Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.
July 2019, Vol. 19, No. 2
Synergistic Communication: A Collaborative Discovery with Female Coaches
By Elaine Cook and Gretchen Kerr
In their instructive article, authors Elaine Cook and Gretchen Kerr successfully hit a number of the Journal benchmarks. Notably, they break new ground in introducing a provocative concept that challenges coaches to step outside traditional coaching methodology and explore what they call “synergistic communication”. In the coaching context, this means the communication of shared (or synergistic) ideas and feelings with the athlete. According to the authors, synergistic communication “has the potential to positively and dramatically influence coach education and development;” surely this is a desirable outcome for coaches and their athletes.
The views expressed in the articles of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching are those of the authors and do not reflect the policies of the Coaching Association of Canada.
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In recent years, as the participation of girls and women in sport in Canada has skyrocketed, barriers have tumbled and opportunities have proliferated. Women are now found in every aspect of sport, from the playing fields to the boardrooms, as administrators and officials, at the grassroots level through to high performance.
While coaching, too, has been affected by this explosion, women who choose to coach continue to face serious challenges, generally as a result of programs that, when designed, did not consider their unique needs. Other barriers include a lack of mentoring, the failure of sport organizations to spotlight female role models, mis-communication, and a lack of access to information that is critical to professional success.
To address these challenges, in September 2000, the Women in Coaching program of the Coaching Association of Canada introduced The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. The premise of the Journal is that timely, accurate, targeted information goes a long way towards creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches, in Canada and around the world. During the research phase, a worldwide search turned up little information that is specific to the situation of the woman coach. One dominant concern is family life. Other pressing issues focus on negotiating equitable compensation and satisfactory contracts, breaking into the high performance echelon, establishing personal behaviour guidelines, understanding employee and employer rights, and working effectively with a board of directors.
As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal goes one step further by providing practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to make sure that readers will develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.
If, through the Journal, the challenges faced by women coaches are "put on the table" and workable solutions are offered, an important step will have been taken towards breaching the formidable barriers to getting ahead.
Publisher: Coaching Association of Canada
- Chair: Dr. Diane Culver, University of Ottawa
- Research Members: Guylaine Demers, Laval University; Dr. Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto; and Dr. Cari Din, University of Calgary
- Author and Editor: Sheila Robertson
- PhD Student: Marie Christine Chartier, Laval University
- Ad Hoc: Dr. Dru Marshall, University of Calgary; Nancy Lee, Broadcast Sports Journalist and Producer; Rose Mercier, Maverick Consulting; Dr. Penny Werthner, University of Calgary
- CAC Staff Resource: Isabelle Cayer, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
- Coaching Representative: Sheilagh Croxon
- Member at Large: Claire-Dias, Clearday Communications
Call for Abstracts: Coaching Association of Canada’s Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world. Through its Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching Editorial Board, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) seeks new Journal submissions to enhance the effectiveness of coaching across all levels of the sport system.
Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered, including:
- The recruitment and retention of women coaches;
- The design, delivery, and evaluation of coach education programs;
- The fostering of professional development opportunities for women coaches;
- Best practices;
- Role models; and
- Compelling stories of women in coaching.
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching welcomes submission of abstracts from both new and previously published authors for Journal publications between July 2017 and July 2018.
As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal provides practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to ensure that readers develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.
Journals are published quarterly on a set calendar of April, July, October, and January. Three of the issues are 1,500 to 2,000 words long and the other is 3,000 words.
All applications should include a 100-word description of the article, and a CV of the author.
For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.