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Citation: Bergner, R.M. (1998). Coaching and teaching. In H.J. Jeffrey and R.M. Bergner, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 7 (pp. 321-340). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: This chapter explores the crucial matter of how coaches may obtain the best quality of learning from their players. The chapter is organized around three critical questions, and is devoted to providing sound, comprehensive, and practical answers to each of them: (1) What is the ultimate objective of the learning process in athletics-the “target” toward which all of our teaching efforts should be directed? (2) What are the necessary conditions that coaches must create on their teams if they wish to promote optimum learning? (3) What learning principles and policies should coaches employ if they are to help players to acquire the best possible mastery of the skills and concepts of their sport?