Book details

The Ethics of Coaching Sports

Moral, Social and Legal Issues

Edited by Robert L. Simon

About the Book

The Ethics of Coaching Sports features invited contributions written by prominent scholars examining a broad range of normative or evaluative issues that arise from the role of the coach in competitive sports. The collection is accessible and comprehensive, including discussion of concrete issues in coaching, such as the distribution of playing time, bullying, the implications of recent events surrounding the Pennsylvania State scandal, and Title IX and gender equity. The contributing authors also explore the larger ethical considerations of the role of the coach as educator, leader, and moral role model; special considerations when coaching children; and an examination of the failures of coaches to meet appropriate standards when they do not respect their players and their programs. Each contributor presents the main arguments and positions relevant to their chosen topic and, with the ground set, the authors then seek to advance the reader's theoretical and philosophical understanding of coaching. Robert L. Simon's introductions to each of the book's four parts help to summarize the main theses of the contributors' chapters and examine differences between how each author approaches their chosen subject.Study questions are also provided for each chapter, making The Ethics of Coaching Sports the perfect companion for classes on sports ethics and coaching.

About the Author

Robert L. Simon is Bartlett Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College. He is the author (with Norman E. Bowie) of The Individual and the Political Order and editor of The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.

Cesar R. Torres is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is the editor of The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport and the Associate Editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.

Peter F. Hager is Associate Professor of Sport Studies at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he has taught since 2000.


"This will become the ‘go-to' text for those interested in the ethics of coaching. Robert Simon has unerringly focused on the issues most in need of discussion, and solicited first-rate articles by important scholars. This book will be valuable for scholars but eminently usable in undergraduate courses as well."
Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College