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

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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

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Tony Battilega

B.A. Communication Studies, University of San Diego

California teaching credentials: English, Health, Physical Education.

High School Teacher 30 years - English 11 years, Health Education 5 years, Physical Education 17 years.

Distinguished Teacher Award: Rancho Bernardo HS, Granada HS, Amador Valley HS.

High School Baseball Coach 30 years: Rancho Bernardo, Granada, Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley. Multiple League and CIF Championships.

Youth Baseball Coach 10 years: Three Babe Ruth World Series Championships.

Baseball Camps 30 years: Owner, Coordinator, Instructor.

College Baseball Coach 2 years: Pitching coach Menlo College, San Diego City College.

Division 1 Baseball Player 4 years: University of San Diego.

“I am passionate about health, fitness and lifelong learning. I teach because everyone, especially teenagers, need support and guidance in their physical, emotional and social wellness. I am driven to leave a positive impact on every person I meet.”

Personal: Married, two children, dog, snake. Family is extremely important.

Interests: Mountains, Beach, Travel, Fishing, Hiking, Skiing, Fitness, Photography, Reading and Writing.