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Coaching Theory and Practice

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2015
Sandra Shawver (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives
  1. Students will acquire, synthesize, evaluate and use information gathered to make sound administrative decisions and develop a personal philosophy on coaching athletes.
  2. Students will gain foundational knowledge of effective administration, behavior management and coaching skills and techniques.
  3. Students will gain knowledge and experience in budgeting, evaluating, planning and risk management specific to sports teams.
  4. Students will gain knowledge about the professional opportunities available through sport and leisure services.
Course Expectations
  1. Students must develop their personal coaching philosophy.
  2. Students must submit completed coursework that provides evidence of their ability to undertake and complete common administrative and coaching tasks required of an athletic sport coach.
  3. Student will be able to develop a practice schedule, equipment budget performance assessment and safety plan to be used within their chosen sport.
  4. Students will perform interviews with professionals in the field of sport and leisure services to gain information on career options and opportunities after graduation.
Grading Standards

Description of Evaluation

Possible Points

Total Points

% 0f Final Grade

  1. Unit Tests

Part I; Part II; Part III,

Part IV; Part V                                 


40.00 per







      2. Coaching Interview




      3. Knowing Your 3 Selves




     4.  Coaching Philosophy

     5.  Team Rules







     6.  Coaching Scenario




     7. Sport Practice Plan




     7.Sport Fitness Demands




     8.  Nutrition Quiz

     9.  Drug Assignment  







   10.  Conflict Managment




     8.  Discussion Posts (5)

          Replies to other posts







     9.  Legal Duties Assignment




    10.  Risk Management Assignment








Grading Scale



546 - 575


477 - 545


408 - 476


350 - 407


    0 - 349


Final Exam 12/09/2015 Online
Submission Format Policy

Course Policies for the Preparation and Submission of Course Assignments and Projects:


  • Unless otherwise noted, all assignments must be submitted via the designated area on D2L.
  • All assignments and learning activities must be completed following the grading scales and requirements provided to you on D2L.
  • All work must be original work and performed by each individual student. All group work must be original work by that group and performed by your group.
  • Assignments are graded on the basis of your adherence to the specified requirements in the syllabus and on d2l.
  • Announcements: Please check the Announcements area first when you log in to the course, since that is where I will put important information.
  • By logging onto D2L and by submitting each assignment, you are certifying that your work is original and that you are the individual that enrolled in the course.


Consult D2L for additional course and university policies.

Assignment Deadlines

All assignments, unless otherwise noted must be typed in 11or 12 point Aerial or New Times Roman font.  All assignments must be turned in by the time designated on the day they are due in the D2L portal unless otherwise stated.  All Late Work and Discussion Posts will incur up to a 5 point deduction (i.e. 1-5 hours late = 1 pt; 1 day late= 3pts; 2 days late=5 pts) from the assignment total point value. Any assignments turned in more than 2 days late or not turned in on D2L WILL NOT BE GRADED and WILL RECEIVE A SCORE OF 0 (ZERO). 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

Academic Integrity:   Plagiarism Statement

“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook

  1. All class members are to follow the fundamental principles of academic integrity outlined in the Student Handbook. The basic principle is that students take credit only for the ideas and efforts that are their own.
  2. Any act of academic dishonesty in this course may be reported to Student Life.
  3. Included among dishonest behaviors in an academic setting are cheating (using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in an academic exercise), fabrication (falsifying or inventing information in an academic exercise), plagiarism (adopting or reproducing of ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgement), interference (stealing, changing, destroying, or impeding another student's work), and facilitating (intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student commit an act of academic misconduct.

Honesty in completing assignments is essential to the mission of the university and to the development of the personal integrity of the student. Cheating, plagiarism, or other kinds of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate sanctions that may include failing an assignment, failing the class, or being suspended or expelled. Suspected cases in this course may be reported to Student Life.

The specific disciplinary process for academic dishonesty is found in the MSU Student Handbook. Tools to help you avoid plagiarism are available through the MSU Library. If you have any questions regarding plagiarism, you are highly encouraged to ask the professor before your assignment is due.

Students With Disabilities

If you anticipate the need for reasonable accommodations to meet the requirements of this course, you must register with the office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center in order to obtain the required official notification of your accommodation needs.   Please plan to meet with me by appointment or during office hours to discuss approved accommodations and how my course requirements and activities may impact your ability to fully participate.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

Fall 2015 Course Timeline-20150826-131843.docx

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at