EDUO 9726: Keep It in Perspective… Make Every Kid Count

Instructors: Dick Bach, Ernie Shaffer
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Course Description

Coaches must continually strive to accept all of their student/athletes unconditionally. Here we will examine the question of how we accept our students/ athletes. Is it for how well they perform, their size, how coachable they are, how they do in academics, their sexual orientation or whatever other yardstick we may use? Coaches will be asked to contrast and compare performance versus effort. The class will help coaches develop a philosophy of how to accept each young person for who they are not what they can do.

Required Text: Successful Coaching-4th Edition by Rainer Martens, Human Kinetics; 4 edition
(February 17, 2012)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, the participants will have been introduced to the following teaching/coaching concepts:

  • Unconditional teaching/coaching
  • Discipline versus punishment
  • Motivation versus manipulation
  • Different styles of teaching and the use of rewards for acceptance
  • Using different styles of discipline when working with young students
  • Saying “Good Job” may not be in the best interest of the student/athlete
  • Praise may actually reduce achievement
  • Conditionally value children
  • The debilitating effect of acceptance based on performance or achievement
  • How to provide unconditional acceptance


Dick Bach

B.S., M.S. Physical Education

Taught and coached 7-9 Jr. High students for five years.

Taught mathematics and physical education at the High School level for 35 years.

Had experience as a Department Head in physical education.

Helped to develop a state granted voluntary integration program.

Richard’s personal interests are golf and helping others succeed.

Ernie Shaffer

B.A., M.A. Administration

Taught Elementary 5 years, Jr. High 5 years, Senior High 5 years and Adult Ed. 2 years.

Administration Grades K-12 19 years.

Coached variety of sports grades 6-12.

Developed Leisure Living Program for Grades 6-12.

Leisure interests-fishing, reading, poker and Senior Softball.

  • Price: $140
  • 1 Semester Credit/Unit

Instructors: Dick Bach, Ernie Shaffer

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