Sport Academies and the Physical Education Curriculum

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Sport Academies and the
Physical Education Curriculum
Presentation to CUPR at the 2012 PHE Canada Conference
May 10th, 2012
Halifax, NS
Daniel Balderson, Ph.D. University of Lethbridge
Sports in the Schools?
 Across Canada schools are providing
sport specific options for students during
regular school hours.
 These school sponsored programs are
called sport academies or sport schools.
How common are sport schools?
 82% of German Olympic medals from 20012004 were won by current or former sport school
student athletes
 10% of Canada’s Olympic (2006) team had or
were attending a sport school
 135 Sport Academies in Alberta
• 40-50 are found in rural communities
• 2005- 2 Sport Academies in Alberta
Types of Academies
 1) Elite Development (22)
 Fees range from $2500 - $30,000/ year
 2) Sports Excellence (3)
 No Additional fees
 3) General Skill Development (117)
 fees range from no cost to 12,500/ year
Sports Academies
# of Academies
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Lacrosse
Golf
Dance, Cheer, Figure Skating
Baseball
Soccer
Multi-Sport/ Elite Athlete
Hockey
0
20
40
60
80
School may start an academy to:
 Increase enrollment
 Attractiveness
 Student Retention/Engagement (keep grades up to
participate)
 Bridge to the Community
 Local Expertise
 Engage Teachers
Students may choose to attend an
academy school because
 Seeking Post-Secondary Scholarships/
Professional Opportunities
 Skill Development during a crucial period
 Coaching (professional, paid)
 Motivation
 Flexibility to gain an education and develop
athletically
 Flexible with missing class for competition
How do they work?
 Students enroll in core classes for part of
the day (typically the morning). Then in
sport specific classes in the afternoon
 Course credit is given for afternoon sport
specific training
 Locally approved and administered
Descriptive Study
 Study took place from May 2011- March 2012
 Information obtained on Academies via:
 On Line Survey, Phone Interviews, Website Analysis
 93 Schools/organizations in Alberta that offer 135
Sport Academy options
 Split evenly between High School and Junior High
Schools Offering Sports Academies
in Alberta
20
18
16
14
12
Public
10
8
Catholic
6
Private
4
2
0
North
Region
Edmonthon
and Area
Central
Region
Calgary and
Area
South
Region
Credit?
 18/29 Schools offer high school credits for
participation in a Sports Academy/ Sport
Program
 11 High Schools offer sport academies but
do not award credit
 Most middle school academies provide
credit (option credit)
Credit Possibilities
 No Credit,1 Credit, 3 Credits, 5 Credits, 10, Credits, 15
Credits (100 needed to graduate in Alberta)
 CTS Credits (Career and Technological Studies- Sports
Performance, Sports Nutrition, Sports Medicine,
Coaching- 1 credit each)
 Physical Education Credits (PE 10, PE 20, PE 30)
 Sports Performance 15,25,35 (Now in CTS)
 Religion Credit (moral, character development)
High School Credits in Sports
Academies
PE and CTS
Just CTS
CTS, PE and Calm
Other (Dance, Outdoor
Ed. , Calm Etc.)
Results
 Students may receive up to 1/3 of their credits (100
total) for participation in the Academy
 70% of Academies use the mandatory High School
Physical Education course to receive credits
From an Academy Handbook…
 Physical Education 10– In this course, which is taught
on campus, students are involved in developing their
physical skills, leadership and social skills by
participating in a variety of active living activities that
incorporate individual activities, fitness elements,
team sports, traditional dance and cooperative
games. Students will also complete an Alberta
Education mandated CPR component. (5 credits))
From an Academy Handbook…
Describe what PE is like for your
Academy Students…
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“Same as for any other student”
“Mostly games...not much structure”
“Probably a breeze compared to what happens on ice”
“Students are placed in levels within the academy
mainly by skill level. Some PE 10 students are in the
entry level or intermediate as well sr class. Off ice is all
the same (Sports Perf) but on ice is different depending
on the level you are in. More intense with higher
classes.”
Results
 Academies are different in many ways
 Relationship to Academics no different
 Marked increase in Academies across Canada the past
10 years
 With Physical Education involved, what is our
position?
 Should guidelines be developed?
Questions
Thank you!
Daniel Balderson, Ph.D.
[email protected]

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