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Elite Coaching Seminars

In 2016 the Office for Recreation and Sport held two Elite Coaching Seminars for coaches in the general public.

On 13 April, the audience at Titanium Arena were thoroughly entertained and inspired by Joey Wright (Adelaide 36ers basketball coach). Joey’s coaching philosophies, his infectious enthusiasm for coaching and life, and his commitment to truly understanding his athletes, made for a though-provoking and engaging evening.

On 20 April, Jane Woodlands-Thompson (ex Adelaide Thunderbirds netball coach) delivered her ten lessons learned in coaching to an eager crowd at the Central Oval Complex in Pt Augusta. Jane spoke about surrounding yourself with the best people, eating elephants one bite at a time, learning from your mistakes, knowing yourself as a coach, knowing your athletes and thoroughly engaged and inspired her audience.

Coach Development Program

New in 2016, this program targets sub-elite coaches in South Australia, who are committed to progressing to a higher level, and who would benefit from additional development opportunities.  The Program aims to provide coaches with:

  • greater skills in the ‘people aspects’ of coaching.
  • a greater awareness of themselves as a coach and an understanding of their athletes.

15 sports have been targeted to nominate female and male coaches for the 2016 program.

Read more about the workshops and development opportunities that the 27 coaches have completed as part of the 2016 Coach Development Program.

Becoming an accredited coach

Coaches who are accredited through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) are recognised by National and State Sporting Organisations and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). 

To become an accredited coach in your sport, contact your State Sporting Organisation and ask about the opportunities that are currently available for sport specific training or find out about our courses.

Essentials for Coaching Children

This highly popular 3-hour introduction to coaching children course is available to all individuals, clubs, associations, schools, councils and other organisations. This course can be accessed in a number of ways.

  1. Register to attend this and many other courses offered at the Office for Recreation and Sport each year.
  2. Request that a presenter from the Office for Recreation and Sport attend your school/club/organisation to present the course. The cost of this is $200 for 10 - 30 people. Email us to arrange.
  3. Present the course yourself where and when you require. Suitably qualified people may register with us to receive the Presenter's Resources. Email us to express your interest.

Course content

For detailed information on the course content visit the Courses page.

Coaching Tips

Coaching Tips 1 (PDF, 160 KB) – Why do kids play and quit sport, what makes a great and not-so-great coach, how does a coach improve?
Coaching Tips 2 (PDF, 117 KB) – The impact of a coach on children, the emphasis on winning, other goals to focus on.
Coaching Tips 3 (PDF, 107 KB) – Legal requirements for keeping children safe, encouraging respect for officials.
Coaching Tips 4 (PDF, 118 KB) – Planning for the season – coach’s checklist, involving parents – example letter/email.
Coaching Tips 5 (PDF, 122 KB) – Planning a great training session – example session plan
Coaching Tips 6 (PDF, 126 KB) – Better coaching techniques – making it like the real game and other coaching methods
Coaching Tips 7 (PDF, 120 KB) – Getting the best from your players and managing children’s behaviour
Training Session Template (PDF, 38 KB)
ECC Video Notes (PDF, 2006 KB) – 3 coaching technique videos on ORS SASI YouTube channel, see link below. 

Coaching Videos

A series of coaching and other videos are available on the ORS SASI YouTube channel.

Australian Sports Commission Coach information pages 

The Australian Sports Commission provides online resources for coaches and also for those involved in coaching development.

Further Information

For further information on any of the above or for general enquiries, contact the State Coaching and Officiating Centre on or on 1300 714 990.