Academic journal article Middle School Journal

AMLE in Action

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

AMLE in Action

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Coaching Sports in Middle School

An online coach education course

Great schools do what's best for students based on the characteristics and needs of those students. This concept is critical to all who teach 10- to 15-year-olds, for this is a time of rapid intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. Just as with teachers of academic subjects, adults who serve in the coach role also must be in tune with what is developmentally appropriate for this critical age group. Students deserve the chance to enjoy and learn by participating in sports, and coaches play a critical role in these experiences.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in partnership with the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), has developed an easy online course, Coaching Sports in Middle School, exclusively for coaches of middle grades students. Based on the AMLE book Clearing the Hurdles: Issues and Answers in Middle School Sports, by C. Kenneth McEwin and John Swaim, this course is based entirely on the concept that middle school sports should be developmentally appropriate for young adolescents. The course helps you assess your current sports program, consider the intramural/interscholastic debate, work effectively with parents, manage tryouts, practices, and training, and consider risks and liabilities. To purchase the course, visit www.nfhslearn.com. The book, Clearing the Hurdles, is available at www. …

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