The Ethics of Sport Coaching


The Ethics of Sport Coaching



Edited by Alun R. Hardman and Carwyn Jones.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Cesar R. Torres: A defense of expatriate coaching in sport.

Is the role of the sports coach simply to improve sporting performance? What are the key ethical issues in sports coaching practice?

Despite the increasing sophistication of our understanding of the player-sport-coach relationship, the dominant perspective of the sports coach is still an instrumental one, focused almost exclusively on performance, achievement and competitive success. In this ground-breaking new book, leading sport scholars challenge that view, arguing that the coaching process is an inherently moral one with an inescapably ethical dimension, involving intense relationships between players and coaches. The Ethics of Sports Coaching critically examines this moral aspect, develops a powerful idea of what sports coaching ought to be, and argues strongly that coaches must be aware of the ethical implications of their acts.

The book is structured around four central themes: the nature of coaching, the character of the coach, coaching specific populations and specific coaching contexts. It explores in detail many of the key ethical issues in contemporary sports coaching, including: coaching special populations ; the ethics of talent identification ; understanding the limits of performance ; enhancement ; coaching dangerous sports ; expatriate coaching ; setting professional standards in sports coaching.

Combining powerful theoretical positions with clear insights into the everyday realities of sports coaching practice, this is an agenda-setting book. It is essential reading for all students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in sports coaching or the ethics and philosophy of sport.



Publication Date


Publication Information

New York : Routledge, c2011.

xi, 222 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Series: Ethics and sport


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education


Located in Drake Library at: GV711 .E84 2011

CONTENTS: The normative aims of coaching: the good coach as an enlightened generalist / Sigmund Loland -- Celebrating trust: virtues and rules in the ethical conduct of sports coaches / Mike McNamee -- Becoming a good coach: coaching and phronesis / Øyvind F. Standal, Liv. B. Hemmestad -- Objectivity and subjectivity in coaching / Paul Davis -- Sports coaching and virtue ethics / Alun R. Hardman, Carwyn Jones -- The moral ambiguity of coaching youth sport / John S. Russell -- Sport-smart persons: a practical ethics for coaching young athletes / Dennis Hemphill -- Males coaching female athletes / Michael Burke -- Coaching ethics and Paralympic sports / Anne-Mette Bredahl -- Coaching and the ethics of youth talent identification: rethinking luck and justice / Richard Bailey, Martin Toms -- Coaching and the ethics of performance enhancement / Irena Martínková, Jim Parry -- Ethical issues in coaching dangerous sports / Emily Ryall, Steve Olivier -- A defense of expatriate coaching in sport / Cesar R. Torres.

The Ethics of Sport Coaching