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
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
4 hours per week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Field Experience
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • 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 that 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 classroom.
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. Facilitating relationships
2.1 Developing relationships
2.2 Maintaining relationships
2.3 Repairing relationships
3. Communication as a leader
3.1 Written and verbal communication
3.2 Active listening skills
3.2.1 Paraphrasing
3.2.2 Questioning
3.2.3 Empathic listening
3.2.4 Re-stating skills
3.2.5 Demonstrating understanding
4. Leadership competencies
4.1 Survey of literature
4.2 Key competencies
4.3 Self assessment and action plan
5. Resonant leadership
5.1 Definition of resonant leadership
5.2 Developing resonance
5.3 Maintaining resonance
5.4 Creating resonant leaders within an organization
6. Emotional intelligence concepts
6.1 Definition of emotional intelligence
6.2 Components of emotional intelligence
6.3 Developing emotional intelligence
6.3.1 Self awareness
6.3.2 Self management
6.3.3 Social awareness
6.3.4 Relationship management
7. Catalyst for change
7.1 Understanding change
7.2 Proactive responses to change
7.3 Being a change agent
8. Vision and mission statements
8.1 Vision statements
8.2 Mission statements
8.3 Operationalizing statements
9. Personal and social responsibility
9.1 Concepts of personal responsibility
9.2 Concepts of social responsibility
9.3 Role of reflection
9.4 Empowerment
10. Covey's conpetencies
10.1 Dependance
10.2 Independence
10.3 Interdependence
11. Stress concepts
11.1 Definitions
11.2 Models
11.3 Emotional and arousal control
11.4 Priority management
11.5 Preventive factors
12. Taking action
12.1 Hellison’s Levels of awareness
12.2 Loehr's Full engagement
12.3 Allen's Taking control
12.4 Time management versus energy management
13. Model coach
13.1 N.C.C.P definition
13.2 Hellison’s teacher qualities
13.3 High Five concepts
14. Models of group development
14.1 Community development model
14.2 Tuckman's model
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate resonant leadership skills in sport, physical activity and coaching
  2. Demonstrate effective communication and facilitation during leadership tasks involving peers
  3. Demonstrate personal and socially responsible leadership
  4. Demonstrate the ability to create synergy within the classroom as a leader
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evalution criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will include the following:

Practical applications              15-30%

Resource project                    15-30%

Mid-term and final exams       20-30%

Preparation and participation  5-15%

Practical leadership                0-20%

TOTAL                                  100%


Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. A list of recommended textbooks and materials will be provided on the instructor's course outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

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 Modules- Conflict management & coaching and leading effectively
  2. High Five - Principles of healthly child development

60 credits, including SPSC 1105 and SPSC 1103