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Join your peers in coach education and coach development for free online conversations in the USCCE Engagement Event Series

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

JULY USCCE Engagement Event-

Continuing the conversation on youth sport coaching education & coach development strategies in the US

July 1st, 2024 at noon (ET) 

This Engagement Event will provide an opportunity for professionals to explore key ideas and themes from the 2024 North American Coach Development Summit as they relate to the development of a national sport coaching strategy. Did you attend the Summit? Great- be sure to the key takeaways that have stuck with you when you register and we will aggregate them and provide an overview of themes (this is not for research purposes and all information will be presented anonymously). Were you not able to join us for the Summit this year? Definitely join us for this Engagement Event to connect with peers and keep up with the discussion.

Register for the event here

USCCE Volunteer Coach Community of Practice Quarterly Calls

July 9th, 2024 at noon (ET)

Welcome to the first quarterly call for USCCE’s Community of Practice for organizations driving sport programming through volunteer coaches. This group will meet quarterly to address the growth, recruitment, and retention of volunteer coaches. This meeting will be facilitated by Board of Directors member Melissa Otterbein, MPH, and Community of Practice leader Alysha Matthews, PhD.

Can’t make it? Register anyway to stay informed about future calls & receive the recording!

Register for the event here

AUGUST USCCE Engagement Event-

Collective action in coaching education: A think tank to action for impact meeting

August 21, 2024 at noon (ET)

Following up on the 2024 North America Coach Development Summit and recent USCCE Engagement Events, this session will present think tank ideas for action cultivated from the previous live and virtual events. Participants will have an opportunity to identify topic areas they wish to explore and discuss with peers with a goal of developing special interest groups to work on impact activities. Additional details will be sent to registered participants one week before this event.
Register for the event here

Previous Topics in our Engagement Events

Answering the call for coaching education: Exploring collective action in alignment with national guidelines and strategies

May 1st, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm (ET)

Numerous US and global sport leadership organizations such as the US Department of Heath and Human Services, the President’s Council on Sport Fitness and Nutrition, and the Sport Integrity Global Alliance have released documents to support quality sport. These documents include guidelines and recommendations for sport coaching, coach education, and coach development. Join the USCCE and peers across all levels of the industry in a free virtual Engagement Event to discuss the impact and implications of these documents. This is an interactive program and breakout rooms will be used depending on the number of participants. View the USCCE summery infographic with hyperlinks to key documents 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

The Commission on the State of US Olympic & Paralympic Report:  Examining the implications for coaching education & coach development

April 16th, 2024 from 1 – 2 pm (ET)

In March 2024, the US Congress released a final report that was the results of over a year and a half long examination by a Commission tasked with examining the US Olympic and Paralympic movement through the lens of its appointed mission to support grassroots and amateur sport in the United States.  Recommendation 11 of the 12 made by the Commission calls for ‘Improving Coaching at All Levels’.  Join peers invested in coaching education and coach development to discuss the Commission recommendations and their application across academic, not-for-profit, high performance, and NGB contexts.  This is an interactive program and breakout rooms will be used depending on the number of participants. A copy of the Commission report can be found here (https://www.csusop.org/ )

 

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

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.

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.

 

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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