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Minor in Athletic Coaching

The minor program provides students with the basic competencies to coach in youth sport environments and at the interscholastic level.  Students must enroll in PER 200 and attain a grade of "C" or better to continue in the program.

Requirements for a Minor in Athletic Coaching

The minor program provides students with the basic competencies to coach in youth sport environments and at the interscholastic level. Students must enroll in PER 200

PER 200Leading Physical and Recreation Activities3
PER 203Concepts and Skills of Sports2
PER 204Concepts and Skills of Physical Fitness2
PER 232Motor Learning3
PER 387Athletic Coaching3
PER 460*Practicum in Athletic Coaching3
  • *  Prerequisite: Coaching minor and permission of the instructor, and current Professional CPR/AED/FA certifications.

PER 200 - Leading Physical and Recreation Activities (3)

This course will focus on basic principles, concepts, and skills of leading physical and recreation activities for children, adolescents, and adults. The psychomotor, social, cognitive, affective, and learning domains will be addressed as students learn to utilize a task analysis model to choose, and then lead appropriate activities that contribute to an improved quality of life for the participants.

  • Prerequisites: PER 120; or permission of instructor.

PER 203 - Concepts and Skills of Sports (2)

This course will focus on the concepts, techniques, and skills inherent in various sports utilized in physical education and recreation programs such as soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball. The course focuses on skills, strategies, and conceptual similarities and differences of the sports and their lead-up activities. Students will develop an intermediate skill level; and incorporate developmentally appropriate learning progressions, learning cues, and assessment techniques while leading activities for peers. Students will acquire knowledge of the value of participation and develop strategies for promoting lifespan health and fitness within various sports.

  • Prerequisite: PER 200

PER 204 - Concepts and Skills of Physical Fitness (2)

A study of the basic principles of physical fitness and weight training as applied to a school or community setting. This course will also provide the opportunity for fitness and weight training skill development. A focus on techniques for assessing and integrating physical fitness throughout a variety of activity programs will also be included.

  • Prerequisite: BIO 105

PER 232 - Motor Learning (3)

Students will study the central factors that make up the best approach to the acquisition of motor skills, while leading physical activities in a variety of settings. Topics include basic concepts of motor learning, development of motor responses, the nature of motor learning, feedback, timing, information processing, transfer of learning, perception, personality and performance, motivation, and practice conditions. The topics will focus on principles of human performance and principles of skill learning and how to integrate these principles in real life situations. For each major topic, guiding principles for the physical education and recreation leaders are presented.

  • Prerequisites: PER 120, and acceptance into the major or minors; or permission of the instructor

PER 387 - Athletic Coaching (3)

This course will cover the full spectrum and experiences involved in athletic coaching. This course will focus on the techniques of coaching; the psychological aspects of coaching; the growth, development, and learning of athletes; and the medical and legal aspects of coaching. In addition, it will provide the students with the practical application of these components in simulated and actual coaching situations.

  • Prerequisites: PER 232, GSR 150 or the equivalent; or permission of the instructor.

PER 460 - Practicum in Athletic Coaching (3)

The course offers practical field experiences in athletic coaching in an organized athletic program. The student must complete a minimum of 120 hours of practical fieldwork and the analysis of that experience. The course is required of all athletic coaching minor students. This practicum is one of the most important steps a student takes in preparing to become an athletic coach. This experience in an organized athletic venue is essential for students to develop the leadership and appropriate knowledge essential to successful athletic coaching.

  • Prerequisite: Coaching minor and permission of the instructor, and current Professional CPR/AED/FA certifications.
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