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Increasing the Effectiveness of Formal Coach Education: Evidence of a Parallel Process

Stewart A. Vella, Trevor P. Crowe, and Lindsay G. Oades

The Big Idea

One of the remarkable features of youth sport participation is its voluntary nature; another is how many youngsters actually participate—about two thirds of all youth according to both Australia and USA census records. But why is it then that formal coach education programs are largely unremarkable by comparison?

The big idea of this paper is to offer one way to increase the effectiveness of formal and non-formal coach education. In order to help coaches learn practical skills with...

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