level 1 community athletics coach
This page contains course materials relevant to coaches who have completed or are enrolled in the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course. Coaches are strongly encouraged to bookmark this page as it will be periodically updated to ensure that you have access to the latest content to develop and consolidate your knowledge.
Click on the relevant tab below to understand the course requirements and access your course resources.
Before the Course
Before the Course Checklist
Expected Time to Complete: 4 hours
Prior to attending the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course, you are required to complete the following tasks.Complete the Community Coaching General Principles course
Complete the Play by the Rules - Child Protection course
Register for your Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Post-Course Work
Download or print the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Lecture Slides and ensure you have access to them on the day of the course
Download the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Course Book and ensure you have access to it on the day of the course
Download the Strength and Conditioning for Beginning Athletes Guide and ensure you have access to it on the day of the course
Download the Games for Young Athletes Guide and ensure you have access to it on the day of the course
Complete Your Pre-Course Online Modules
As part of gaining the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach accreditation, you are required to complete the Community Coaching General Principles course and PBTR - Child Protection module. These are available to complete through your Canopi Online Learning Portal.
Please note that you are required to register on the Canopi Learning Portal if it is your first time using it.Community Coaching General Principles: 2 hours to complete
PBTR - Child Proection: 1 hour to complete
You are not required to email or print your certificates.
Prepare for the Course
Prior to the course, you must ensure that you have accessed the essential course resources and will have access to them on the day of the course. Familiarise yourself with how to access and use these resources. The content included in these manuals and guides will assist you to lead practical components during the course. We recommend saving them to your phone or tablet so you are able to refer back to the guides while you are on the track.
A PDF copy of the lecture slides presented during the course. Click here or on the thumbails below to download.
The Course Book is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of Athletics coaching. It introduces techniques to deliver engaging and safe sessions that introduce the fundamental movement patterns of run, jump, and throw to beginner athletes. Click here or on the thumbails below to download.
Strength and Conditioning for Beginning Athletes
This guide includes important information about the coaching strength and conditionning exercises. The recommended circuit will assist in the development of young athlete's strength, power, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, co-ordination and flexibility.Click here or on the thumbails below to download.
Games for Young Athletes
This document contains a selection of games suitable for young athletes to develop the fundamental movement skills of run, jump and throw. This booklet contains an explanation of each activity and the evidence supporting its use for young athletes.Click here or on the thumbails below to download.
Register for your Post-Course Work (optional)
If you are the kind of person who likes to be prepared, you are able to register for your post-course assessment module in advance of the course. This can be done easily by clicking this link. Note that if this is your first time using the Canopi Online Learning Portal, you must register for a new account.
On the Day of Your Course
Teaching Time: 8 hours
On the day of your course, ensure that you come prepared and are familiar with the process of the day.Check the course venue and starting time
Wear clothes that will allow you to perform light exercise, including enclosed shoes
Bring either a tablet, laptop, or pad and pen to take notes
Session Plan Template
Your course will include a group learning task where you will desisgn a session plan based on what you have learnt. To assist you, a session plan template is available to download.
Key Course ResourcesThe following resources are required on the day of the course to assist your delivery of practical components of the course.
The following videos will assist you to remember the fundamental movement skills of run, jump and throw.
After the Course
Required Post-Course Reading: 2 hours +
Self-Study: 8 hours+
Post-Course Assessment: 2 hours
The face to face course is only the beginning of your coaching education. As a prospective Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, you are expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours further study, including the completion of the post-course assessment task, to gain your accreditation.Complete your required reading from the reading list below
Complete and submit two session plans through your Canopi Online Learning Portal
Complete your Self-Reflection (submission is optional)
Access your Level 1 Refresher Material
Access your additional coaching resources to further your knowledge in areas which interest you
Required ReadingThe following articles and resources are required reading for Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches. They contain material to support the content from the Level 1 course, in addition to material designed to extend your knowledge to prepare you for the Level 2 Club Coach curriculum.
1. Putting Theory into Practice: Using Games-Based Activities to Achieve Psychosocial Outcomes
Richardson, B. (2018). Connected Coaches.
This blog extends your understanding of a games-based approach to coaching, and how it can be implemented to successfully achieve the desired objective of coaching.
2. Strategies to Prevent Dropout from Youth Athletics
Riewald, S. (2003). New Studies in Athletics.
This article examines the factors that contribute to continued participation and dropout from youth athletics and discusses eight strategies that can be implemented by a coach to prevent dropout. These include emphasising skill development and personal improvement, a great focus on team events such as relays in youth athletics, effectively incorporating fun into the training environment and including lots of variety in the training program.
3. Youth Sport: Positive and Negative Impact on Young Athletes
Merkel, D. (2013). Journal of Sports Medicine.
The author discusses the issues and risks of youth sport and asserts "that an emphasis on fun, while establishing a balance between physical fitness, psychological well-being and lifelong lessons for a health and active lifestyle are paramount for success." This paper also provides important strategies for reducing the risk of injury of young athletes and preventing dropout from sport in young athletes. 4. Fundamental Movement Skills in Children and Adolescents
Lubans, D. et al. (2010). Journal of Sports Medicine.
"The mastery of fundamental movement skills (FMS) has been purported as contributing to children’s physical, cognitive and social development and is thought to provide the foundation for an active lifestyle. Commonly developed in childhood and subsequently refined into context- and sport-specific skills, they include locomotor (e.g. running and hopping), manipulative or object control (e.g. catching and throwing) and stability (e.g. balancing and twisting) skills. The rationale for promoting the development of FMS in childhood relies on the existence of evidence on the current or future benefits associated with the acquisition of FMS proficiency."
5. IAAF Introduction to Coaching Manual
Thompson, P. (2010). Journal of Sports Medicine.
A holistic coaching manual to introduce to the key aspects of coaching track and field. This resource will also further extend your knowledge and introduce you to the concepts explored further in the Level 2 Club Coach course.