This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and deliver sports coaching programs. The unit focuses on the application of planning and organisational skills to determine developmental activities and delivery methods according to sports participants needs.

This unit applies to those conducting coaching activities in a variety of sport contexts including schools and clubs.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


SISSSCO101 - Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices


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: - language and literacy skills to document coaching programs in required detail and formats; - consult with participants and elicit information required to determine appropriate program to meet participant needs; - source, interpret and confirm information to inform program planning; - convey information about the safe use of equipment to participants; - deliver engaging presentations to support coaching; - self-management skills to review and reflect on own coaching performance to facilitate personal development; - determine required venues and resources to provide an appropriate and safe learning environment for participants; - source, allocate and coordinate resources and equipment necessary for planned coaching program; - evaluate and manage risks associated with delivery of the coaching program; - develop sport-specific coaching programs with correct sequencing of learning activities that provide appropriate progression and regression; - recognise and accommodate the needs and differences of learners of different ages and varying maturity and ability levels; - select coaching styles and methods appropriate to the purpose of the coaching program and characteristics of participants; - literacy skills to document session plans; - technology skills to access internet and use digital equipment, and; - numeracy skills to support effective time management to structure coaching activities within available timeframes.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - physical, psychological and social characteristics of different participants and related stages for learning and coaching activities to enable the development of appropriate coaching programs; - appropriate sequencing of skill development progression and regression activities across coaching sessions suited to individuals and groups; - structure of coaching sessions and sequencing sessions in a program; - learning principles and delivery methods including those appropriate to junior learners; - activity or sport-specific knowledge including rules, technical and tactical fundamentals; - sport-specific equipment and resource requirements constraints and options; - techniques for the recognition and resolution of inappropriate behaviours to enable safe and inclusive conduct of coaching programs; - characteristics of behaviours and abilities which may indicate learner difficulties; - risk-analysis processes to enable assessment of the potential impact of planned program on participant safety; - evaluation processes to enable improvements to be made to the program; - documentation and recording systems; - legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable safe and ethical coaching programming.

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