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Netball Australia Coach Developer Pilot

Integrating coach developer approaches into netball coaching accreditation

Netball Australia (NA) recently completed their pilot. NA launched the online Netball Foundation Coaching Course in February 2016. The ASC then worked with NA on placing modules from the Development Coaching (Level 1) Course online and incorporating a face-to-face practical workshop using coach developer principles. Coaches learn the ‘what’ of coaching by completing online modules and the critical ‘how’ during the face-to-face workshop.

The workshop component involves bringing in local players so Coach Developers can see coaches in action and provide feedback on the coaching behaviours required at this level. While the emphasis is on the ‘how’ to coach, coaches can also clarify technical components from the online modules during the workshop. This is a vast improvement on the previous course and practical assessment whereby coaches were assessed in pairs on coaching a skill for a total of ten minutes using the other coach as the athlete.

The first face-to-face workshop of the course was piloted in Melbourne. NA is now developing a ‘Train the Trainer’ model to build capacity within the netball system to roll out the face-to-face workshops across the country.

The following video was developed by NA to show what they did and how the program has been incorporated into the NA coach education and training framework.

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