Award Date

Fall 2012

Degree Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Sport and Leisure Service Management


Hotel Administration

First Committee Member

Daniel McLean, Chair

Number of Pages



The purpose of this paper is to develop a training program for youth sport coaches focusing on a positive motivational climate, with an intended outcome to increase intrinsic motivation in youth sport participants. The coaching workshops that are available today tend to focus on teaching the fundamentals of the sport; while largely ignoring the motivational side of coaching. Pop Warner Football is the largest youth football league in the country, they have a large coach training program that focuses on drills and skill development, but fails to address positive motivation. Providing youth sport organizations with a training program that adds positive motivation to the curriculum can be a way that new coaches can develop the skills necessary to integrate a well-rounded coaching style within their team environment.


Coaches (Athletics) – Training of; Football for children – Coaching – Study and teaching; Motivation (Psychology); Sports – Psychological aspects; Sports for children – Coaching


Child Psychology | Social Psychology | Sports Management | Sports Studies