Call for Papers | Coach Developer Special Issue: “Global Advances in Coach Education” | International Sport Coaching Journal. Call ends July 31, 2018

Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Bettina Callary (, Cape Breton University
  • Dr. Brian Gearity (, University of Denver 

On behalf of the International Sport Coaching Journal (ISCJ), we’re pleased to announce a call for proposals for a Coach Developer special issue on the topic of Global Advances in Coach Education. This special issue will be published immediately prior to the International Council for Coaching Excellence’s (ICCE) 12th Global Coach Conference (GCC) in Tokyo, Japan in 2019. We encourage submissions that have synergies between the proposed paper and conference. 

500-Word Proposal Abstract First 

To better facilitate the acquisition of full-length manuscripts on topics in line with the goals of the special issue, we invite abstract submissions limited to 500 words that detail the authors’ intent and focus of the proposed paper. Our aim for the special issue is to publish approximately 12 papers of varying types encompassing a global perspective. We are seeking 3-4 Original Research papers (inclusive of all paradigms, designs, and methods), 4-5 Best Practices papers, 1-3 Insights papers, and 1 Coaching In paper. Information on these manuscript types can be found on the ISCJ website.

Prospective contributors should email a less than 500-word abstract to both guest editors and include: authors’ name, title and affiliation, manuscript type (e.g., Original Research, Best Practices, Insights, Coaching In), and a description of their proposal. Upon receipt, the guest editors will review the abstract, provide feedback to the authors, and recommend if the abstract is appropriate for the special issue and should be developed into a full manuscript submission. In all cases, the guest editors encourage prospective contributors to email us to discuss their ideas and fit for the special issue. 

Background and Context 

Coach developer is the umbrella term that describes the varied roles played by personnel engaged in the process of developing coaches (ICCE, 2014). The research and best practices on and for coach developers is sparse and this special issue of ISCJ will lead the way in addressing this critical and growing global issue. Interest around the world for coach developers is at an all-time high and shows many signs of continued growth. For example, the ICCE has partnered with the Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU) to offer a Coach Developer Academy that has already produced numerous coach developers from different countries and International Sport Federations. Even some governments from around the world are for the first time creating sport coach development systems inclusive of requirements to coach and provisions for coach developers. Moreover, in some countries, there are often many national governing bodies of sport, universities adding sport coach degree programs, and non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses developing sport coaches. Subsequently, this creates a critical need to prepare coach developers and to understand their lived experiences instructing coaches. Put simply, to cultivate quality sport coaches who in turn use ethical and effective practices with athletes at all levels, it is important to explore the key roles, competences, and standards for coach developers. 

Suggested Topics 

We encourage submissions of interest to both authors and ISCJ readers related to a) coach learning, b) coach developer preparation, and c) coach education systems on topics such as, but not limited to: 

    • What are the key challenges, successes, and needs for coach learning and how can the coach developer address those needs?
    • Is coach learning enhanced using learner-centered vs traditional approaches?
    • What is the contribution of on-site coach observations and assessments to coach learning?
    • What factors influence the effectiveness of mentorship programs in coach learning?
    • What are the key challenges, successes, and needs for coach developers and how can governments, organizations such as the ICCE, or universities address those needs?
    • How do coach developers learn to teach coaches?
    • Are some coach developer programs more effective than others? Why?
    • What qualifies someone to become a coach developer?
    • What effects does a coach developer have on a sport coach?
    • Where do coach developers work and what do they do?
    • Government’s role in developing coaches, laws, and policies
    • Who, why, and how are sport coach curriculums created and implemented?
    • Cross-cultural perspectives in coach education
    • What are the experiences of historically marginalized groups in coach education and coach developers?
    • What assessments do coach developers employ and to what effect?
Tentative Submission and Publication Deadlines

We intended to publish the ISCJ special issue on Coach Developers in September 2019. 

  • May-August 2018. Review 500-word abstracts and provide feedback. 
  • October 1, 2018. Targeted submission deadline for full-length manuscripts. 
  • Oct. 2018- August 2019. Review, revise, and publish processes. 
Writing and Publishing Guidelines for this ISCJ Special Issue 

ISCJ is a venture of the ICCE and is published three times per year by Human Kinetics. Its mission is to advance the profession of coaching. The Editor in Chief of ISCJ is Dr. Wade Gilbert. 

Submission to the special issue does not guarantee publication. All submissions must meet ISCJ standards. The final disposition of all manuscripts is decided by the Editor in Chief. 

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