While youth athletes spend their summer honing their skills, their coaches now have the chance to hone theirs.
Pierce College’s Continuing Education program is for the first time offering a class specifically for youth sports coaches. Introduction to Principles of Coaching is a 20-hour course that provides a comprehensive overview of the latest theories and techniques of sports psychology, team and risk management, training and injury prevention, coaching philosophy, and skills training.
“Coaches rarely have the opportunity to gather with other coaches and discuss these types of issues in a non-competitive environment,” said Lisa Murray, coach and instructor. “New coaches will gain the training and skills they need to start off with their teams in a positive, productive way, while more experienced coaches will learn new techniques and approaches, and gain new insight into training and injury prevention.”
The course is a combination of classroom and online instruction. Coaches must attend two classroom sessions, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 26 and July 10 at Pierce College South Hill Park in Puyallup. The remainder of the instruction will be completed online.
The course offers two options for students. There is a credit option, in which students earn two college credits for completing the course. Total cost is $279 and includes all course materials, books, workbooks, and exam fees. There is also a non-credit option, which is $229 (also includes all course materials, books, workbooks, and exam fees).
The information provided in the Introduction to Principles of Coaching course follows the guidelines specified by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and is designed to meet accepted knowledge and skills requirements of the Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Coaching Standards program. Interested students will be offered the opportunity to take the ASEP Certification Exam. Those arrangements can be made through the instructor.
For more information, call the Pierce College Continuing Education program at (253) 840-8453.