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.
October 2017, Vol. 17, No. 4
Understanding Coach Performance: The Impact of Passion
By Donna Harris
Let us accept the definition of passion as “a strong inclination toward an activity that people like, that they find important, and in which they invest time and energy.” It can then be agreed that passion is an intrinsic aspect of coaching; the word appears over and over in almost every context and situation, but what is its reality in practice? In a word, complexity, not least because passion is both negative and positive, with the former aspect often outweighing the latter. For the wellbeing of coaches, both female and male, it is essential that both aspects be better understood. Author Donna Harris presents a compelling case for the creation of programs “focused on protecting coaches from the negative impacts of passion and harnessing its the positive elements [to] aid in maximizing and extending coach performance.” Her assessment, including its particular implications for women coaches, merits consideration at all levels of our sport system. − 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 Editors: Astou Diop
Translator: MATRA • gs Inc.
- 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.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to Isabelle Cayer email@example.com by midnight, EDT, on October 20, 2016. Applications will be evaluated by the CAC’s Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching Editorial Board and applicants will be notified by December 31, 2016.
For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.