Professionalism & Leadership Development in Ice Hockey
Understanding Social Emotional Learning Experiences of Coaches in Atlantic Canada
This qualitative research study investigated the Social Emotional Learning training experiences of ice hockey coaches in Atlantic Canada. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and leadership in sport is an emergent field which has been gaining attention on a national level. The purpose of this study was to examine various aspects of SEL within coaching leadership training of Canadian ice hockey coaches in Atlantic Canada. Minor hockey coaches (n=8) were recruited to participate in semi-structured interviews. Five questions pertaining to hockey coaching background, leadership training, communication, and SEL training experiences were posed to participants. Interviews were offered both in person or virtually as an option for convenience. Analysis of data suggested that clear expectations and effective communication with players and guardians were valuable aspects for relationship building. Limited professional development opportunities surrounding aspects of SEL were noted by participants, training provided was outdated in certain aspects, and current topics of inclusion, diversity, and culture. Future recommendations for continued study within the field of SEL within ice hockey are offered.
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