International Sport Coaching Journal

An Official Journal of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)

ISCJ launched in replacement of the Journal of Coaching Education

Volume 8 (2021): Issue 2 (May 2021)

The International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ) is a venture of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and is published by Human Kinetics. Its mission is to advance the profession of coaching. In short, ISCJ seeks to convey today’s art and science of coaching through a perfect blend of relevant studies, technical insights, examples of coaching methods employed around the world, engaging front-line stories, and thought-provoking commentaries.

ISCJ was launched in 2014 as volume 1, replacing the Journal of Coaching Education (JCE), for which there were six volumes published. To view JCE content, click here.


The mission of the International Sport Coaching Journal is to advance the profession of coaching through peer-reviewed research articles, informative essays, experiential accounts, and systematic applications that enhance the education, development of knowledge, leadership, and best practices of coaches.

ISCJ will seek to convey today’s art and science of coaching through a perfect blend of relevant studies, technical insights, examples of coaching methods employed around the world, engaging front-line stories, and thought-provoking commentaries.


Bettina Callary
Cape Breton University, Canada

Editors-in-Chief Emeriti

Pat Duffy (2014)
Wade Gilbert (2014–2019)

Associate Editors

Gordon Bloom
McGill University, Canada

Andrew Gillham
Sanford Sports Science Institute, USA

Sophia Jowett
Loughborough University, UK

Steven Rynne
University of Queensland, Australia

Digest Editors

Ian Cowburn
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Tom Mitchell
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Editorial Board

Andrew Bennie, Western Sydney University, Australia

Marte Bentzen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway

Tania Cassidy, University of Otago, New Zealand

Diane Culver, University of Ottawa, Canada

Lea-Cathrin Dohme, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Larissa Galatti, University of Campinas, Brazil

Lori Gano-Overway, James Madison University, USA

Brian Gearity, University of Denver, USA

Dan Gould, Michigan State University, USA

Clayton Kuklick, University of Denver, USA

Koon Teck Koh, National Instit. of Education, Singapore

Sergio Lara-Bercial, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Michel Milistetd, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Lee Nelson, Edge Hill University, UK

Leanne Norman, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia

Scott Rathwell, University of Lethbridge, Canada

Fernando Santos, Polytechnic Institute of Porto and Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Mike Sheridan, Ohio University, USA

Rob Townsend, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Pete Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College, USA

Robin Vealey, Miami University, USA

Amy Whitehead, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

ICCE Advisory Group

Vice President Africa

Jerry Segwaba, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

Vice President Americas

Christine Bolger, United States Olympic Committee

Vice President Asia

Jiexiu Zhao, Chinese Institute of Sport Science

Vice President Europe

Kirsi Hämäläinen, Finnish Olympic Committee

Vice President Oceania

Darlene Harrison, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Sports Commission

ICCE Research Committee

Bettina Callary, Cape Breton University, Canada

Kristen Dieffenbach, West Virginia University, USA

Larissa Galatti, University of Campinas, Brazil

Sergio Lara-Bercial, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Christine Nash, University of Edinburgh, UK

Julian North, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia

Human Kinetics Staff
Crystal Lasky Robinson, Journals Managing Editor

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Authors must submit their manuscripts through the journal’s ScholarOne online submission system. To submit, click the button below:

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Authorship Guidelines

The Journals Division at Human Kinetics adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
b. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
c. Final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions a, b, and c must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. *Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (1991). New England Journal of Medicine, 324, 424–428.

Open Access

Human Kinetics is pleased to allow our authors the option of having their articles published Open Access. In order for an article to be published Open Access, authors must complete and return the Request for Open Access form and provide payment for this option. To learn more and request Open Access, click here.

Manuscript Guidelines

The International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes Original Research papers, Best Practices papers, Coaching In papers, and Insights papers. These manuscript types are described below.

