Synopses & Reviews
The Ethics of Coaching Sports features invited contributions written by prominent scholars examining a broad range of normative or evaluative issues that arise from the role of the coach in competitive sports. The collection is accessible and comprehensive, including discussion of concrete issues in coaching, such as the distribution of playing time, bullying, the implications of recent events surrounding the Pennsylvania State scandal, and Title IX and gender equity. The contributing authors also explore the larger ethical considerations of the role of the coach as educator, leader, and moral role model; special considerations when coaching children; and an examination of the failures of coaches to meet appropriate standards when they do not respect their players and their programs. Each contributor presents the main arguments and positions relevant to their chosen topic and, with the ground set, the authors then seek to advance the readers theoretical and philosophical understanding of coaching. Robert L. Simons introductions to each of the books four parts help to summarize the main theses of the contributors chapters and examine differences between how each author approaches their chosen subject.Study questions are also provided for each chapter, making The Ethics of Coaching Sports the perfect companion for classes on sports ethics and coaching.
"This will become the go-to text for those interested in the ethics of coaching. Robert Simon has unerringly focused on the issues most in need of discussion, and solicited first-rate articles by important scholars. This book will be valuable for scholars but eminently usable in undergraduate courses as well."
—Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College
An invited collection of prominent scholars examining normative issues raised by the role of coaching, the ethics of competition, coaching youth sports, and coaching relating to the law
The Ethics of Coaching features invited contributions written by prominent scholars examining a broad variety of normative or evaluative issues that arise from the role of the coach in competitive sport. Each essay presents a review of the main arguments and positions relevant to each chosen topic and, with the ground set, the chapter authors then seek to advance the discussion by making an intellectual contribution of their own. The collection is accessible and comprehensive, including essays on the role of the coach as educator, leader, and moral role model; the duties, rights, and obligations of players and coaches, both morally and legally; special issues involved in coaching children; and an examination of the failures of coaches to meet appropriate standards when they fail to respect their players and their programs. Introductions to each part not only summarize the main theses but also explain differences in approach and contrasts in the arguments of each chapter. Study questions are also provided for each essay.
About the Author
Robert L. Simon
is McEwen Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. He is the author (with Norman E. Bowie) of The Individual and the Political Order
, Neutrality and the Academic Ethics,
and Fair Play: The Ethics of Sport, Third Edition.
He also is editor of The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy
, and is the author of numerous articles in political philosophy and on ethical issues in sport. Simon has held fellowships at both Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. Simon has served as President of the International Association of the Philosophy of Sport and received its Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004. He has served as Associate Editor of Ethics and presently serves of the editorial board of The Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
and the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.
He has been appointed to the Advisory and Editorial Board for the NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on College Sports by former NCAA President Myles Brand and was Vice-President of the Board from 2009-2011. Simon also was mens golf coach at Hamilton from 1987-2001 and several of his teams were nationally ranked in Division III of the NCAA during that period.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
1 The Ethics of Coaching, ROBERT L. SIMON
2 The Coach as Moral Exemplar, JAN BOXILL
PART TWO: THE COACHS ROLE: CONCEPTIONS OF COACHING
3 Coaching for Virtue in Platos Academy, HEATHER REID
4 The Ethical Coach: An Interpretive Account of the Ethics of Coaching, ROBERT L. SIMON
5 Interpretivism, Conventionalism, and the Ethical Coach, WILLIAM J. MORGAN
6 Why the Coach Needs a Philosophy: A Pragmatists Suggestions, DOUG HOCHSTETLER
PART THREE: COACHING AND THE ETHICS OF COMPETITION
ROBERT L. SIMON
7 Coaching and Undeserved Competitive Success, J. S. RUSSELL
8 Bench Players: Do Coaches Have a Moral Obligation to Play Benchwarmers?, SCOTT KRETCHMAR
9 Coaching, Gamesmanship, and Intimidation, MARK HAMILTON
10 The Neuroethics of Coaching, JEFFREY P. FRY
11 Competition, Ethics, and Coaching Youth, CESAR R. TORRES AND PETER F. HAGER
PART FOUR: COACHING, COMPLIANCE, AND THE LAW
ROBERT L. SIMON
12 The Ethics of Title IX and Gender Equity for Coaches: Selected Topics, NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR
13 The Coach and the Safety of Athletes: Ethical and Legal Issues, MATTHEW J. MITTEN
14 The Coach and Athlete Recruitment: Ethical and Legal Dimensions, TIMOTHY DAVIS
About the Contributors