HDPE 445: APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY- fall 2006

 

Wednesday 3:10- 5:40 PM                                                 Herrick Hall 205

Dr. Craig Stewart                                                        Herrick Hall 219

Office hours: by appointment                                    994-3242

e-mail: cstewart@montana.edu

 

 

 

OBJECTIVES:

ASSUMPTIONS: Students in this class will have
 

OBJECTIVES: This course is designed for upper division students who have either experience or a strong interest in coaching athletes at any level.

The goal is to provide the students with knowledge in the application of basic principles of psychology to athletes.

 

 

ASSUMPTIONS:  Students in this class will have

1)    successfully completed HDPE 267, Introduction to Coaching*

2)    the desire to improve their coaching ability

3)    the motivation to work hard in this class (400 level) exhibited by

a.     reading all the assignments

b.     coming to every class prepared to discuss the topic(s) of the day

(* or have permission from Dr. Stewart to take the course)


 


READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

 

1) Text: SPORT PSYCHOLOGY: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE- Mark Anshel

2) Additional readings throughout the semester (on line or handouts in class)

In class assignments: Throughout the semester, the class will have assignments that are completed in class or relate to special guest presenters. These assignments will be, for the most part, unannounced and can only be completed by being in class.

 

Homework assignments: <as noted on the syllabus>

EVALUATION:

 

  • Open notes, comprehensive* final exam                                            40%
  • Group** Power Point presentation                                                   ..30%
  • Homework assignments                                                                      20%
    (electronically submitted to Dr. Stewart)
  • In class assignments                                                                            10%

*comprehensive= your notes from assigned readings, lectures, discussions, assignments, presentations

 

** Group Power Point presentation:

= 30-45 minute presentation in one of the following areas

( in extreme cases, a student may opt to work alone)

TOPICS: (group will select ONE)

1)    characteristics of successful athletes:

a.     define 'successful' with supporting references

b.     identify 10-20 ‘successful’ athletes and get them to provide you with the following

  • what they most like about playing their sport
  • what they least like about playing their sport
  • at what age did they only play the sport in which they are successful (if ever)
  • what are the characteristics of their favorite coach (of all their coaches)
  • what are the characteristics of the least favorite coach (of all their coaches)
  • -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2)    characteristics of youth athletes

a.     define ‘youth’ athletes…….. with referenced support

b.     identify 10-20 ‘youth’ athletes and get them to provide you with the following

  • what they most like about playing their sport
  • what they least like about playing their sport
  • what are the characteristics of their favorite coach(of all their coaches)
  • what are the characteristics of the least favorite coach (of all their coaches)
  • have they ever quit a sport and if YES, why
  • -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3)    characteristics of coaches

a.     identify 10-15 coaches and find out

  • what sport & gender do they coach; & how long have they coached
  • why they coach- 1 to 3 primary reasons
  • what formal training have they experienced
  • what are the primary ‘downsides’ of coaching - 1 to 3 negative aspects
  • coping skills and strategies that have worked for them
  • how do they currently define a ‘successful’ program;
  • ( has that definition changed with time and if so, how).
  • -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4)    characteristics of parents

a.     identify parents of 12-15 athletes and determine

  • what experience(s) did they have in sport
    • did they play
    • what sport
    • how long and
    • at what level
  • what is their most positive memory of participation
  • what is their most negative memory of participation
  • what coaching characteristics do they want for their kids
  • define the goals they have for their kids in sport
  • how do they define ‘success’ for their children in sport
  • -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Presentation format:

1)    Power Point

2)    All group members will participate in presentation

3)    30 – 45 minute presentation that will include

a.      Introduction (general overview of topic)

b.     Review of related literature ( reference paraphrased into a ‘report on the issues')

c.     Methodology (how you gathered the information)

d.     Results ( a summary of your findings)

e.     Conclusions and applications (the meaning of your results:

(how they might help coaches, players and/or coach educators)

4)    15-30 minutes for questions from the class

5)    Copies of your presentation (3 to a page) given to

a.     Dr. Stewart the class day ON OR BEFORE Nov.

b.     To the other class members the day of you presentation

 

 


CLASS OVERVIEW:

Week of
Wednesday
assignment
other
8/30
  • Class introduction
  • Basic requirements
  • Ch. 2 Characteristics of Successful Athletes
   
9/6
  • Ch. 2 Characteristics of Successful Athletes
  • Ch. 10 Coaching Youth Sports
abstract for : Try a Little ASP- A Figone electronically submitted to Dr. Stewart before TUESDAY, Sept. 5th.  
9/13
  • Ch. 10 Coaching Youth Sports
  • Ch. 3 Motivating Athletes
   
9/20
  • Ch. 3 Motivating Athletes
  • Ch. 4 Attributes: Explaining Causes

BEFORE class time read: The relationship between goal orientation and perceived purposes of sport among youth sport participants. Sally A. White; Joan L. Duda; Michael R. Keller.

completed abstract to me (electronically) by before Friday, Sept 22)

 
9/27
  • Ch. 4 Attributes: Explaining Causes
  • Ch. 5 Regulating Stress, Anxiety & Arousal
   
10/4
  • Ch. 4 Attributes: Explaining Causes
  • Ch. 5 Regulating Stress, Anxiety & Arousal
   
10/11
Guest lectures

Completed abstract to me before CLASS this week:

Team Cohesion and Team Success in Sport -Carron, Bray & Eys

 

 
10/18
  • Ch. 5 Regulating Stress, Anxiety & Arousal
  • Ch. 7 Team Cohesion and Group Dynamics
   
10/25
  • Ch. 7 Team Cohesion and Group Dynamics
  • Ch. 8- Leadership in Sports: A matter of style

Completed abstract to me before class:

Athletic Injury Experience: A Qualitative Focus Group Approach. Vincent J. Granito Jr..

 
11/1
  • Ch. 8- Leadership in Sports: A matter of style
  • Ch. 12 Athletes Speak for Themselves
   
11/8
  • Ch. 12 Athletes Speak for Themselves
  • Practical suggestions for coaches
   
11/15
  • Group presentations
   
11/22
No class
   
11/29
  • Group presentations
   
12/6
  • Group presentations
   
12/11 FINALS