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Identifying excellent coaching practice along the sporting pathway

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The Hockey Coach Development Model for Great Britain has identified five participant populations: children 5-11 years, youth 12-18 years, adult participation, performance including talent development, high performance. Three to four coaches and four to five athletes from each of Hockey's 5 participant populations participated in the research.

The participants were coaches (N=16), athletes (N=23), and support staff and parents (N=13) involved in hockey in Scotland. Potential participants were identified and initially contacted through Scottish Hockey. The coaches who participated in the study had on average 18 years coaching experience and 14 years experience coaching a specific coaching environment. All athletes had participated in their sport for a minimum of 3 years (except two participants from the children context who had only participated for 1 year).

The research adopted a qualitative methodology to gain an in-depth understanding of the participants' views on excellent coaching practice. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted to provide rich, thick description of the participants' views and experiences. Discussions in the interviews and focus groups focused on topics such as the participants' perceptions of excellent coaching practice within and outside training and competition. The coaches were also asked about their learning experiences. The interviews and focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The transcribed data were coded and thematically organised into four higher order themes with 9 lower order themes relating to excellent coaching practice and one higher order theme with 5 lower order themes relating to coaches' learning and development. A summary of excellent coaching practice was developed for each of the five coaching environments on the participant pathway. These summaries were reviewed by the research team and comparisons of excellent coaching practice were made along the participant pathway.



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Editor's comments - [  Recognising that coaches operate within different contexts and with different participant populations the principal author of this University of Stirling research tells us 'it is important in determining how coaches work with participants. Identifying examples of excellent coaching practice for each of these populations is a critical step towards enhancing a quality participant pathway and coaching system.' The purpose of the project was to identify excellent coaching practice along the participant pathway (in Hockey) and identify areas for future research and/or education.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (2012). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2012)


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Reference :   Allen, J.(2012). Identifying excellent coaching practice along the sporting pathway. Leeds: National Coaching Foundation


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