The USOC Educational Conference Series offers annual, bi-annual, and topical conferences. The series covers topics pertinent to National Governing Body needs and cutting-edge information to achieve world class performances. The USOC strives to provide applied sport sciences to Olympic- and Paralympic-caliber athletes and coaches to achieve sustained, competitive excellence through professional development.

2015 National Coaching Conference
June 10-12, 2015 | Morgantown, W.V.

The United States Coaching Coalition (USOC, NCAA, NFHS, SHAPE America and NSCA) and the 2015 co-host, the College of Physical Activities and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University, are pleased to announce the call for programs for the 2015 National Coaching Conference. The annual conference brings together coaches, coach educators/developers and sport science researchers for the enrichment of coaching and sport.

The theme for the 2015 conference is physical literacy and will serve as the launching pad for Lifetime Athletic Development and Performance. The program will focus on current research and practice models for optimal integration of athletic development for both participation and peak performance. The goal is to stimulate the discussion and implementation of this model across physical activity and sports programming at all levels.

Guidelines for Proposal Submissions

General Information

  • The ‘2015 National Coaching Conference Submission Form’ must be used to submit an abstract. 
  • Submitted abstracts are limited to a maximum of 300 words and should demonstrate a connection to conference theme.
  • All submissions must provide three applied objectives that demonstrate the proposed fit to the conference theme.
  • Submitting authors are asked to indicate the program track(s) that best fits their intended audience.  The program tracks include The Coach Track, The Coach Educator/Developer Track and The Sport Science Track.
  • Only electronic submissions received prior to 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday December 5, 2014 will be considered.
  • Submissions must be complete in order to be considered in the review process.
  • Individuals may be a part of as many submitted abstracts as they wish, however in an effort to provide a diverse and rich program, we ask that individuals submit no more than one (1) first author abstract to the program. 
  • Based on abstract submission volume and program space, authors submitting abstracts may be offered an opportunity to present in an alternative format.
  • Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance by January 16, 2015. It is the lead author’s responsibility to notify co-authors.
  • Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit extended abstracts for publication in the conference proceedings.
  • Those submitting abstracts must be available to present June 10-12, 2015.   The completed conference program schedule will be provided by the start of March to assist in travel planning.  The conference programmers will not be able to honor request for special presentation times.
  • All accepted authors attending the conference must be registered for the conference in order to present.

The Coach Track
Presentations submitted for inclusion in this track should appeal to coaches at the various levels of sport participation - youth through elite - in the United States. Each session should provide practical application of evidence-based practice that coaches will be able to add to their “Coaches Toolbox” while simultaneously demonstrating the level of activity, skill development, competition, etc. appropriate for the identified level of play.

The Coach Educator/Developer Track
Presentations submitted for inclusion in this track should appeal to sport program administrators, coach educators/developers, and/or academic coach educators. Sessions should reflect one of the following: (a) current research on coach development; (b) paths of coach development across sport, gender and/or competitive level; or (c) critical topics in coaching education. The sessions should provide information that directly relates to the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) or the International Sport Coaching Framework (ICCE, 2013), and clearly demonstrates how to develop and deliver programs and resources that are beneficial to coaches.

The Sport Scientist Track
Presentations submitted for inclusion in this track should appeal to coaches, coach educators/developers, sport program administrators and/or sport scientists. These sessions should include original research or new application of sport science knowledge for the enhancement of sport learning and performance among defined athletic populations.

The deadline to submit abstracts is 11:59 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2014.  

Presentation Abstract Submission Options:

– a traditional lecture-based program for applied research in a 30 or 45-minute format.

Workshop – designed to engage the audience in an interactive learning experience in a 60 or 75-minute format.

Panel Discussion – providing multiple views across a topic from a combination of expert coaches, coach developers/educators and/or sport scientists. The submitting author should clarify both the theme and proposed panel member in a 60 or 75 minute format.

Interactive Poster – abstracts in this category will be combined into themed presentations.  Presenters will display a traditional conference poster and will participate in an interactive poster presentation.  Each presenter will have 5-7 minutes to discuss the application to coaching and/or coach science of their poster within the interactive presentation and will participate in a moderated discussion.

Means of Submission:
Completed session proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment to Session proposals MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 5, 2014. Receipt of session proposal will be confirmed via email within five working days of submission. Please note it is imperative to have all speaker information. Notification of acceptance is dependent on accurate speaker information.

Proposal notifications will be sent by
Jan. 16, 2015.