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Quality Coaching
Junior sport framework

   A guide for sport and recreation clubs and associations in Western Australia.
    Overview                                       Introduction
    This booklet is part of a series which cover   The overall aim of coaches is to help
    the nine guidelines outlined in the Junior     young people build a love of participating
    Sport Framework (JSF) as developed by          in sport for lifelong involvement.
    the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
    The information in this booklet has been       This guideline deals with the coach as an
    reproduced with permission from the            instructor. Other aspects of coaching are
    Australian Sports Commission.                  dealt with in other guidelines, particularly
                                                   24 People making it happen.
    The guidelines cover topics to address
    the needs of young people in sport and         Educating participants about sport is an
    include:                                       important role of junior sport coaches who
                                                   need to be able to:
    19 Long-term Involvement
                                                   •    plan sessions;
    20 Getting Young People Involved
                                                   •    instruct in sports skills, rules and
    21 Physical Growth and Maturation
    22 Sport Pathways
                                                   •    teach teamwork and cooperation;
    23 Forming Links
                                                   •    give feedback to help improve skills;
    24 People Making it Happen
    25 Quality Coaching
                                                   •    evaluate the success of the teaching
    26 Making Sport Safe                                process.
    27 The Law and Sport                           To do this, coaches need to understand
    These booklets outline the main points         the developmental stages in how young
    of the guidelines to assist in the delivery    people learn and how skills are developed.
    of best practice in junior sport and to
    encourage young people to make a life-
    long commitment to sport.

    A complete copy of the JSF is available
    in the Online Clubhouse section of the
    Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR)

Understanding                                    •    decide what information is relevant to
                                                      their performance.
                                                 Learning is multi-dimensional
Learning is an active process                    People typically learn more than one thing
                                                 at a time. In the process of building sport
Learning is an active process linked to the      skills, young people are also learning:
development of young people. There are:
                                                 •    what is expected of them as a player;
•    identifiable phases to learning
     physical skills; and                        •    how to work with friends and team
                                                      mates; and
•    changes in learning over time as
     young people gain experience.               •    the skills they are best at.

Strategies for helping young people learn        This highlights the complexity of gaining
include letting them:                            skills and how the broader social aspects
                                                 of life also affect young people as they
•    watch, listen and then experiment for       learn sports.
•    try the activity first, and then refine the   Aims for quality
     skills with the help of feedback; and       coaching
•    watch other young people.
                                                 Coaches aim to pass on to young people a
How young people like to learn differs with
                                                 sound understanding of the:
the particular skill, their experience and the
way they learn best.                             •    skills, tactics, strategies and rules;

Learning is developmental                        •    etiquette and behaviour standards.

Learning changes as young people grow            The aim of this is to help them build an
and mature with:                                 ability to make decisions independently
                                                 and to participate within the ethos of the
•    physical changes in their size and          sport.
                                                 Coaches aid learning outcomes best by
•    social, emotional and psychological         being flexible and not overly directive.
     development; and                            They need to plan:
•    their experience as they progress           •    what they will instruct;
     from beginner to intermediate to
     advanced levels of skill.                   •    how they will instruct; and

With experience young people adapt               •    how they will structure tasks.
to changing circumstances with greater
speed and ease. Key characteristics of
more experienced players are the ability to:

•    identify and sift relevant cues in the
     playing environment quickly and                                                           3
     accurately; and
                                                     7.1 Strategies for Planning
    In planning both individual sessions and         •   Consider the developmental stage
    seasonal programs, coaches need to                   of participants (e.g. skill level and
    consider:                                            experience).

    •   maximising participation and                 •   Consider participants’ motivations
        enjoyment;                                       and expectations.

    •   being inclusive of all young                 •   Consider the cultural background
        people, whether from other cultural              and particular special needs of
        backgrounds, or with special needs               participants.
        (e.g. a disability, or medical condition);   •   Decide on learning goals related to
    •   learning goals for performance                   movement skills, knowledge and
        (movement skills, values and                     understanding.
        attitudes);                                  •   Include a focus on etiquette and
    •   the actual learning tasks and                    standards of behaviour.
        objectives for the session;                  •   Write an overall management
    •   the objectives of the season;                    plan (use of space, time, safety,
                                                         equipment and facilities).
    •   overall management plan (use of
        space and time and what equipment            •   Select learning tasks to be taught at
        and facilities are needed); and                  specific sessions.

    •   evaluate after each session so               •   Analyse the tasks into components
        improvements can be made.                        to be learned.

