Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Fair Play Everyday: A Sportsmanship Training Program for Coaches

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Fair Play Everyday: A Sportsmanship Training Program for Coaches

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David Hansen, Sharon Kay Stoll, and Jennifer M. Beller, University of Idaho

Offering sportsmanship training and education to coaches has always been a dilemma. How to educate or train in a time effective manner as well as inspire coaches to learn has been difficult if not impossible. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to analyze the effectiveness of a cognitive sportsmanship training program on selected coaches. Participants were 420 coaches (317 men; 103 women) employed in state association member schools randomly assigned to one of three groups: Group 1 = Fair Play Everyday Video, Group 2 = Be a Sport Video, and Group 3 = Controls. Coaches in group 1 and Group 2 attended a 30-mm training program (introductions, overview of manual, video training program, and testing). Controls met to take the Sportsmanship Questionnaire (a valid and reliable tool for measuring cognitive knowledge about the sportsmanship manual). The Fair Play Everyday video, included upbeat music, humor, unexpected action, animated narration, and reduced extensive lists of responsibilities and behaviors to th ree "questions of right choice:" (a) Is the behavior or action honorable? (b) Is the behavior or action responsible? and (c) does the behavior or action foster or promote cooperation? …

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