Experience as a coach: Experience as coach has been highlighted as an important source of coaching knowledge . Jones et al. (2004) found that coaches practical experiences, through observation and/or discussion with other coaches/mentors, seemed to be more important than their coach certification program in their progression toward becoming a top level coach . Another study by Salmela (1995) examined expert team sport coaches to identify their experiences of the transition they encountered moving from athletes to expert coaches. Expertise was determined by the number of years a coach had spent coaching. It was found that the coaches participated in several sports as young athletes and early in their career, many of them had the opportunity to learn from other coaches through observation and mentoring. As the coaches progressed their own experience and the sharing of knowledge were noted as important learning opportunities (Salmela, 1995). Carter and Bloom (2009) also found that experience was an important source of coach development. The coaches reported that learning was an open process in which they gained knowledge from experience through trainings, others, and competition.