Critical Responses

“Experience of Female Beginning Coaches”

[http://www.coach.ca/WOMEN/e/journal/july2004/index.htm]

An important point from this article was that there is very little information on women coaches, even though they have been around for years and their numbers are steadily growing. One thing that stood out was that most of the female coaches cared about the quality of training, which they deemed more important than winning. They were also all coached by women at some point, and had some kind of female mentor.  It was interesting to note that the three main reasons for becoming a coach involved encouragement from others, rather than a personal drive.  Even though female coaches have the potential to inspire many athletes, many do not feel they are making a difference, or else they feel inadequate. This may be related to many reasons explored in the previous article, “Why Female Athletes Decide to Become Coaches – or Not.”

“Why Female Athletes Decide to Become Coaches – or Not.”

[http://www.coach.ca/WOMEN/e/journal/dec2007/pg1.htm]

I found many similarities between myself and the coaches described in the article. For instance, the article described the impact that female coaches have on girls who later decide to become coaches. Love of sport was another commonality I came across. It was interesting to note the similarities between this article and the article “Experience of Female Beginning Coaches,” which stated that beginning female coaches often felt inadequate. That mirrors the original article, which states that many female athletes that become coaches feel they have the knowledge to assist, but not head in the coaching of a team.  Women coaches also face different types of dilemmas than male coaches.  Women find themselves in an arena dominated mostly by men and overarching gender stereotypes that control sports in general. Women also have more trouble balancing a coaching career with having a family or making enough money if single.  It was interesting to note the conclusion in this study, which claimed that the statement that more women coaches would lead to more female athletes becoming coaches was false. Rather than gender, it depends more on the coach’s personality.  Originally I would have said that female coaches would have an impact on female athletes, causing them to want to coach, but I can see the problems that accompany this dilemma.


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