The following articles are designed to extend your knowledge and may be of interest to those coaching or intending to coach beginner athletes. More content is able to be found at the Accredited Athletics Coach Resource Database.
Athletics Australia does not endorse any of these articles, rather we provide them for your consideration and hope that you will find them interesting, informative and insightful. Coaches are encouraged to apply their own critical judgement in assessing what is published.
Session Plan Template
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Bledsoe, J. (2017). The Responsibility and Privilege of Coaching Youth Sports, CoachUp.
Richardson, B. (2015). The Importance of Making your Sessions Fun and Engaging for 5-12 Year Olds, Connected Coaches.
All Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches are strongly encouraged to be in touch with a mentor to guide their development. Athletics Coaches with an active and financial accreditation are welcome to be in touch with a Coach Mentor who appears on the National Coach Mentor Database. You are able to access the database by clicking here. If conducting a session with a Coach Mentor, be sure to have your Accreditation Card or Certificate of Currency accessible.
Online Courses, Guides, and Lectures
Competing with Integrity - by the University of Technology, Sydney in conjunction with the IOC. This course explores the importance of competing with integrity and what steps can be taken to avoid unethical practices. (Free registration required).
Is it Wise to Specialize? - by John O'Sullivan. This manual explores the effects of early sports specialization on the athletic performance of children and sustainable alternatives to promote participation and long-term success of young athletes.
Level 1 Anti-Doping Course - by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge of anti-doping. It comprises six modules and an assessment and will take approximately 70 minutes.
Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games - by Ken Edwards and Troy Meston in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission. This collection of activities is a selection of games and activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies all around Australia. It provides an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Berg, W. (1992). Variable Practice: A Strategy for the Optimization of Skill Learning in Youth Athletics, IAAF New Studies in Athletics, 7(3), 45-50.
Carron, A., & Bennett, B. (1977). Compatibility in the Coach-Athlete Dyad, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 48(4), 671-679.
Riewald, S. (2003). Strategies to Prevent Dropout from Youth Athletics, IAAF New Studies in Athletics, 18(3), 21-26.
Schiffer, J. (2008). Children and Youths in Athletics, IAAF New Studies in Athletics, 23(3), 7-18.
Witard, O., McGlory, C., Hamilton, L., & Phillips, S. (2016). Growing Older with Health and Vitality: A Nexus of Physical Activity, Exercise, and Nutrition, Biogerontology, 1-18.
Australian Sports Commission (2016). Market Segmentation for Sport Participation - Children, Clearinghouse for Sport.
International Olympic Committee (2016). Coaching the Next Generation of Speed Skaters - From Athlete to Coach with Gold Medalist Christine Nesbitt, IOC.
Sport Nova Scotia (2016). Meet the Group - Full Version, Get More From Sport.
Sports Coach UK (2016). What Makes your Session Unmissable for Young People, SportscoachUKTV. - Access the accompanying guide here.
Sports Coach UK (2016). What Motivates Young People to be Active?, SportscoachUKTV. - Access the accompanying guide here.
Sports Coach UK (2016). How do you Coach Young People when Life Changes, SportscoachUKTV. - Access the accompanying guide here.
White, E. (2016). Including Students with Vision Impairments in Physical Education, Statewide Vision Resource Centre.
Bowley, C. (2016). The Athletic Triangle: Coach-Parent-Athlete Triad, Connected Coaches.
Carmichael, S. (2015). How to Coach, According to 5 Great Sports Coaches, Harvard Business Review.
Fox, F. (2016). I Want This Year to be One When Women in Sport Were Heard, Swoop.
Ludwig, Z. (2016). 4 Ways Yelling at Referees is Hurting our Children, Switching the Field.
Noonan, K. (2013). The Real Reason Why Our Kids Quit Sport, News Ltd.
IAAF - International Association of Athletics Federations.
Athletics Oceania - The governing body for the sport of Athletics in Oceania.
Clearinghouse for Sport - Australian Sports Commission led information and knowledge sharing initiative.
Play by the Rules - Supporting a safe, fair, and inclusive environment in sport and recreation.