Athlete Development Paper

The primary purpose of this assignment is for you to identify the factors that are required for athletes to become successful in your sport of interest; to scientifically examine, argue, defend, and reflect upon how these factors are developed based on your observations and established knowledge; and to present a coherent and well-argued paper that describes how these factors emerge or are developed by athletes over time. A secondary purpose of this paper is to provide an experience that demonstrates your intellectual growth as a result of this course.

There are two phases to this paper, each which will contribute to your final grade for this category.

  • First draft – Paper copy due for peer review in-class on Monday, January 26; Revise first draft and submit for a grade on Monday, February 2
  • Final draft – Paper copy due for peer review in-class on Wednesday, April 15; Revise final draft submitted for a grade on Wednesday, April 22

First Draft Process
Your paper is seeking to answer the following question: What are the three essential processes that athletes must go through in your sport in order to become highly successful?

Your paper should follow the basic expository format. The goal is to convince your reader that your three essential processes for athletic success are meaningful, through the systematic presentation of an argument that is supported by evidence. Following a system also makes your paper much easier for me to evaluate and understand, which helps your final grade!

In an expository paper, the first section, the introduction, should provide a concise overview of your three essential processes; it previews your arguments so that your reader knows what you plan to talk about. The body of your paper should devote one section each to your three essential processes. Each section should be self-contained, meaning that it makes sense when read on its own, but it should be strengthened by being incorporated into your entire paper. Finally, a conclusion section should tie together and summarize your arguments for your three essential processes.

To help you identify your three essential processes for athletic success, we will be doing some essential exercises in the first two weeks of class. You will need to reflect upon your experiences, and you will need to discuss these experiences with other members of a small group of peers. From your reflection and your discussion, you will need to decide on the three most essential factors for athlete development.

Your first draft should be 5-6 pages, double-spaced, following the technical specifications listed at the end of this document. You will need to have a paper copy in-class on Monday, January 26 for a peer-review session. Then, you will need to revise this document and turn in a paper copy in class on Monday, February 2; attach your peer reviewed document with editor’s comments to this first draft with a paper clip. You must also submit an electronic copy to the correct D2L dropbox by 12:40pm on Monday, February 2.

Rubric for grading first draft (25 points total)

  • Title page (1 point)
  • Introduction (3 points) – concisely summarizes all three factors, previews your arguments
  • Factor #1 (3 points) – factor is well-argued and argument is self-contained
  • Factor #2 (3 points) – factor is well-argued and argument is self-contained
  • Factor #3 (3 points) – factor is well-argued and argument is self-contained
  • Conclusion (3 points) – all three factors are discussed and summarized
  • Responsiveness to editor’s comments (2 points) – your draft has changed after peer-review, in-line with suggestions made by your editor
  • Grammar and technical elements (5 points) – you have clearly read-over and edited your paper for grammatical flaws and spelling mistakes
  • References (2 points)

Final Draft Process
I expect that as a result of this course, your understanding of the factors essential for athletic success may evolve. Thus, the final paper is meant to be a reflection of this process of change.

Your final draft should follow the same expository format as your first draft. However, there are some additions that need to be addressed for each of your three essential factors in the body of the paper.

For each essential factor, you will need to describe:

– evidence from class that supports your argument
– evidence from class that refutes your argument
– a brief description of a salient moment from class where this factor was discussed, and how it shaped your beliefs

In your conclusion section, tie together and summarize the arguments for your three factors as you did in your first draft. However, in this draft, I want you to answer the following questions in the natural flow of your conclusion section.

– What is the value of education for you as a current/future coach?
– Why were your beliefs either challenged and changed, or reinforced through this course?

Your final draft should be 10-12 pages, double-spaced, following the technical specifications listed at the end of this document. You will need to have a paper copy in-class on Wednesday, April 15 for a peer-review session. Then, you will need to revise this document and turn in a paper copy in class on Wednesday, April 22; attach your peer reviewed final draft document with editor’s comments to this final draft with a paper clip. You must also submit an electronic copy to the correct D2L dropbox by 12:40pm on Wednesday, April 22.

Rubric for grading final draft (75 points total)

  • Title page (2 points)
  • Introduction (8 points) – concisely summarizes all three factors, previews your arguments
  • Factor #1 (10 points) – factor is well-argued and argument is self-contained; you have shown evidence from class that either refutes or reinforces this factor, and it is clear that your experience in the course has helped you understand the complexity of this factor
  • Factor #2 (10 points) – factor is well-argued and argument is self-contained; you have shown evidence from class that either refutes or reinforces this factor, and it is clear that your experience in the course has helped you understand the complexity of this factor
  • Factor #3 (10 points) – factor is well-argued and argument is self-contained; you have shown evidence from class that either refutes or reinforces this factor, and it is clear that your experience in the course has helped you understand the complexity of this factor
  • Conclusion (15 points) – all three factors are discussed and summarized; answer the two questions listed previously (value of coach education, why were beliefs challenged) in the flow of your writing
  • Responsiveness to editor’s comments (5 points) – your draft has changed after peer-review, in-line with suggestions made by your editor
  • Grammar and technical elements (10 points) – you have clearly read-over and edited your paper for grammatical flaws and spelling mistakes
  • References (5 points) – follows APA format, consistent across all references, no URLs for journal articles

Peer-Review Process
You will need to have a completed draft of your write-up for a peer-review session in class on Wednesday, April 15. Prior to the peer review you will need to submit an electronic copy of your draft write-up to a D2L dropbox (originality checking will be used), and then you must bring a paper copy of your draft to class. You will receive a comprehension assignment grade for participating in the peer-review process.

Technical specifications
The paper should be written following APA format (see Purdue OWL APA formatting guide for a comprehensive guide). Pay special attention to the following:

– Appropriate sections and sub-sections of your paper, labeled using the proper heading levels
– Appropriate in-text citations (Author, Year)
– Appropriate reference list
– Appropriate margins (1″) and double-spaced
– Title-page, correct running-head, and page numbers
– Avoid extensive quotations from published authors/sources (summarize and put into your own words!)

For help with APA formatting, please use these resources:

APA Formatting: Title Page, Running Head, and Section Headings

APA Formatting: In-text Citations, Quotations, and Plagiarism

APA Formatting: Reference List

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