As everyone continues to work through the challenges of Covid-19, many Australian coaches are taking the opportunity to develop their craft and learn through a series of on-line virtual clinics and webinars.
With many people working from home or sadly not able to work at this time, one of the positives for coaches has been access to a wide range of clinics featuring experienced and high profile coaches, willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
A number of Australian coaches took advantage of the Summit Virtual Clinics from the US late in February and early in March and this was the catalyst for many state and territory bodies, associations and professional clubs creating on-line learning webinars and Zoom meetings for coaches across the country.
NBL clubs Melbourne United and Sydney Kings have recently had their head coaches present clinics in the on-line setting, while Basketball NSW has featured some terrific guest presenters and provided valuable learning for coaches across the state and beyond.
Associations such as Wyndham Basketball Association have also provided some excellent development and learning Zoom meetings, with more than 500 coaches taking advantage of their free clinics to date.
FIBA Oceania has been running a series of Zoom clinics for coaches and referees alike throughout the Pacific, with coaches from Australia, Guam and New Zealand sharing their knowledge and experience.
Schools and clubs are also sharing information in this fashion and conservatively, more than 3000 coaches nationally have taken the opportunity to expand on their knowledge base and develop their craft.
As well as the fantastic coach development opportunities, the state and territory Associations are doing a great job of providing on-line training programs and Zoom sessions for athletes of all levels and there are a host of free on-line resources from clubs, associations and our professional clubs.
This does not include the many groups of coaches who have formed their own “chat groups” and engaging through on-line meetings, sharing videos, plays and teaching ideas.
Basketball Australia Head of High Performance Coach Development Peter Lonergan said the willingness to share and support by the coaches was inspiring.
“The spirit of sharing at this difficult time is inspiring and well done to the coaching family for displaying that generosity and community approach,” Lonergan said.
“Everyone is facing challenges at this difficult time, but to have so many coaches across all levels being willing to engage, share and help is credit to the approach and spirit of our Australian coaches.”