Course Descriptions for Athletic Coaching Leadership Concentration


ACL 52002 Professional Leadership Principles in Sports.  This course will increase awareness of the need for continued professional development and recommend resources for coaching, safety, sport science, and sport-specific information.  This course will facilitate and encourage direct contact with  sports governing bodies so that coaches can remain up-to-date on the most current rules and any local modifications.  A practical field experience and supervision will be the cornerstone of this course.  Each coach will conduct the field experience during the year following the offering of the course.  (100 hours required) (2 semester hours)

ACL 52102 Teaching and Administration of Sports.  This course will dissect the “science” of coaching , which involves building a repertoire of proven instructional methods and understanding the influence of different motivational techniques.  The “art” of coaching is knowing and using the right instructional strategy at the right time for the right player.  The coaches will study how to use objective and effective procedures for evaluating and selecting players and staff.  Adequate attention will be given to administrative details, which is a large part of a successful sports program.  This course will teach skills and techniques for positive and effective communication and show the importance of interaction with the public, players, parents, spectators, other coaches, administrators, and the press. (2 semester hours)

ACL 52202 Training, Conditioning, and Nutrition.  The course focuses on how proper fitness and sport conditioning determine both success and safety in an athlete’s performance.  Emphasis will be on understanding bodily systems and the science of conditioning for athletes.  Students will learn how participation in a sport can benefit the overall health of an individual.  This goal can be met only if the coach has an understanding of how training, conditioning, and nutrition benefit the athletes.  (2 semester hours)

ACL 52302 Injuries, Prevention, Care, and Management.  This course will promote the concept that the first priority in sports is the welfare and safety of all players.  Coaches will have the understanding that properly trained coaches can reduce the occurrence of injury and minimize the consequences of those that may occur.  This course will cover the basic understanding of first aid and CPR and how to assist players with recovery and rehabilitation after injuries.  Completion of this course will meet the sport safety training required by all coaches in junior high or high school in Ohio.  (2 semester hours)

ACL 52402 Sport Ethics and Psychology.  This course will highlight the role coaches play in creating the right environment for nurturing both the human spirit and the spirit of competition.  Focus will center on the coaches’ need to learn motivational skills and instructional techniques that recognize the importance of self-esteem to the player’s development and eventual sport success.  Identifying historical and current social barriers and promoting the acceptance of cultural differences will help coaches prepare players for both competition and life. Coaches will also identify desirable behaviors and structure experiences to develop such behaviors in each athlete.  Coaches will learn to instill a sense of ethical conduct in sport to sustain respect for coaches, athletes, and officials. (2 semester hours)

 ACL 52502 Coaching Skills and Strategies.  This course will help coaches understand the tactics and strategies of their particular sport in order to teach players the basic skills and give them a functional understanding of how the sport should be played.  Coaches will examine how to organize, implement, and evaluate practice sessions relative to program goals over the season.  Coaches will prepare a season plan of sequenced instruction that considers the expected progress in player abilities.  Identifying and applying specific competitive tactics and strategies appropriate to the age and skill level of players will be discussed, as well as how coaches should assess the strengths and weaknesses of an opponent and document this in usable form. (2 semester hours)

ACL 52602 Critical Issues of Risk Management in Sports.  Risk management is the role coaches play in minimizing the potential risks inherent in sport participation.  Coaches will be prepared for their role by knowing the scope of their responsibilities, understanding how parents and players can provide informed consent, and conveying the need for appropriate insurance.  Coaches will be encouraged to continue their education and offer information concerning resources such as clinics, workshops, membership in professional organizations, and subscriptions to publications that can enhance the coach’s effectiveness to promote the health, safety, and success of the players. (2 semester hours)

ACL 52702 Growth and Development in Sports.  A key component in this course is gaining  knowledge about the typical course of physical, mental, and psycho-social development of players.  Coaches will study differences in body structure, understand basic movement capabilities and biomechanics, and set performance goals that reflect developmental readiness.  Information about cognitive development and appropriate expectations for children who are involved in the sport will be included.  Coaches will become aware of the psychological and sociological challenges related to peer pressure, body image, and self-esteem issues for players of different ages. (2 semester hours)