Manuscript Types

Original Research

Peer-reviewed research is critical to the journal for fulfilling its mission and achieving its desired stature and impact. This section will comprise 25-30% of the content of each issue. Research manuscripts will report studies in coaching and coach education, explaining the purpose, methodology, sample, results, and implications. A variety of research designs are welcomed, but manuscripts should, with rare exception, not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).

Best Practices

These manuscripts are reports of specific, successful documented efforts that improved – or evidence-based guidelines that can be used to improve – coaching performance in an area of responsibility or competency. Whether entirely innovative or a variation on a tried and true approach, the best practice described must offer evidence as to how coaching performance was, or could be, enhanced and should be applicable across sports. Papers documenting best practices should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).

Coaching In

This section will highlight the status of coaching and coach education in a specific country. A broader perspective on the sport infrastructure, financing, participation, etc. will provide the backdrop for an in-depth look at the sport and coaching organizations, educational and development levels and systems, and key figures that define coaching in that part of the world. Coaching In section articles should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).


This section includes well-reasoned and effectively articulated perspectives on issues or approaches in coaching and coaching education. This could take the form of point-counterpoint columns on a controversial topic. Insights section papers are intended to stimulate thought and prompt open dialogue about coaching, as well as contribute to new lines of study in coaching. Papers of this type typically should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages (including abstract, references, tables, and figures).


In preparing manuscripts for publication in ISCJ, authors should use British spelling and follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020). Writing should be concise and direct. Avoid unnecessary jargon and abbreviations, but use an acronym or abbreviation if the spelled-out version of a term is cumbersome. Avoid abbreviations in the title. Formats of numbers and measurement units, and all other style matters, including capitalization, punctuation, references, and citations, must follow the APA Publication Manual.

Cover Letters

Upon submission, authors must upload a separate cover letter that lists (1) the title of the manuscript, (2) the date of submission, and (3) the full names of all the authors, their institutional or corporate affiliations, and their e-mail addresses. In addition to this essential information, the cover letter should be composed as described on pp. 382–383 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020), including clear statements pertaining to potential fragmented publication, authorship, and other ethical considerations.

Editorial Decisions

Submissions that are rejected (i.e., that do not receive a minor or major-revision decision and invitation to resubmit) should not be resubmitted without editor invitation to ISCJ per the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2020, p. 381), which reads that any manuscript "that has been rejected by a journal may not be revised and resubmitted to that same journal".

Manuscript Format

The manuscript must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Other file formats, including PDF documents, are not accepted for the main (text) document. The manuscript should contain no clues as to author identity, such as acknowledgments, institutional information, and mention of a specific city. Thus, information that might identify the author(s) should be omitted or highlighted in black. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the manuscript and date of submission. All manuscripts must include an abstract of 150−200 words and three to six keywords chosen from terms not used in the manuscript title. Line numbers should be embedded in the left margin to facilitate the review process. For studies involving humans, the participants section must include a statement certifying that the study received institutional approval and that the participants’ informed consent was obtained. Manuscripts should not exceed the page length mentioned for each article type above.

Figures and Photos

If figures are included, each figure must be numbered in consecutive numerical order. A figure should have a caption that is brief and self-explanatory, and that defines all nonstandard abbreviations used in the figure. Captions must be listed separately, on a page by themselves; however, each figure must be clearly identified (numbered), preferably as part of its filename. Artwork should be professional in appearance and have clean, crisp lines. Hand drawing and hand lettering are not acceptable. Figures may use color. Shades of gray do not reproduce well and should not be used in charts and figures. Instead, stripe patterns, stippling, or solids (black or white) are good choices for shading. Line art should be saved at a resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) in JPEG or TIFF format. Photographic images can be submitted if they are saved in JPEG or TIFF format at a resolution of 300 dpi. If photos are used, they should be black and white, clear, and show good contrast. Any figures or photos from a source not original to the author must be accompanied by a statement from the copyright holder(s) giving the author permission to publish it; the source and copyright holder must be credited in the manuscript.


