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PHSE330 Sports Coaching

A study of coach and player behaviour and effective coaching strategies.

In the past 30 years many conceptual models of coaching have emerged, each informed by different theoretical perspectives. While these models have been helpful in some respects, Côté and Gilbert (2009) noted that 'there are no cohesive definitions of effective coaching or coaching expertise that underpin the processes, knowledge, and behaviours involved in the development of athletes' (p.308). Upon reviewing the conceptual models, Côté and Gilbert identified three commonalities that influence coaches' work and, when integrated, can be used to gain a greater understanding of coaching effectiveness and coach expertise. The commonalities are:

  1. Coaches' knowledge
  2. Athlete outcomes
  3. Contexts
This work has informed the recently published International Sport Coaching Framework. In PHSE 330 two of these components (coaches' knowledge and athlete outcomes) are used to organise the discussion about coaching.

Paper title Sports Coaching
Paper code PHSE330
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $853.72
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 205 and PHSE 206
PHSE 550
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures only
This paper explores coaching from a socio-cultural perspective. This is not a 'how to' coach paper, and there is no practical component in PHSE 330.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Tania Cassidy
Paper Structure
The paper covers two topics:
  • Coaches' knowledge (specifically, disciplinary knowledge and ethics)
  • Athlete outcomes (specifically, youth sport)
It would be desirable if students had some experience of being coached or being a coach.
Readings will be supplied and posted on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the paper you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate skills necessary for intellectual independence
  • Critically analyse professional practice by drawing upon theories and literature associated with the disciplines that inform the socio-cultural interpretations of sports coaching
  • Critically reflect upon and evaluate the ethical and social implications of your knowledge and actions
  • Demonstrate your ability to effectively communicate ideas

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-12, 15-22