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Creative Coaching

What makes a good coach great? How do coaches motivate and keep athletes interested in sport? How do you coach athletes who have different learning styles? Creative coaching is a way to motivate and relay information to athletes, ranging from the development of team culture to embracing unplanned teaching opportunities. It is recognizing the learning style of an athlete and developing creative programs incorporating visual, auditory and kinetic activities. Creative coaches are inquisitive and always looking for ways to improve whether it is through continuing education, mentorship, or coaching a variety of sports. There are many ways to view this aspect of coaching. Check out the resources below for more information.

Feature Articles

Coach's Work, Knowledge, Skills, and Personality

Coaches' work, knowledge, personality, practical capabilities, educational influence and leadership styles are discussed by the author based on 75 years of lasting activity in fencing as a competitor, coach, referee, activist, researcher and author. He stresses the importance of certain principles: principle of unity of theory and practice, knowledge and practical capabilities; principle of specificity and positive transfer of skills; principle of individualization, team cooperation, and coach's leading position. The author presents his view on different styles of coach’s leadership including the best coach’s leadership style is friendly and co-operative.

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Hey Coach, One Teaching Style Does Not Fit All!

Strategies for coaches to enhance the learning styles of their athletes are provided including the application of integrated approach to teaching, creation of cue words and the integration of cue words and instructional strategies. It notes that the coaches' method of presenting information and feedback affects the ability of athletes to perceive new concepts and learn new skills and techniques.

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Changing Team Culture

Coaches are under increasing amounts of pressure to succeed and are constantly looking for ways to improve their teams. One tactic for improvement that has received little attention is the development of team culture, or a team's social and psychological environment. While it has become a common term in the coaching lexicon, team culture is not well understood. This study examines the degree to which team improvement featured a change in team culture. In addition, the study sought to identify the leadership behaviors used by coaches to change team culture.

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Returning to Ballet with Lessons from Glee? Maybe!

The article discusses the lessons that teachers in dance education can learn from the television series "Glee." They include embracing the teachable moment, which is described as the unplanned opportunity that arises in the classroom where the teacher has the ideal chance of offering insight to students. Another lesson that can be learned from "Glee" is the building of community facilitated through song and dance.

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Ask A SIRC Librarian

SIRC members have access to SIRC librarians and we are pleased to share some of your questions.

Dear SIRC Librarian:
I am hosting a coaching seminar and am looking for icebreakers and exercises to get people thinking creatively (outside the box). Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks for your help,

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