Looking Outside the Box to Learn

Posted on Aug 06 2019

Learning and gaining knowledge from a wide sphere of leaders across other sports and business is important for all coaches as they look develop holistically and glean the best ways to teach and lead.

Australian coaches have always looked to other sports for ideas, be it other codes within Australia or sports in Europe or the United States. Being brave enough to explore other sports provides perspective and can often bring a fresh approach to your coaching.

There are a lot of common themes across coaching, including communication, leadership, practice organisation, performance analysis and building relationships. Each sport has its own challenges and adopts different strategies to tackle these challenges, many of which can be applied to your setting.

Coaches are always looking for the most efficient practices to lead and manage – these answers may just around the corner at the local netball or cricket club.

Similarly reading books or listening to podcasts from coaches in other sports or successful leaders provides valuable insight and learning for the basketball coach. The access to information for coaches of all levels has never been greater, take advantage of looking outside the box to grow your leadership and teaching prowess.

At the 2019 Basketball Australia Coaches Conference in Ballarat, coaches will have the chance to learn from two experienced coaches and leaders from AFL, with former St Kilda champion Nathan Burke and coaching icon David Parkin among the presenters.

Nathan Burke played 323 games for St Kilda, winning the club’s best and fairest award three times and earning All-Australian selection on four occasions.

Regarded as an astute leader during his illustrious career, Burke now presents to businesses, schools and sporting groups on leadership, high performing teams and culture.

David Parkin is a legend of AFL coaching, having coached 518 games with Hawthorn, Fitzroy and Carlton and is regarded as one of the best minds in the game.

Considered one of the doyens of coaching and coach education, he has committed countless hours guiding and mentoring coaches across all sports and is a lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at Deakin University.

Six-time NBL championship player and newly appointed Wellbeing and Transition Manager with the Australian Basketball Players’ Association David Stiff will also present at the conference. Well-known in basketball circles, Stiff also worked at Collingwood and now plays a key role for professional players with the ABPA 

Looking outside the box for ideas and inspiration is a great way to not only learn and improve your coaching, but helps to keep things fresh for athletes as you adopt new approaches and techniques. By nature, coaches love top share and help, so be brave enough to reach out to seek some answers from our colleagues in other codes.

The BA Coaches Conference is being held at Ballarat Grammar October 2 and 3 and coaches can still take advantage of the early bird discount.


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