Coaching Association of Canada

CAC Research Committee Call for Proposals

Coach Education Research

Through its Research Committee, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) seeks research to enhance the effectiveness of coaching across all levels of the sport system. Towards this goal, the CAC sponsors an annual Coaching Research Symposium in conjunction with its Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference and calls occasionally for research proposals for projects up to $7,000. In order to encourage projects that have practical and scientific implications, each submitted project must demonstrate collaboration (i.e. project design, implementation, and dissemination of findings) between the researcher(s) and sport organizations in Canada. For 2015, two projects will be funded.

Priority research themes

The priority of the CAC Coaching Research Committee is to support research that promotes coach development. Specifically, the CAC Coaching Research Committee, in conjunction with designated National Sport Organizations (NSOs), is looking for researchers to investigate how evaluation tools for NCCP training and certification programs have been created, validated, and utilized—which includes issues related to how evaluators are trained, the challenges of administering evaluations, and supports provided to coaches throughout the evaluation process.

Researchers interested in connecting with NSOs on the proposal may contact Claudia Gagnon, CAC Coaching Consultant, at 613-235-5000 x 2350 or cgagnon@coach.ca.

While proposals addressing this topic will be given priority, other general thematic areas of interest to the CAC within coach development include:

  1. the recruitment and retention of coaches,
  2. the design, delivery and evaluation of coach education programs, and
  3. the fostering of professional development opportunities for coaches.

Special consideration will be given to projects addressing the education of coaches for under-represented groups (e.g., Aboriginals, women coaches, new Canadians, coaches of athletes with disabilities) within these thematic areas. Research examining coaches’ knowledge, competencies, and behaviour as well as the experiences of athletes as a function of coaching is welcome, provided that the results promote coach development.

Application Procedure

Applications are invited from researchers affiliated with Canadian universities and colleges. We encourage graduate student involvement but the supervisor must be the applicant and the principal researcher.

  1. A description of the project (maximum 4 pages, single spaced, references excluded)
  2. A dissemination plan
  3. A budget for an amount not exceeding $7,000
    • Indicate if the researcher’s institution requires an administration fee (maximum amount accepted will be $1,000) or if it is willing to contribute funds to the project
    • Budget for an amount up to $1,000 to present the project findings at the Coaching Research Symposium, held annually at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference
    • Equipment expenses (e.g., computer,…) will not be accepted
  4. 4. A copy of the CV of the principal researcher(s)

Application deadline: Proposals should be submitted electronically to dculver@uottawa.ca by midnight, EST, on March 6, 2015.

Applications will be evaluated by the CAC Coaching Research Committee and applicants will be notified by April 10, 2015. A progress report is due by February 1, 2016. Following the completion of the project, researchers must submit a one page executive summary that will be posted on the CAC website and a final research report (article(s) published will be accepted as a report).

For more information, please contact Kim Dorsch, chair of the CAC Coaching Research Committee, at Kim.Dorsch@uregina.ca or Diane Culver at dculver@uottawa.ca.