Course Length: 2 Hours Pre-Course Work + 8 Hours Face-to-Face (Practical and Theory)
Pathways: Successful participants are eligible to attend the Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach, and IAAF Kids' Athletics courses.
The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course introduces how to coach the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, and throwing to beginner athletes. Topics include the introduction to training beginner athletes, encouraging long-term athlete participation, coaching the fundamental skills, and session planning.
The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course is certified by Athletics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission's National Coach Accreditation Scheme. All successful participants are eligible to be nationally accredited as a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.
At the completion of the course it is expected that coaches will be able to satisfy the following criteria:
1-CAC-1: Provide an environment for a variety of participants that is inclusive, enjoyable, safe, and involves maximum participation.
1-CAC-2: Cater for the social and physical capabilities of individual participants.
1-CAC-3: Assess and manage the risks associated with athletics coaching.
1-CAC-4: Plan and organize a variety of activities that develop the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, and throwing.
1-CAC-5: Plan and implement an appropriate training session.
1-CAC-6: Reflect on a training session and be able to make appropriate modifications.
1-CAC-7: Be introduced to effective communication methods and begin practising effective and positive feedback.
1-CAC-8: Understand the structure of athletics in Australia so as to best support athletes' involvement in the sport.
1-CAC-9: Understand the Accredited Athletics Coach Framework within Australia.
1-CAC-10: Adhere to the requirements of the Accredited Athletics Coach, including registration, member protection, and codes of conduct.
All participants are required to complete the following modules prior to attending the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course:
- Community Coaching General Principles
- Play by the Rules - Child Protection Module
After completing the face to face component of the course, all participants are required to successfully complete the following requirements prior to receiving their coaching accreditation.
- Session Planning Assignment
- Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Course Book
- Run, Jump, Throw - Games and Drills Demonstration Videos
- Athletics Fundamentals Videos
- Athletics Play Manual
- Playing for Life Resources
- Disability Education Program Activity Cards
- Games for Young Athletes
- Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Online Course - Refresher
- Introduction to Training Beginner Athletes
- Long Term Athlete Participation
- Fundamental Skills and the Coach in Action
- Warm Ups
- Run, Jump, and Throw
- Session Planning
- Working Together
- Coaching and Athlete Pathways
Registration for this course is available online by visiting the Course Calendar or by emailing Athletics Australia for more information.
At the successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching accreditation and membership with their Member Association. Click here for more information.
Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches are expected to be able to assist at an athletics club, school, or running group working under the direction of a senior coach.
Recognition of Prior Learning
For those who believe they may have achieved the competencies of a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach and would like to apply for recognition of prior learning please contact the Coach Accreditation Administrator.
RPL Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Information Sheet