Coach Education

At Basketball WA, we believe the game of basketball is an extremely positive influence in the WA community. Subsequently, we believe that Education and Training is central to the continued positive growth of our sport in Western Australia.

To ensure we sustain this level of growth and expertise, Basketball WA has taken an active role in improving and facilitating basketball education in WA. Our goal is to provide quality basketball education in all areas: coaching, refereeing, match officials, players, volunteers, and club administrators.

Basketball WA offers both informal and formal forms of basketball education and training. Informal education is offered through events like clinics and workshops. While formal education involves participating in an accredited program, which generally results in state, national, or international recognition of skills and competencies.

Coach Education

Coaching can be a rewarding and fun experience for basketball enthusiasts. Basketball WA conduct a number of State and Nationally accredited coaching courses during the year designed to increase the number of qualified coaches delivering and teaching the game to our participants but also to help individual coaches progress in their own personal development and qualifications.

There are several levels of Coaching Accreditation with all requiring a Working with Children Check. Below is a quick summary of each of the courses delivered and endorsed by Basketball WA. Please refer to the Coach Education link above for more information.

Community Coach (Formerly LO): This is the introductory level course which is designed to cover General Principles of Coaching while encompassing basketball specific fundamentals and exploring the role of the coach. Candidates must be at least be turning 13 years of age in the year of the course enrolled and no specific basketball background is required. Club coaches, parents, teachers and secondary students with an interest in sports coaching are ideally suited for this course.

Club Coach (Formerly L1): This is a Nationally Accredited course by the Australian Sports Commission through its National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

Candidates need to have completed the Community Coach Course and maintained coaching for at least 12 months before applying for this course. Mature-aged applicants may apply for Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) with the relevant reasons in their application. The course takes 15 hours to complete and involves both on-court and off-court components in its content.

Typically, coaches in representative’s sides such as WABL should have this level of accreditation as a minimum.

Association Coach (Formerly Level 2): This is an advanced 21 hour course that is designed to elevate a coach’s understanding to the standard of the athletes they are coaching. Typically, coaches who are looking to be involved in State teams, various State leagues (SBL, ABA) and National Leagues (WNBL, NBL) would benefit from completing this course. There are certain prerequisites in choosing to apply for this level of accreditation. Please contact Basketball WA for more information on enrolling for the Association Coach course.

For further information on Coach Education or to book a course, please contact Jess Van Schie by email (jess@coachinghoops.com.au) or call 0438 054 262.