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Coaching Accreditation

The quality of coaching is one of the primary reasons why players either continue to participate in Australian Football or give up the game. The AFL together with the State/Territory football organisations recognise that at all levels of the AFL game, the coach has significantly more influence upon players than any other official or person connected with football, hence the requirement for all coaches to be accredited at an appropriate level. 

Coaches must be able to communicate effectively with primary and youth aged children or adults depending on their player group, therefore training in coaching and communication techniques are as equally important as the skills, training sessions and game plans.

The primary years are the golden years of the development of fundamental motor skills and of skill learning specific to sport. Not only is this the most rapid learning phase of their lives in this regard, which if done well can lead to ongoing enjoyment and participation, but a failure to develop such skills during pre-adolescence is a major factor influencing teenage dropout in sport. Coaches also greatly influence the forming and development of personalities of young players in their care.

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Who can coach?

Male or females can coach as long as they are 16 years of age or older.

Develops your personal skills

Coaching enables you to develop planning, oraganisational, communication and interpersonal skills, especially when dealing with younger children and their parents. 

Enjoyment and satisfaction

Great joy and satisfaction can be felt when you know you have had a significant part to play in a child's development, not just through football but life skills as well. It is well known that the coach is one of the most influential people in a child's life.

Gatekeepers to participation

Coaches are the main reason why players decide to stay in the game or leave. If we can have quality coaches in the community who can build an learning environment which is fun, enjoyable and rewarding for the players, parents and supporters then they will remain in our great game.

Coaching Accrediation

Level 1

Our level 1 courses are easily accessible as they are delivered across the state through a variety of delivery methods. The courses are delivered by our District and Regional Development Staff, with the assistance of WAFL Coaches and experienced grass roots coaches.

There are four separate courses conducted to suit varying age groups, Auskick, Junior, Youth and Senior.

All courses are competency based course whereby the coach must prove they are capable of conducting and communicating the basics of the game to players of different ages.

Level 1 Courses are 1 day in length with some online components required as a pre-requisite. The courses cost $165 and include;

  1. Four Year coach accreditation
  2. Course Booklet
  3. Coaching Manual
  4. Coaching Resource
  5. Lunch
  6. Certificate and AFL Coaches Card
  7. Fortnightly AFL Community Newsletter
  8. Four Year Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Membership which includes;
    • Yearly pass to all WAFL games (except finals)
    • Free Access to all AFCA Coaching Seminars
    • Discounted AFCA Merchandise
    • Discounted Coaching Resources
    • Bi-Monthly AFCA Newsletter

Auskick - Pre–Primary to Year 3

The philosophy of the AFL Auskick Program is to provide the opportunity for building foundation skills in primary age children for playing Australian Football which is appropriate to their needs emphasising fun and safety. 

The course is designed for beginner coaches of children from Pre-Primary to Year 3. The target market includes parents, teachers, players, umpires, secondary and tertiary students.

Coaches must be 16 years of age on completion of all Level 1 requirements to be eligible for accreditation.



Junior – Year 3-Year 7

The philosophy of the modified football is to provide the opportunity for building foundation skills in primary age children for playing Australian Football which is appropriate to their needs emphasising fun and safety in a more game based environment.

The course is designed for beginner coaches of children in teams from Year 3 to Year 7. The target market includes parents, teachers, players, umpires, secondary and tertiary students.

Coaches must be 16 years of age on completion of all Level 1 requirements to be eligible for accreditation.

 

Youth – Year 8 – Year 12

The philosophy of youth football is to provide an environment, which offers the opportunity for individuals to enhance their personal development and maximise their football potential. 

This will be an inclusive and supportive environment, which encourages youth players to continue their participation in the game.

This course is designed for beginner coaches of players between Years 8 an 12 generally competing in under-age competitions. 

The target market includes parents, teachers, players or umpires and tertiary and senior secondary students. 

This course, which runs for one full day usually from 8am-5.30pm, is designed to provide training for the large number of youth coaches involved in Australian Football, especially at community club level



Senior (18+)

The level one senior coaching philosophy is creating an environment, which ensures all players can participate to their best level and enjoy their participation in a community football competition.

This course, which runs for one day from 8am - 5.30pm is designed for beginner coaches of players over the age 17 years of age generally competing in open-age competitions. 

The target market includes parents, teachers, players or umpires and tertiary and senior secondary students. This course is designed to provide training for the large number of open-age coaches involved in Australian Football, especially at community club level.



Level 2

Ideal for coaches involved at a higher level (rep teams, development squads, etc.). For coaches with an aptitude and genuine interest in improving their coaching skills the course commences with a 2-day workshop around 30 hours of course work is required in addition to practical involvement. The level 2 course is conducted through the practical hands-on involvement of participants. The course focuses on preparing a coach to plan, prepare, conduct, review and adapt a year-long program of coaching. Coaches are assessed practically on the job at training and in a match environment

Coaches must have completed a level 1 course in youth or senior prior to gaining a level 2 accreditation. There is a level 2 course conducted each year in WA. All coaches must be endorsed by their District Development Staff after completing the expression of interest form.



Level 3

The level 3 course accreditation is for coaches involved in AFL, state leagues, TAC cup or other programs in the AFL Talent Pathway. Coaches working in or aspiring to this level may apply to be invited to a week-long, live in program. The highest accreditation offered by the AFL. Covers in greater depth those areas dealt with in level 2 plus relevant current issues, including technology, public relations and coaches as program managers and mentors.



Re-accreditation

  1. Accreditation is valid for 4 years, from the year in which accreditation is gained.
  2. If you gain a higher level of accreditation during that four year period, the expiry relates only to the higher accreditation.
  3. Application to re-accredit at Level 1 should be made direct to your local District Staff Member or to the Manager for Coaching and Club Developmen. Re-accreditation is not automatic.

To maintain your Level 1 accreditation you must demonstrate that you:

  • Continued to coach throughout the four years
  • Were a registered member of your Australian Football Coaches Association branch throughout the four years
  • Are prepared to sign the AFL Coaches Code of conduct (or State specific version) when seeking re-accreditation.
  • Are prepared to submit to any coach screening procedures required at the time of re-accreditation.
  • Have continued to undertake further education, formal or informal, to enhance your coaching abilities. This might include attendance at AFCA seminars; training sessions of other coaches (particularly mentor coaches); attendance at courses or sessions within courses; training, in CPR, First Aid, communication skills, and so on.