Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches

Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches

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    Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches is designed to help current and aspiring coaches teach the skills athletes need in order to perform at their best. Written from a real-world perspective primarily for high school coaches, this practical, user-friendly text addresses the who, what, and how questions facing every coach: Who are the athletes I’m coaching? What are the skills I need to teach? How do I teach the skills effectively?

    Coaches will address these questions by thoroughly examining such concepts as individual differences exhibited by athletes; technical, tactical, and mental skills athletes need to learn; content and structure of skill practice; the art of providing feedback; and the preparation of athletes for competition. This exploration prepares coaches to work with athletes competently and confidently.

    The easy-to-follow format of the text includes learning objectives that introduce each chapter, sidebars illustrating sport-specific applications of key concepts and principles, chapter summaries organized by content and sequence, key terms, chapter review questions, activities that challenge readers to apply concepts to real-world situations, and a comprehensive glossary.

    Table of Contents

    ASEP Silver Level Series Preface
    Preface
    Acknowledgments

    Part I Foundations of Skill Instruction

    Chapter 1 Basics of Good Teaching
    Differences Between Learning and Performing
    Three Basic Ingredients of Skill Instruction
    Process-Focused Approach to Providing Sport Skill Instruction
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 2 It All Starts With the Athlete
    Individual Differences
    Learner Characteristics
    Difficulties in Predicting Future Performance Success
    Learning Aids

    Part II Skills Your Athletes Need

    Chapter 3 Technical Skills
    What Are Technical Skills?
    Classifications of Technical Skills
    Speed–Accuracy Trade-Off
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 4 Tactical Skills
    Understanding Tactical Skills
    Identifying Important Tactical Skills
    Helping Your Athletes Develop Their Tactical Skills
    Creating a Blueprint of Tactical Options
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 5 Mental Skills
    Emotional Arousal in Athletic Performance
    Attention During Sport Competition
    Connection Between Arousal and Attention
    Memory in Performance Preparation
    Using Mental Skills to Maximize Performance
    Combining Mental and Physical Rehearsal
    Learning Aids

    Part III Designing Practice Sessions

    Chapter 6 Skill Analysis: Deciding What to Teach
    Identifying the Skills Your Athletes Need to Learn
    Setting Goals
    Analyzing Technical Skills
    Identifying Target Behaviors
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 7 Deciding on the Content and Structure of Practice
    Games Approach to Skill Practice
    Establishing Two-Way Communication
    Instructions, Demonstrations, and Guidance
    Modifications of Technical Skill Rehearsal
    Practice Structure
    Developing Athletes’ Anticipation
    Games Approach to Practicing for Competition
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 8 Providing Feedback
    Intrinsic and Extrinsic Feedback
    Verbal and Visual Feedback
    Outcome and Performance Feedback
    Program and Parameter Feedback
    Descriptive and Prescriptive Feedback
    Practical Considerations for Giving Feedback
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 9 Combining the Practice of Technical, Tactical, and Mental Skills
    Planning Effective Practices
    Creating Practice Activities
    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Practice Activities
    A Final Comment
    Learning Aids

    Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
    Appendix B: Answers to Practical Activities
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index
    About the Author

    Audience

    High school coaches; also for college undergraduates pursuing professions as coaches, physical education teachers, and sport fitness practitioners.

    About the Author

    Craig A. Wrisberg, PhD, is a professor of sport psychology in the department of exercise, sport, and leisure studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he has taught since 1977. During the past 30 years he has published numerous research articles on the topics of anticipation and timing in performance, knowledge of results and motor learning, and the role of cognitive strategies in sport performance. He is also the coauthor (with Richard Schmidt) of the popular text Motor Learning and Performance, published by Human Kinetics. In 1982 he received the Brady Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 1994 the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement.

    A former president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Dr. Wrisberg is a fellow of both AASP and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

    In addition to teaching and conducting research, Dr. Wrisberg provides mental training services for student-athletes in the men's and women's athletics departments at Tennessee. In his work with athletes, he applies many of the important concepts and principles covered in Sport Skill Instruction for Coaches.

    Dr. Wrisberg enjoys several outdoor activities, including tennis, canoeing, and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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