Emotions, Emotion Norms, and Emotion Management in Community Sport Coaching

Ben Ives, Lee Nelson, Laura Gale, Paul Potrac, Chris Johnston

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Emotions pervade community sport coaching. They are inextricably linked to one’s thought, behaviour, interaction, and patterns of social organisation. This chapter aims to help readers understand and navigate the emotional demands of community sport coaching work. It examines interactionist concepts, including emotion norms, emotional deviance, emotion management, and interpersonal emotion management, to facilitate a critical reflection on emotions in the community sport coaching workplace. Case study examples from Chris Johnston, a full-time community sport coach at a Football in the Community Trust, are provided throughout to spark interest and illustrate how practitioners constantly manage and manipulate their own, or others’, emotional experiences and displays, in order to conform to cultural expectations, impress an audience, avoid sanctions, or accomplish other goals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Sport Coaching
Subtitle of host publicationPolicies and Practice
EditorsBen Ives, Paul Potrac, Laura Gale, Lee Nelson
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781000466027
ISBN (Print)9780367431754
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Emotions
  • Emotion norms
  • Emotion management
  • Community sport
  • Coaching
  • Sport psychology
  • Athlete development
  • Coaching strategies
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Coach-athlete relationship
  • Mental health
  • Sport Performance
  • Social norms
  • Emotional regulation
  • psychological well-being
  • Coaching styles
  • Team dynamics
  • Sport participation
  • Sport culture


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