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Youth Sport Coaching

Cronin, C and Ryrie, A (2024) Youth Sport Coaching. In: Girginov, V and Marttinen, R, (eds.) Routledge Resources Online: Sports Studies. Routledge Resources Online: Sports Studies (V. Girginov, & R. Marttinen, Eds.). . Routledge.

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With their own personal experiences in mind, ‘youth sport coaching’ may be a familiar term to many readers. While a useful anchor point, it is important to recognise that youth sport coaching is a socially constructed concept involving the ‘process of guided improvement and development in a single sport and at identifiable stages of development’ (International Council for Coaching Excellence 2013: 14). This process occurs in traditional sports clubs, school sport programmes, community outreach programmes, and talent development systems. In these contexts, coaches may engage in a process involving planning, delivering, and reviewing sport sessions aimed at the development of young people. Importantly, young people may have a variety of different needs and participate in a variety of sports and organisational settings. Furthermore, each of these contexts and the process of coaching young people are influenced by a wide variety of macro social, economic, and political factors that impact and shape the interactions between coaches and others such as young people, fellow coaches, and parents. This means that youth sport coaching, while a ubiquitous term can manifest in different ways in particular contexts. For example, youth sport coaching may involve the facilitation of informal physical activity in a particular sport. In another setting youth sport coaching could include the structured and detailed long-term planning of multiple biopsychosocial variables targeted at achieving competitive outcomes. With this variety in mind, youth sport coaching is best understood as an umbrella term for a varied range of contextual coaching that aims to support the development of young people in sport.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge Resources Online: Sports Studies on 28th June 2024, available online: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780367766924-ress143-1
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Routledge
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2024 09:18
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 09:18
DOI or ID number: 10.4324/9780367766924-RESS143-1
Editors: Girginov, V and Marttinen, R
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23678
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