Beyond Winning and Losing: Guidelines for Evaluating High Performance Coaches

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This paper proposes a three-step method of evaluating high performance coaches involving feedback from the athletes. First, data are collected using an instrument such as the Coaching Behavior Scale for Sport (CBS-S: Côté, Yardley, Hay, Sedgwick, & Baker, 1999). Second, a summary report is prepared with descriptive information regarding the frequency of behaviors demonstrated by the coach that can be compared to previous results or to a criterion measure. The third step involves appropriate personnel reviewing the report and subsequently providing guidance for individual coach development. This three-step appraisal method provides useful evaluative feedback to coaches and has been used in several sport programs in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Cliff Mallett is with the School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia 4072. E-mail: cmallett@hms.uq.edu.au. Jean Côté is with n at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

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