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Coaching: Building Character & Sportsmanship

3 Credits
This course provides very effective, practical ways in which the coach can teach strong character and sportsmanship to their athletes. The activities of this course will help the coach discover the significant linkages between team performance and strong character. It is designed to encourage the coach to think about the effects of athletics competition on the moral reasoning processes of the athlete. The course activities include practical, applied interactions with other successful coaches through the interview process, readings, personal reflection, and guided evaluation. This course offers the athletic coach and/or teacher the opportunity to learn and apply correct psychological principles relative to the development of personal character within the competitive sport context. The assignments contained in this course are closely aligned to SHAPE America's National Standards for Sport Coaches.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the Coaching For Excellence Certificate.

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Dr. Dennis Janzen

I have been graciously blessed to have a coaching and administrative career in competitive athletics that has spanned over 40 years. Seeing someone do something they had never thought possible is the ultimate joy. Many years ago, a wise person told me that, “Players will do what you train them to do.” I’ve never forgotten that…and for many years, that simple but powerful philosophy has shaped how I coach, lead and teach. What really allows people to attempt to master difficult, challenging tasks when the risks of failure are strong? What keeps people persisting after they have experienced failure? How can a coach or leader create an environment in which the drive to succeed is greater than the fear of failure? These are very common challenges. I’ve been blessed to coach a wide range of athletes – from Olympians to young ten year olds. My goal is to create the best learning experiences possible for people who wish to grow in the area of athletics coaching and administration.