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Insights from a High Performance Coach

Joey Wright, Head Coach of the Adelaide 36ers basketball team, entertained and inspired the audience with his coaching philosophies, his infectious enthusiasm for coaching and his commitment to truly understanding his athletes. A variety of sports attended the evening, held in regional Renmark on Monday 8 May.

Darren Burgess, Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide (AFL) Club engaged and entertained a crowd of almost 200 people on Monday 6 March.

His down to earth approach and honest discussion about his coaching journey and vast knowledge pertaining to many aspects of coaching, gave all in attendance many tips to take away and replicate at lower levels in their own clubs. A truly insightful and valuable evening!

Coach Development Program

The Coach Development Program (CDP) targets sub-elite coaches in South Australia, who are committed to progressing to a higher level, and who would benefit from additional development opportunities. The CDP is in its third consecutive year with 55 coaches having previously completed the program with some progressing to elite level coaching. 

The program assists coaches in developing their soft skills of coaching including their philosophy, coaching psychology, mentoring and tips on continual improvement amongst other courses in special interest areas which will also be made available to the wider public.

Courses are facilitated by elite coaches and experts in related fields of coaching and development. Nominations must be made through your State Sporting Organisation.

Contacts for your relevant State Sporting Organisation can be found in the following link


Information and Criteria (PDF, 462 KB)

Coach Development Program participants
2017 participants

Becoming an accredited coach

Coaches who are accredited through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) are recognised by National and State Sporting Organisations and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

To become an accredited coach in your sport, contact your State Sporting Organisation and ask about the opportunities that are currently available for sport specific training or find out about our courses.

Essentials for Coaching Children

This highly popular 3-hour introduction to coaching children course is available to all individuals, clubs, associations, schools, councils and other organisations. This course can be accessed in a number of ways.

  1. Register to attend this and many other courses offered at the Office for Recreation and Sport each year.
  2. Request that a presenter from the Office for Recreation and Sport attend your school/club/organisation to present the course. The cost of this is $200 for 10 - 30 people. Email us to arrange.
  3. Present the course yourself where and when you require. Suitably qualified people may register with us to receive the Presenter's Resources. Email us to express your interest.

Course content

For detailed information on the course content visit the Courses page.

Coaching Tips

Coaching Tips 1 (PDF, 160 KB) – Why do kids play and quit sport, what makes a great and not-so-great coach, how does a coach improve?
Coaching Tips 2 (PDF, 117 KB) – The impact of a coach on children, the emphasis on winning, other goals to focus on.
Coaching Tips 3 (PDF, 107 KB) – Legal requirements for keeping children safe, encouraging respect for officials.
Coaching Tips 4 (PDF, 118 KB) – Planning for the season – coach’s checklist, involving parents – example letter/email.
Coaching Tips 5 (PDF, 122 KB) – Planning a great training session – example session plan
Coaching Tips 6 (PDF, 126 KB) – Better coaching techniques – making it like the real game and other coaching methods
Coaching Tips 7 (PDF, 120 KB) – Getting the best from your players and managing children’s behaviour
Training Session Template (PDF, 38 KB)
ECC Video Notes (PDF, 2006 KB) – 3 coaching technique videos on ORS SASI YouTube channel, see link below.

Coaching Videos

A series of coaching and other videos are available on the ORS SASI YouTube channel.

Australian Sports Commission Coach information pages

The Australian Sports Commission provides online resources for coaches and also for those involved in coaching development.

Further Information

For further information on any of the above or for general enquiries, contact the State Coaching and Officiating Centre on orscoachingandofficiating@sa.gov.au or on 1300 714 990.