Scot Ciminillo, MBA, MAE, and AF veteran, is the father of three. He studied

theology at the WTS and enjoys writing books. He also enjoys coaching                                   

baseball and football, golfing, and teaching his children to fish.​​ He

earned his Master's Degree in Education where he completed his Thesis

research on the complex matrix of students with disabilities building confidence with team sport participation. 


                                                                                                                                                                    motivation-training-skills...

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Success to a coach means actively using the skills of observation and discernment on the presented reality. They focus on the theory and practice of professional coaching as a means for helping individuals with and without disabilities enhance their athletic skills and improve their performance, confidence and self-esteem.

All students witness and gain from the coaching process. Included in this process is how to create the coaching relationship themselves. Engage in coaching conversations with peers. Accurately assess their individual development and performance needs. Clarify their steps and commitments. And develop verbal bonds and contracts, ala the wisdom of following through with what you say. 

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The following is an excerpt from a Ciminillo article titled

COACHING: Building UP the Confidence Levels in Our Children Is Our Credo​​

Research tells us that children with disabilities team sport participation and his or her confidence or self-esteem are associated. It is common for children with disabilities to have some degree of awkwardness involved with their ability to socialize with their peers. Often times they contend with versions of delayed language disorder and some do eventually catch up, but other times that is not the case. High and low incidence disabilities can have dramatic effects on the child’s ability to socialize with peers, leading to a potential lessening regarding his or her confidence and self-esteem. This researcher presumes any young child/student who has inhibited communication skills, particularly around their peers, will have some degree of lowered confidence and self-esteem.                                        

      If students with disabilities become involved in the competitive environment provided by being on a team sport, then these students with disabilities will become more confident. Continued next page>>