North American Coach Development Summit

Presenter Information & Program Element Descriptions


The 2021 Summit Submission Portal will open in the fall of 2020.

Presenter Guidelines
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The 2021 Summit theme

Supporting Quality Coaching for All

Please read the information below before submitting a program proposal.


The call for programs is intended for original research, collaborative work and educational purpose presentations.  The USCCE welcomes and encourages submissions from applied practitioners,  academics, and students in coaching, coach education and coach development from North America and around the world.


In an effort to keep the program fresh and innovative, authors are asked to submit no more than one abstract as a lead author. 


Submissions should be for original work, not presented elsewhere.


Presenting authors of accepted abstracts are required to register for the conference and are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and other conference related expenses.  Accepted authors will be notified in December 2020.


Sales programs, service-related programs or similar type programming should not submit through this format and will not be accepted as abstracts.  Individuals and organizations interested in presenting for-sale products and services related to the summit audience are invited to inquire about sponsorship and presentation opportunities at the summit by sending an email to

2020 Summit Postponed

Summit Program Categories

Great Program Practices Presentation submissions should be designed to share ideas, challenges, and solution strategies for educating coaches, providing coaching education and enhancing coach development with peer organizations (education based, not-for-profit and for-profit).  Program submissions in this category should be designed to share and explore great practices from the program perspective.  Organizations and programs are encouraged to share their current models of practice for coaching education or coach development. Great Program Practice Presentations are typically 15 minutes, although longer time slots may be available.

Interactive Poster submissions should present research findings, applied materials, techniques and/or proposed conceptual frameworks in the areas of coaching education and coach development.  Accepted posters will be presented in a traditional conference poster session during a dedicated time designed to spark discussion and support networking.  Poster authors will prepare hanging posters and will be expected to present their work during a dedicated poster session. Student are encouraged to submit projects, thesis or dissertations that are in the conceptual phase, in progress or that have been completed. Student work submissions must include the collaborating academic advisor(s). The poster format should be A0 (1189mm x 841mm / 33.1 x 46.8 inches) and will hang horizontal.

Master Class is a 1½ to 2 hour long in depth exploration of an applied or research based topic in coaching, coach education and/or coach development.  Master classes should have a clear target audience (e.g. academic coach educators, non-profit sport organization leaders) and clear objectives (e.g., developing coaching minor coursework, retention of volunteer female coaches).  Master classes are not lecture based and should be designed to stimulate discussion among a group of peers to explore shared challenges, develop research needs, discuss new concepts, etc.  Master class participation will be by pre-registration only and class sizes will be capped at a maximum of 20 participants to allow for quality interaction.  

Research to Practice Presentation submissions bring together cutting edge research and real world application.  Program submissions in this category should be based on original applied research or research based reviews of great practices and should focus on providing concrete, real world take home applications.  In the submission process, authors will be asked to specify sport context and whether the focus is on the ‘what to’ or ‘how to’ coach. Research to Practice presentations are 15 minutes.

Workshop submissions should present an in-depth exploration of a theme and should provide opportunities to share professional practice strategies through demonstrations and hands-on experiences for participants. Workshop abstracts must include: a statement of the specific learning objectives, teaching methods, specific techniques, and a description of materials that will be shared with workshop participants. Programs can be research or application based. Workshops are typically one hour in length.

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