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Basketball Education in Western Australia


At Basketball WA, we believe the game of basketball is an extremely positive influence in the WA community. Subsequently, we believe that Education and Training is central to the continued positive growth of our sport in Western Australia.

To ensure we sustain this level of growth and expertise, Basketball WA has taken an active role in improving and facilitating basketball education in WA. Our goal is to provide quality basketball education in all areas: coaching, refereeing, match officials, players, volunteers, and club administrators.

Basketball WA offers both informal and formal forms of basketball education and training. Informal education is offered through events like clinics and workshops. While formal education involves participating in an accredited program, which generally results in state, national, or international recognition of skills and competencies.

Coach Education

Coaching can be a rewarding and fun experience for basketball enthusiasts. Basketball WA conduct a number of State and Nationally accredited coaching courses during the year designed to increase the number of qualified coaches delivering and teaching the game to our participants but also to help individual coaches progress in their own personal development and qualifications.

There are several levels of Coaching Accreditation with all requiring a Working with Children Check. Below is a quick summary of each of the courses delivered and endorsed by Basketball WA. Please refer to the Coach Education link above for more information.

Community Coach (Formerly LO)- This is the introductory level course which is designed to cover General Principles of Coaching while encompassing basketball specific fundamentals and exploring the role of the coach. Candidates must be at least be turning 13 years of age in the year of the course enrolled and no specific basketball background is required. Club coaches, parents, teachers and secondary students with an interest in sports coaching are ideally suited for this course.

Club Coach (Formerly L1)- This is a Nationally Accredited course by the Australian Sports Commission through its National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

Candidates need to have completed the Community Coach Course and maintained coaching for at least 12 months before applying for this course. Mature-aged applicants may apply for Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) with the relevant reasons in their application. The course takes 15 hours to complete and involves both on-court and off-court components in its content.

Typically, coaches in representative’s sides such as WABL should have this level of accreditation as a minimum.

Association Coach (Formerly Level 2)- This is an advanced 21 hour course that is designed to elevate a coach's understanding to the standard of the athletes they are coaching. Typically, coaches who are looking to be involved in State teams, various State leagues (SBL, ABA) and National Leagues (WNBL, NBL) would benefit from completing this course. There are certain prerequisites in choosing to apply for this level of accreditation. Please contact Basketball WA for more information on enrolling for the Association Coach course.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Basketball WA has put in place a new process for coaches who wish to seek formal Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for its coaching courses.

At this point, Community Coach and Club Coach courses are the only courses with RPL eligibility options.

Current and active coaches who feel that they have the necessary skills, experience and knowledge can now apply for an RPL if they can appropriately demonstrate that they have met the set outcomes for both Coaching curriculums through their active coaching duties.

For those interested in a Club Coach RPL, Basketball WA suggests that coaches who have been a Head Coach of a WABL team for a minimum of 3 years and those regularly involved with Basketball WA’s High Performance programs may be suitable applicants for an RPL.

Elite playing experience, education and sports medicine qualifications may also be a factor in consideration when applying for a RPL.

However, a coach’s ability to demonstrate how they have completed the set outcomes for the Club Coach course will be the main mode of assessment for application.

Coaches interested in applying for a Club Coach RPL must supply the following for an application.

·         Cover letter

·         Comprehensive basketball resume including all qualifications

·         RPL Club Coach Curriculum document (supplied by Basketball WA upon application)

Recommended Coach Guidelines:

·       Current and Active Coach

·         WABL Head Coach for a minimum of 3 years

·      Involved with Basketball WA High Performance programs for a minimum of 2 years

The cost for a Level 1 RPL is $55. A further administration and accreditation charge of $37 is payable if an applicant is successful in their application.

If you are interested in applying for a Club Coach RPL please contact the Education and Training Officer at Basketball WA on 6272 0751.