Elite Female Coach Advancement Program Set for Second Intake

Posted on Apr 06 2021

The Basketball Australia Elite Female Coach Advancement Program has been devised to provide elite and emerging female coaches with professional development, formal training and opportunities for mentoring. Basketball Australia is now calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified coaches for the second intake of this exciting and innovative program.

The one-year program will include a raft of formal training, experiential learning and mentoring with a focus on growing the depth of elite and professional coaches in Australia. To be coordinated by the Basketball Australia Director of High Performance Coach Development, the program will include input and leadership from industry and academic professionals to ensure it is a holistic growth opportunity for the participants.

Who is the program for –

The program is designed to cater for coaches currently coaching in various roles, be it in the leagues such as the NBL or WNBL or working full-time or as a volunteer in coaching and development roles.

By way of minimum standards, to be considered for the program, coaches must meet at least TWO of the following criteria –

  • Currently coaching (head or assistant) in the WNBL, NBL1 or Waratah League
  • Previous coaching experience in the WNBL or NBL
  • Have been a head coach at an Australian Junior Championship for a minimum of two years
  • Coaching experience in the Basketball Australia Junior National Program including
  • Coaching (head or assistant) at a FIBA Oceania, FIBA Asia or FIBA World Championship
  • Currently working in an elite youth development role with a state or territory association
  • NPP (or state equivalent) network coach
  • Director or senior coach in a school basketball program

Only coaches with a current Basketball Australia Association Coach accreditation will be considered. A maximum of 15 coaches will be included in the program in this intake.

Selection Process –

Coaches will apply by completing the application form.  A panel will review all applicants against the selection criteria and make recommendations to the Basketball Australia General Manager of High Performance for approval.

The selection panel will consist of –

  • A member of the Australian National Teams Program coaching panel
  • A representative from the State & Territory High Performance Manager/Coach cohort
  • An independent representative
  • The BA Director of High Performance Coach Development will act as the non-voting Basketball Australia representative on the review panel

Format for program –

The EFCAP will run for a period of one year, delivered primarily remotely through on-line seminars, external study and experiences in the candidates home state or territory.
As part of the program, candidates will earn the Basketball Australia Performance Coach Performance Coach accreditation (formerly Level 3), as well as formal training in Sportscode and other industry-based skills.

Coaches will have 8 web-based meetings over the span of the program, along with a visit from the program coordinator in their home city for review and feedback. Mentors will also be assigned to each program coach for ongoing dialogue, feedback and support

What coaches will receive as part of the 1-year program –

  • 8 web-based meetings
  • Creation of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Individual CoachDISC Profile from Athlete Assessments
  • https://athleteassessments.com/disc-profiles-sport/#what_is
  • Assigning of a mentor to provide support through the duration of the program
  • An individual feedback and review meeting with the program coordinator
  • Basketball Australia Performance Coach accreditation

 Curriculum and Course Structure

Core One – Completion of individual DISC assessment

  • Carried out by external provider Athlete Assessments
  • To be completed by each candidate prior to commencing course

 Core Two – Advanced Defensive techniques

Content includes –

  • Building defensive schemes
  • Defending situations
  • Scout-based defence
  • Defensive transition systems

Core Three – Advanced Offensive Concepts

Content includes –

  • Managing the phases of the shot clock
  • Building a multi-faceted offensive system
  • Maximising your offensive personnel

Core Four – Talent identification and evaluation

Contents include –

  • Building relationships and networks
  • Systems for talent identification
  • Talent evaluation and comparative assessment
  • Use of data and scouting information

Core Five – Leadership

  • Staff management
  • Managing the group dynamic
  • Leading culture and behaviours
  • Managing relationships
  • System leadership

Assessment –

Competency-based assessment –

  • Engagement in webinar discussions of team practice session and game
  • Video review of team practice session and game
  • Individual mentoring sessions with assigned mentor
  • Engagement in development of Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Observation at a team practice and game

Other assessment –

  • Attendance
  • Compliance to time-lines
  • Completion and assessment of TedEd and other on-line learning tasks
  • Completion of program “return of service” assessment and article for Basketball Australia

Program costs –

Each participant will be invoice for a total of $650 (GST inclusive). This will be invoiced in two instalments.

Application formEFCAP intake two EOI

Application close Friday, April 30.

For more information on the program, email peter.lonergan@australia.basketball



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