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Course Information


Essentials for Coaching Children

Duration: 3 hours

The Essentials for Coaching Children (ECC) course is a brief, practical survival course for coaches. The course aims to give new or aspiring coaches of any age the basic skills, knowledge and tips needed to provide an effective, enjoyable sporting experience for the children they coach.

The ECC course can be used as a basic introduction to coaching, enhancing the delivery of children's sport within local clubs, recreation facilities and schools. Whilst the ECC is not a formal component of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), it can be a useful lead up to a Community Coaching Accredited Course.

Topics covered:

* Coaching Children – why children play sport, why they quit 
* Your Coaching Philosophy- why you are coaching, what sort of coach you want to be, what a great coach looks like 
* Creating a Positive Environment and Experience – emphasis on winning/losing, modelling respect for officials, keeping kids safe, working with parents
* Making the Most of Your Time – importance of planning 
* Coaching Principles - what a good training looks like, methods of coaching, game-centered approach
* Getting the Best from Your Players – providing great feedback, managing kids 
* Where to from Here – how to keep improving your coaching

Community Coaching General Principles

Duration:  Online approx. 4 hours

(up to 6 months to complete)

The Community Coaching General Principles (formerly Level 1) online course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children. The course is currently free of charge to Australian coaches.

The Community Coaching General Principles course can provide the first step towards accreditation. Your national or state sporting organisation can provide more information on the sport-specific requirements to achieve accreditation as a coach.

Register through the http://www.ausport.gov.au/

Topics covered:

* The role and responsibilities of a coach
* Planning
* Safety
* Working with parents
* Communication
* Group management
* Inclusive coaching practices.

Intermediate Coaching General Principles

Duration: Up to 6 months via correspondence

The Intermediate Coaching General Principles Course (formerly Level 2) is an integral part of coaching accreditation in many sports, complementing the sports specific training provided by the National and State Sporting Organisations.  Both the General Principles course as well as the sports specific component must be completed to achieve accreditation under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).  Some sports combine these - contact your State Sporting Organisation to determine this before you register.

This course is offered via correspondence, allowing up to 6 months for coaches to complete the workbook.

It is recommended that participants undertaking this training program have completed either:
* the Community Coaching General Principles (online through the Australian Sports Commission) OR
* an NCAS sport specific entry level training program

The Intermediate Coaching General Principles course is a series of 13 educational modules for coaches who want to improve their skills and knowledge.

Topics covered:

  1. The Essence of Coaching
  2. Program Management
  3. Planning
  4. Sports Safety
  5. Coaching Processes
  6. Inclusive Coaching
  7. Skill Acquisition
  8. Introduction to Physiology
  9. Basic Anatomy and Biomechanics
  10. Development and Maturation
  11. Nutrition for Sport
  12. Sport Psychology
  13. Anti-doping in Sport



Introductory Officiating General Principles

Duration: Online approx. 4 hours

(up to 6 months to complete)

The Introductory Level Officiating General Principles online course has been developed to assist officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively. This course is currently free of charge to Australian officials.

Topics covered:

* Ethical responsibilities of officials
* Preparation for officiating
* Safety
* Communication
* Dealing with conflict and people management

Register for this course through the Australian Sports Commission

Advanced Officiating General Principles

Duration: 7 hours

The Advanced Level Officiating course is recommended for experienced officials, administrators and coaches who wish to gain a greater understanding, knowledge and skills of the officiating environment.

It is recommended that participants undertaking this training program have completed either:
* Introductory Level Official General Principles (online through the Australian Sports Commission) OR
* An NOAS sport specific entry level training program

Topics covered:

Advanced Self-Management

  • Developing your own officiating skills
  • Critically analyse your own performance after a competition to improve
  • Develop and monitor mental skills

Advanced Managing the Competition Environment

  • Work within an administrative environment
  • Manage risk while officiating competitions

Advanced People Management

  • Communicate effectively with a range of people
  • Lead a team of officials
  • Demonstrate negotiation skills in order to minimise conflict

Please contact the State Coaching and Officiating Centre if you are interested in completing this course.

Other Courses

Presenter / Facilitator Training

Duration: 7.5 hours

Good presenters can captivate people; they gain attention with a confident, enthusiastic approach and facilitate learning to develop competence.

The Australian Sports Commission Presenter/Facilitator Training Program course is suitable for anyone involved in facilitating learning, coach/official/volunteer training, disability education training and general sport education delivery.

The course aims to equip presenters and facilitators with the skills to deliver quality and effective coaching and officiating programs.

Topics covered:

* Facilitating learning
* Skills for presenters / facilitators
* Know your group
* Preparation
* Learning aids
* Coaches and officials as educators

Mentor Training

Duration: 7.5 hours

The Australian Sports Commission Mentor Training Program is a one day workshop that aims to develop and enhance the skills of mentors working with coaches and officials in community through to high performance environments.

