Take Your Coaching to the Next Level with Guidance From OSU Kinesiology Experts

Qualified, motivated and trained volunteers are needed to serve as youth sports coaches. The best way to help level the playing field and ensure that youth of all abilities receive quality instruction is through educating and training coaches.

As Beaver Nation steps up to fill these volunteer positions and improve the lives of young people through movement and sports, the College of Health is offering free coaches’ clinics to current and prospective youth sports coaches of all experience levels.


Attend one or more of six sessions to expand your knowledge and skills. Learn from faculty who will teach you how to put physical activity, child development and sport psychology into practice and performance.


These in-person sessions are hosted by the OSU Alumni Association and OSU Foundation in partnership with the OSU College of Health.


Coaches Clinic Series


Each event in the series is held at:
6:30 to 8 p.m. PT

Hallie Ford Center, Room 115

Registration is required, as space is limited.


Nov. 16 - Foundations of Coaching. SESSION CLOSED

Participation in sports can have numerous positive outcomes for kids including better physical and mental health, forming new behavioral and social skills, and creating community. However, those positive developments cannot happen without the dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable volunteers in sports—coaches.

In this session learn about the fundamental approaches, methods and skills of youth sports coaching that can help give you the best start to making a difference in the lives of kids in your community.

Jan. 18 - Teambuilding and Culture | SESSION CLOSED

The second session of the Coaches Clinic Series will focus on teambuilding and culture. We will discuss and engage in activities that focus on how to support connection, encourage learning, and create communities. Participants will walk away with rituals, routines, and practices that they can do to support team culture.

This session will also be co-facilitated by Dr. Massey’s friend and colleague, Diana Cutaia.

Session Guest Co-Facilitator Bio: Diana Curtaia is the founder of Coaching Peace, an organization that focuses on building positive and safe cultures to empower and lead with empathy and understanding. Her clients include Nike, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the NCAA, the Portland Trailblazers, the Women’s Sport Foundation, Up2Us Sports, along with several school districts and corporations.

Feb. 22 - Motivation | SESSION CLOSED

The third session of the Coaches Clinic Series will center around motivation.

A significant challenge for youth sports coaches can be finding constructive and impactful ways to motivate each member of their team.

In this session, you will learn about core psychological needs that must be met to facilitate internal motivation, how to create a motivational climate that helps increase fun, enjoyment and performance, and practical ways to translate these ideas for success in your coaching practice.

March 8 - Skill Acquisition | SESSION CLOSED

It takes more than clear directions and repetition for young athletes to learn a new skill. In any sport and for every coach, helping kids master their body movements is as essential duty.

And the more you know about how athletes learn, the more effective you can be while avoiding setbacks and frustration.

The fourth session of the Coaches Clinic Series will focus on teaching skill acquisition. You will learn strategies for giving instruction and reinforcing patterns. Plus, get tips on how to effectively use feedback to optimize learning.

Join OSU kinesiology faculty for in-person and hands-on training that you can immediately put into practice.

April 12 - Peak Performance | SESSION CLOSED

There are a lot of clichés about what it takes to get “the most” out of athletes. But is it the same for every athlete; regardless of age, ability or experience?

In this session of the Coaches Clinic Series, OSU kinesiology faculty discuss the topic of peak performance and the skills and knowledge it takes to make sure kids of all ages and abilities can get the most out of their sporting experience in a safe, fun and uplifting manner.

Join us for the in-person and hands-on training to help take your youth coaching game to its highest level.

May 17 - The Sport Parent | REGISTER NOW

Whether you are a parent-coach, parent-spectator or a coach working with parents, you have a critical role to play in the success and enjoyment of the sports season.

For the final session of the Coaches Clinic Series, we will focus on the role of parents in youth sports. Join us to explore research and best practices for parents and coaches alike to contribute to a positive team culture and a common goal: To keep kids in the game.

The session is free, but space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

The Coaches Clinic series is presented by the College of Health in partnership with the OSU Alumni Association and OSU Foundation.


About the speaker


William Massey, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Kinesiology in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and has been at OSU since 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Health Sciences, with a specialization in Sport Psychology, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.S. in Kinesiology, with a specialization in Social Psychology of Sport, from Southern Illinois University.


Massey has over a decade of youth sport coaching experience (e.g., baseball, basketball, football, soccer, strength and conditioning), has consulted with a variety of youth sport serving organizations to improve coaching education and youth development via play and physical activity (e.g., coaching corps, women's sport foundation, Playworks) and has experience doing peak performance consulting work with high school, college and professional athletes, medical professionals, and high level business executives.