    Planning should also consider each               •   Consider participants’ activity levels
    participant’s:                                       to avoid overload.
                                                     •   Make sure there are fun elements in
    •   developmental stage with regard to               all activities.
        abilities and capacities;
                                                     •   Evaluate outcomes after each
    •   social background and language skills            session, and at the end of the
        in case your communication style                 season, and make changes if
        needs to take this into account;                 needed.
    •   motivations and what is expected from
        participation in sport; and
    •   other physical activities to prevent

Approaches to                                   Coaching and the
Coaching                                        Learning Experience
Planning and instruction are based on the       Coaches have a major influence on the
level of the learners, how they prefer to       holistic development of young people in
learn, and seeing that every junior in the      sport by educating them in:
group is being catered for.
                                                •       sports skills such as physical and
It is ideal to let young people experience as           technical skills and strategies within
many different roles as possible (players,              the rules of the sport;
coaches, scorers) under supervision.
                                                •       sports behaviours that influence their
This might encourage some young people                  social skills; and
to take on these jobs later on, so they can     •       lifestyle skills (e.g. how to become fit,
pass the challenges and enjoyment of their              sun-smart).
sport onto others (see 24 People Making it

Coaches should also:
                                                Coaching Sporting
•    consider why young people want to          Skills
•    provide safe, quality sport                Key considerations in creating effective
     experiences;                               learning experiences for young people to
                                                develop sport skills include:
•    share some responsibilities with
     participants (e.g. leading warm-ups,       •       Instructing
                                                    •      keep instructions simple and clear
•    make sure everyone has an equal
     opportunity to participate (see 20             •      use language best suited to the
     Getting Young People Involved);                       level of the participants

•    develop and maintain a fun                     •      have a positive manner when
     atmosphere in all activities; and                     working with young people.

•    provide opportunities for young people     •       Increase time on task
     to participate in interesting ways
                                                    •      refine time spent on management
     that simulate game performance
                                                           so time engaged in the activity can
                                                           be increased
Above all, young people should feel they
                                                    •      keep instruction time for a specific
are achieving their goals and having fun.
                                                           skill to a minimum to allow more
                                                           time for trying it.
                                                •       Vary content
                                                    •      sometimes teach the whole skill,
                                                           and at other times break it into
                                                           parts, depending on the complexity
                                                           of the skill
        •      playing a modified game first can             •    good questions encourage young
               help participants understand the                 people to analyse why they chose
               context of skills                                a particular strategy, why they
                                                                adjusted their technique, or how
        •      change between individual, pair
                                                                they would respond to a similar
               and group activities.
                                                                situation in the future.
    •       Increase the challenge
        •      alter times, distances, heights etc
               as skills improve
        •      move sequentially from simple to        7.2 Strategies for Coaching
               more complex techniques over            Sports Skills
                                                       •       Keep instructions simple and clear.
        •      change from static to dynamic
                                                       •       Keep a positive manner and
               (e.g. standing long jump to run in
                                                               use language appropriate to the
               and jump), increase the number of
               players, and introduce defenders.
                                                       •       Keep the time spent on
    •       Practice
                                                               management tasks (setting up
        •      practice each skill randomly                    equipment and organising various
               through the session (e.g. 3                     drills) to a minimum.
               – 5 minute blocks of one skill at
                                                       •       Keep young people active as much
               various times)
                                                               as possible.
        •      plan to practice under similar
                                                       •       Keep instruction time for a
               conditions to competition as often
                                                               specific skill to a minimum before
               as possible.
                                                               participants are allowed to practice.
    •       Giving feedback
                                                       •       Break complex skills into
        •      successful coaches give                         manageable chunks.
               immediate feedback that is very
                                                       •       Increase times, distances, heights
               specific and offers ideas on
                                                               etc as skills improve.
                                                       •       Make it more challenging by moving
        •      feedback must always be given in
                                                               from static to dynamic, changing the
               a positive environment
                                                               number of players, and introducing
        •      feedback can be verbal or                       defenders.
               nonverbal (e.g. thumbs up).
                                                       •       Practice under similar conditions to
    •       Questioning                                        competition whenever possible.

