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Insights from a High Performance Coach

Joey Wright, Head Coach of the Adelaide 36ers basketball team, entertained and inspired the audience with his coaching philosophies, his infectious enthusiasm for coaching and his commitment to truly understanding his athletes. A variety of sports attended the evening, held in regional Renmark on Monday 8 May.

Darren Burgess, Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide (AFL) Club engaged and entertained a crowd of almost 200 people on Monday 6 March.

His down to earth approach and honest discussion about his coaching journey and vast knowledge pertaining to many aspects of coaching, gave all in attendance many tips to take away and replicate at lower levels in their own clubs. A truly insightful and valuable evening!

Coach Development Program

The Coach Development 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.

This year we have 29 participants representing 17 different sports. All participants have completed a full day workshop with 4 x Olympian, 3 x Olympic Medallist and International Coaching Consultant, Bo Hanson. The workshop concentrated on the ‘people aspects’ of coaching and helped participants have a greater awareness of themselves as a coach and an understanding of their athletes.

Over the coming months there are another 3 workshops where the coaches will learn from experts in specific fields. The workshops will cover:

  • Coaching Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Top coaching tips, mentoring and continual development

In addition to these courses, our coaches will participate in special interest areas of their choice. The general public also have the opportunity to attend these special interest courses. Register here

We wish all coaches in the program success and will keep you updated with their progress.

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.