Coaching for Youth Programs

Coaching for Youth Programs is in the pipeline to return next AY (2024-2025), please return to main REAL program page for current course offerings.

Coaching for Youth Programs

REAL Program

Experiential learning opportunity

Develop skills applicable to working with youth in sport and recreation, including written and oral communication, project and lesson management, and planning and organizing youth sports.


Karen Swanger


No prerequisites



Maximum enrollment


NACE competencies

  • Oral/written communication
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/work ethic


  • 1

Registration options

Start terms

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring

Offered online


Meeting times

Check class schedule for times/locations.

Learning outcomes

  • Define Positive Youth Development (PYD) and identify the components and positive outcomes of a successful PYD program
  • Understand how to foster PYD when working with diverse populations and learners
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classroom management and communication practices for working with youth
  • Become familiar with the essential aspects of culture in a PYD program using OSU KidSpirit as a model
  • Develop a lesson with activities appropriate to coaching a variety of recreational sports for a variety of age groups
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of a quality lesson and how to evaluate student progress within a lesson

Content / knowledge / concepts

  • What PYD Programs are and why they matter,
  • the essential components of a PYD program,
  • and the culture of a PYD program focusing especially on the cultural aspects of OSU KidSpirit.
  • In addition, how to work with diverse learners and with different learning styles,
  • structuring a lesson and lesson planning,
  • evaluating student progress,
  • how to develop and strengthen your growth mindset,
  • strategies for building relationships with youth,
  • assertive communication and feedback,
  • and classroom management techniques.

Course experiences

  • Working with children
  • Designing a lesson plan
  • Physical activities to emphasize course concepts
  • Working collaboratively on projects to demonstrate knowledge of concepts
  • Evaluating student progress

Assessment activities

  • Reflections
  • Discussion entries
  • Short assignments
  • Group presentations
  • Course evaluation

Additional info

Kinesiology and public health students will sign up for PAC 299 COACHING FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS


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