COACHING ACCREDITATION.

The aim of this policy is to ensure that the Australian Karate Federation Inc has in place a system which will enable NCAS accredited Karate Coaches to maintain a safe, responsible and high standard of coaching practice, in keeping with current coaching principles and competencies.

The system is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • coaches will be practicing coaches who are up-to-date with coaching competencies, delivering a safe, responsible and high standard of coaching to their students/athletes in line with their responsibilities and duty of care as a coach
  • current contact details will be kept on all coaches for the purpose of improved communication
  • all coaches will hold current first aid certification to ensure a minimum level of competence in dealing with life threatening emergency situations during coaching practice
  • status of the accredited coach will be improved due to their superior coaching knowledge
  • coaches will have an improved and more effective commitment to their coaching if they are to call themselves an NCAS Accredited Karate Coach
  • the role of the Coaching Director (State and National) will be more prominent and there will be increased contact between Coaching Director and Coach
  • AKF would be more supportive and feel more confident in defending any legal action against a coach if AKF knows that the coach is accredited and has maintained updating requirements

The AKF supports the endeavours of the ASC in relation to the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.

The NCAS:

  • Increases confidence and competence in coaching ability
  • Promotes an on-going progressive improvement of knowledge and expertise as coaches move through the levels of the scheme
  • Incorporates an involvement with, and an understanding of, Sports Science, enabling a more in depth approach to coaching
  • Promotes the use of safe and correct techniques
  • Improves communication skills
  • Encourages the development of innovative coaching techniques
  • Involves quality controlled learning in all courses
  • Aims to increase the enjoyment of sport for both coaches and athletes

A four year accreditation period starts when the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) receives notification that all accreditation requirements have been met. The NCAS will inform coaches before the expiry of the accreditation period, at the address listed on the NCAS data base.

REQUIREMENTS TO ATTEND AN ACCREDITED COURSE

The NCAS Coaching Program is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • AKF Inc. coaches will be practicing coaches who are up-to-date and competent in coaching methodology, delivering a safe, responsible and high standard of coaching to their students/athletes in line with their responsibilities and duty of care as a coach.
  • AKF Inc. will be more supportive and feel more confident in defending a coach if AKF Inc. knows that the coach is accredited and has maintained updating requirements to the recommended standard.
  • Increases confidence and competency in coaching ability.
  • Promotes an on-going progressive improvement of knowledge and expertise as coaches move through the levels of the scheme.
  • Promotes the use of safe and correct coaching methodology.
  • Aims to increase the enjoyment of karate in traditional and sport for both coaches and athletes.

Entry Requirements to the AKF Inc. NCAS Coaching Program:

Bronze Coach

  • All coaches are expected to achieve this level first
  • 16 years and above
  • 3 Kyu and above

Silver Coach

  • Current Bronze Coach
  • 18 years and above
  • Shodan

Gold Coach

  • Current Silver Coach
  • 21 years and above
  • Nidan

The Bronze program may be by correspondence, contact the National Coaching Director for further details or Lecture-based in your State, contact your State Coaching Director

All applicants are required to …

  • Pay the fee with application, National Members are entitled to a discount
  • Have a Police Check, Working With Children Card or Suitability Card as per their State legislation under Child Protection
  • Hold a current First Aid/CPR or Sports Trainer – supply copy of certificate
  • Provide a copy of current grading certificate
  • Provide a copy of the Play By The Rules certificate
  • Produce a pre-course 10 minute video of applicant coaching a skill (not kata)
  • Access to a video/cam camera during the coaching program
  • Have access to a suitable mentor
  • Have no less than 4 students/athletes to work with during the program

Non-AKF Inc (National) Members Applying:

AKF National Members have been subject to a dojo inspection for the purpose of Risk Management and duty of care. Non-members maybe required to make themselves available for a grading assessment for the purpose of attempting an AKF NCAS Bronze Coach course and subject to a check for suitability of working with children.

CHILD PROTECTION

The AKF NCAS Program believes in the duty of care of children. Children, or minors, are under the age of 18. Therefore all coaches will submit proof of this suitability to work with or around children:

  • Police check
  • Working With Children Card
  • Suitability Card

Any coach found to have a conviction relating to Child Protection will be deregistered.

