This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and update information on coaching, including the legal and ethical issues that must be considered by coaches.

The unit focuses on the ability to source and comprehend general principles of coaching as well as National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport specific requirements and covers the initial and ongoing development of a person's required knowledge base. It does not cover the technical requirements related to coaching in particular sport, these skills are covered in other units.

This information underpins effective performance as a coach.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - research skills to identify, interpret and sort relevant information; - communication skills including active listening and questioning to obtain information and to provide a summary of information; - literacy skills to read and comprehend the content of plain English information documents about legal and ethical issues, industry accreditation schemes and codes of behaviour, and; - problem-solving skills to identify methods of incorporating risk management principles into sport specific coaching duties.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - structure and function of the NCAS; - current sport specific rules, laws and regulations, best practice codes and principles; - NSO requirements for coaches, including member protection; - legal liability and duty of care; - ethical responsibilities of a coach; - state and territory specific requirements for working with children; - industry best practice equipment and safety requirements, including risk management principles; - organisational policies and procedures to enable all coaching activities, and; - coaching styles and practices applicable to a range of ages and learning abilities.

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