IHSA Coaching Principles Online Course-4th Edition
Online CourseCourse Components
The course includes the Coaching Principles textbook, one-year access to the course and its accompanying Coaching Successfully Manual and Coaching Aids (PDF downloads), the 100-question test and automatic test scoring, IHSA by-laws and separate IHSA by-laws test, certificate of course completion printable from the website, and entry in the National Coaches Registry. While you will have immediate access to the course upon purchase, we recommend you wait to begin the course until your textbook arrives. Please allow three to five business days for your textbook to be shipped to you.
Being a successful coach is an enormous challenge. School administrators, parents, athletes, and entire communities all have high expectations of today’s coaches. Good intentions are not enough for success; you need all the knowledge you can get. Most seasoned coaches have learned the skills of coaching through years of trial and error. Coaching Principles helps new coaches shorten that learning process—and reduce the painful errors—by teaching the principles of coaching based on the sport sciences and the wisdom of successful coaches.
Coaching Principles is based on extensive research and best practices featured in the accompanying textbook Successful Coaching, written by renowned sport psychologist Rainer Martens. The 20-unit course challenges coaches to define their coaching philosophy, objectives, and style; enhance communication and motivational skills; become more effective teachers; and improve team, relationship, risk, and self-management skills. Coaching Principles covers the fundamentals of being a successful coach—on and off the field.
The supporting videos total more than 90 minutes and depict scenarios coaches deal with on a daily basis. The video also features roundtable discussions with experienced master coaches who provide practical guidelines and sage advice for new coaches on a variety of topics.
Another feature of the course is the Coaching Successfully Manual. This downloadable, editable document can serve as a foundation for creating a comprehensive guide for the administration of a sport program. In addition to housing documents found in the course, the manual contains real-life examples of team policies, mission statements, coaching philosophies, and other ideas and forms coaches can use as is or modify to suite a specific program’s needs.
Coaching Principles also introduces a number of interactive exercises, including the Developmental Dozen, which are 12 goals that prepare coaches for the demands that they will face in developing athletes. At the conclusion of each course unit, coaches are encouraged to compile notes related to each of the 12 goals associated with the unit.
As coaches progress through the online course, they will be asked to read sections of the Successful Coaching book; participate in interactive exercises; watch video and listen to audio clips; refer to and complete a variety of self-assessments, forms, and checklists; and take unit quizzes. The course concludes with a 100-question test. All of these elements combine to make the Coaching Principles course an interactive and engaging learning experience.
A separate component devoted to IHSA by-laws is included with this course. IHSA by-laws are accessible from the IHSA website. A link to the by-laws is provided in the IHSA component. A separate IHSA test accompanies this section, which is a requirement of the IHSA coaching certification.
AudienceGeared toward Illinois high school coaches, serious club coaches, college and university undergraduate students, and advanced coaches at the youth level (those who coach athletes ages 14 and older), the 20-unit online course covers the fundamentals of being a successful coach—on and off the field.
Coaching Principles Online course includes the Successful Coaching print text, access to the online course and its downloadable documents (including the Coaching Successfully Manual), and the 100-question online test. Please allow five to seven business days for your course materials to be shipped to you.