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.
October 2018, Vol. 18, No. 4
Promising Initiatives Could bring Real Change for Women in Coaching
by Guylaine Demers and Gretchen Kerr
Is it baby steps or a swelling tide? I refer to several initiatives over the past several years that address growing concern over the persistently diminishing numbers of women in the coaching profession in Canada. Optimistically, I sense a swelling tide, believing these initiatives may, at last, mark a reversal of this dismal and worrying trend.
I refer first to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, launched in 2016, whose work is reported in this timely article.
Then, several months ago came the announcement of Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan’s establishment of a Women in Sport Working Group, charged with developing strategies to better understand and serve the specific needs of women and girls in sport. It is encouraging that many of the Group’s members have deep knowledge of coaching in this country.
Now the authors of this article tell us of Conversation 2020, to be held in Quebec City, June 10-12, 2020 to design action plans based on the various recommendations to increase the participation of women in all capacities within our Canadian sport system.This Conversation will build on Conversation 2015, where the plight of women coaches was a dominant concern.
In order to contribute effectively to sport in Canada, our women coaches need solid, sustainable outcomes – sooner rather than later. And so, we will be watching. - Sheila Robertson, Journal editor
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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
Copy Editor: Michel Hachey
- 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, Senior Coaching Consultant, Women in Coaching
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.