Level II course

I had the pleasure of doing the Level II coaching course over the weekend. Although I’m not likely to get into coaching at a particularly high level, it was a good experience and the opportunity to do the course doesn’t come up as often as it would be ideal. The last time it was held in SA was 2005. We had 2 participants from WA – apparently the last time they ran theirs was even longer!

The presenters we had were fantastic: Steve Benson, Mick Nelson, Alexis Lebedew and Simon Phillips. It may have been a bit luck that all these guys now live here. During a session on serving at the AIS/SASI beach courts, Steve Tutton and Craig “Frog” Marshall came down to say g’day and offer some words of wisdom.

I particularly enjoyed listening to Mick’s experience as an assistant coach in the AIS beach programme. Mick and I played in the U21 state team years ago, but I didn’t know much about what he had gotten up to in the last few years as a coach. He’s talented and has worked hard and now has an incredibly challenging but rewarding job. I truly underestimated the amount and complexity of work they deal with at the AIS in preparing athletes on and off the court. I wonder if any of the top beach teams in the world are able to stay competitive without the support resources our athletes have (coaches, physiologists, facilities, living allowances etc etc).

Coaching at a professional level is demanding and a bit frightening on a number of levels. Not sure I would ever want to do it. But what i can do well is create an environment that attracts kids to playing the sport and doing just enough so they don’t have injuries or bad habits, and can move on to a higher level. Not a bad gig really.


2 Responses to “Level II course”

  1. markleb Says:

    “Although I’m not likely to get into coaching at a particularly high level…” I must say I’m of the opinion that coaches at ‘lower’ levels should be at least as highly educated as coaches at ‘higher’ levels for the simple reason that at the end of the day they are the ones who have the first contact with players and are therefore far more important in the overall development model than what comes later.
    I must also add, that the Australian Level 2 course is not a very high level course. In countries I have worked in, it would be the equivalent of an entry level course. It is really just bare bones.

    • Hugh Nguyen Says:

      It’d be a perfect world if our coaches at the lower levels (like mine) are all highly educated and curious. Alexis made a good point to me that you should be as educated as you can be no matter what level you coach.

      From a “talent code” point of view I see exactly what you mean. I only thought the stuff on offensive and defensive systems was “advanced”. Everything else was stuff I though the most basic coaches should know to give their players a good experience and not inhibit their further development at a higher level. Volleyball would be so much better if this was the standard of our level 1 coaches.

      I’ll have to take your word that it isn’t a high standard since you wrote the manual! The FIVB level 1 manual (from the early 90s but still on the website) looks like it’s for coaches of our level 2.

      I love it that if you do an AFL level 1 course, it’s 3 hrs on a monday night from 7pm. And this includes a meal. You have to be a lot more technically proficient to coach volleyball at the most basic level!

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