General principles

Coaching general principles courses have been developed by the Australian Sports Commission, and cover the aspects of coaching common to all sports. There are two coaching general principles courses available:

Beginning Coaching General Principles

This program is aimed at the new or first time coach, who has no previous coaching experience.  In particular, it is aimed at coaches working with children. There are five modules in the course and it takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete. This course is available online (see related links at the bottom of the page for further information).

Intermediate Coaching General Principles

This program is aimed at coaches who have moved beyond the beginner level of coaching and want to improve their skills and knowledge to improve athlete performance.  These coaches would typically be operating at club / regional level. There are 13 modules in the course - see information sheet below for further details

How to enrol 

Both these programs are available through state coaching and officiating centres (see related links below for contact details). The Beginning Coaching General Principles is also available online.

Please note that completion of the general principles component alone does not provide accreditation.

Other useful courses

There are also other generic courses and programs that are useful for coaches to complete. Follow the related links at the bottom of the page for information on other programs including:

  • Play by the rules
  • Sports first aid
  • Sports rage prevention program

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