Leadership in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
SPSC 3240
Leadership in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching
Sport Science
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
4 hours per week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities


Discussion groups

Practical application

Field observation and/or video observation

Self-study via print or online materials

Reading assignments

Online discussion groups

Experiential learning

Course Description
In this course students will study leadership concepts in relation to sport, physical education and coaching. Students will examine the role of the leader and the responsibility which comes with becoming a leader. Topics such as personal management, relationship management and conflict management will be covered. Students will apply leadership concepts within the microcosm of the classroom and gymnasium.
Course Content
  1. The role of the leader

1.1.     Roles

1.2.     Responsibilities

1.3.     Definitions

1.4.     Management vs. Leadership

1.5.     Liability


2.  Building relationships

2.1.     Rapport

2.2.     Developing relationships

2.3.     Maintaining relationships

2.4.     Repairing relationships


3.  Media relationships

3.1.     Role of the media

3.2.     Developing and maintaining media relationships

3.3.     Interview principles

3.4.     Marketing factors


4.  Communication as a leader

4.1.     Written and verbal communication

4.2.     Effective use of the web and email

4.3.     Active listening skills

4.3.1.  Paraphrasing

4.3.2.  Questioning

4.3.3.  Use of silence

4.3.4.  Content listening

4.3.5.  Empathic listening

4.3.6.  Re-stating skills

4.3.7.  Demonstrating understanding


5.  Leadership competencies

5.1.     Survey of literature

5.2.     Key competencies

5.3.     Self assessment and action plan


6.  Resonant leadership

6.1.     Definition of a resonant organization

6.2.     Developing resonance

6.3.     Maintaining resonance

6.4.     Creating the resonant leaders within an organization


7.  Emotional intelligence concepts

7.1.     Definition of emotional intelligence

7.2.     Components of emotional intelligence

7.3.     Developing emotional intelligence in the self

7.4.     Creating an emotional intelligent organization

7.5.     Personal awareness

7.6.     Personal management

7.7.     Self motivation

7.7.1.  Intrinsic

7.7.2.  Extrinsic

7.8.     Social awareness

7.9.     Social skills

7.10. Seasonal and unit planning factors


8.  Catalyst for change

8.1.     Understanding change

8.2.     Proactive responses to change

8.3.     Being a change agent


9.  Vision and mission statements

9.1.     Vision statements

9.2.     Mission statements

9.3.     Operationalizing statements


10.  Collaboration and synergy

10.1. Reciprocal coaching/teaching

10.2. Peer coaching/teaching

10.3. Group goal setting

10.4. Developing true win/win results

10.5. Cooperative concepts


11.  Personal and social responsibility

11.1. Concepts of personal responsibility

11.2. Concepts of social responsibility

11.3. Role of reflection

11.4. Empowerment


12.  Interdependence concepts

12.1. Personal bank account

12.2. Relationship bank account

12.3. Interdependent leadership


13.  Stress concepts

13.1. Definitions

13.2. Models

13.3. Emotional and arousal control

13.4. Priority management

13.5. Preventive factors


14.  Inspiring others

14.1. Building trust

14.2. Passion

14.3. Character development


15.  Taking action

15.1. Hellison’s levels of awareness

15.2. Wellness concepts

15.3. Service learning

15.4. Seasonal, weekly and daily time management

15.5. Link between sport and life

15.5.1.      Green zone and gold zone concepts

15.5.2.      Balance

15.6. Gender factors

15.7. Cultural factors

15.8. Disability factors


16.  Model coach

16.1. N.C.C.P. definition

16.2. Hellison’s teacher qualities

16.3. Research into leadership qualities


17.  Leadership styles

17.1. Situational leadership

17.2. Transformational leadership

17.3. Principle centred leadership

17.4. Coach focused and athlete centred concepts




Core Competencies:


  1. Oral, written and interpersonal communication:

                Practical sessions involving problem solving as a leader using communication

                Active listening skills development

  1. Computational and Information Technology

                Examples of the humanization of computers

  1. Critical  and Creative Thinking

                Conflict resolution role playing, Problem solving methodologies

  1. Teamwork

                Working in teams on projects, Role playing as a team leader


Academic Signature:


  1. Applied Skills (field, laboratory practicum)

        Practical sessions in the gymnasium to practice leadership under high arousal conditions

  1. Ethical behaviour and social responsibility

                Problem solving and role playing activities regarding ethical situations

  1. Intercultural, International and Global Perspective

                Universal leadership principles and the study of leadership in other cultures

Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate resonant leadership skills in sport, physical activity and coaching

2.  Demonstrate effective team building skills

3.  Demonstrate personally and socially responsible leadership

4. Demonstrate the ability to create synergy as a leader

Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon:


1.    Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.

2.    A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.

3.    Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.

4.    Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/ instructor evaluation.


The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course


Practical applications                                         20%

Resource project                                               20%

Midterm and final examinations                          30%

Preparation & participation                                  10%

Practical leadership                                            20%

Total                                                              100%

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:




Certifications/Conference requirements:


As part of the course, instructors and students may engage in extra-curricular certification processes that overlap with the curriculum of the class. Fees for professional certification, where applicable, will be borne by the student. Potential certifications relating to this course include:


  1. NCCP A and B Theory portions
  2. QDPE conference attendance
  3. CABC conference links