When tabular material is necessary, it should not duplicate the text. Tables must be formatted using Microsoft Word’s table-building functions. (Using spaces or tabs in your table creates problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors). Tables should be single-spaced on separate pages and include their brief titles. Explanatory notes are to be presented in footnotes, below the table. The size and complexity of a table should be determined with consideration for its legibility and ability to fit the printed page.

Video Clips

Short video clips may be submitted to illustrate your manuscript. Files may be submitted through ScholarOne for review as part of the manuscript; each digital video file should be designated and uploaded as a “supplementary file,” and should be no larger than 15–20 MB (or 5–10 seconds, depending on compression). Video should be submitted in either .WMV or QuickTime (.mov) format with a standard frame size of 320 × 240 pixels and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. You also should indicate in the cover letter accompanying your submission that you have submitted a video file.

Digital material from a source not original to the author must be accompanied by a statement from the copyright holder giving the author permission to publish it; the source and copyright holder must be credited in the manuscript. Human Kinetics will inspect all video submissions for quality and technical specifications, and we reserve the right to reject any video submission that does not meet quality standards and specifications.

Manuscript Review

All manuscripts are evaluated via masked review and are reviewed by an editorial board member and at least one other reviewer. Submissions will be judged on the basis of the manuscript’s interest to the readership, theoretical and empirical contribution, adherence to accepted scientific principles and methods, and clarity and conciseness of writing. There are no page charges to authors. Manuscripts may not be submitted to another journal at the same time. Authors of manuscripts that are accepted for publication must transfer copyright to Human Kinetics, Inc. Exceptions to this copyright transfer rule will be made for government employees. Additional exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Desk Rejection Policy

Before full review, submissions are examined at the editorial level. If the Editor and an Editorial Board Member believe the submission has extensive flaws or is inconsistent with the mission and focus of the journal, the manuscript may receive a desk reject decision.

Special Issue Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to help prepare a special issue proposal for ISCJ. In 4 pages or less, the proposal needs to address the following questions using the headings provided. Please send your completed proposal to Editor-in-Chief Bettina Callary at

1. Synopsis

  • In 150 words or less, what is your special issue about?
  • Be sure to include its main themes and objectives.

2. Rationale

  • What are you proposing to do differently/more innovatively/better than has already been done on the topic (in ISCJ specifically, as well as in the field more generally)?
  • Why is now the time for a special issue on this topic?
  • Why is ISCJ the most appropriate venue for this topic?

3. Outline of Special Issue

  • How will each type of ISCJ paper (Original Research, Best Practices, Coaching In, Insights) be integrated into the special issue?
  • How many papers do you envision for the special issue?
  • Names of authors who will be invited to submit papers, and paper topics?

4. Qualifications

  • Are you proposing to serve as Guest Editor for this special issue?
  • If so, please provide a copy of your vitae with the proposal.
  • If not, do you have suggestions for a potential Guest Editor?

5. Timeline

  • Given that it takes approximately 12 months to complete a special issue, please provide a detailed timeline including estimated dates or time frames for the following steps:
    • Call for papers
    • Submission deadline
    • Review process (averages 4 months)
    • Revision process (averages 3 months)
    • Final editing and approval from ISCJ editor
    • Completion and submission to Human Kinetics (needs to be at least 2 months prior to the issue cover month; e.g., completion by March 1 for the May issue)

*Note: All submissions must meet the standard ISCJ submission guidelines.

Submit a Manuscript

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically as a Microsoft Word document via the ISCJ ScholarOne site (see submit button at the top of this page). ScholarOne will manage the electronic transfer of ISCJ manuscripts throughout the manuscript review process, providing step-by-step instructions. Problems encountered on the ScholarOne site can be resolved by choosing “Help” in the upper right corner of the screen.

Please review the APA checklist for manuscript submission before submitting your manuscript. Authors of accepted manuscripts must obtain and provide the managing editor all necessary permissions for reproduced figures, pictures, or other copyrighted work prior to publication. The authors also will need to complete and sign the copyright agreement, which will be provided to authors.


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