Leadership development

As of 20th December 2014, Drug Aware Ignite Basketball has qualified 54 young people in Armadale with Basketball WA accredited coaching or refereeing awards.

This approach aims to a) Improve confidence and self-esteem with leadership abilities b) Enable them to gain employment anywhere in Australia, c) Serve as active contributors to the Drug Aware Ignite Basketball program, creating a sense of ownership and d) Provide other young people with role models and mentors.

This in turn creates a positive cycle where peers become something positive to aspire to, not just the coaches and youth workers.
As a result of this approach, we now have five previous participants who are now formal paid members of staff. In addition to their coaches and referee awards, they have been trained in-house to run every aspect of the Drug Aware Ignite Basketball session. This includes registration, educational workshops, tournament admin, leading staff, public speaking (addressing the group), organizing food and set up/pack down. In year 3,  we will be progressing to a complete transition where young people will be able to take over from senior staff.

All courses are Basketball WA accredited and are run within Armadale.

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.

If you are a Drug Aware Ignite Participant and would like to qualify as a basketball coach or referee, call 9394 5462 or email jbarr@armadale.wa.gov.au