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The following links are to websites, blogs, podcasts and other sources of information that would be useful to a coach. Most are "sport agnostic" meaning the information provided is not specific to any single sport.

Some of the courses listed are free, and others require a payment as indicated.

 US Center for SafeSport

The Center is "...committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together free of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct".

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Youth Sports Culture

·      Changing the Game Project

o  This website is dedicated to the idea of returning youth sports to the children to make sports a healthy, rewarding and positive experience in every kid’s life.

o  TrueSport promotes positive youth experiences in sports. It is founded on the experiences and values of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has three cornerstones: sportsmanship, character building and healthy performance. The site also includes information on nutrition.

·      Positive Coaching Alliance

o  The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming youth sports culture so that all athletes have a positive, character-building experience to develop better athletes, better people. The site has resources for parents, coaches, athletes, officials and administrators.

·      Aspen Project Play

o  The Aspen Institute is a think tank that has included Project Play to promote sport participation. The Project looks at sport as a benefit for the individual from a physical activity standpoint and how kids playing sports has a positive influence on society. One of the best resources is the eight plays to build kids into athletes for life. These eight strategies are worth considering.


·      iCoachKids

o  iCoachKids is a collaborative, multi-agency project that works across the EU to make sure all youth sport participants have a positive experience led by suitably trained coaches, leading to a lifelong involvement in sport and healthier lives. The site also offers several free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) aimed at coaches working with youth. (See below under Courses).

o  Resources are available for coaches, youth sports administrators and parents of youth

Long-Term Athlete Development and Physical Literacy

·      Ultimate Canada

    • A great resource on Long-Term Athlete Development specific to ultimate. (USA Ultimate is developing its own version).
  • American Development Model (ADM)
    • From the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), an alternative version of long-term athlete development.
  • USA Hockey ADM
    • USA Hockey has been one of the leaders in the world in changing how we view youth sports. While it is hockey focused, much of the information can be applied to ultimate.

·      Sport for Life

o  This Canadian website is one of the best sources of information on long-term athlete development and physical literacy.

·      2-4-1 Sports

o  2-4-1 Sports is dedicated to the idea that life is too short for just one sport (get it?). 2-4-1 Sports runs youth sports that promote the idea of multisport development and also the promotion of physical literacy. The blog can give you some ideas on how to implement physical literacy.

·      SpiderFit Kids

o  Spiderfit has a lot of resources targeted toward getting kids moving and developing fundamental movement skills/physical literacy.

·      60 Ways to Play

o  From US Lacrosse, this free document focuses on fundamental movement skills.

Best Coaching Practices

·      USOPC Quality Coaching Framework

o  The USOPC Quality Coaching Framework provides an overview of the essential principles for providing quality coaching at all levels of sport.

  • How to Coach Kids
    • A collaboration between the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and Nike. A site offering some introduction to coaching kids.

·      150 Activities for Planning and Delivering in Practice

o  This Canadian website is a collection of practice activities covering games, warm up activities, etc. 

·      Connected Coaches (From Sport Coach UK)

o  This website is from Sport Coach UK. It features blogs and articles on best coaching behaviors. It also has a forum for discussions about coaching issues or to ask for help. It is not a sport specific site so you will run into coaches from across all sports, but they are mainly UK-based.

·      Growing the Game Together (From TeamUSA)

o  John Kessel is a long-time volleyball coach and has worked with developing coaches for a long time. His blog goes beyond volleyball and address practices (do not drill too much) and coaching in general.

·      PLAYS at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

o  The Performance Lab for the Advancement of Youth in Sport at Queen's University offers research articles and resources on transformational coaching and positive youth sport development.

Doping Control

·      US Anti-Doping Agency

o  The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) website provides information on doping control issues and procedures including the Drug Reference Online, therapeutic exemptions, etc. You can learn about differences between in competition and out of competition testing. Some medications are allowed out of competition but not in competition.

·      Drug Reference Online

o  This site helps you avoid issues with medications and some over the counter or dietary supplements. You can go to this site to see if a medication you are taking is prohibited.


·      USA Fencing Coaching Education Podcast

o  The USA Fencing coaching education podcast features interviews experts in specific areas such as transformational coaching and mental skills training. Not all episodes are fencing-focused.

·      Smartercoaching 

o  A podcast from our very own Education Manager created before he came to work at USA Ultimate. The podcast interviews coaches from a variety of sports, sports scientists and coach developers. Topics include transformational coaching, positive coaching and character building.

