2014-15 Coach Developer Course & International Symposium
The very first NCDA short programme was held at NSSU Setagaya Campus, Tokyo, from February 9-20. Six delegates from different continents participated in this 2 weeks face to face learning programme.
Three weeks prior to the on-campus short programme, delegates were provided with pre-course materials. This was provided not only for the delegates to prepare in advance but also for them to participate in the programme with some questions and opinions. Materials included the “induction” booklet with some basic background of NCDA along with 3 e-modules on coaching skills using micro coaching, assessment, and children coaching.
With the NSSU modules, the participants were required to think deeply as well as widely about coach development. Coaching is so complex and dynamic in nature, and coach developers have to read and consider contexts appropriately they work in. NSSU modules are designed to enable the participants to become more self-aware of their own contexts by acknowledging other participants contexts and coaching research updates.
ICCE module is based on basic skills needed as a coach developer, designed especially to acquire facilitation and assessment skills. ICCE module included both theoretical lectures and practical learnings.
Facilitation focused mainly on adult learning and by perceiving the coaches as learners, delegates gained skills such as how to drag out answers and to convey the knowledge to the learners which were some of the basic skills needed as a coach developer. Topics including coach developers principle, presentation skills, learning model and principles, practical coaching and teaching based on learning principles, individual differences in learning, delivery style and methods, planning and evaluating, facilitation skills, coaching children, facilitation and assessment, and reviews were covered during the sessions. Throughout the program, delegates were continuously required to “actively” get involved based on the pre-course materials and their own experiences. How to bring about coaches learning were discussed and practiced through micro-coaching. Each delegate were given a role either as a coach developer, coach, athlete, or an observer to simulate how to operate a coach developer seminar.
Philosophy of assessment based on competency, process and skills, mutual coaching assessment, and assessment reviews were covered in assessment sessions. How to set competency based on each athletes and their goals were explained. The process of assessment including planning, coach briefing, evidences, questionings, decision making, feedback and action planning, creating reports were taught and delegates were actually asked to test the assessment based on their learnings gained through the facilitation sessions.
Advance skill included mentoring, study program design, and overall review and action planning. Coach developer’s supports coaches in a long term, thus needs to acquire not only facilitation and assessment skills but also mentoring and program designing including coach developer seminars. To conclude the academy, on the last day, delegates assessed themselves of their two weeks and developed an activity plan with the trainer for their plan after they go back to the home country.
After the short programme, each delegate is subjected to place their learning into actual settings, back at their home country. To be accredited as an ICCE certified coach developer, they are required to take records of their activities and video shoot some of their coaching session and receive mentoring by an ICCE trainer to put
together all their records into a portfolio. With the submission of a portfolio and with a high level of competence, delegates will receive their certifications. This whole process will be run and supported through online learning support system.
Traditional Japanese performing arts on February 8, Budo (Sumo and Kendo) tour on February 11, and Chanco hot pot on February 12 were held outside of the academy. In addition sporting club tours were given upon request from the delegates.
NSSU International symposium was held on February 14, 2015 in the Memorial hall of NSSU Setagaya campus. The main theme of the symposium was “Future of coach developers and sports”, which was divided into two parts, the morning session talked on the topic of “diversity of contexts in understanding coaching”, and the evening session “creating positive coaching culture”. The symposium was open to the public and English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation was provided.
Part 1: Diversity of context in understanding coaching
For the part 1, well-known lecturers in the field of sports coaching was invited. Dr. Wade Gilbert from California State University, United States, talked on youth sports coaching, Dr. Gordom Bloom from McGill University, Canada, gave a presentation on coaching in Paralympic sports, and Dr. Cliff Mallett from Queensland University, Australia, from the point of high performance coaching. Coaching differs depending on the subject and context, but the fundamental basis are commonly shared and is important for coaches to understand the true nature of coaching. Questions were gathered from the audiences which were written down on post-it notes, and later discussed as a panel discussion session, facilitated by NCDA research fellow, John Alder.
Part 2: Creating positive coaching culture
The afternoon session was focused more on Tokyo Olympis and Paralympics 2020 as Sport for Tomorrow program and NCDA programs were introduced, founded and run to host the Olympics. Part 2 opened with a speech given by Kenshiro Matsunami, president of the NSSU group, followed by presentations given by Asano from MEXT on “Sport for tomorrow”, John Bales, ICCE president, on ICCE coach and coach developer education, Ryosho Tanigama, NCDA president, touched on the relation with Olympics and NSSU, and Masamitsu Ito, associate professor at NSSU, on NCDA. Signing ceremony of NCDA between ICCE and NSSU was also held in the symposium.