Becoming a Pumas Coach
Puma's netball club consists mainly of junior teams ranging in age from six to fourteen. Our club prides itself on the development of young coaches, so it comes as no surprise to see our coaching staff heavily weighted with young enthusiastic people. Our coaches are supported via a mentorship program that aims to provide support and assistance in coaching and the attainment of accreditation. If you are interested in becoming a coach please contact our Coaches Convenor, Nyree Hanratty 0475 947 740.
There are many levels you can attain as a netball coach with each giving greater insight into coaching skills. Attaining these levels requires attendance at various coaching courses plus maintenance of your general coaching skills and log book. The following diagram demonstrates the ladder of coaching levels with Netball NSW beginning with the foundation level and through to the elite/high-level coach.
The foundation level is the beginning level. This is a five-hour course that includes prior completion of a compulsory on line component. The course introduces you to the role of the coach, planning and developing training sessions as well as an athlete's development as a player.
The development level is a seven-hour course with the prerequisite that includes completion of the foundation level, attainment of a 70% umpires theory pass plus a minimum of one year of coaching experience. Completion of the course gives greater insight into coaching principles and permits coaching at a representative level within your association.
The intermediate coaching level is for those coaches who wish to pursue a career in coaching at a state level or higher. The course is completed in two stages. Stage one is three days of theory work with 13 modules that must be completed within a certain time frame. Modules are marked so passing in not always guaranteed. Stage two is a practical component where the coach is observed coaching a team and explaining their session to a panel of experienced coaches.
Further information can be obtained via the Netball NSW website.