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Case Studies in Coaching

Dilemmas and Ethics in Competitive School Sports, 1st Edition

By Timothy M Baghurst


120 pages

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The nearly two dozen case studies in this timely book will help future and current coaches of school sports develop successful strategies to avoid or overcome challenges and become more aware of the need to remain professional and consider the implications of their actions. Based on real-life situations, it considers ethical and practical dilemmas from sports in locations across the country.

These compelling case studies illustrate everyday scenarios-such as teaching style conflicts, scheduling issues, cheating, confidentiality decisions, and working with over-involved parents-that occur in school coaching and athletics. The cases and thought-provoking discussion questions that follow allow readers to work through the types of dilemmas they will face in their coaching careers and then carefully formulate their responses and decisions. A resource list for each case allows readers to further explore the issues and develop their personal responses to each situation. An accompanying instructor's manual, available upon adoption, includes possible responses to all discussion questions.

Table of Contents


Case 1 Coaching Styles

Case 2 Scheduling and Use of Facilities

Case 3 Academic Ineligibility

Case 4 Running Up the Score

Case 5 Juggling Jobs, Juggling Life

Case 6 Coaching Girls Versus Boys

Case 7 Coach Relationships: Know Your Role

Case 8 Booster Pressure

Case 9 Athlete Injuries

Case 10 Crippling Success

Case 11 The Importance of Policies and Procedures

Case 12 Parents and Principals

Case 13 Winning Versus Player Development

Case 14 The Unsupportive Parent

Case 15 Stretching the Rules

Case 16 Age and Competition

Case 17 Eating Disorders: Watch What You Say

Case 18 Coach-Athlete Relationships

Case 19 The Importance of Athlete Equality

Case 20 Accusations: It Takes Just One

Case 21 In Loco Parentis

About the Author

Timothy Baghurst is an Associate Professor of Physical Education at Oklahoma State University, US. He teaches in the disciplines of physical education, coaching science, fitness and skills testing in PETE programs, and ethics in sport. Over the years he has acquired a multidisciplinary background that includes teaching and coaching at the junior and high school levels and has studied and worked at several different universities both in the United States and internationally. He has published more than a dozen peer reviewed articles, has made national and international presentations, and serves as a peer reviewer for several journals. In 2016 he was selected as a Research Fellow of SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America.

Anthony Parish is Doctoral Fellow of Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pedagogy at the University of Arkansas, US. Before working on his doctorate, he received a masters degree from Columbia University in Bio-behavioral Science. He teaches a variety of disciplines in physical education, coaching science, and health. He has more than 10 years of teaching experience at all educational levels and has coached several different sports. He has also worked as a strength and training coordinator and as a certified personal trainer. In addition, he is a former competitive bodybuilder.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Physical Education
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General

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