What is Women Coaches Academy?

Japanese Women Coaches Academy offers coaching education and training based on scientific research to women who aim to become advanced coaches.  Program includes perspectives such as work-life balance, diversity management, etc, which are essential to women coaches who aim for the top level along with their athletes, and differs substantially from the traditional courses available for sports instructors.  Moreover, the program provides the opportunity to building a network that would support career development, and furthermore, beyond the bounds of sports, introduces people from both international and domestic organizations who can become your mentors.  This is the "one and only effort made in Japan" to support women coaches who go out on the international scenes from Japan.

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Date
September 11-13,
2018
Venue
Karuizawa Prince Hotel
(Nagano Prefecture)


Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0193 Japan
TEL:+81-267-42-1111
FAX:+81-267-42-7139
Website is here
We offered the child care service for women coaches who are in the child-rearing years.
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1. Opening
2. Coaching as Professional
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
3. Women and Sport I
   “A History of Women in Sport”
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
4. Women and Sport II
   “Women in Sport in Japan”
Ms. Kaori Yamaguchi, Professor, Faculty of Sports and Health Science, University of Tsukuba
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5. Conditioning for Female Athletes Ⅰ
   “Female Athlete Triad”
Ms. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
6. Conditioning for Female Athletes II
   “Sports Nutrition”
Dr. Shihoko Suzuki, Professor, Faculty of Health and Welfare, Nutrition Major (Undergraduate, Master and Doctor), Kanagawa University of Human Services
7. Stress and Burnout
  ~Motivational Strategies for Women
 Coaches~
Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
8. CoachDISC Program
Ms. Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments.
Dr. Maki Itoh, Associate Professor, Sport Management Department of Sports and Health Studies, Hosei University 
9. CoachDISC Case Study
Ms. Maki Moriya, President, Laurelgate Co.,Ltd.
10. Diversity in Sport
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Josai University
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
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11. Leadership/ Collaboration
Ms. Sarah Murray, U.S. Director, Women Win
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
12. Navigating the Future
      for Women Sports Leaders
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
Dr. Nicole La Voi, Co-Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
Ms. Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments
Ms. Sarah Murray, U.S. Director, Women Win
Dr. Elise Edwards, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History and Anthropology at Butler University.
Coordinator : Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
13. Networking
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
14. Closing Ceremony
Cosponsorship
Co-organized
Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport,
Japanese Olympic Committee
Cooperation
Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS) , WeCOACH
Women Leaders & Coaches Academy 2018 was organized as a cooperation program with "Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities (enforced by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology:MEXT)" and "Women's Sports Promotion Project; Fostering Women Boards in Sports Organizations (enforced by Japan Sports Agency)" which was entrusted by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the JCRWS was re-entrusted by JOC as co-host.
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Opening
Facilitators
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
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Starting off Women Coaches Academy 2018
The Women Coaches Academy 2018 started from ice-break activity as every year we do. After the activity, participants, lecturers, and staff who were going to share time introduced themselves. Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) greeted everyone and announced that "Women's Sports Promotion Project; Fostering Women Boards in Sports Organizations (enforced by Japan Sports Agency)" was entrusted by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the JCRWS was re-entrusted as a model project. Also, Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi (Josai University) who is a member of the JOC Women's Sports Special Committee and a lecturer of this academy for four straight years explained a story behind the academy 2018. The academy of this year also included elements of "fostering women's boards and leaders". Thus, the academy changed its name to the "Women Leaders and Coaches Academy 2018".
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Coaching as Professional
Lecturer
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
Translator
Dr. Maki Itoh, Associate Professor, Sport Management Department of Sports and Health Studies, Hosei University 
What Makes Your Life “Worth Living” as a Coach?
Prior to the lecture, Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud handed a hat to Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director of JCRWS. The hat was actually handed from Ms. Julie Foudy (American retired soccer player, twotime FIFA World Cup Champion) to Ms. Bjornsrud in 2003 when they worked together to avoid eliminating “Title IX”, a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity enforced in the United States in 1972. A message "A woman who follows all can not change history" is written on the hat.
At the beginning of the lecture, Ms. Bjornsrud said that "Challenging as a female coach is as harsh as climbing a mountain". Participants are moved from this words because they knew that how Ms. Bjornsrud climbed “mountains” in her life. She explained about the four factors surrounding coaches and described that the overlapped part actually leads to “worth living" as a coach. In this lecture, discussions between participants were also set up and all of them were encouraged to find out the personality of others from activities.
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Women and Sport I
“A History of Women
 in Sport”
Lecturer
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
Aiming at Realization of Women’s Sports Movement
Dr. Ogasawara explained what is going on in the field of women in sport now in the world. As she said, "Women's sports movement" in the world is that "All female (and male) leaders in the world change their sports culture and strive to work and work toward a gender equality in sport". She also explained about the history of women in sport in Japan in the movement of the world. "It is not going to right just applying women to the rules created by men. I want you to learn and change thoroughly”, Dr. Ogasawara concluded her lecture with this message.
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Women and Sport II “Women in Sport in Japan”
Lecturer
Ms. Kaori Yamaguchi, Professor, Faculty of Sports and health Science, University of Tsukuba
To Change Women in Sport in Japan? 
Regarding the present situation in Japan and the future direction to go forward, Professor Kaori Yamaguchi gave a lecture with several examples. In the case of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, female athletes were recognized in the number of participation rates and medals won as well as male athletes. However, there was still small number of female coaches and board members in each sport. She explained that it is the same situation as the time when she was an athlete. Based on this situation, Professor. Yamaguchi explained that it is important that the word "sport" itself is clearly stated in the basic policy of the government to promote the female success. She also concluded lecture with her original message to the future: "Always remember that there are women who follows you by opening the door."
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Conditioning for Female Athletes Ⅰ
“Female Athlete Triad”

