Coach, Parent, and Administrator Perspectives on Required Coaching Education in Organized Youth Sport
International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Sage Publications Ltd.
Previous studies have primarily relied on coaches’ perspectives about whether and how to provide formal coachingeducation in youth sport. This study was designed to highlight multiple perspectives from key stakeholders (i.e., coaches,parents, and administrators) about the need for required formal coaching education programs in a youth sport community. We applied Bronfenbrenner’s process-person-context-time framework to understand views on required coaching education and children’s development through sport from an ecological vantage. The sample included 202 coaches,309 parents, and 38 administrators who were involved in youth sport. In an online survey, participants were askedwhether they agreed or disagreed that coaching education should be required, followed by an open-ended questionasking them to elaborate on their answer. Quantitatively, the majority of participants agreed or strongly agreed thatcoaching education should be required. Inductive–deductive qualitative analyses resulted in 49 lower order themesrepresenting 11 higher order themes that spanned the four categories of the process-person-context-time framework.Themes highlighted both convergence and divergence among the perspectives of coaches, parents, and administratorsabout why coaching education should or should not be required.
Bolter, N. D. , Petranek, L. J., & Dorsch, T. E. (2018). Coach, parent, and administrator perspectives on required coaching education in organized youth sport. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 13(3), 362-372.