Course Descriptions — Coaching and Youth Sport Development

Required Core Courses: 12 semester hours

PED/HED3215 Kinesiology for Physical Education and Coaching 4 semester hours
The purpose of this course is to study the human body from both the musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanical perspectives. The first half of the course is designated to the anatomical components of human movement, including bones, joints and muscles. The second half of the course is the analysis of human motion through the use of biomechanical principles and the application of proper technique, with an emphasis on proper analysis to recognize errors in those techniques and prescribe corrections. Students will be more prepared to teach and coach athletes on proper technique to improve performance and prevent injury. Finally, students will be introduced to the proper kinesiology analysis method of movement, analyzing a broad range of movements throughout the course of the semester.
Prerequisites:
BIO1060 or an equivalent human biology course. This course is for physical education K–12 teacher licensure, and coaching and youth sport development majors only.

PED/HED3230 Physiology of Exercise for Physical Education and Coaching 4 semester hours
Physical education and coaching majors will identify key terms, concepts, and assessment tools for energy transfer and expenditure at rest and during physical activity. Students will study the role that the physiological support systems of the body (pulmonary, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular) play as they adapt to exercise. This course will also explore the role that anaerobic and aerobic energy systems play in fueling children, youth and adolescents for physical activity. Practical application of principles will also be presented and explored in relation to performance-enhancement substances, exercising in hot and cold environments, and weight control.
Prerequisites:
BIO1060. This course is only open to physical education K–12, and coaching and youth sport development majors.

PED4110 Administration of Coaching and Fitness and Health Promotion 4 semester hours
The art of managing people productively and effectively is perhaps the most challenging task facing any professional. The art of managing others is a dynamic process that is ever-changing and evolving, just as people, professional environments, government, and the economy continue to change. Attracting, training, motivating, and retaining quality employees are critical in the fields of coaching and youth sport development, and fitness and health promotion. This course focuses on the interactive management skills necessary to develop effective teams of satisfied and productive individuals by creating trusting interpersonal relationships with employees.
Prerequisites: Senior standing. This course is for coaching and youth sport development, and fitness and health promotion majors only.

Professional Core Courses: 55 semester hours

PED1600 Career Exploration in Coaching and Youth Sport Development
2 semester hours
This course will expose students to career opportunities in coaching and youth sport development at all levels (private, public, club, professional, collegiate, etc). An exploration of coaches’ associations, sport-specific associations, and professional licensing bodies will occur that will enhance student understanding and development in the field of coaching and youth sport development. Additionally, students will be introduced to the field of coaching through practical experience. Students will invest 75 hours in an approved site, working in an assisting capacity with a variety of coaching experiences.
Prerequisites:
Students must pass a certified criminal background check and TB test (cost incurred by student).

PED2210 Sports in Society: The Impact on Youth 4 semester hours
This course will examine the sociology of sport and the impact sport has in society. Students will be introduced to concepts, theories, and research that explore the dynamic relationship between sports, culture, and society. Emphasis will be on the impact this dynamic relationship has on youth from early childhood through college. Content will explore the translation of sport research into practical application for sport coaches, teachers and administrators. Students will explore child development principles relative to social decision making, including issues in applying theories and findings to problems.

PED2260 Technology in Sport Promotion and Programming 2 semester hours
This course will examine the fundamental theories/issues in sport marketing grounded within traditional marketing principles. Instruction emphasizes unique applica­tion to the sport business industry. How technology is evolving and being utilized within sports marketing will also be explored.

PED2300 Coaching Principles and Techniques 4 semester hours
This course addresses the fundamentals of coaching techniques, including coach-player, coach-institution and coach-community relationships. Students study the American Sport Educa­tion Program (ASEP) materials to be eligible to sit for the ASEP Coaching Prin­ciples and Sport First Aid certification exams. This ASEP coaching certification is required to be able to coach in Illinois.

PED2330 Officiating Team Sports 2 semester hours
This course addresses the responsibilities and techniques of the official in high school sports. Sports cov­ered will depend upon the term it is offered (i.e., fall: football, volleyball soccer; spring: basketball, baseball and softball.) The course is directed toward the achievement of an Illi­nois High School Association certification.

PED2340 Sports Statistics 1 semester hour
This course prepares students for recognizing, identifying, and accurately reporting sport statistics during a live game, for the major sports of baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball. Students will become familiar with paperwork associated with NCAA score reporting forms and newspaper box scores.

PED3010 Youth Policy: Enhancing Healthy Development in Everyday Lives 4 semester hours
This course will examine youth policy as formulated in response to youth issues, problems and community/public concerns. Policy as political response to the pressing social needs of youth will be explored through positive youth development as well as sport-based youth development. Perspectives will be investigated specific to student interests.

PED3040 Sport Management 4 semester hours
This course explores the role of sport management in athletics, club sports, intra­mural sports and leisure services. The course will investigate the role management in sport. It provides an understanding of the administrative aspect of a comprehensive sports program, including organizational philosophy, goal setting, financing, facilities, equipment, risk management, legal considera­tions, personnel management, marketing and sports information. Students will explore the choices administrators and managers deal with every day and how to use business and leadership skills to improve quality of life for all participants.

PED3045 Sport Law 4 semester hours
This course provides a foundation for general legal concepts and familiarizes students with those legal issues they are most likely to encounter as coaches and managers in the sports industry. Topics covered include tort law, negligence, acts and amendments, contracts, compliance with codes and regulations, and the regulatory authority of the NCAA. Students will examine lawsuits and case studies that have established current laws and regulations.

