EDUO 9732: Welcoming Diversity into Your Program

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Course Description

Coaching in today’s diverse society is far more complicated than coaching was fifty years ago. Successful coaches must take into account many factors including their own biases to mold a diverse group of athletes into a team. Coaches can no longer expect all their athletes to come from one set of life experiences and backgrounds. To be a successful coach they must take into consideration age, sex, size, culture, family makeup, and many other issues. Coaches/teachers will need to use deeper learning and understanding of today’s student population to mold a successful team.

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 had the opportunity to examine:

  • The key characteristics of each stage of adolescence.
  • How to best match student/athletes for safe practices in competitive and/or cooperative activities.
  • How to be more culturally responsible as a teacher/coach.
  • Title IX and how to promote gender equity.
  • Sexual harassment and how to protect yourself from unfounded accusations and the legal
    ramifications which could occur.
  • The common disability groupings for disabled sports and how to incorporate these student/athletes into existing programs.

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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.