Coach Education

COACH EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Information is available on ATFCA’s website, www.atfca.com.au or

ATFCA National Office,

PO Box 697 ORMEAU QLD  4208

Phone: 07 5549 3806; Fax: 07 5597 5549 3961 ; e-mail: enquiries@atfca.com.au

NATIONAL COACHING CONGRESS

Previous National Congresses –
2005 – Gold Coast (Keynote speaker Ralph Mouchbahani)
2007 – Adelaide (Keynote speakers Wolfgang Ritzdorf and Didier Poppe
2009 – Melbourne (Keynote speakers Tom Tellez and Pauline Davis-Thompson)
2011 – Canberra (Keynote speakers Vern Gambetta and Wolfgang Schmidt)
2013 – Gold Coast (Keynote speakers John Cissik and John Hayes).
2015 – Adelaide

All presentation notes are available for purchase from Congresses.

ATFCA Coaching Accreditation  Scheme

The Australian Track and Field Coaches Association initiated the Coach Accreditation Scheme in 1974. Since the inception of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme by the Australian Coaching Council in 1980, the ATFCA scheme was the only endorsed coaching framework recognised by the Australian Coaching Council. Our programs are largely practical with emphasis on better organisation of practice, appropriate methods of skill learning and development, correction of technique, appropriate conditioning methods and performance analysis. ATFCA programs are now approved by Fitness Australia with Continuing Education Credits (CECs) available.

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Reaccreditation

I am very proud to say that any coach who is a member of the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association will continue to be reaccredited in the same fashion as previous. It is important that coaches keep up to date with current trends and any ideas for various disciplines. Reaccreditation will continue to be done at the end of every four year period from when the coach’s last course was concluded or previous reaccreditation took place. For coaches at Level 1 and 2 reaccreditation will be automatic, as, as a member you receive all publications from the ATFCA and as such coaches are reading and learning from articles. Level 3, 4 and 5 coaches are asked to forward an outline of their coaching involvement and itemise any courses, seminars or workshops attended. Coaches will also be asked to outline the achievements of the athletes under their care. If coaches have any queries, please contact ATFCA National Office. This process will occur through normal processes of updating credits.

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Coaching Athletes with Disabilities

The techniques and methods used for coaching all athletes are basically the same. In all situations a coach should assess the abilities of the athlete and coach accordingly.

However, there are some additional coaching techniques and considerations that should be applied to athletes with disabilities. Segments on inclusive coaching are included in Level 2 courses. The coaching framework offers specific courses for specialist strands for coaching athletes with disabilities.

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Coaches with Overseas Qualifications

Coaches who are wishing to become accredited in the Australian system can apply to Athletics Australia for reciprocal recognition of their overseas qualifications. ATFCA can help to accommodate this requirement should it be necessary. It is essential the coach provides all copies of courses undertaken in their previous country of residence. This information is presented to a Committee to assess their suitability and the level of recognition that will be granted.

Branches of the ATFCA will commence delivery of coaching courses in the not too distant future – as branches organise dates members will be advised through the Newsletter and via the website. State branches of ATFCA also conduct regular seminars and workshops which offer professional development opportunities for coaches. The National office will advise, as much as possible, the dates of any seminars/workshops that are held. Any dates of future courses will be advised on the website.

Little Athletics Australia conducts the Introduction to Coaching course in each state giving parents and beginning coaches an overview on the basic principles of events along with making the sport fun and increasing athlete participation. This course presents participants with the basic ‘hands on’, knowledge needed to cover events and is a great starting point for coaches who may wish to work towards recognition as a coach in the future. A great introductory course for those that wish to learn a little more about the events in Track and Field.

Coaching courses ATFCA state branches offer:

LEVEL 1 ATFCA BASIC COURSE / LEVEL 2 EVENT SPECIFIC COACH

The Level 2 course is designed for novice coaches and covers most events on the track and field program. The course focuses on the essential elements and processes of coaching and on the development of the basic technical model for young and novice athletes. The events of Hammer, Pole Vault and Steeplechase are not covered in Level I. A multiple choice exam will be handed to participants at the completion of the course to return within two weeks.