Lecturer
Ms. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
Preventing and Supporting Female Athletes from the “Female Athlete Triad”
Ms. Natsue Koikawa explained the "Female Athlete Triad (FAT)", three liable triads seen in female athletes, which is still low in awareness of female athletes in Japan with the latest research data.
It is said that the risk of FAT is high in many sports in Japan. From the standpoint of supporting athletes and her own experience as an athlete, Ms. Koikawa highlighted the importance of understanding athletes and their condition, prevention and early detection of FAT, and correct education and information provision. In addition, she explained that gynecologic examination is effective for athletes for the purpose of menstrual adjustment and early detection of female-specific diseases.
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Conditioning for Female Athletes II
“Sports Nutrition”
Lecturer
Dr. Shihoko Suzuki, Professor, Faculty of Health and Welfare, Nutrition Major (Undergraduate, Master and Doctor), Kanagawa University of Human Services
“Performance, Nutrition, Management”
Dr. Shihoko Suzuki launched the "Sport Nutrition and Dietitian Japan (SNDJ)" in June 2018, with the mission of "Performance, Nutrition, Management". She explained in a concrete and practical way about the role of certificated sports dietitian with knowledge of sports, how to utilize it, and the collaboration of training plans and nutritional support to lead to the performance improvement of athletes. In addition, Dr. Suzuki warned that a lot of misunderstandings are still going on in the field of sports. Therefore, she noted that more accurate images of athletes and conditioning management are needed to support them.
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Stress and Burnout
~Motivational Strategies for Women Coaches~
Lecturer
Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
Translator
Ms. Aya Noguchi, research associate, School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University
Burnout can Happen to Anyone
How to Respond in the Sports Field
Burnout that can occur due to excessive stress in sports field. In the lecture, environment and system surrounding, the barrier to face, and the fact of the double standard that it exists also in the United States were introduced while listening to experiences from the participants. Dr. Nicole LaVoi explained the definition of burnout and mentioned that in order to prevent burnout, it is necessary to ask yourself "Why am I doing my job now?” She also said that "the answer of “why” for me is to improve lives of women through sports" with a smiling face. Furthermore, from the results of research and her own experience, Dr. LaVoi explained the usefulness of becoming role models of the same sex. "You are meaningful and valuable", she concluded her lecture with this message.
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CoachDISC Program


