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      November 16, 2010

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      Women make up 28 percent of active coaches in the various sport federations in Quebec and 31 percent in Canada as a whole

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      Leadership has been described as a process of social influence in which one person can get the support of another to accomplish a goal or task. In order to be a good leader and coach you must possess certain skills and knowledge to be able to guide your team in the best direction to reach your goals. Studies have shown that a person with a growth mindset would believe that leadership abilities can be learned and acquired through effort and experience. With this in mind, coaching education and leadership training programs should consider focusing on helping coaches and leaders develop a growth mindset about their leadership abilities. With everything in life one must practice the necessary skills to be the best and the same goes for coaching. National standards are set by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and its partners are implementing new frameworks to help coaches reach for the stars as coaches help their players. The sport landscape is always changing; this is the same for the coaching world.

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      “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile” (Lombardi, 2009). This statement by Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach for the Green Bay Packers, sparks an interesting debate among coaches and scholars. Is it possible for anyone to be a great coach or leader if he or she works hard enough? Are there some qualities that effective coaches and leaders possess that are truly innate and unachievable through hard work? A plethora of conceptual approaches have been developed to provide frameworks for the study of leadership, yet answers to these most basic questions remain elusive and a major point of disagreement between scholars and practitioners.

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      Supplementary Article: Preferred Coach Leadership Behaviour


      Advanced Coach Education

      The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and its partners are implementing a new framework and national standards designed to move the NCCP towards a competency-based approach where coaches are: Trained in NCCP outcomes relevant to the participants they are coaching and Evaluated by demonstrating coaching outcomes to a specified standard. The new framework, when fully implemented will provide the Canadian sport system with more competent coaches who are trained to meet the needs of the participants and athletes they work with and to reflect the new era in Canadian sport.

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      Supplementary Article: Coaches' perceptions of NCCP


      Female Coaches

      In recent years, interest in the coach’s role and the reasons why people do, or do not, choose coaching as a career has been growing steadily. Interest in coaching as a career for women parallels the rise in the number of girls involved in sport – they now make up about 45 percent of participants in federation-governed sports. This increased participation has in turn generated greater demand for people to coach girls. Based on this demand and the ongoing under-representation of women in the coaching ranks, some researchers have launched projects aimed at understanding and explaining the processes involved in recruiting, retaining and losing women coaches.

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      Supplementary Article: Under-representation of Women in Coaching


      Coaching Stress

      After working with many coaches at Olympic Trials and Olympic Games, I am convinced that coaches have to deal with the same pressure related issues as their athletes. Some coaches handle pressure well, some handle it poorly. The source of the two most common coaching errors in high pressure events is a lack of confidence. This lack of confidence causes coaches to doubt their abilities, causing them to change their behavior in high pressure situations. The most common changes are: 1) undercoaching, and 2) overcoaching.

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      Supplementary Article: Coaches' Experiences With Stress

      News from SIRC

      SIRC Research Award

      SIRC is proud to announce the official launch of the 2011 SIRC Research Award. SIRC invites Canadian university students and faculty to submit their original sport related research for consideration of the 2011 SIRC Research Award.

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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 a high performance curling coach and I am looking for a tool that will allow me to find out more about my athletes personalities so that I can determine what methods to use in order to communicate most effectively with them. I am looking for something more like a quiz to determine learning styles. Such as if the person is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner and provides suggestions and tips on instruction in educational settings. Any ideas?

      Thank you,

      Curling Coach

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