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Jody Langdon, Brandonn S. Harris, Glenn P. Burdette III, and Sara Rothberger

Studying perceived autonomy support, a basic tenet of self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000), provides some understanding as to how coaches can more positively influence youth athletes to enjoy and persist in youth sport. Borrowing insights from success in physical education and coaching-oriented interventions, the purpose of this paper was to highlight positive aspects and challenges of an innovative youth sport autonomy supportive training program for coaches. Positives included the initial training session and the use of an online training component. Challenges were the structure of the season, other coaches, and possibly the age of the athletes. Future training programs in youth sport coaching should increase in duration, provide specific examples of how to implement autonomy supportive coaching behaviors, as well as address solutions to the time constraints of the youth sport setting.

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Terry Rupert and Craig Buschner

Researchers have studied teaching and coaching separately, despite the fact that these roles overlap. The purpose of this study was to compare the instructional behaviors of educators who were engaged in the dual role of teaching high school physical education and coaching baseball. Nine teacher/coaches were observed using the ASU Observation Instrument. Of the 13 behavioral categories observed, significant differences were found in 5 categories. Coaching behaviors were greater for preinstruction, praise, and silence. Teaching behaviors were greater for the categories of management and the category “other.” The results demonstrate that instructional behaviors can vary depending upon context. This study supplements a beginning data base for comparisons of pedagogical behaviors of teacher/coaches.

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David P. Hedlund, Carol A. Fletcher, Simon M. Pack, and Sean Dahlin

, Utah, he has experience in athletic administration at the intercollegiate level and has coached baseball at the high school and intercollegiate levels. References Abraham , A. , & Collins , D. ( 2011 ). Taking the next step: Ways forward for coaching science . Quest , 63 ( 4 ), 366 – 384 . doi

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Matt R. Huml, Marion E. Hambrick, Mary A. Hums, and Calvin Nite

southern schools but is a major factor for the northern half of the country (women’s tennis). For spring sports, this led to challenges of constant cancellations and difficulties with rescheduling games while keeping within the LITB regulations. “Coaching baseball and softball in the north already has its