        •      consider the level of the question      •       Give immediate, specific, and
               in terms of the breadth of response             constructive feedback.
               you want
                                                       •       Question participants to ascertain
        •      a good sequence is (a) plan the                 whether instruction has been
               question (b) get the attention of the           understood.
               young person (c) ask the question
               and wait (d) respond, giving
               feedback or probing for a more
6              extensive response
Coaching sporting                               Developing effective
behaviours                                      coaching skills
Coaches also build young people’s social
skills such as getting along with team          Coaches learn to coach in two main ways
members and managing the cooperative            – through formal learning such as coach
and competitive requirements of sport.          education programs, and informal learning
                                                through experience.
Coaches help young people develop
desirable sports behaviours by:
•       encouraging pro-social behaviours       Formal education
        such as co-operation, responsibility,
        and self-control;                       Coach education is generally structured
•       discouraging antisocial behaviours,
        such as cheating and aggression; and
                                                •    general coaching theory;
•       leading by example (e.g.
        acknowledging opponents’ good           •    identifying the skills coaches need;
        efforts).                               •    growth and development of young
Coaches, by their treatment of participants,         people;
affect such personal characteristics as
                                                •    sport specific technical and tactical
self-esteem, and perceived competence.
                                                     skill development;
This can indirectly affect young people’s
sporting ability by building their confidence.   •    injury prevention and treatment;
                                                •    communication and motivation
 7.3 Strategies for Coaching                         techniques; and
 Sports Behaviours                              •    supervised field experience.
    •    Encourage fair play, self-control,     It is best for coaches to be taught how
         cooperation, teamwork and team         to learn as well as what to learn. This is
         spirit.                                done by providing cooperative learning
                                                opportunities for new recruits rather than a
    •    Develop respect for the ability of
                                                transfer of knowledge.
         others and for the judgment of
         officials, selectors and opposing       An ideal strategy is to use real coaching
         coaches.                               situations to create opportunities to share
    •    Discourage anti-social behaviours      information.
         such as cheating, aggression or
         ‘put-downs’ and attitudes such as      Accreditation recognises formal education
         winning at all costs.                  and its assessment. The National
                                                Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS)
    •    Promote a healthy lifestyle.           provides a framework of quality control
                                                guidelines for sports.
    •    Help participants build self-
         confidence in their own abilities.      As part of gaining accreditation coaches
    •    Group participants so that everyone    are made aware of the coaches code of
         has the chance of success.             ethics which addresses good coaching
    •    Make sure the sport experience is
         fun for everyone.                                                                     7
    Informal learning                              Key message
    Learning as they coach is the more
    common way coaches develop coaching            Quality coaching is an essential element
    skills and knowledge.                          for a positive experience for young people.

    Self-reflection is an important tool coaches    When coaches plan and provide sessions
    use to learn. This involves:                   based on a good understanding of how
                                                   young people learn and how skills are best
    •   thinking through strategies that could     developed, young people have the best
        be used to solve a problem (e.g.           chance of:
        athlete behaviour, parental influence);
                                                   •   enjoying their sport;
    •   choosing a strategy, trying it and
        evaluating its success; and                •   becoming competent in skills and
    •   finding another strategy if not
        satisfied.                                  •   building a good knowledge of the
                                                       rules, etiquette and traditions of the
    With experience, coaches rely less on
                                                       sport; and
    outside sources and more on solving
    problems independently.                        •   being enthusiastic about life-time
    Educators need to nurture the self-
    directed learning skills coaches gain when     Above all, it is important that young people
    coaching.                                      learn that sport is fun and safe.

    Effective coaches, like effective educators
    in any area, are lifelong learners committed
                                                   Key points —
    to personal growth. Their development          quality coaching
    must, and does, extend far beyond any
    formal training program.
                                                   •   From 8 to 15 years is the important
                                                       learning time for sport. Coaches need
                                                       special skills in facilitating the learning
     7.4 Strategies for                                process during this developmental
     Developing Coaching Skills                        period.

     This is covered in 24 People Making           •   Coaches learn through formal training
     it Happen.                                        programs, but experience is crucial in
                                                       the ongoing learning process.
                                                   •   Comprehensive planning is
                                                       needed by coaches in planning
                                                       seasonal programs, program goals
                                                       and strategies for the sequential
                                                       development of basic skills, team
                                                       strategies and level of challenge.
                                                   •   Children should be introduced to a
                                                       variety of roles within their sport for
                                                       good understanding of the game, its
                                                       rules and traditions.
•       An effective coach has the ability        Further Reading
        to analyse movement quality, give
        constructive feedback, and use
        techniques such as questioning.
•       Quality instruction is very valuable to
                                                  Briefing Papers
        supply the base for young people so       5   Physical Activity Pedagogy for Junior
        they:                                         Sport
    •      want to participate long-term; and     8   Preparation of Personnel Responsible
                                                      for Junior Sport Delivery
    •      may continue on to elite levels if
           their talent allows.
                                                  20 Getting Young People Involved
                                                  24 People Making It Happen

                                                  Beginning Coaching 2000
                                                  Australian Sports Commission

                                                  Better Coaching 2001
                                                  Australian Sports Commission


     Other Resources
     This resource is part of the Club Development Scheme, which provides assistance
     to Western Australian sport and recreation clubs and organisations to become better
     managed, more sustainable and to provide good quality services to
     members and participants.

