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In response to the rapidly changing world that influences how we engage and learn and in part due to COVID-19, in April 2020 the USCCE launched the Engagement Events series to provide virtual opportunities for conversation and collaboration among coach educators and coach developers across sports and sport contexts worldwide

USCCE Engagement Events are committed to providing professionals in coach education and coach development opportunities to discuss common challenges and share strategies for providing quality educational support to sport coaching professionals.

The USCCE also welcomes member driven engagement events.  Members are encouraged to share their expertise, ideas and passion for growing the conversations around essential topics in sport coaching education and coach development by hosting interactive engagement events through our Talking Peer 2 Peer series. To read more about this series and to review the guidelines, visit here.

Upcoming Topics in our Engagement Events

USCCE Supporting Female Coaches

Organizational practices of senior management in attracting, developing, and retaining women high performance coaches

February 28th, 2024 @ 4pm (ET)

The USCCE invites athletic directors, high performance managers, NGB CEOs, and others to this USCCE engagement event.

Presenter: Damien Taylor, PhD

There has been a good deal of research on barriers to women in high performance (HP) coaching. Damien’s research switches things around to focus on the good organizational practices that would increase the representation of women in HP coaching roles. Using qualitative research methods, Damien interviewed 16 women HP coaches and 13 senior managers from Australian National Sports Organizations. On this call Damien will share his findings and also lead some discussion on application to organizations. His paper can be found here

 

USCCE Engagement Events focus on creating professional peer spaces for discussion and shared best practices around essential topics.  Individual engagement will be encouraged through a live chat.
 
Register for the event here

Changing How We Trained Hockey Coaches

With USA Hockey

November 13th, 2023 @ 12pm (ET)

Ken Martel, Senior Director of Player and Coach Development, and Heather Mannix, Manager of Education and Player Development, from USA Hockey will be sharing how hockey revolutionized its coach training program and moved from an instructor led approach to a more facilitative approach using what they learned from the USCCE Coach Developer Academy.

They will share a bit about what the program looked like in the “before times” and then how it looks now. They will also share the “why” behind the change and share how they think it is impacting the coaches they train now. We will also get into some of the changes that needed to be made in order to implement a new system.

 

USCCE Engagement Events focus on creating professional peer spaces for discussion and shared best practices around essential topics.  Individual engagement will be encouraged through a live chat.

Previous Topics in our Engagement Events

Innovating sports through Artificial Intelligence: A closer look

With Marc O.Dagenais

June 28th, 2023 @ 7pm (ET)

Participate in this insightful USCCE Engagement Event with Adrenaline Solutions to learn how Artificial Intelligence can bring substantial improvements to sports coaching education and organization operations.  Engage in meaningful peer discussions and activities to explore the practical applications and benefits of integrating AI in sports coaching education and development. 
USCCE Engagement Events focus on creating professional peer spaces for discussion and shared best practices around essential topics.  Individual engagement will be encouraged through a live chat.

USCCE Engagement Event - Hiring and Supporting Quality Coaches through Coach Development

with Dr. Greg Lott

Time: May 9, 2023 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Coaches have substantial demands and oftentimes are not compensated commensurate with their time and efforts.

1) What is the value-added for coaches that we can build within their positions?

2) What is the difference between developing our coaches and supporting them?

Hiring and Supporting Quality Coaches through Coach Development

Dr. Greg Lott, Director of the Knetzer Family Institute, Associate Athletic Director, and Assistant Professor at Denison University, will share his expertise and experiences on shifting the culture of an institution to prioritize coach development and growth.  He will discuss using coach development as a recruiting tool to attract and retain a vibrant coaching staff, along with incorporating the notion of “coach support” to facilitate increased coach engagement and motivation.  Dr. Lott’s presentation may be of particular interest to high school and collegiate Athletic Directors, other program/NGB directors and administrators, and academics working in the coach development/coach education space.  This Zoom workshop will be interactive.

May 1, 2023 From 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm ET

DEI in Coach Education: USA Cycling and Trans-Inclusive Coaching

Speaker Lineup: Jon Tarkington

This is USCCE Member event

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee of the USCCE is hosting a second online workshop on trans-inclusive coaching. At this session, USA Cycling Director of Coaching Development & Education, Jon Tarkington, will share his organization’s strategies and approaches for transgender athletes. He will share how USA Cycling is navigating the guidelines set by their international governing body and the impact this has on the development of future coach education. Following this presentation (about 25 minutes), there will be an opportunity to engage with other participants to discuss future efforts in promoting inclusive sport for transgender athletes. The session will last about 1 hour via Zoom and any USCCE member is welcome to join. A recording of the session will be available.

 

February 13, 2023 From 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm ET

DEI in Coach Education: Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Athletes

Speaker Lineup: USCCE DEI Committee

This is USCCE Member event

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee of the USCCE is hosting an online workshop series on weaving DEI into formal coach education. The first session of the series will focus on how coaches and coach developers can support and create inclusive environments for transgender and non-binary athletes. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to dive deep into case studies related to coaching transgender and non-binary athletes. The session will last about 1 hour via Zoom and any USCCE member is welcome to join. 

