This thesis explores best practices for applying drama strategies to coaching youth soccer. How does drama pedagogy translate to sports? Do drama techniques improve youth soccer? How can using drama- based strategies when coaching youth soccer enhance my own coaching abilities and thus improve the quality of youth soccer instruction and experience? This study applies various drama techniques to pre- written coaching curriculum. This manifested in heavily detailed games, supported by pantomime, storytelling, and narrative exploration, all of which further engaged the children in their soccer exercises. This thesis is supplemented by research on best practices regarding youth soccer, as well as the history of creative drama, developed and theorized by Winifred Ward, and drama methods developed by Dorothy Heathcote and Viola Spolin, contextualizing how they have each been utilized from their onset until the current time. This study incorporates journal entries written after each coaching session, reflecting on personal practice and how the curriculum was amplified or diminished based on the dramatic techniques applied. Additional observations of other coaches are included, detailing how their methodologies differ from my own, as well as the results of these differing methods. Using this practice as research, varying conclusions are drawn on the impacts, effects, and successfulness of incorporating drama into coaching.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Theatre; Theatre for Young Audiences Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Caine, Brittany, "The Field of TYA on the Soccer Field: Using Drama Strategies to Enhance Youth Soccer Coaching Practices" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 23.