Leadership & Coaching Sport Programs

Course Details

Course Number: SPAD 5113   Section Number: X10

Fall 2011

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Course Attachments

SPAD 5113 Leadership & Coaching Sport Programs - Syllabus   SyllabusF11Leadership.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Julie Wood   
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Course Objectives


  1. Students will explore and discuss qualities of leadership that facilitate teaching, guiding, motivating, and winning.
  2. Students will explore and discuss selected ethical issues and problems that are inherent to coaching athletes in successful sport programs.
  3. Students will identify and discuss current issues and concerns associated with recruiting, salaries and benefits received by winning coaches, problem athletes (behavior, legal), and governing body regulations that have become problematic in today's high-powered sport programs. 
  4. Students will identify, describe, and apply components and elements characteristic of a quality practice session.

Course Expectations



  1. Reflection Paper (100 pts)

·         Read Textbook

·         Assignment – Write a 5-6 page reflection paper summarizing what you learned from reading the text and how this knowledge is applicable to you as a coach. (100 pts)

·         Submission Deadline – Sunday, November 20, 9:00 pm



  1. Literature Review (100 pts)

·         Topic – Ethical Issues of Concern in Coaching Athletics

·         Requirements – 2-3 page paper summarizing current issues; must review at least 5 current articles (2005-2011) from professional and /or research based journals; add a reference page with complete citations; content must be appropriately referenced; APA format

·         Submission Deadline – Sunday, September 18, 9:00 pm


  1. Practice Session (100 pts)

·         Assignment – Identify and describe components and elements characteristic of a quality practice session. From this information, design a 2-hour practice session for the sport of your choice. General requirements include objectives, required equipment and facilities, diagrams and explanation of drills, and references.

·         Submission Deadline – Sunday, October 16, 9:00 pm


  1. Discussion Boards (50 pts each for total of 200 pts)

·         Assignment – Four discussion topics will be posted throughout the semester. Students are required to post one primary response relevant to the discussion topic that is supported by the current literature. A full citation must be provided at the top of the post (APA format). Students are also required to post one response (secondary post) to each student's primary response. Secondary posts do not need to be referenced.

·         Topics

-          September   Issues and Problems Inherent in Athletic Recruiting

-          October   Salaries of Athletic Coaches: Insulting, Realistic, or Excessive

-          November   Dealing with Problem Athletes: Forgiveness, Suspension, or Dismissal

-          December   Governing Body Regulations: Under-regulated, Adequate, Over-regulated


Note: Grading rubrics for each of the assignments and an example of a primary discussion response will be posted on the course home page.



Grading Standards


                A             475-500 pts         95%

                B             425-474 pts         85%

                C             350-424 pts         70%

                F              < 350      pts

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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