Lecturer
Ms. Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments.
Dr. Maki Itoh, Associate Professor, Sport Management Department of Sports and Health Studies, Hosei University 
Adaptive and Natural Styles that Everybody Have
Participants carried out the program "CoachDISC" to analyze behavioral characteristics of coaches prier to a lecture, and brought their analyzed profile report to participate. In the “CoachDISC” program, you can deepen your understanding of the "natural style" and "adaptive style" in yourself. In the work by each style group, we analyzed differences in behavior and deepened their understanding. Ms. Liz Hanson told that everybody have their own style of behavior and they are different from yours. Thus, it is important to understand each other's values on that.
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CoachDISC Case Study
Lecturer
Ms. Maki Moriya, President, Laurelgate Co.,Ltd.
Understand Various Behavior Styles and Apply It to Coaching
Following the previous lecture about “CoachDISC”, some case study activities had done assuming various situations. Participants divided into four groups and discussed how they understood behavior styles of athletes and examined how to deal with it as coaches. In demonstration, participants played coaches’ role and Ms. Maki Moriya played an athlete role. Several different personalities and gifts were found and all participants learned how to coach athletes throughout the practical activities.
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Diversity in Sport
Lecturer
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Josai University
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
What is Diversity in Society?
Problems and Initiatives in Modern Society
In this lecture, we focused on a definition of a diverse society that is "a society in which each individual's abilities are valued properly", and explained issues from examples of sexual harassment and punishment recently took up in a sports world in Japan. In addition, participants learned how to deal with those problems when they faced in those situations. Also, gender harassment and sexual minorities that are included in the new regulations of the IOC are introduced. Participants recognized themselves through activities to enhance diverse society in sport.
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Leadership/ Collaboration
Lecturer
Ms. Sarah Murray, U.S. Director, Women Win
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
Translator
Ms. Aya Noguchi, research associate, School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University
Attract People, Work Together, and Accomplish
In the lecture on "Leadership in Coaching; Theory and Practice", Dr. Ogasawara, Executive Director of the JCRWS, explained the transition of the leadership theory studied so far and the theories applicable to coaching. Another speaker Mr. Sarah Murray introduced stories and mission from an international NGO "Women Win". As she told, Women Win aims to create a society that allows girls to live safely and supports girls acquiring knowledge and skills through sports participation. In this lecture, Ms. Murray generously told her knowledge, ideas and methods cultivated in her life. For example, a unique arm wrestling competition made all participants, lecturers, and staff from various backgrounds connected and heated up. Also, several skills she explained could also be applied to coaching and leadership. Another activity using LEGO taught us that we could find commonalities and work together to achieve even greater vision. Participants were keenly aware of the importance of collaborating through lectures based on case examples too.
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Navigating the Future
for Women Sports Leaders
Lecturer
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches
Dr. Nicole La Voi, Co-Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
Ms. Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments
Ms. Sarah Murray, U.S. Director, Women Win
Dr. Elise Edwards, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History and Anthropology at Butler University.
Coordinator : Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)


