Sport Coaching Principles

Unit code: AHE2250 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


This unit positions students to more capably respond to local, national and international sport coaching trends. Students are required to take a broad holistic stance in developing their understanding of what constitutes sport coaching and related theories and methods. Students acquire relevant knowledge of national and international trends in coaching principles and intentionally apply this knowledge to the development of their own micro (local) coaching perspectives, philosophies, goals and behaviours. Students are familiarised with the scope and depth of the Australian and International sport coaching landscape including significant benchmark organisations such as UK Sport Coach, European Sport Union and Canada Sport Coach. Similarly the unit examines the roles of national stakeholders and pillar organisations. These include: Government involvement, Sport Australia, National Sporting Organisations, the Community Club System, Universities/TAFE providers and External Agencies. Furthermore, in terms of equipping students to meet the expected career challenges, foundational knowledge and theory of sport coaching is strongly emphasised. Attention is also be paid to the historical roots of sport coaching and historical trends that have shaped contemporary sport coaching. In helping to establish students as reflective practitioners overarching issues that inform coach knowledge and practice are investigated and viewed from a holistic perspective. As such, trends in sport science, communication, professionalisation of coaching, professional development, diversity, excellence, community coaching, and coaching ethics are examined.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise the multi-dimensional issues that shape coaching thinking and behaviour including; sport science, communication, professional development, diversity, excellence, professionalisation of coaching, and ethics;
  2. Recognise, understand and apply sport coaching theories;
  3. Have developed and consolidated their concept of what sport coaching is, including the development of a personal coaching philosophy;
  4. Be able to identify and compare decisive figures and influences that have shaped the history of sport coaching in both Australia and internationally;
  5. Be familiar with the governing structure and mandatory requirements of sport coaching in Australia and internationally;
  6. Possess a fundamental understanding of sport science and sport coaching research skills; and


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Development of short, medium and longer versions of Coaching Philosophy
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Practice Integrated Learning - A written report comparing the science vs art of coaching
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Genealogy of coaching – A written report tracing the historical & philosophical roots of a well known coach
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Online quizzes x 3 (10% each)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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