PED3100 Competitive Sport for Children and Youth 4 semester hours
Students will explore the aspects of a competitive environment that will create maximum excellence in participants, foster positive character development and lead to lasting enjoyment. Students will look at research supporting traditional beliefs on competition as well as non-traditional beliefs. Students will learn the differences between negative and positive competition and how to implement change into their organizations, teams and individual practices.

PED3450 Designing Youth Sport Programs 4 semester hours
This course will examine and apply the following aspects of youth sport program design: business administration, planning, program evaluation and assessment, managing a staff, as well as hiring and training. Students will explore the impact of parents, the community and coaches on youth sport programs, and use such knowledge to develop programs that promote positive youth development.
Prerequisites:
PED2210; PED3010.

PED3480 Sport Psychology 4 semester hours
Sport psychology is a field of study in which the principles of psychology are applied in a sports setting. These principles are often applied to enhance the ath­letic performance of teams and individuals. It also focuses on the study of per­sonal and social factors responsible for the development of citizenship, sport behavior and personality.

PED4370 Facilities and Special Events 4 semester hours
This course provides a systems approach to facility management. The focus will include elements of design and development as it relates to facilities and special events. Trends in facility operations, scheduling, purchasing, equipment, maintenance and evaluative techniques will be explored. Theory as it relates to event management, administration, coordination and marketing will be examined.

PED4940 Coaching and Youth Sport Development Internship 10 semester hours
This seminar is designed to offer practical internship experience in agencies affiliated with youth sport development programs. Students will complete 500 hours over a 15-week period in an approved program (park districts, YM/WCAs, youth sport organizations, organized club sports, K–12 schools, and universities) as a contributing member of the agency staff. This seminar includes participation in a one-hour weekly seminar.
Prerequisites: Completion of all required major coursework. Senior standing. Students must pass a certified criminal background/sex offender check, as well as a TB test (cost incurred by student). Must apply one term in advance through the coaching and youth sport development program coordinator for site placement.
Co-requisite:
PED4941.

PED4941 Seminar for Coaching and Youth Sport Development Internship 2 semester hours
This seminar is designed to support students in identifying, selecting and implementing appropriate learning/practice opportunities that encourage positive social interactions, active engagement in learning and develop self-motivation. Instruction of students will be developmentally appropriate, address the individual learner, incorporate managerial routines, and provide a safe, supportive, and cooperative learning environment. The seminar will aid students in the job search process through the development of a portfolio, discussions with human resource personnel, and workplace reflection.
Co-requisite:
PED4940.

Professional Support Courses: 13 semester hours

PED1200 Fitness for Life
2 semester hours
This course investigates the value of fitness in daily life and its effect on total well­ness. Through lecture, discussion, and laboratory experiences, students will acquire a general understanding of fitness principles according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines. Specifically, students will assess their current fitness levels and health behaviors, set health goals based on strengths and weaknesses, and devise a realistic plan to achieve this goal. In correlation to fitness and performance, students will also explore related content areas of nutrition, sleep, stress, disease prevention weight management, and injury prevention.

PED2080 First Aid/CPR 1 semester hour
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent and treat injuries effectively and safely. The course will follow the guidelines estab­lished for first aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. Throughout the course, students will gain knowledge and confidence in their skills by participating in practice scenarios. Upon successful completion, students who qualify will be cer­tified in lay person first aid, adult CPR/AED, child CPR/AED and infant CPR.

PED2500 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries and Illness 4 semester hours
This course addresses the recognition, first aid, prevention and care of acute injuries.  This course is designed to provide fitness professionals and coaches a basic knowledge and understanding of injury prevention and acute injury care. Emphasis will be on understanding the care and prevention of athletic injuries and basic concepts of athletic training. Open to non-athletic training majors only. This course requires a lab fee.

PED2550 Advanced Strength Training and Conditioning: Certification Preparation  4 semester hours
This course explores scientific foundations of strength training and conditioning. It prepares students for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The CSCS credential identifies those indi­viduals who have knowledge in scientific foundations of strength and condition­ing as well as the skills to apply that knowledge in a practical format.
Prerequisites: BIO1060; junior standing; and PED3200 strongly recommended.

PED2600 Motor Development 2 semester hours
The essence of the study of motor development involves observing how movements change across the lifespan, then determining why they change. Students will examine why movements change to include the individual, environment and task, as well as interactions among these factors. The theoretical and historical roots of the field of motor development will be addressed. In addition, students will observe many facets of movement skills, such as growth, aging and perception, and discover how different constraints or factors can encourage or discourage different movements.
Prerequisites:
Students must pass an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check, as well as pass a TB test (cost incurred by student).

Professional Support Electives: Choose six semester hours

PED2354 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Baseball
1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach baseball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2355 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Basketball 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach basketball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2364 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Football 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach football. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2365 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Golf 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach golf. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2374 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Lacrosse 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach lacrosse. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2375 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Soccer 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach soccer. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance. 

PED2384 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Softball 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach softball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance. 

PED2385 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Tennis 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach tennis. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2394 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Track/Field/Cross-Country 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach track/field/cross-country. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.

PED2395 Methods and Strategies of Coaching Volleyball 1 semester hour
This course is designed to teach students the steps to successfully coach volleyball. Students will understand how to develop a coaching philosophy; tackle the difficult issue of motivating their players while developing their mental toughness; plan for the overall season and each practice; condition; and evaluate individual player performance.