Call for Proposals | 2016 National Coaching Conference, June 21-23, 2016, University of Washington


The United States Coaching Coalition (USOC, NCAA, NFHS, SHAPE America and NSCA) is pleased to announce the call for programs for the 2016 National Coaching Conference in Seattle, Washington. The National Coaching Conference brings together coaches, coach developers and sport science researchers for the enrichment of coaching and sport. Our site host this year will be the University of Washington, Center for Leadership in Athletics and all programming will take place at Husky Stadium. 

The theme for the 2016 National Coaching Conference is The Practical Application of Sport Sciences and Best Practices in Coaching and Coach Education. The program will feature practical application of research-based coaching information and best practice models that demonstrate the integration of sport science knowledge related to athlete and coach well-being, development and performance at all levels of sport from participation through peak performance. 

The goal of the National Coaching Conference is to highlight PRACTICAL information that coaches and coach educators and developers can hear and use in practice immediately.

The call for programs is intended for original research, collaborative work and educational purposes. Sales programs, services related programs or similar type programming should not be submitted through this format. Individuals and organizations interested in presenting for-sale products and services related to the conference audience are invited to inquire about sponsorship and presentation opportunities at the conference by sending an email to

Proposal Submission Steps

  • Step 1: Lead Author Contact Information
  • Step 2a & 2b: Solo or Multiple Authorship – If applicable, provide co-author information 
  • Step 3: Session Title
  • Step 4: Presentation Type (where applicable)*
    • Research to Practice Lecture – program submission that discuses original applied research or best practices in application work- indicate a 15 or 30 minute length preference
    • Workshop programs should involve the audience in an interactive learning experience – 60 minutes.
    • Panel Discussion – program should provide an opportunity to explore multiple expert views across a topic. Submitting author should clarify both the theme and proposed panel members. Panel members do not need to be declared as program co-authors and do not need to be confirmed at the time of the submission – 60 minute
    • Interactive Poster – programs will be presented in a traditional conference poster format and authors will participate in an interactive poster presentation with each poster within a themed session having 5-7 minutes to discuss the application of their work and to participate in a moderated discussion related to the theme.
    • * Authors are invited to submit their preferred session type and time length where applicable. Please note that abstracts may be offered acceptance of a different type or length selected based on programming needs.
  • Step 5: Program Track – Of the three programmatic tracks, a) coach, b) coach educator/developer and c) sport scientist, please rank order the audience you feel your presentation most applies to with #1 being the primary audience 
  • Step 6: Abstract 300 word maximum, do not include any author information or the program title in the abstract
  • Step 7a, b & c: Learning Outcomes Please indicate three objectives that individuals would learn in coming to your session
  • Step 7d: Please indicate how this information can be used in practice or competition. This information needs to be presented within the program.
  • Step 8: Special Accommodations Please indicate if there are any room set up needs or special accommodations required. Due to the size of the program, presentation day and or time requests cannot be considered. Submitting authors are expected to be free to present June 21-23, 2016. Power point presentation resources (room laptops, screens and projectors) will be provided.

Additional Abstract Submission Notes

  • Only electronic submissions received prior to 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, November 20, 2015 will be considered.
  • Submissions must be complete in order to be considered in the review process.
  • Individuals may be a part of as many submitted proposals for the 2016 program as they wish, however, in an effort to provide a diverse and rich program, we ask that individuals submit no more than one (1) program abstract as the lead presenter. 
  • Based on proposal submission volume and program space, authors submitting proposals may be offered an opportunity to present in an alternative format than they request.
  • Authors will be notified of proposal acceptance by January 15, 2016. It is the lead author’s responsibility to notify co-authors.
  • Those submitting proposals are expected to be available to present June 21-23, 2016. Special accommodations to present at a particular day and/or time will not be considered.
  • Exact date and time of accepted presentations will be provided as soon as possible after acceptances are returned.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are responsible for their own travel and accommodation fees. No honorarium or compensation for presentation are provided for authors of submitted abstracts.
  • All authors of an accepted abstract who attend the conference, must pay the conference registration fee (one day or full conference registration).
  • The completed conference program schedule will be provided by the start of February 2016 to assist in travel planning.

Conference Tracks

The Coach Track

Proposals submitted for inclusion in this track should appeal to coaches at the various levels of sport participation – youth through elite. Each session should provide practical application of evidence-based practice that coaches will be able to add to their “Coaches Toolbox” while simultaneously demonstrating the level of activity, skill development, competition, etc. appropriate for the identified level of play.

The Coach Educator/Developer Track

Proposals submitted for inclusion in this track should appeal to sport program administrators, coach educators/developers, and/or academic coach educators. Sessions should reflect one of the following: (a) current research on coach development, (b) paths of coach development across sport, gender, and/or competitive level, or (c) critical topics in coach education. The sessions should provide information that directly relates to the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) or the International Sport Coaching Framework (ICCE, 2013) and clearly demonstrates how to develop and deliver programs and resources that are beneficial to coaches.

The Sport Scientist Track

Proposals submitted for inclusion in this track should appeal to coaches, coach educators/developers, sport program administrators and/or sport scientists. These sessions should include original research or new application of sport science knowledge for the enhancement of sport learning and performance among defined athletic populations.

Means of Submission

Completed session proposals must be submitted electronically]

Session proposals MUST be received by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 20, 2015. Receipt of session proposal will be confirmed via email within 5 working days of submission. Please note: it is imperative to have all speaker information – notification of acceptance is dependent on accurate speaker information.

If you have any questions regarding the conference or submission process, please contact us at

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