Evaluation of the Pilot Implementation of the Coaching for Life Skills Program

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  • 1 University of Ottawa
  • 2 University of Lethbridge
  • 3 University of Calgary
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Many forms of mainstream coach education continue to sparingly address content specifically related to positive youth development and/or life skills, instead maintaining a focus on the technical and tactical aspects of sport. The purpose of the paper is to present the evaluation findings of the pilot implementation of the Coaching for Life Skills program, designed to serve coaches operating in the context of high school sport. The study qualitatively explored what participants believed they experienced during their participation in the Coaching for Life Skills program, which was delivered to 68 Canadian high school coaches. Participants took part in one of six three-hour workshop (i.e., three workshops in English, three workshops in French). Of these 68 coaches, 10 voluntarily agreed to take part in individual semi-structured interviews. Findings demonstrated how the participants believed they learned important elements related to the coaching of life skills, particularly in terms of increasing their awareness of life skills, improving coach-athlete relationships, and employing coaching strategies that deliberately target life skills development and transfer.

Martin Camiré and Kelsey Kendellen are with the School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. Scott Rathwell is with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada. Evelyne Felber Charbonneau is with the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Martin Camiré at mcamire@uottawa.ca.
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