ATTENTION ALL COACHES OR THOSE INTERESTED IN COACHING
Basketball development is important to us at the Blazers, and we believe that the benefits of developing our coaches will filter through to our player ranks in giving them a fulfilling basketball experience.
The Blazers have teamed up with Basketball Victoria (BV) to bring you the Level 1 coaching accreditation course, beginning Sunday 23rd Feb. We are excited to have Alan McAughtry, the U17 & U19 Australian Mens’ Assistant Coach, run this course. Details are attached in the email. In brief:
Boroondara Park Primary School, Sundays 1:00-4:30pm
Session 1 - 23rd February
Session 2 - 2nd March
No session (long weekend 9th March)
Session 3 - 16th March
Session 4 - 23rd March
Cost: $115 (GST inclusive) - see below for more info
Who is this suitable for?
If you are currently a coach, but have never had formal training or accreditation, this is the ideal course. It is a practical, on-court workshop that takes you through fundamentals of coaching and will leave you feeling more confident and give you more ideas for your team. However, if you have always been interested in getting into coaching but felt you didn’t know where to start, this is also the course for you. As we know, all volunteer clubs struggle to find coaches, and quality ones at that, so we encourage you to think about participating in the club as a coach and use this opportunity to get started. Junior coaches welcome!
Yes, I’m interested and want to do this!
The Blazers’ commitment to you - As we value your development, the cost of this course is fully reimbursable to Blazers’ coaches. Once you have coached with the Blazers for 12 months (retrospectively or prospectively), we will give you the $115 back to cover the cost of this course. In other words, if you have already coached for a year with us, we will reimburse you immediately at the completion of the course. If you have coached for 6 months, then you get the money back in 6 months’ time, and if you have not coached before, you will receive the course costs back after coaching with the Blazers for 12 months.
Please consider this opportunity to formalise your coaching credentials, or begin the rewarding journey of coaching. It is a great way to also meet and do something together with other Blazers’ coaches. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to many of our Blazers’ members getting involved!
Coaching Opportunities – Come join us!
Balwyn Blazers is a community club that emphasises player participation. This means that the number of coaching vacancies reflects the maximum number of teams that can be fielded from players who register. Typically, this varies between 90 - 120 teams.
For the winter season (April-September), the coaching commitment is for 16 season games and up to three finals games with an hourly training session each week. For the summer season (October-March), the time commitment is for 14 season games and up to three finals games with an hourly training session each week.
As a community club, we embrace the diversity within the community. Our coaches will vary greatly in background, age, gender, basketball skill and experience, personal style and individual talents. This is a positive for the growth and development of our players and the club. For further information, please contact the Club President.
The splendidly diverse knowledge and experience (inside and outside basketball) within our coaching group is a real strength. Whether you are new or experienced, the club can support you in flexible and varied ways that suit your individual preferences and fit in with the demands of family, work and competing interests. Various resources, activities and opportunities are available to coaches but what and how you respond is entirely up to you.
As a Club, we provide development and assistance to you as a coach. This can include but is not limited to:
- Level 1 coaching accreditation with Basketball Victoria
- Mentoring, with particular focus on junior coaches and those new to coaching or with little experience
- Physical coaching assistance where required
- Individual workout sessions with players if requested
- Structured coaching programs or workshops for different aspects of basketball
Online Coaching resources
Coach resources, videos and articles of interest are regularly updated on our Facebook page:
We also prepare a coach fundamentals kit at the start of each season for all our coaches.
Other forms of support
We are a community club and you can always seek advice or assistance from the age group coordinator and/or other coaches. No question is too silly and every coach at the club had a "first season" once upon a time. Some things you may wish to consider:
- We can organise more experienced/skilful players to attend a few of your sessions to demonstrate particular skills if required, and
- Advice on communicating with parents, players and officials can be provided as needed
Please find the below documents which all coaches should read and print out.
Basketball is intended to be a recreational activity for enjoyment and health. This code of conduct has been developed by Basketball Victoria to give participants some guide to the expectations it has on those participants. It is intended to assist everyone to obtain the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in basketball.
Should a player have an injury that needs treatment, this document should be filled out and signed by both the coach and the parent/guardian.