The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach is the entry point for the Accredited Athletics Coach (AAC) within the National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and the Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework and its Accreditation Courses.
The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Course is an introductory course for coaches. It is aimed at people who would like to get into coaching, but have either no coaching experience or very limited coaching experience. Therefore the emphasis in this course is the “coaching process” (i.e. the ‘how to coach’ rather than the ‘what to coach’). The elements of running, jumping and throwing will be used to illustrate the key points of coaching practice. Games-based activities will be emphasised.
The target Group for the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course are those who want to progress their involvement in the sport and be recognized and assessed as competent as an Accredited Athletics Coach (AAC). This course is specific for beginning coaches coaching beginning participants with potential participants being athletes, teachers, coaches from other sports and parents.
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The Level 1 Run Leader Course introduces how to lead a recreational run group under the guidance of a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach or higher. In the course, participants learn the fundamental skills of running and how to design the warm up and cool down components of a session.
Topics include the introduction to training runners, encouraging long-term participation, design of warm-up and cool down, fundamental skills of run, run training elements and how to successfully lead run groups.
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The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 and further develops the coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and move toward event specific skills and drills. This level teaches coaches the basic technical models of the Track and Field events held at club and school level competitions. Additional topics include; training principles, components of fitness, and the preparation and evaluation of training sessions suitable for intermediate level athletes.
Level 2 Course Curriculum
- Developing the Skills of Coaching
- Analysis and Evaluation
- Warm Ups and Recovery
- Conditioning and Circuit Training
- 100m and 200m
- Block Starts
- 800m and 1500m
- Sprint Hurdles
- Intermediate Hurdles
- Training Principles and Components of Fitness
- Biomotor Abilities
- Coaching Long Distance
- Shot Put, Javelin and Discus
- Long Jump and Triple Jump
- High Jump
- Race Walking
The Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach Accreditation course trains coaches to develop the fundamental technical and strategic skills for runners training for 5km through to marathon events. It develops your coaching skills in communication and instruction, safety, organisation and the management of groups. It also develops your skills and understanding of fundamental drills, movements and training principles for coaching recreational runners. It is particularly useful for personal trainers who are looking to move into the endurance and long run training space.
At the completion of the Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach Accreditation Program coaches will be able to:
Monitor and adapt the training environment to ensure inclusive and safe activity that is both enjoyable and challenging for recreational runners in clubs, squads, groups and individual training situations.
Evaluate and identify appropriate activities in accordance with the physical, emotional and social maturation of the recreational runners in their program. Vary training activities to maintain a stimulating and engaging training environment.
Provide suitable feedback on performance, for groups and individuals during training sessions.
Communicate effectively in group and individual situations.
Use appropriate methods, drills and activities to instruct appropriate technical models to recreational runners.
Plan and evaluate a training session and make appropriate adjustments for subsequent sessions.
Plan and implement a variety of activities that will develop the “components of fitness” into training sessions.
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The Level 3 Performance Development Coach course is for coaches who are working with athletes between 16 and 19 years of age (Training II Stage of the FIT Development Model) and are looking to commence specialisation in a chosen event group and compete at regional, state or national-level competitions.
To succesfully complete this level of accreditation, coaches are required to complete a four-day course in addition to pre- and post- course work that must be completed and submitted online.
The course aims to empower coaches to design and lead effective training programs based on peer-reviewed evidence and the knowledge and experience from leading Australian coaches. The focus of the course will be on planning and achieving long-term development of athlete performance, with an eye for establishing positive training habits that will prepare athletes for the elite pathway.
PLEASE NOTE- If you are a current Level 2 Advanced you must complete days 1 & 2.
Pre-Requisites: Level 2 Club Coach or higher and a minimum of 12 months coaching experience.