Maintaining NCAS Accreditation – Updating:

Existing coaches are required to submit by 31 December each year a record of the year’s updating activities they have achieved using the Coach’s Activity Record form.

One months prior to the Expiry Date, the coach must submit the records relating to the Coach’s Activity Record including photocopies of any certificates of courses attended including first aid, chief instructor letter confirming hours coached and police check (refer to your recognised State Branch). A renewal fee is required with the renewal application.

Change of Personal Details

If you change any of the following, submit a Change of Details for and submit by email to the NCD to update your records on the AIS Website:

  • your name
  • Mailing address
  • Club
  • Phone/mobile
  • Email

Gold Coach

Gold Coach Training Program:

This is by correspondence only. The Program is designed to allow elite coaches and those wishing to work with such athletes, to continue to develop high level skills that are most relevant to their specific coaching situations. As this is the case, the training program allows candidates to select 3 modules from 6 possible optional modules. RPL/RCC is highly encouraged. In addition, all candidates are required to undertake a self-paced, individual, Research/Project-based module (module 8). This makes a total of 6 modules in all to complete.

Applying for the Gold Program:

  • Applicant must submit pre-course copies of current approved certificates Assessment of RPL/RCC will be included in the course cost. The fee must accompany the application form when applying.
  • Once the application has been submitted successful Applicants will be forwarded the Course Package including publications and Practical Assignments.
  • A suitable Mentor is recommended to assist the applicant during the process, offering feedback and reviewing practical assignments.
  • The Applicant must complete the compulsory modules and 3 choice modules. Module 8 is a compulsory module but a free choice subject; must demonstrate methods of research used.
  • This program relies heavily on personal research to complete tasks. The Research Project requires the applicant to identify how they researched the topic

Observing the following practices will help you avoid plagiarism:
As you research, keep careful notes of your sources. As you take notes for your research project, keep track of what materials in those notes comes from external sources and what material is yours. Keep track of all your sources, including interviews and surveys, photographs and drawings, personal e-mails and conversations. Be sure to record the following information:
• Author
• Title
• Date of publication
• Publisher

Remember that when you use external sources, you are borrowing not the words of another writer, but his or her ideas, theories, and opinions. Therefore, even if you summarize or paraphrase a source, be sure to give it full credit. Writers used to have to record this information on separate note cards. However, with the proliferation of online and other electronic tools which allow us to keep track of our research, the task of recording and reflecting on source-related information has become easier.

  • Coaches have 12 months to complete the course with one extension permitted. The closing date will be supplied with the assignments. Extensions may only be given if asked in writing prior to the closing date.
  • Once the Applicant has completed all assignments and video/DVD?USB covering the specifics of the modules, it must be returned with the completed and signed documents – including the Mentor Declaration, review and feedback forms – by the CLOSING DATE.
  • The Applicant’s work will be assessed. The Applicant will be asked to resubmit any assignments that do not meet the AKF NCAS standard.
  • Once the Applicant is deemed competent to the standard of the AKF NCAS Gold Coach, accreditation can then take place.

Training Program Syllabus Overview

Modules

  1. Physiological Testing for Elite Athletes – Optional
  2. Mentor Coaching – Optional
  3. Coaching Elite Squads – Optional
  4. Recovery Training – Compulsory
  5. Athlete Growth and Development – Optional
  6. Talent ID’s – Optional
  7. Successful Sports Sponsorship – Optional
  8. Research /Project Based Task – Compulsory
  9. Assessor Training – Compulsory

Silver Coach

This is by correspondence only. Silver Coach Training Program is more demanding and builds on the competencies developed in Bronze Coach Program. It introduces the coach to sports science and its application to coaching. It is highly recommended that all State Coaches be of Silver coach standing. This course is by correspondence and requires access to a video camera for practical assignments.

  • Once the application has been submitted with first video and fee, the successful Applicants will be forwarded the Coach Training Package; manual, workbook, DVD brochures and return envelope.
  • Coaches have 6 months to complete the course with one extension permitted. The closing date will be supplied with the assignments. Extensions may only be given if asked in writing prior to the closing date
  • A suitable Mentor will be required to assist the applicant during the process, offering support, feedback and reviewing practical tasks.
  • On successful completion of all assignments, submit workbook with video/DVD/USB of the applicant’s practical components of the course in the return envelope.
  • The applicant will be asked to resubmit any assignments that do not meet the AKF/ASC standard.
  • Once the applicant is deemed to the standard of the AKF NCAS Silver Coach, accreditation can then take place.