·      Connected Coaches

o  This is a product of Sport Coach UK. The podcast often relates to a recent blog on the site.

·      Changing The Game Project

o  The podcast offers a wide range of people involved in sports from athletes, coaches, authors, etc.


Coach Developers on Twitter

·      US Center for Coaching Excellence: @CoachingEd

    • The USCCE is a national non-profit organization dedicated to elevating and enhancing the professions of sport coaching, coach education and coach development.

·      Wade Gilbert: @Wadewgilbert

o  Dr. Gilbert is a professor at Fresno State University who studies best practices in coaching.

·      Jean Cote: @jeancote46

o  Dr. Cote is a professor at Queens University in Canada. He studies youth sport and youth development.

·      Yann Le Meur: @YLMsportscience

o  Dr. Le Meur is a sport scientist who does a great job of taking peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and simplifying them into an infographic that conveys the pertinent information.

·      ConnectedCoaches: @connected_coach

o  The folks at Sport Coach UK help spread information about coach development.

·      John Kessel: @JohnKesselUSAV

o  John Kessel is the Director of Sport Development at USA Volleyball and writes a lot about good coaching practices. He will give you links you might not have found on your own.

·      Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA): @PositiveCoachUS

o  PCA is an organization that promotes a positive youth sports experience for all kids.

·      US Anti-Doping Agency: @usantidoping

o  The twitter account for USADA keeps you apprised of changes in doping control rules and other news.

·      Joe Eisenmann: @Joe_Eisenmann

o  Dr. Eisenmann is a coach developer now working for USA Football. He is also a long-term athlete development guy.

·      Sam Callan: @smartercoaching

o  Sam is the USA Ultimate Youth and Education manager. His twitter feed is usually filled with links to articles on youth sports culture, sports parenting and a good dose of scientific journal articles. He cannot fully get out of his exercise physiology education.


TED Talks/Interviews

·      Learning Zone and Performance Zone by Eduardo Briceno

o  This TED talk offers some insights about how you can work hard and yet not be getting better. You are spending a lot of time performing but not taking time for deliberate practice to get better.

·      Everyday Leadership (aka Lollipop Moment) Drew Dudley

o  You never know how you might impact another person’s life. In fact, you might impact someone’s life without ever knowing it.

·      Deliberate Practice and the work of Anders Ericsson, PhD. The following are links to interviews with Dr. Ericsson, the author of PEAK

o  The New Science of Expertise

o  Deliberate Practice


·      Meet the Group: A self-help group for over-involved sports parents.

o  A little satire from the Canadians; unfortunately, you may know some of these people.

·      Transformational Coaching Webinar

o  A presentation by Jean Cote, PhD, to coach educators and developers in January 2018. Dr. Cote gives an overview of transformational coaching.

·      Cost of Winning

o  This short video provides a look at the obsession of winning and the effect it is having on youth sports development. 



§  Tranformational Coaching Seminar

 Transformational coaching is not simply about technique and tactics; it is about connection, effective communication, and building high character. The cost of the course is $9.00 using the discount code "UltimateCoach".

§  iCoachkids.eu

 The site offers three, FREE Massive Open Online Courses for free with more in development. The three are: 1) Developing effective environments for children in sport 2) Child-centered coaching and physical literacy, and 3) Coaching children: Planning, doing and reviewing.

Sport Science and Nutrition


·      Sport Science InfoGraphics

o  Yann Le Meur takes peer-reviewed sport science journal papers and condenses the information into a simple to read infographic.

o  TrueSport promotes positive youth experiences in sports. It is founded on the experiences and values of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has three cornerstones: sportsmanship, character building and healthy performance. The site also includes information on nutrition.


·      Supplement411

o  This site can help you navigate the tricky world of dietary supplements. It is a part of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) website.

·      Examine

o  This website is not affiliated with US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), but it is a fantastic independent resource for evaluating dietary supplements. The evaluators take no funding from supplement companies and provide links and references for a large number of dietary supplements. If you are wondering if a dietary supplement "works" or not, this is a great resource.

Online Open Access Journals for Sport Science and Coaching

The following links are to peer-reviewed scientific journals that provide free articles. Some of the journals offer limited open access articles.

·      International Journal of Exercise Science

·      Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness

·      Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

·      Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

·      Journal of Sport Science & Medicine