808Saturday, March 17, 2007

1:00 PM-2:15 PMConvention Center:307
Girls Will be Girls: Strategies for Coaching the Female Athlete
This presentation investigates socializtion and challenges coaching female athletes at various stages. This session explores issues coaching from a novice perspective. Analysis of past and present “teaching/coaching” practices will be examined. Discussion will focus on: socialization, teacher/coach roles, sexual harassment, assault (and ways to protect oneself), homophobia, and player/coach “crushes”. Questions guiding the presentation: Are female coaches socialized by mentors? Are female athletes a different breed? Are female athletes much different than males? Why are female coaches declining in numbers? Is there a feminist perspective when coaching females? First-hand experiences and interviews of women in dual roles will be presented.
Keyword(s): coaching, gender issues, professional preparation
Speakers: Jeanne Raudensky, Springfield College, Springfield, MA; and Lea Ann "Beez" Schell, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

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