     Other resources in the series include:

          Clubhouse CD-ROM                          14 Clubs’ Guide to Volunteer
     1    Step by Step... to starting a new club       Management
     2    Planning for Your Club – the future is    15 Member Protection for Clubs
          in your hands                             16 How to be More Inclusive of People
     3    Taking the Lead! A guide for Club            from Diverse Backgrounds
          Presidents                                17 Passport into Schools – linking sports
     4    The Key to Efficiency – the Club              with schools
          Secretary                                 18 Youth Sport – junior sport policy
     5    Show Me the Money – a guide for the       19 Long-term Involvement – junior sport
          Treasurer                                    policy
     6    Take the ‘In’ out of Ineffective – ten    20 Getting Young People Involved
          steps to running successful meetings         – junior sport policy
     7    Effective Club Meetings – a guide for     21 Physical Growth and Maturation
          the chairperson                              – junior sport policy
     8    Lighten the Load and Delegate             22 Sport Pathways – junior sport policy
          – help for the overworked committee       23 Forming Links – junior sport policy
                                                    24 People Making it Happen – junior
     9    You Have the Answers – solving club          sport policy
                                                    25 Quality Coaching – junior sport policy
     10   Marketing and Promoting your Cub
                                                    26 Making Sport Safe – junior sport
     11   Sponsorship – seeking and servicing          policy
          a sponsor
                                                    27 The Law and Sport – junior sport
     12   Establishing Your Club Constitution
          and Becoming Incorporated
     13   Risky Business – a club guide to risk     28 Top 20 Tips for Officials
          management                                29 Top 20 Tips for Successful Coaching

Find a Club
Find a Club is where you can register or update your club’s details in our
Find a Club database. It is an exciting new initiative designed to increase participation in
sport and recreation and help your club recruit more members and volunteers.

Located within the Department of Sport and Recreation’s website, Find a Club will be a
comprehensive database of sporting and recreational clubs within Western Australia.

Visitors to the website can search for clubs in their local area and are provided
with activities, contact details, venue details and even a street map showing them
how to get there.

By registering or updating your club details you receive:
• Free listing of your club contact details and activities.
• Up-to-date industry news and funding opportunities for your club.

To register as a new club
Visit www.dsr.wa.gov.au and click on Find a Club.

To update your club information
If your club has previously registered your contact details with DSR, your nominated contact
person will receive a login and password to enter and update your club information.


METROPOLITAN                                        MID WEST
246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007             Mid West Sports House
PO Box 329, Leederville WA 6903                     77 Marine Terrace, Geraldton
Telephone (08) 9492 9700                            PO Box 135, Geraldton WA 6531
Facsimile (08) 9492 9711                            Telephone (08) 9956 2100
Email info@dsr.wa.gov.au                            Facsimile (08) 9956 2199
                                                    Email midwest@dsr.wa.gov.au
4 Francis Street, Carnarvon                         PEEL
PO Box 140, Carnarvon WA 6701                       Suite 3, The Endeavour Centre
Telephone (08) 9941 0900                            94 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah
Facsimile (08) 9941 0999                            PO Box 1445, Mandurah WA 6210
Email gascoyne@dsr.wa.gov.au                        Telephone (08) 9550 3100
                                                    Facsimile (08) 9550 3199
GOLDFIELDS                                          Email peel@dsr.wa.gov.au
106 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie
PO Box 1036, Kalgoorlie WA 6430                     PILBARA
Telephone (08) 9022 5800                            2/3813 Balmoral Road, Karratha
Facsimile (08) 9022 5899                            PO Box 941, Karratha WA 6714
Email goldfields@dsr.wa.gov.au                       Telephone (08) 9182 2100
                                                    Facsimile (08) 9182 2199
GREAT SOUTHERN                                      Email pilbara@dsr.wa.gov.au
22 Collie Street
Albany WA 6330                                      SOUTH WEST
Telephone (08) 9892 0100                            80A Blair Street, Bunbury
Facsimile (08) 9892 0199                            PO Box 2662, Bunbury WA 6231
Email greatsouthern@dsr.wa.gov.au                   Telephone (08) 9792 6900
                                                    Facsimile (08) 9792 6999
KIMBERLEY                                           Email southwest@dsr.wa.gov.au
Unit 2, 23 Coghlan Street, Broome                   WHEATBELT
PO Box 1476 Broome WA 6725                          Northam
Telephone (08) 9492 9650                            McIver House
Facsimile (08) 9192 2436                            297 Fitzgerald Street, Northam
Email kimberley@dsr.wa.gov.au                       PO Box 55, Northam WA 6401
                                                    Telephone (08) 9690 2400
Kununurra                                           Facsimile (08) 9690 2499
Government Offices                                   Email wheatbelt@dsr.wa.gov.au
Cnr Konkerberry Drive
and Messmate Way, Kununurra                         Narrogin
PO Box 1127, Kununurra WA 6743                      John Higgins Centre
Telephone (08) 9166 4900                            Clayton Road, Narrogin
Facsimile (08) 9166 4999                            PO Box 54, Narrogin WA 6312
Email kimberley@dsr.wa.gov.au                       Telephone (08) 9890 0464
                                                    Facsimile (08) 9890 0499
                                                    Email wheatbelt@dsr.wa.gov.au

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