Training Program Overview:

Advanced Planning; Skill Correction & Development; Applied Psychology; Fitness for Karate; Mentoring and Video Analysis; Communication; Resource Management; Tactics; Risk Management.

Bronze Coach

Coaches play a vital role in providing students/athletes with the skills and knowledge needed to develop, improve and reach their goals. Coaches also have a major influence over participants’ enjoyment of karate. It is essential that coaches provide people of all ages the best possible experience, ensuring their continued participation and development. Embarking on some training as a coach is an important first step to ensuring that you are on the right track with your involvement. Through accreditation you will gain the credibility you deserve and participants will be more confident in the knowledge that a qualified coach is instructing them.

It is expected that all AKF Members hold a minimum of Bronze accreditation.

Training Program Contents:

Role of the Coach; Safety and Legal Responsibilities in Karate; Development of the Athletes; Physical Conditioning for Karate; Psychology in Karate; Planning in Karate; Teaching sports skills/games in Karate; Group Management in Karate; Coaching Commnunication in Karate; Coaching Better in Karate; Anti-doping in Karate and practical coaching.

Correspondence Applicants Must:

  • Once the application has been submitted with first video and fee, the successful Applicants will be forwarded the Coach Training Package; manual, workbook, DVD brochures and return envelope.
  • Coaches have 4 months to complete the course with one extension permitted. The closing date will be supplied with the assignments. Extensions may only be given if asked in writing prior to the closing date
  • A suitable Mentor will be required to assist the applicant during the process, offering support, feedback and reviewing practical tasks. The Mentor must be the same or higher level of accreditation that the applicant is attempting. The Mentor is there to guide the applicant and check they have completed all assignments before submitting for assessment and by the due date.
  • On successful completion of all assignments, submit workbook with video/DVD/USB of practical components in the return envelope.
  • Any assignments that do not meet the AKF/ASC standard, the applicant will be asked to resubmit
  • Once the applicant is deemed competent to the standard of the AKF NCAS Bronze Coach, accreditation can then take place.

Lecture-based Course:

Contact your State Coaching Director for Application Forms, costs vary in each state due to such items as venue hire, catering, publications ie manuals, workbooks, administration eg photocopying, and postage. No late entries are accepted.

Coaches who do NOT supply a return envelope will NOT have their assignments returned to them.

When attending a lecture-based course, dress comfortably, bring a water bottle and bring a pen.

Lecture-based Applicants Must:

  • Supply a pre-course video/DVD/USB of him/her coaching a skill taken before the course.
  • Be active during the course with discussions, role player and scenarios, practical demonstrations and coaching activities. Part of the assessment will include involvement and behaviour during the course.
  • Meet with their mentor immediately after course. Mentor will provide feedback and assistance if necessary.
  • Complete all assignments and after 10 hours of coaching or 2 weeks before closing date, produce a second video of coaching a skill. Do not forget to put your name on your workbook and video/DVD/USB for identification.
  • Review and have final meeting with mentor and return workbook and video by last post of the CLOSING DATE. No late entries accepted.
  • Workbook and video/DVD/USB will be reviewed and assessed. Feedback will be provided and if any units are not to standard, applicant will be asked to resubmit.
  • Once the applicant is deemed competent to the standard of the AKF NCAS Bronze Coach, accreditation can then take place.

AKF Karate Coach’s Code of Ethics ©

As coach, I promise to observe and comply with the Karate Coach’s Code of Ethics at all times when coaching for the safe and positive development of the athletes and students and will adhere to the following specifics as set down below.

