D Alary Dalton Coaching To Win And Teaching Positive Life Skills Through Competitive Sports


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  • “…Winning is important and trying to win is essential”
  • RQ’s: What meaning does winning hold for them? What life skills do they emphasize? How do these understandings about winning and life skills shape their coaching practice?
  • D Alary Dalton Coaching To Win And Teaching Positive Life Skills Through Competitive Sports

    1. 1. d’Alary Dalton, Ed.D.<br />Power of Sport Summit<br />Coaching to win and teaching positive life skills in competitive sports <br />dalary.dalton@duxburyreef.net<br />6/7/2010<br />
    2. 2. “Sports best achieves its positive impact on participants and society when everyone plays to win.”<br />
    3. 3. Research shows that what matters is the way sports are designed and delivered.<br />S.U.P.E.R.<br />GOAL<br />(VCU Life Skills Center)<br />Hokowhitu Program<br />(New Zealand)<br />
    4. 4. Coacheschoose where to place the emphasis<br />(Siegel, 2007)<br />
    5. 5. Coaches’choices matter<br />
    6. 6. What’s inside the “black box” of sports?<br />(Holt & Sehn, 2008) <br />?<br />?<br />?<br />?<br />?<br />Picture by Hay Kranen / PD<br />
    7. 7. A Study of 8 WomenCoaches<br />
    8. 8. High school coaches emphasize three important concepts: <br />3<br />
    9. 9. Winning is an important goal.<br />1<br />
    10. 10. “I just don’t always think you can control the winning… I mean, the winning is a result, it’s not the process. The process is what interests me more than the result. I love to win. I’m super competitive. So that happens naturally. I think it’s why I need to focus more on the other things.”<br />(Elaine, lacrosse coach)<br />
    11. 11. “…the girls had no idea whether they were winning or losing during the game. That shocked me. They were just so excited that they played a game of lacrosse they didn’t realize we had lost. They were so excited.”<br />(Rachel, lacrosse coach)<br />
    12. 12. 2<br />Sports offer a wide varietyof life skills… <br />
    13. 13.
    14. 14. Trying to win is a life skill.<br />3<br />
    15. 15. “I believe that if you put in the work, sometimes you get the result you want, and sometimes you don’t, and that’s life, and that’s soccer, and I think you can learn as much from losing as you do from winning. Sometimes you learn more from losing.” <br />(Sharon, soccer coach)<br />
    16. 16. “There are some times when we lost, we put it all out there, we did our best… I always try to bring the kids back to that after the game. How did we play? Not did we win, did we lose, but how did we play?”<br />(Olivia, water polo coach)<br />
    17. 17. How do athletes understand “trying to win”?<br />How does “trying to win” influence coaching?<br />What are the costs of “trying to win”?<br />What do we need to know?(Issues of concern…)<br />
    18. 18. Questions?<br />6/7/2010<br />dalary.dalton@duxburyreef.net<br />
    19. 19. d’Alary Dalton, Ed.D.<br />Power of Sport Summit<br />Coaching to win and teaching positive life skills in competitive sports <br />dalary.dalton@duxburyreef.net<br />6/7/2010<br />
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