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Coaching Minor

Division of Professional Studies

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The coaching minor program at Bridgewater College seeks to prepare competent and quality coaches, in line with the National Standards for Sport Coaches, who will become reflective and transformational leaders in their sport and communities.

The coaching minor program focuses on combining the science and practice of coaching to help students develop the knowledge and skills to effectively coach as well as understand why certain coaching practices are important to implement. Core to our training of coaches is the development of the whole person as our future coaches are encouraged to develop an athlete-centered philosophy, promote life skill development, and see coaching as teaching student-athletes physical as well as mental skills.

Our curriculum incorporates a learner-centered approach using a variety of instructional strategies to meet students’ varied learning styles and experiences and help students develop the knowledge and skills to be an effective coach. The program also incorporates several practical learning experiences (e.g., case studies, coach observations, micro-teaching) culminating in a coaching practicum where the students apply what they have learned as well as reflect on their own coach development.

To attest to the quality of the program, the coaching minor program has been accredited by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE), making it the first undergraduate program at a private, four-year liberal arts college to be accredited.

The coaching minor consists of 24 credit hours. The following courses are required:

Introduction to the coaching profession.Examination of areas such as developing anathlete-centered philosophy teaching positivevalues and facilitating social and emotionalgrowth through sport physical training basicsthe role of nutrition in athletic performanceaccurate information about drugs and supplementseffective communication skills and motivationaltechniques organizing practices and creatingpractice plans and generating program and coachevaluations.

Unit(s): 3

Fundamentals of administering first aid in allitsaspects with attention to the prevention andtreatment of athletic injuries. Emphasis ongeneral safety procedures surrounding activitiesof school college and community environments.Estimated Extra Cost 2015 Interterm 125

Unit(s): 3

Practical experience in evaluation of physicalfitness and its application to the implementationof safe and effective exercise training programs.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of human movement from theperspectivesof motor learning motor development and motorcontrol. The basic psychological learningprinciples and theories apply to the acquisitionof motor skills and factors which may influenceskill learning are identified as is physicalgrowth and development as related to motorperformance across the lifespan.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of standards and policies in theorganization supervision and administration ofhealth exercise science and athletics on allschool levels and in all phases of the program.

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the role psychology plays inphysical education and sport settings.Exploration of how psychological factors (e.g.personality achievement motivation anxiety) caninfluence participation in physical activity andmotor performance how the structure of sport andphysical education programs influencepsychological development and how teachingmental skills (e.g. arousal regulation goalsetting visualization) may enhance motorperformance in physical education and sport.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
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An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
ENG 110Writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

The course introduces students to thefundamentals of teaching sport skills how toorganize and run effective practices and basicstrength and conditioning principles toeffectively train student-athletes.Organizational methods technologicalconsiderations and administrative concerns arealso included. Students will also learn thetechniques and tactics from basic fundamentals todetailed strategies of a sport as well as gainpractical experience with a sport coach.Prerequisite ES 240

Unit(s): 3

Practicum experience within the field ofcoaching. Students will complete 100 hours ofcompetency-based work in a coaching environmentas well as reflect on their experiences as itrelates to the knowledge and skill competenciesof the National Standards for Sport Coaches.Prerequisites ES 380 and junior standing orpermission of instructor

Unit(s): 2

ES activity course

This minor may be taken with any major, including health and physical education or health and exercise science.

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Dr. Lori Gano-Overway, Associate Professor
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