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Coaching for Character: Reclaiming the Principles of Sportsmanship [Paperback]

Craig Clifford , Randolph Feezell
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June 20, 1997 0880115122 978-0880115124


Coaching for Character provides coaches with a valuable tool to help them understand the basic principles of sportsmanship, the justification of these principles, and how to teach their players to understand and apply them. By applying the understanding of sportsmanship explained in the book, coaches will create more disciplined and coachable individual athletes and teams. And, more important, they will help young athletes develop the character and perspective that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Combining years of coaching and teaching experience, Clifford and Feezell provide clear guidelines to help coaches teach their players respect for

- opponents,
- teammates and team,
- officials,
- coaches, and
- the rules and traditions of the game.

With proper respect, athletes are more likely to compete fairly and fully, to sacrifice in order to achieve individual and team goals, and to develop attitudes that make them enjoyable to coach.

Coaches' responsibilities as models and educators are brought to life through real situations that confront them on and off the field. The authors provide numerous questions that help readers to become more reflective about sport. The book also urges coaches and athletes to strive for a healthy balance between the playful side of sport and the seriousness of competition.

By using Coaching for Character's special suggestions for teaching sportsmanship, coaches will find new ways to reach their athletes—without preaching or sacrificing practice time that could be spent on developing the physical skills, conditioning, and mental strategies that are also essential to athletic success.

Clifford and Feezell demonstrate that sportsmanship doesn't get in the way of genuine competition—that a commitment to sportmanship comes from an understanding of the nature of competition.



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""""Clifford and Feezell have done an excellent job of identifying that fine line that exists between participation-only and win-at-all-costs attitudes. This is must-reading for ALL coaches, but especially for those younger coaches just entering the profession. This book really made me think about the expectations I have for our players, both on and off the basketball floor."""Lon KrugerHead Men's Basketball CoachUniversity of Illinois """The educational purpose of high school athletics and fine arts programs must be about more than teaching a young person to hit a curve ball or throw a perfect spiral or play an instrument or even earn a scholarship. Our No. 1 goal should be developing good people for our country--good citizens who will contribute to the quality of life in America and the world. Through this book and our NFICEP Citizenship Through Sports training, we will be better able to accomplish this mission."""Robert F. KanabyExecutive DirectorNational Federation of State High School Associations "

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""Clifford and Feezell have done an excellent job of identifying that fine line that exists between participation-only and win-at-all-costs attitudes. This is must-reading for ALL coaches, but especially for those younger coaches just entering the profession. This book really made me think about the expectations I have for our players, both on and off the basketball floor.""
Lon Kruger
Head Men's Basketball Coach
University of Illinois

""The educational purpose of high school athletics and fine arts programs must be about more than teaching a young person to hit a curve ball or throw a perfect spiral or play an instrument or even earn a scholarship. Our No. 1 goal should be developing good people for our country--good citizens who will contribute to the quality of life in America and the world. Through this book and our NFICEP Citizenship Through Sports training, we will be better able to accomplish this mission.""
Robert F. Kanaby
Executive Director
National Federation of State High School Associations

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (June 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880115122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880115124
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A philosophy of sportsmanship January 31, 2001
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This book is written by two philosophy professors who also have some experience in sport (one in archery, the other in baseball). Their philosophy bias is clear throughout the book, as they take time to define the term "sportsmanship," and explain why it has value in terms of respecting teammates, officials, coaches, and the game itself. The book does raise some relevant and specific questions, (for example: "Is it ever acceptable to give less than a best effort to conserve energy?" and "Explain the difference between respecting an opponent and liking an opponent.") mostly in the "time for reflection" portions that are interspersed throughout the book, but it falls short in that its arguments are very much idea-based and conceptual rather than suggestions for practical application. The appendix does provide some practical advice, but it is included almost as an afterthought rather than a priority. The book does well to provoke thought and provide the "why," but the "how" is left almost completely to the reader. It is for this reason that I think the book would have been better had it been titled "A Philosophy of Sportsmanship" or something to that effect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Place of Character February 9, 2010
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Randolph Feezell and Craig Clifford apply some of the key ideas from both classical moral philosophy and contemporary philosophy of sport to the role of the coach. Sport is serious, as competition is a serious thing insofar as it can be understood as a mutual quest for excellence. However, sport is also play, and so a balance must be sought between the extremes of "It's only a game" and "Winning is all that matters". Perhaps we need a similar balanced approach to our lives that incorporates play and the serious pursuit of human excellence. A particularly interesting thought comes from the book's final chapter, "Beyond Sport":

That play feels so natural to us might well come from deeper sources in us than we realize. Play, then, far from being an escape from reality may be an expression of it.

The central idea of the book is the moral notion of respect. The authors discuss respect for opponents, for the game, teammates and team, officials, and between player and coach. I particularly like the point that even though respect is less valued in many realms of life, including sport at a variety of levels from little league through the professional level, today's kids can learn it. Coaches, parents, and others need to teach it, model it, and help young athletes practice it. This is a challenging thought as I prepare to coach my youngest daughter's soccer team again, and hope to provide a sound example of respect and sportsmanship.
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