Session Plans (Suitable for K-2)
This document offers eight detailed session plans for K-2 students from the IAAF Kids' Athletics curriculum. It includes a wide range of games and drills suitable for all beginner athletes.
Athletics Play Manual
The Athletics Play manual provides coaches with a range of games and drills designed to develop the fundamental movement skills of beginner athletes. Activities are designed to be fun, inclusive, safe, and engaging for all primary-aged athletes. The manual can be accessed by clicking here or on the thumbnail below.
Playing for Life Resources
The Playing for Life website provides coaches with activity cards that support delivery a program that focuses on getting children active and fostering a lifelong passion for sport. Coaches are able to access the website by following this link or clicking on the thumbnail below.
Disability Education Program - Activity Cards
Click here or on the thumbnails to access Activity Cards from the Disability Education Program. This includes a collection of inclusive activities that can be used to improve the fundamental movement skills of young athletes.
The Developing Athlete
Champion hurdler, National Junior Coach and Coach Education Facilitator Lyn Foreman shares her philosophy for identifying junior talent and coaching the developing athlete. Click here or on the thumbnails below to read.
Five Top Tips for Coaching Kids
When coaching kids for the first time, it is not uncommon to lack direction. It is a period when coaching beliefs, standards and philosophies are only starting to be established. To fast-track this process, Darren Wensor from coachingyoungathletes.com shares five of the top things that he learnt during his coaching journey.
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Games for Young Athletes
Click here to view a selection of games suitable for young athletes to develop the fundamental movement skills of run, jump and throw. This booklet contains an explanation of each activity and the evidence supporting its use for young athletes.
Conditioning Circuit for Beginning Athletes
This conditioning circuit will assist in the development of young athlete's strength, power, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, co-ordination and flexibility.
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IAAF Introduction to Coaching
Click here to read the IAAF's 'Introduction to Coaching' Manual.
Fundamental Movement Skills in Children and Adolescents
"The mastery of fundamental movement skills (FMS) has been purported as contributing to children’s physical, cognitive and social development and is thought to provide the foundation for an active lifestyle. Commonly developed in childhood and subsequently refined into context- and sport-specific skills, they include locomotor (e.g. running and hopping), manipulative or object control (e.g. catching and throwing) and stability (e.g. balancing and twisting) skills. The rationale for promoting the development of FMS in childhood relies on the existence of evidence on the current or future benefits associated with the acquisition of FMS proficiency."
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Sports CONNECT - Inclusion in Sport
Designed by the Australian Sports Commission, the Inclusion in Sport Manual serves as an important tool in supporting coaches to deliver inclusive sessions that are accessible to all athletes. All Level 2 Intermediate Club coaches are encouraged to save the Inclusion in Sport PDF to their personal device and reflect on the content regularly to ensure they are delivering inclusive sessions in a manner that allows athletes under their care to achieve their best.
Click here on the the thumbnail below to access the manual.
Click here for a list of recommended equipment for Level 1 and IAAF Kids' Athletics coaches delivering run, jump, and throw sessions to young athletes.
Session Plan Template
This session plan template will assist you to design appropriate sessions and direct you to handy resources if you are struggling with any elements.
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Global Drug Reference Online
This is a searchable database that provides information about the prohibited status of medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. It is expected that all Accredited Athletics Coaches understand how to access and use this resource. If you are having any difficulty please email Lynda Gusbeth.
Click here or on the thumbnail below for access to the database.