The interpersonal behaviors of effective youth sport coach


There is growing recognition that effective coaching is not only about developing better athletes, but also about developing better people. To achieve this important goal, coach development programs are needed to help youth sport coaches foster high-quality interpersonal relationships (Lefebvre et al., 2016). Evidence exists to suggest that coaches' Transformational Leadership (TFL) behaviours may be a salient framework for guiding interpersonal-focused coach development programs (e.g., Vella, Oades, & Crowe, 2013). TFL represents a follower-centered conceptualization of leadership and is comprised of four dimensions: (a) Idealized influence, (b) inspirational motivation, (c) intellectual stimulation, and (d) individualized consideration. In examining how TFL can be applied in the sport context, Turnnidge and Côté (2017) identified 11 behaviours of youth sport coaches (i.e., Transformational Coaching) that can be assessed, developed, and employed by coaches to promote positive experiences and outcomes for youth involved in sport. This presentation will focus on reviewing and examining the fundamental behaviours of Transformational Coaching and will highlight how these behaviours can be effectively integrated into coach development programs.