The Level I course requires participants to read compulsory chapters from the “Beginning Coaching” text published by the Australian Sports Commission. These chapters along with other materials will also be examined during the course. The 16 hour course will be held over a two day period.

On completion of the Level I course coaches who wish to advance further and undertake Level II, will be required to specialise in one or more specialist areas. Choices can be made from the following groups: (a) Sprints/Hurdles/Relays; (b) Endurance Running and Walking; (c) Jumps and (d) Throws.

Theory elements of Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Growth and Development, Drugs in Sport and Women in Sport will be conducted along with further development of the technical model of the event group. This 14 hour course will be held over a two day period. An exam given to participants at the completion of the course will need to be completed and returned within two weeks.

LEVEL 3 AND 4 COACHING COURSES – EVENT GROUP SPECIFIC

Level 3 and 4 courses will shortly be available – to enquire or to put your name down to be advised please call the National office.

NATIONAL LEVEL 5 ACCREDITATION COURSE

At present the Level 5 course will be available in the future to give coaches an opportunity to obtain Senior Coach accreditation.

The ATFCA would like to thank coaches for their understanding during a time that has been very confusing. Should any coaches wish to learn more about what is being developed for future courses please do not hesitate to contact the national office.

Australian Capital Territory

Details from: Debra Moran
Phone: 0412 759957 Email: sportsinclusive@hotmail.com

New South Wales
For further information contact:
Glen Howell
Ph: 0412 143 977
Email: glen25_howell@hotmail.com.au

For further information about courses in regional areas please contact:
Bill Jacob, 18 Lachlan Place, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Ph: 02 6926 3239
Email: bill.jacob@bigpond.com.au

For further information about courses in rural NSW please contact:
Yvonne Puller, 70 Arcadia Street, Arcadia Vale NSW 2283
Phone: 02 4975 4584
Email: david.puller@westnet.com.au

Northern Territory
Details from: Northern Territory Athletics
Phone: 08 8945 1979

Queensland
Details from: ATFCA National Office
Phone: 07 5549 3806

South Australia
Details from: Barb Stephens or ATFCA National Office
Phone: 0418 809 408 or 07 5549 3806

Tasmania
Details from: ATFCA National Office
Phone: 07 5549 3806

Victoria
Details from: ATFCA National Office
Phone: 07 5549 3806

Western Australia
Details from: Shane Ellis, 6 Dyer Link, BALDIVIS WA. 6171
Phone: 0409 371 962
Email: daryl2001@bigpond.com

INTRODUCTION TO COACHING COURSES

The Introduction to Coaching course is developed and written by the ATFCA and conducted under the direction of Australian Little Athletics. The course is directed towards parents, teachers and other interested people who have little or no experience of Track and Field Athletics. The 8 hour course covers all event groups on the Track and Field program. The course is designed for beginner coaches who coach young athletes within the 5 to 15 years age range, providing training for them to coach under the guidance of an accredited coach.

Australian Capital Territory
Details from: ACT Little Athletics Association
PO Box 47, Ainslie ACT 2602 Phone: 02 6247 1296

New South Wales
Details from: Isabel Menton
LAANSW, Locked Bag 85, Parramatta NSW 2150 Phone: 02 9633 4511

Northern Territory
Details from: LAA
Phone: 03 9867 7800

Queensland
Details from: Shaun Lethem
QLAA, PO Box 6037, Fairfield Gardens QLD 4103 Phone: 07 3255 9436

South Australia
Details from: LASA
Phone: 08 8352 8133

Tasmania
Details from: LAA
Phone: 03 9867 7800

Victoria
Details from: Shane Bertrand
VLAA, Level 1, 31 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park VIC. 3206 Phone 03 8646 4510

Western Australia
Details from: LAA
Phone: 03 9867 7800

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