  1. I will maintain coaching accreditation, keeping up to date with the latest coaching practices, the principles of growth and development of young people, and First Aid or Resuscitation and ensure my assistants do so also.
  2. Operate within the rules and spirit of Karate, promoting fair play over winning at any cost.
  3. Provide a safe environment for the practice of karate-do and competition training.
  4. Ensure that proper equipment and facilities used meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all athletes/students and the situation.
  5. Adequately plan all activities which will be closely supervised.
  6. Develop clear written rules for training and general conduct, operating within the rules and spirit of Karate and teach athletes/students to do the same.
  7. Keep adequate records on administration, coaching and athletes/students.
  8. Athletes/students warned of inherent risks of the sport.
  9. Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
  10. Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of Karate.
  11. Treat each person as an individual.
  12. Respect the rights and worth of every person regardless of their ability, gender, sexuality, cultural background or religion.
  13. Display control and courtesy to all involved within Karate.
  14. Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators in the conduct of all areas of Karate.
  15. Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance will exist) with people under the age of 18 years.
  16. Adopt appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.
  17. Never ridicule or yell at a young athlete/student for making a mistake or not coming first nor allow other athletes/students to do so.
  18. Be reasonable in my demands on athletes/students and other coaches.
  19. Do not coach while under the influence of alcohol or drugs nor allow other coaches or athletes/students to do so.
  20. Adhere to the AKF Inc policies on no smoking in the dojo and no drugs or doping including blood or genetic doping, in and out of competition and the dojo.
  21. Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for my decisions and actions.
  22. Ensure my decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
  23. Do not allow harassment, discrimination, bullying, or victimisation in the dojo or competition.
  24. Do not tolerate or participate in harmful or abusive behaviours.
  25. Place the safety and welfare of the athletes above all else.
  26. Any physical contact with a person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development.
  27. Be honest and do not allow my qualifications to be misrepresented.

Contact Details

National Coaching Director
Pam Smith
NCAS Gold Coach
ASC Qualified Presenter and Assessor
PO Box 582
NOARLUNGA CENTRE SA 5168
Mobile 0432 573 054
coached@akf.com.au

ACT
Pam Smith

New South Wales – State Coaching Director
Neville Thorley
NCAS Bronze Coach
PO Box 300
HOXTON PARK NSW 2171

Queensland – State Coaching Director
Glenn Irvine
coaching.director@karatequeensland.com.au

South Australia – State Coaching Director
Michael Smith
NCAS Gold Coach
PO Box 582
NOARLUNGA CENTRE SA 5168
mick_smith@iinet.net.au

Tasmania – State Coaching Director
Stuart Eaton
NCAS Bronze Coach

Victoria – State Coaching Director
Darryl Thornton
NCAS Bronze Coach
karatevictoriacoach@gmail.com

Western Australia – State Coaching Director
Christine Smith
State Administrator
5 Stirling Waters Avenue
STIRLING WA 6021
Tele: (08) 9446 4230
Email: akfwa@bigpond.com

State Department of Sport and Recreation (SDSRs)

If you are looking for Update Courses for your Accreditation, contact the branch in your State or Territory

ACT
Nic Kaiser
Sport and Recreation Services
PO Box 147
Civic Square ACT 2608
Telephone: (02) 6207 2073

New South Wales
Simon Woinarski
Sport Education Unit
NSW Tourism, Sport and Recreation
Locked Bag 1422 Silverwater 2128
(6 Figtree Drive Olympic Park, Homebush Bay 2127)
Telephone: (02) 9006 3827

Northern Territory
Warren Foote
Sport and Recreation
Department of Natural Resources, Environment the Arts and Sport
GPO Box 1448
Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: (08) 8982 2328

Queensland
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Sport and Recreation Services
PO Box 15187
City East Queensland 4002
Telephone: (07) 3237 9906

South Australia
State Coaching and Officiating Centre
Office for Recreation and Sport
27 Valetta Road
Kidman Park SA 5025
Phone: +61 8 7424 7605
Email: orscoachingandofficiating@sa.gov.au

Tasmania
Sport and Recreation Tasmania
Department of Economic Development
PO Box 646
Hobart TAS 7000
Telephone: 1800 252 476

Victoria
Max Binnington
Level 3, Sports House
375 Albert Road
South Melbourne Vic 3205
Telephone: (03) 9926 1385
Fax: (03) 9696 7931

Western Australia
Aaron Morse
Project Officer, People Development
Department of Sport and Recreation
PO Box 329
Leederville WA 69013
Telephone: (08) 9492 9758