February 9, 2023 From 11:00 am- 12:00 pm ET

Want to serve as an Accreditation or Recognition folio reader?

Speaker Lineup: Andrew Driska

This is a free and open event

Being a folio reader is a great way to learn more about the accreditation and recognition process while providing a valuable service to the field of coach development. NCACE folio readers review and evaluate the content of accreditation or recognition folios and receive an honorarium for their service. If you are planning to submit your own accreditation or recognition folio in the coming year, this is a great way to learn about the process from the inside-out. The webinar will be led by the NCACE chairperson, Dr. Andy Driska.

 

February 8, 2023 From 3:00 pm-4:00 pm ET

Seeking to get your coach education program accredited?

Speaker Lineup: Andrew Driska

This is a free and open event

The NCACE (National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education) will run a training webinar with a full question + answer session to explain the ins-and-outs of getting a program accredited. After the webinar, you should have a good understanding of when the time is right to seek accreditation, the benefits of accreditation to your program, and what you need to do to assemble an accreditation folio for your program. Accreditation is designed for coach education programs based in higher education, as well as comprehensive coach education and coach development programs run by national governing bodies and other sport coaching organizations in the noncredit education space. The webinar will be led by the NCACE chairperson, Dr. Andy Driska.

 

February 8, 2023 From 11:00 am-12:00 pm ET

Are you interested in NCACE Recognition, a low-barrier alternative to accreditation

Speaker Lineup: Andrew Driska

This is a free and open event

NCACE Recognition is a low-barrier alternative to accreditation, designed for coach education and coach development programs that are delivered by national governing bodies, coach development organizations, and other parties doing coach development work (it is not for coach education programs in colleges and universities). It is a great option for specialty coach development programs that focus on a single core responsibility of coaching, as opposed to all 7 core responsibilities of the National Standards for Sport Coaches. It is also a great option for new or growing programs. The webinar will be led by the NCACE chairperson, Dr. Andy Driska.

 

November 9, 2021 From 11:00 am-12:00 pm ET

Skill Acquisition, Motor Learning, and Coach Education

Speaker Lineup: Andrew Driska, John Kessel and Dr. Rajiv Ranganathan

This is a free and open event.

This Engagement Event will address the role that skill acquisition and motor learning principles play in coach education. In many cases, these principles are not prominently featured but could greatly benefit coaches in their skill development work with their athletes. The host, Dr. Andy Driska (Michigan State University), will lead a panel discussion with Dr. Rajiv Ranganathan (Michigan State University), an expert in motor learning principles and research, and John Kessel (currently in private practice, formerly of USA Volleyball). Questions will include: What motor learning principles surprise and challenge coaches? What are some effective ways to infuse motor learning principles into coach education? What are some skill acquisition questions and mysteries that we need to address in the next 10-15 years?

 

May 25, 2021 From 1:00 pm-2:30 pm ET

NCACE Accreditation Training Workshop

This is a free and open event
Interested in accrediting your coach education or coach development program? Please join us for this workshop to learn more about the Accreditation Process and steps to submitting a quality Accreditation folio.

December 2, 2021 From 1:00 pm-2:00 pm ET

A Critical Examination of Care in Coaching

This is a free and open event registration opens here 2 weeks before the event

Mental health and care are timely and essential topics in sport. What is the role of the coach in athlete mental well-being? What essential knowledge about mental health should a coach know relative to their coaching context? What skills and resources do coaching professionals need to best support athletes? What about the coaches themselves and their mental well-being? This engagement event will encourage attendees to explore how we as coach educations and coach developers can support and educate coaches relative to mental health care for their athletes and themselves.

May 10, 2021 From 1:00 pm-2:30 pm ET

NCACE Recognition Training Workshop

This is a free and open event

Interested in having your program recognized for alignment with the National Standards for Sport Coaches? Please join us for this workshop to learn more about the Recognition Path and steps to submitting a quality Recognition folio.

May 12, 2021 From 1:00 pm-2:30 pm ET

NCACE Reader Training Workshop

This is a free and open event

Interested in becoming a NCACE Reader for Accreditation and Recognition Folios? Please join us for this workshop to learn more about the role of the Reader and how to evaluate accreditation and recognition folios.

Previous Engagement Events have provided deep dives for members across a variety of topics such as: 

  • Does your Coach Education Program Meet the Minimum Standards for Quality Coach Education?

  • ADM and its role in Coaching Education

  • Coaching Education & Coach Development: A Conversation Among Current Graduate Students

  • Academic Coach Educators Chat

  • Notes from the CD Field: USA Hockey Coach Development Experiences

  • Notes from the CD Field: US Tennis Association Coach Development Experiences

  • Supporting Coaches in Returning from Isolation

  • The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Coaching Education in the Time of COVID-19

  • Dismantling Racial Barriers: An Open Conversation

  • Sharing Best Practices in Coaching Education: Creating and Facilitating Informal Learning Experiences in Higher Education Programs  –  A joint event with NAKKE

Suggest a Topic

Have a topic you would like to see covered in an Engagement Event or a sub-group of the coach developer and coach education community you would like to bring together for a conversation?
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