Wisconsin Coaching Standards

To receive a license to coach in Wisconsin, an applicant shall complete an approved program and demonstrate proficient performance in the knowledge, skills and dispositions under all of the following standards:

  1. Coaches know the subjects they are coaching.
    The coach understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines she or he coaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for athletes.
  2. Coaches know how children grow.
    The coach understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. Coaches understand that children learn differently.
    The coach understands how athletes differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and can adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of athletes, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
  4. Coaches know how to teach.
    The coach understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology, to encourage children's development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  5. Coaches know how to manage an athletic environment.
    The coach uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  6. Coaches communicate well.
    The coach uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the athletic environment.
  7. Coaches are able to plan different kinds of practices.
    The coach organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, athletes, the community, and athletic goals.
  8. Coaches know how to test for athlete progress.
    The coach understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the athlete.
  9. Coaches are able to evaluate themselves.
    The coach is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on athletes, parents, professionals in the learning community and others and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. Coaches are connected with other coaches and the community.
    The coach fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support athlete learning and well-being and acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.

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