Bellevue East Little League and the wider Washington Little League District 9 is offering a free classroom workshop on Feb 12th open to all parents, coaches, managers, and volunteers.

Mastery Approach to Coaching – A Sports Psychology Workshop with Dr. Frank Smoll from University of Washington 

How Can Coaches Increase Their Effectiveness?

In answering this question, over 35 years of research has been conducted on coaching behaviors and their effects on young athletes. A sport psychology training program was developed and tested in this research. The program, which is known as the Mastery Approach to Coaching, is the only scientifically validated coaching-education workshop that has been shown to produce the following outcomes:

  • Fosters positive coach-athlete relations
  • Increases the amount of fun that athletes experience
  • Creates greater team cohesion
  • Promotes higher mastery-oriented achievement goals in sports and in school
  • Increases athletes’ self-esteem
  • Reduces performance-destroying anxiety and fear of failure
  • Decreases athlete dropout rates from approximately 30% to 5%
  • Produces equally positive effects on boys and girls teams

What Does the Mastery Approach to Coaching Include?

During a workshop, coaching guidelines are presented with the aid of animated PowerPoint slides. The principles are included in a printed manual that coaches receive. The Mastery Approach emphasizes:

  • Creating a learning environment that focuses on skill development, personal and team success, maximum effort, and fun
  • Giving high-quality technical instruction
  • Providing reinforcement for effort as well as performance
  • Decreasing anxiety-producing punitive behaviors
  • Instruction is given in how to:
    • Keep winning in a healthy perspective
    • Correct athlete mistakes
    • Develop a team-oriented approach to discipline
    • Deal with violations of team rules
    • Combat fear of failure
    • Increase communication skills
    • Work cooperatively with parents

Mastery Approach to Coaching

  • Where: Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village
  • Address: 6505 176th Ave. NE; Redmond, 98052
  • Date: Tuesday, February 12th
  • Times:
    • 6:45 registration and sign-in
    • 7:00pm – 8:15pm workshop

Coaches who attend the workshop will receive a 32-page manual. The manual retails for $7.95, but the cost is covered by Washington Little League District 9.

Questions? E-mail us