Sports coaches encourage participation in sports and are responsible for the training and motivation of sportspeople. The role of a sports coach is also heavily reliant on developing trusting relationships, not just with athletes, but with those who support them, such as psychologists, dieticians, doctors, administrators and family members. Whether you intend to work as a volunteer, part-time or as a professional coach, this online course is ideal professional development for you.
The Certificate Sports Coaching is a unique online professional development course that will develop your knowledge and skills to become a sports coach, whether assisting with your child’s sporting endeavours or coaching an amateur or professional team.
In this sports coaching course, you will also explore the professional standards of a sports coach as well as the communication skills required to motivate athletes and develop the coach-athlete relationship.
You will also learn about the training roles of coach versus athlete and the difference between coaching individuals as opposed to teams. You will also explore the athletic identity, gain an understanding of how to maintain your own motivation, and how to navigate children’s sport and interact with parents.
On completion of this course, you will have the foundation knowledge and skills to confidently pursue your passion for sports coaching for individuals, teams and children.
Unit - Sports Coaching
Unit 1 – Introduction
What do we mean by sports coaching?
Sports coaching skills and roles
Unit 2 – Professional standards and communication in sports coaching
Ethics in sports coaching
Coaches code of behaviour – Australian Sports Commission
General principles – United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
Unit 3 – The coach-athlete relationship
The 3 + 1Cs Model
A two-way road
How relationships change over time
Unit 4 – Training roles of the coach and athlete
Three stages of athlete learning
Associative stage – practice
Autonomous stage – Automatic
Types of coaching roles
Which style is good for you?
Unit 5 – Motivation
What is motivation
Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
How to motivate sports people
Unit 6 – Coaching individuals
Team sports and individual sports
Individual coaching skills
Unit 7 – Coaching teams
Creating team leaders
Unit 8 – The athletic identity
What is athletic identity?
The importance of athletic identity
Problems with athletic identity
How a sports coach can help
Stages of grieving
Unit 9 – Children and parents in sport
Ethical issues working with children
How coaching children differs from adults
Sports involving children
Psychological issues when children are involved in sport
Impact on parents
Encouraging children to play sport
Unit 10 – Amateur vs elite professional sports coaching
Amateur vs professional
Unit 11 – Maintaining your motivation as a coach
A recap on motivation
How to deal with disappointment
Keeping knowledge up to date
A\voiding stress and burnout
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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