The program contains a number of practical activities to practice mentoring skills. On completion of the workshop, mentors should be able to plan and organise the mentoring relationship and assist mentees to develop and improve.

Topics covered:

* How does mentoring work in your sport?
* Know your mentee
* Setting up the mentor relationships
* Mentoring in action
* Facilitating feedback
* Challenging situations
* Know yourself as a mentor

Assessor Training

Duration: 1.5 days

(First day - 8.5 hours, Second day - 5 hours)

The Australian Sports Commission Assessor Training Program has been developed to provide a standard for the training of assessors, which is conducted either by national or state sporting organisations, or state and territory coaching and officiating centres. The ASC Assessor Training program caters for those assessors working within their sport, who do not require the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. A small amount of homework may be required between course days.

Topics covered:

  • Planning the assessment process
  • Assessing competence
  • Developing assessment tools
  • Reviewing and validating assessment

Please contact the State Coaching and Officiating Centre if you are interested in completing this course.

Skill Acquisition

Skill acquisition is the science that underpins how we learn. Specifically, the role of skill acquisition practitioners in sport is to help coaches and athletes apply contemporary research in learning to improve skill retention and skill transfer to competition. Some of the things skill acquisition practitioners do are: help coaches design innovative practice environments for different skill levels and improve how coaches communicate with their athletes to enhance the learning process. This special interest course will cover what you need to know to design great practice tasks that optimise the skill development of your athletes.

Presenter Michael Maloney is a skill acquisition specialist with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). Previously, he spent 5 years at the Australian Institute of Sport completing his PhD on creating pressure in practice. He has interests in feedback, practice design and has worked with a variety of sports including athletics, combat sports and basketball.


Join us for a Coaching Leadership workshop led by Lauren Soderberg. We will hear of her coaching journey including transition from athlete to coach; the learnings and failings she has experienced along the way; insights to her coaching philosophy including some workshop activities to reflect on and assist with developing your leadership style and strategies.

Lauren Soderberg coached Beach Volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was head coach of the Vanuatu National Team and transitioned from elite Volleyball player to full-time coach at the age of 24. She appreciates the importance of mentors and is passionate about women in sport and leadership, using sport in developing countries to create positive social outcomes including anti domestic violence and avoidance of risky behaviours.

Personal Excellence

Help your athletes develop a balance between life activities and sports performance, with a strong focus on overall wellbeing. The Personal Excellence workshop  will better equip coaches to help their athletes make decisions which impact performance in sport and life and assist with successfully progressing them through their athletic journey.

Mark Gregory is the Personal Excellence Senior Adviser for the South Australian Institute of Sport (SASI). He has had an extensive career as a consultant assisting people with their career progression.

Strength and Conditioning

This course will address the concept of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) which is based upon the philosophy that there is a logical progression in the development of the physical, mental, technical and tactical attributes of athletes. In addition, there are times in an athlete’s development where some of these attributes are more easily or appropriately developed than others.  LTAD also assumes that the development of these various attributes in the appropriate sequence and periods, results in a more thorough and holistic development of the individual. It also increases the chances of them reaching their full potential and longevity in their chosen sport. Different models of LTAD are discussed and the appropriateness of various models to individual situations.

Presenter Craig Colduck is a Sport Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach at the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). He has over 25 years of experience in preparing athletes for the highest levels of elite competition, including professional and Olympic competition. He has trained over 50 world champions in over 20 different sports including more than 20 Olympic gold medallists.

Leading your support team

Through this course you will learn how to more effectively lead your support team. At club level you will better understand the impact of your role as lead/head coach and at sub-elite level you will learn strategies to utilise and incorporate performance support services and expertise into your program.

Presenter Ashley Ross has had an extensive career in Performance Pathway and Coach Development with the ICCA, various roles in Australia and New Zealand and has recently taken on the role as Coach Development Lead with South Australian Sports Institute (SASI).

An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – supporting participation

Facilitated by Novita, this session is an introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and will provide information on what ASD is and what we need to know to support children’s participation. After the session you will understand more about why certain behaviors occur and what could be impacting them e.g. sensory preferences and positive behavioral supports; communication strategies; environmental considerations and the importance of your relationship with each child and their family.

Hosting a course

The Essentials for Coaching Children, Presenter, Mentor and Assessor courses can be conducted at other venues upon request. A presenter from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing can attend your school, club or other organisation to deliver a course. The length of the courses and the costs vary. Email us to discuss this further.

Presenting a course

Suitably qualified and experienced people may register with us to become a presenter of selected courses. You will receive the presenter's resources, enabling you to deliver the course yourself where and when you require.  Email us expressing your interest.

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Course Policy and Procedures

Download the latest State Coaching and Officiating Centre policies and procedures document.

For further information, please contact the State Coaching and Officiating Centre on 1300 714 990 or email orscoachingandofficiating@sa.gov.au