Elite Female Coach Advancement Program

Posted on Mar 03 2020

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.

The two-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 professional roles, be it in the leagues such as the NBL or WNBL or working full-time in coaching or development roles.

There is scope also for elite coaches who do not work full-time in the sport but are pursuing elite coaching opportunities and keen to add to their skill-set. It is not a requirement for coaches to be working full-time in the sport.

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 or NBL
  • Previous coaching experience in the WNBL or NBL
  • Have been a head coach at an Australian Junior Championship for a minimum of three 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

Only coaches with a current Basketball Australia Association Coach accreditation will be considered. A maximum of 12 coaches will be included in the program in the first intake.

Format for program –

The EFCAP will run for a period of two years, 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 12 web-based meetings over the two-year span of the program, along with two visits 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 2-year program –

  • 12 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
  • Two individual feedback and review meetings with the program coordinator
  • Access to the latest information in high performance coaching
  • Basketball Australia Performance Coach accreditation
  • Sportscode Level Two accreditation

Application and selection process –

  • Expressions of Interest will be called in March 2020 and promoted through the Basketball Australia web-site and high performance network
  • Candidates will be required to submit a written application, including cover letter and a coaching resume
  • All Expressions of Interests will be considered by the review and selection committee, which will consist of –
    • BA Director of High Performance Coach Development
    • Basketball Australia “Master Coach”
    • State or Territory High Performance Manager
    • Independent panel member
  • Successful candidates will be advised April 2, with a view to commencing the program April 15

EFCAP Expression of Interest

Cost to successful candidates –

The total cost for successful candidates in the program will be $550 GST inclusive. This will be invoiced at the time of offer of a position in the program.

For more information on the Basketball Australia Elite Female Coach Advancement Program, contact Program Coordinator Peter Lonergan peter.lonergan@australia.basketball


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