“Things in Common” from Q&A
Shared Emotion among Participants
In this session, questions to lecturers and discussion had
done to determine participants’ future. Various questions
such as self-conscious about themselves and environmental and organizational problems they are facing were discussed. Participants shared emotion about their issues, positions, and the environment. Panelists gave advice from various angles that resonated with the mind. Lastly, Dr. Ogasawara, coordinator of this session and Executive Director of JCRWS, concluded the session with this message; "I want each one of you to challenge with something special that you have."
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Networking
Lecturer
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF UNITED Ichihara, Chiba Ladies
Take Action
First, Ms. Kobayashi, facilitator of this session, explained story and mission of how the “Karuizawa Declaration for 2020” was created during the first Women Coaches Academy in 2015. Then, she gave a message to all participants; “Please praise yourself who completed this academy and obtained a wonderful network. Please act with confidence from now on. You Can Do It !” Participants talked about what kind of action will be taken with peers by using new knowledge and networks from the academy. By the end of this session, we could see something different from participants’face.
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Closing Ceremony
To the Women Who Leads the Future
Message from Senpai who is Leading Women in Sport
In the closing ceremony, Ms. Aki Taguchi elected for “the best leader and coach award” from peer coaches and was given a plaque from Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi (JOC Women's Sports Special Committee/ Josai University).
Next, heartfelt and touching messages were given from all of lecturers, and participants learned them by heart. Finally, Dr. Ogasawara (JCRWS) gave the certificate for completion to participants. The “Women Leaders and Coaches Academy 2018” was completed with this strong message from Dr. Ogasawara; “I sincerely hope that each one of you is “a person who is challenging” all the time.” 
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The class of 2018. They are polite, but have a strong will.
Prior to opening the academy, participants visited “Karuizawa Olympic Memorial Hall” and learned the history of Karuizawa, the only city in the world to host both the Summer (1964) and Winter (1998) Olympics.
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Registration at the hotel.
The academy was about to start.
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Conference room and cottages for the “Women Coaches Academy 2017”.
The academy was held in a great learning environment for three days.
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Childcare was provided during the academy for mother participants
and staff members in order to focus on their own activity.
Children had a fun time in the wonderful nature of Karuizawa.
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Ms. K.O. (Alpine skiing, Paralympics)

I was given an opportunity to participate in the "Women Coaches Academy" that I had been interested in for a long time and was surprised by the deep content than I imagined. Lecturers passionately conveyed their own life stories, staff members managed the program with passion, and all participants had a strong intention to face seriously and achieve "something" with them. I felt that the Academy was a highly-qualified through influential programs, and all participants worked hard with passions.
I was wondering how to think and act as a woman while working with multiple positions in my life, but I figured out “the core for thinking” to decide my future through the Academy. Thank you very much.

Ms. S.K. (Softball)

At Karuizawa with full of natural energy, I spent three days together with the top-level lecturers, participants, and energetic staff who supported the academy. I realized that my issues are really small things and got the courage to challenge more various things. Thank you for all knowledge and energy I got from this Academy, I am feeling that I can do anything! Thank you again for a really fulfilling three days.

Ms. Y.S. (Karate)

I became a national team coach as soon as I retired from an athlete. I have a lot of conflict with male coaches and I often thought that I wanted to quit coaching. However, I realized that female athletes need female coaches. There is no qualification for coaching national class athletes without knowledge or skills.
I learned a lot of things from the Academy, made bond with participants, and am confident as a female coach. I am I would like to do my best for athletes. 

Ms. A.T. (shooting, Paralympics)

Although I have no experience with coaching and thought that I was not a type of person who becomes a coach, I realized that I should do whatever I can do without any image that I had thought before participating this “Women Leaders and Coaches Academy 2018”. Since then, I always remember that "You can not change your personality but you CAN change your behavior" whenever I am bothered. I feel a great sense of relief from it. I would like to thank the time I talked and laughed, and the time I spent together with lecturers and peers. Also, I would like to value the relationships I have through academy. Thank you very much.

Ms. M.N. (Cross-country skiing)

I spent two nights in three days and that I can only experience at the Women Leaders and Coaches Academy 2018. At the academy, I had a great opportunity to reflect myself about how I could work more efficiently, where I should go, and when and how to achieve real goals. Also, I am noticing that the great thing about this program is not only lectures and activities from it. The real goal is that putting into practice what I learned from academy as wonderful lecturers do. It is grateful that I am well connected with lecturers, staff, and peers so that I can discuss with them anytime in the future. As a person who leads the future of women in sport, this network makes me confident and reassured.
Contact Us
Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport(JCRWS)
Tel:+81-3-5844-6537    
Fax:+81-3-5844-6538
E-mail:female-sport@juntendo.ac.jp