletin/Legal/index.html#Rights; and the “Student Academic Disciplinary
Procedures” [UWS Chapter 14]; and the “Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures” [UWS
Chapter 17]. See http://WWW.UWW.EDU/stdhdbk/uwsystem.html.

								
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