Towards a Definition of Excellence in Sport Coaching
Young, Bradley W.
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In this paper, we propose different definitions of coaching excellence based on two principles. First,the application of coaching skill,as in any other domain of excellence, is context-dependent. Second, excellent coaches are knowledgeable and constantly assemble mental models that enable them to meet their athletes' needs and to effectively manage the central duties of coaching - organization, training, and competition. Four categories of coaches and corresponding definitions are proposed based on the characteristics of athletes and the developmentally-appropriate sport contexts: 1) participation coaches for children, 2) participation coaches for teens and adults, 3) performance coaches for young adolescents, 4) performance coaches for older adolescents and adults.