Coaching Pathways

 

The following information is provided courtesy of Athletics Australia and has been edited to reflect South Australia. Further information about specific programs in South Australia is available by contacting Athletics SA on 83543477.

Accredited Athletics Coach

The Accredited Athletics Coach is recognised by the National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), as having demonstrated their competence to coach in the sport of Track and Field, by the national body with the authority to offer coach accreditation – Athletics Australia.  

 

 

 

Overview of the Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework

The Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework is designed to progressively introduce the coaching skills required to develop athletes from beginner to elite. In this way the coaching pathway mimics the athlete’s pathway.  The framework is designed to allow coaches of all levels to master their coaching, be it at the beginner level or the advanced level.

The skills delivered at each level are significant to that level of athlete.  For example, those coaching beginner athletes need to know how to coach the basic fundamental skills for that level, without giving them too many complex skills. Mastering the fundamentals is the most important task of a beginner athlete, laying a foundation for further development of technical skills.

Additionally, coaches of school age children would want to be a master of the skills delivered at Level 2.  Those who are preparing athletes for State and National Championships would be utilizing the skills presented at the Level 2 Advanced and above courses.

 

Course Descriptions

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach

This is the entry level for all Accredited Athletic Coaches.  The fundamental skills of running, jumping & throwing are introduced as well as exploring how to engage athletes in long term participation and how to coach skills to beginner athletes.

This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program. The course includes one day of face to face training as well as the online Beginning Coach General Principles course.

After completing the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course, 30 hours of coaching needs to be undertaken prior to entering Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach.

Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach

The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and further develops coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and drills. This level supports coaches to understand the basic technical models for the Track & Field events held at club and school level competitions.

In addition, coaches are introduced to training principles and components of Fitness and are introduced to the concepts of preparing and evaluating training sessions.

Prior to undertaking Level 2 Advanced coaches are required to complete 50 hours of coaching.

Level 2 Advanced Coach – Event Group Specific

Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to begin to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays & Hurdles, Middle and Long Distance, Jumps, Throws or Walks. The course is comprised of two days face to face training as well as pre and post course assessments.

The two face to face days comprise of Part A & Part B. Part A is for all Event Groups and covers the topics of The Essence of Coaching, Development & Maturation, General Conditioning, Skill Acquisition, Inclusive Coaching, Planning Training and Evaluating Progress. Part B is Event Group Specific covering the coaching and technical analysis of a coaches chosen event.

Having the course in two parts allows coaches to easily specialise in multiple event groups.  Each coach completes Part A once, and then undertakes the Part B component of any of the event groups they would like to specialise in.  Both Part A and Part B need to be undertaken to be accredited as a Level 2 advanced coach.

Level 3 IAAF Coach – Event Group Specific

The Level 3 IAAF course will give Australian coaches International recognition and is designed to be an introduction to performance coaching for coaches who have gained a level of coaching specialisation in one of the following six event groups:

  • Sprints and Hurdles
  • Middle and Long Distance Running
  • Race Walks
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Combined Events

In addition to elements specific to the events group, the Level 3 syllabus contains core elements which are common to all events. On completion of a Level 3 course a coach will be expected to be able to identify and coach the basic competition model for each event within an event group and be able to plan and implement a series of appropriate training sessions within the context of an annual training plan.

Level 4 IAAF Senior Coach – Event Group Specific

The Level 4 IAAF course builds on the experiences of Level 3 and can be thought of as the development of performance coaching, providing coaches with advanced level instruction in their chosen event group. As with Level 3, the Level 4 syllabus includes event specific elements but more of the common core elements are now studied with a specific application to the event group context.

On completion of the Level 4 course coaches will be able to identify and coach high level and advanced competition models for their specific event or events. They will also be expected to be able to plan and implement macrocycles of training for high level athletes within the context of a multi-year plan. These plans should lead to the achievement of potential, elite performance and competitive results.

Entry to Level 4 is open to coaches who pass the Level 3 assessment procedures, have completed a minimum of one further year of practical coaching experience and have been recommended by Athletics Australia.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For those who believe they may have achieved the competencies of courses listed above and would like to apply for RPL please contact Lynne Evans on lynne.evans@athletics.org.au or 03 8646 4550. For RPL for Level 1 or Level 2 Intermediate please read over attached information sheets:

RPL Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Information Sheet

RPL Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Information Sheet

 

 

Overview of the Recreational Running Coach Framework

 

In addition to the Track & Field Athletic Coach Accreditation framework Athletics Australia has designed coaching courses for people training runners for fun runs, half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons. This course is particularly useful for personal trainers who are looking to move into the endurance and long run training space.

 

 

Course Descriptions

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach

This is the entry level for all Accredited Athletic Coaches. The fundamental skills of running, jumping & throwing are introduced as well as exploring how to engage athletes in long term participation and how to coach skills to beginner athletes.

This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program. The course includes one day of face to face training as well as the online Beginning Coach General Principles course.

After completing the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course, 30 hours of coaching needs to be undertaken prior to entering Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach.
Please note for those entering the Recreational Running Framework as a Personal Trainer: To enter the Accredited Athletics Coach Framework you are required to undertake Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.

Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach

 This course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to ultra-marathon events.  It covers topics such as warm ups, session planning and designing training programs.

The course also develops the coach’s skills in managing groups of varied skill levels from novice through to elite.

Pre requisite for the course is the Athletics Australia Level 1 Community Coach course.  RCC for Level 1 is available for qualified cert 3 or 4 personal trainers who are taking the Recreational Running Coach pathway.  Those applying for RCC are required to do so at least two weeks prior to the course to allow for processing.

Level 2 Advanced Coach – Recreational Running

Level 2 Advanced further develops the concepts introduced at the intermediate course as well as introducing the areas of advanced programming, diet and nutritional guidance, running technique and injury management.

 

Program Delivery

Please note that in all Pathways, not all accreditation programs may be delivered by Athletics SA each year. Programs will always be subject to minimum numbers and viability.

 

Community Coach Positions

Athletics SA is seeking experienced and enthusiastic Community Athletics Coaches.

Community Athletics Coach Information

Community Athletics Coach Job Description

More Information

For further information, contact Coaching and Officiating Coordinator, Kate Semiz on 8354 3477 or kate.semiz@athleticssa.com.au

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