Introduction to Coaching - VLACS
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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/18 weeks


Introduction to Coaching focuses on the various responsibilities of a coach and the skills needed to successfully fill this important position. Throughout the course, students will explore various coaching models and leadership styles, sports nutrition and sports psychology, as well as safety, conditioning, and cross-training. Students will learn effective communication, problem-solving, and decision making skills. The course will also introduce students to game strategy, tactical strategy, skills-based training, and coaching ethics.

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: The Role of a Coach

  • 1.1 Sports Careers & Venues
  • 1.2 What is a Coach?
  • 1.3 Coaching Philosophy


Unit 2: Building a Team

  • 2.1 Organization
  • 2.2 Leadership
  • 2.3 Communication


Unit 3: Team Safety

  • 3.1 Sports Safety
  • 3.2 Health-Related Fitness
  • 3.3 Understanding Movement


Unit 4: Training Athletes

  • 4.1 Sports Conditioning
  • 4.2 Game Play & Strategy
  • 4.3 Sport-Specific Training


Unit 5: Beyond the Playing Field

  • 5.1 Sports Nutrition
  • 5.2 Individualized Coaching
  • 5.3 Life Coaching



Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit


  • Building a Team
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of team building and leveraging opportunities in coaching to teaching lessons that are applicable beyond the sports venue by analyzing the effectiveness of various team building activities and identifying aspects of various sports that translate to other areas in life.
  • Coaching Philosophy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of quality core coaching values and practices by analyzing coaching techniques and practices, identifying positive coaching characteristics, and developing a coaching philosophy.
  • Coaching Safe Techniques
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of safe training techniques related to sport and exercise by researching safe techniques for various sports and designing practice plans that encompass appropriate drills and exercises.
  • Team Conditioning and Nutrition
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of sport specific technique, training and nutrition by analyzing and identifying proper mechanics and nutritional habits related to sport specific movements.



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