Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.
January 2018, Vol. 18, No. 1
From Policy to Progress: Working to Develop and Retain Female Coaches
By Sheila Robertson
Despite it being early days, here is an initiative to watch, support, and adapt. Ringette Canada’s Female Coach on the Bench Policy and the subsequent Action Plan may offer a blueprint for other sport organizations to produce a realistic pathway to develop and retain female coaches.
Complementing Ringette Canada’s initiatives are two new tools, one nation-wide that focuses on increasing retention and advancement of female coaches. The other is Alberta-based and aims to increase gender equity and leadership diversity in sport organizations. It is crucial to recognize the role of partnerships in these developments with Ringette Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) working together, the CAC and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) jointly developing the Female Coach Mentorship Model, and the CAC and Alberta Sport Connection supporting the Women in Sport and Leadership Impact Program. Funding for the latter two came from Status of Women Canada.
The Journal Editorial Board is encouraged by these developments and will monitor the movement from policy to progress. - Sheila Robertson, Journal editor
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In recent years, as the participation of girls and women in sport in Canada has skyrocketed, barriers have tumbled and opportunities have proliferated. Women are now found in every aspect of sport, from the playing fields to the boardrooms, as administrators and officials, at the grassroots level through to high performance.
While coaching, too, has been affected by this explosion, women who choose to coach continue to face serious challenges, generally as a result of programs that, when designed, did not consider their unique needs. Other barriers include a lack of mentoring, the failure of sport organizations to spotlight female role models, mis-communication, and a lack of access to information that is critical to professional success.
To address these challenges, in September 2000, the Women in Coaching program of the Coaching Association of Canada introduced The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. The premise of the Journal is that timely, accurate, targeted information goes a long way towards creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches, in Canada and around the world. During the research phase, a worldwide search turned up little information that is specific to the situation of the woman coach. One dominant concern is family life. Other pressing issues focus on negotiating equitable compensation and satisfactory contracts, breaking into the high performance echelon, establishing personal behaviour guidelines, understanding employee and employer rights, and working effectively with a board of directors.
As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal goes one step further by providing practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to make sure that readers will develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.
If, through the Journal, the challenges faced by women coaches are "put on the table" and workable solutions are offered, an important step will have been taken towards breaching the formidable barriers to getting ahead.
Publisher: Coaching Association of Canada
Copy Editor: Michel Hachey
- Chair: Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto
- Research Members: Guylaine Demers, Laval University; Penny Werthner, University of Calgary; Diane Culver, University of Ottawa
- Editor: Sheila Robertson
- Coach: Sheilagh Croxon, High Performance Technical Leader, Synchro Ontario
- PhD Student: Janessa Banwell
- Ad Hoc: Dr. Dru Marshall, University of Calgary; Nancy Lee, Broadcast Sports Journalist and Producer; Rose Mercier, Maverick Consulting
- CAC Staff Resource: Isabelle Cayer, Senior Coaching Consultant, Women in Coaching
Call for Abstracts: Coaching Association of Canada’s Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world. Through its Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching Editorial Board, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) seeks new Journal submissions to enhance the effectiveness of coaching across all levels of the sport system.
Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered, including:
- The recruitment and retention of women coaches;
- The design, delivery, and evaluation of coach education programs;
- The fostering of professional development opportunities for women coaches;
- Best practices;
- Role models; and
- Compelling stories of women in coaching.
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching welcomes submission of abstracts from both new and previously published authors for Journal publications between July 2017 and July 2018.
As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal provides practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to ensure that readers develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.
Journals are published quarterly on a set calendar of April, July, October, and January. Three of the issues are 1,500 to 2,000 words long and the other is 3,000 words.
All applications should include a 100-word description of the article, and a CV of the author.
For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.