HOW TO BECOME A LEVEL 1 SKATEBOARDING COACH
Skateboarding is a revolutionary sport/artform/lifestyle, free from rigid rules and uniforms. All-inclusive fun is the name of the game, thus a Skateboard Coach needs to create a fun and inclusive environment whilst understanding the technical elements, legal implications and social responsibilities he/she has as a Level 1 Skateboard Coach.
Traditionally skateboarding has not had a formal structure and has been largely self-driven. However, the demand for legitimate Skateboard Coaches is increasing as Councils, Schools, and the Private Sector further embrace skateboarding.
The process to becoming fully accredited is made up of several components to ensure quality and consistency in delivery. This process is closely enforced and candidates are expected to make every effort to complete all the requirements. The tiered process ensures that no candidate moves to the next stage until all components of the previous stage are complete.
THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO PRIOR TO SBA’S COACHING COURSE
Send proof of all documents to your Zone Manager prior to attending the course.
A. GENERAL PRINCIPALS
Prior to the Skateboard Coaching course, all must complete the online component ‘Beginning Coaching General Principles.
2. WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK
The law varies state-to-state with the Working With Children checks, hit the link, which will direct you to your relevant state/territory and you will be able to go from there.
3. AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS NUMBER (ABN)
When you are working for SBA, you are a sub-contractor and will need an Australian Business Number (ABN) in order to get paid. Follow the link and complete the questionnaire. It will take a couple of days to come through, and then you will put your ABN number on all invoices should you work for SbA.
STAGE 1: BECOMING AN OFFICIAL APPLICANT
Once a potential participant has communicated with SbA that they want to become a Level 1 Skateboard Coach they need to officially email firstname.lastname@example.org with the below details:
- Name, email, mailing address, phone number,
- A paragraph on why you want to become a Level 1 Skateboarding Coach.
From here applicant details will be uploaded into the Applicant database, and notification will be sent for the next SbA Level 1 SbA Coaching Course in the correct region. In addition, applicants will be sent a document with all the things that they are required to do prior to the Course.
The Course costs $250. This includes the Coach Insurance/Membership for that year, which is valued at $88.
STAGE 2: COURSE PARTICIPANT
The Level 1 Coaching Course runs over two half-days/4 hour sessions:
- Day 1: Theory. Classroom-style usually held on a Friday afternoon,
- Day 2: Practical. Candidates attend an SbA Hub StreetWise event in their region.
In order to gain access into the Level 1 Skateboarding Course, the following items must be complete and recieved at SbA:
- Payment of $250 made to SbA, this can be done by ringing (07) 5575 7808 and paying via credit card. A receipt will be emailed.
- A completed ‘Beginning Coaching General Principals’; completion certificate to be sent to email@example.com ,
- Proof of your application-in-process for both ‘Working With Children’s Check’ and ‘Australian Business Number’ sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the course, there is one means of assessment. A competency-based criteria (Coach Competency Matrix) will be used to assess whether candidates are competent as a Level 1 Skateboarding Coach.
STAGE 3: APPRENTICE COACH
Once candidates have passed the Theory and Practical components of the Level 1 Skateboarding Course, and are expecting their ‘Working With Children’s Check’ and ‘Australian Business Number’ to arrive shortly, they need to be declared “Independently Competent” by a Senior Coach. To do this, Apprentice Coaches have to attend another SbA Hub StreetWise event where they will be demonstrating their ability to teach skateboarding to a group of beginners, using the ‘Beginner Skill Development Pathway’ material from the Practical component of the course.
At the end of the Hub session, the Senior Coach will determined whether deliver was successful. If the Apprentice Coach is found to be ‘Independently Competent’, the Senior Coach will communicate this with the Presenter, who will sign the Scorecard. If not, the Apprentice Coach will have to come back to another StreetWise to repeat the process. An Apprentice Coach will graduate to Coach when they have been approved as ‘Independently Competent’, and have completed their Beginning Coaching General Principals, Working With Children Check, and have an Australian Business Number.
STAGE 4: COACH
Once the Presenter has signed off on Stage 2 and 3 of the Coach Competency Scorecard within 6 months of the Course date, and has lodged a ‘Working With Children’s Check’ and ‘Australian Business Number’ to SbA, the Apprentice Coach can receive paid work as a Coach.
Coaches are paid $35 per hour plus superannuation of 9.25%. Super contributions will only be made if the Coach makes over the $450 threshold per month. All paperwork will be forwarded to the National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) for processing, from which the Coach will receive a Certificate of Completion in the mail.
The Coach will be notified of employment opportunities from the relevant Zone Manager, and be sent a resources kit that will help them develop coaching opportunities independently, and with Active After Scholl Communities (AASC).
STAGE 5: SENIOR COACH
A Senior Coach leads the Hubs sessions and is paid $45 per hour + superannuation of 9.25%. Super contributions will only be made if the Coach makes over the $450 threshold per month. They possess the following credentials…
- Up-to-date First Aid qualification,
- Have successfully completed 5 or more Hub StreetWise session as a paid Coach,
- Have been signed off by an SbA Zone Manager against the Senior Coach Competency Matrix.
Senior Coaches are entrusted with the SbA Hub Kit and are responsible for participant signup and providing proof of event by sending photos and stats of the session to the relevant Zone Manager.
HOW TO STAY A LEVEL 1 SKATEBOARDING COACH
The Level 1 Skateboard Coaching Course accreditation stays valid for 4 years from the date an individual is admitted as a Level 1 Skateboard Coach, not from the date when they attended the Course. Once a 4-year period has elapsed, Coaches have one year (365 days) from that date to get reaccredited without having to re-sit all course components.
There are two reaccreditation options, and they depend on what the Coach is currently ranked at the time of expiry.
If an existing COACH who’s accreditation has expired wishes to get reaccredited, they will have to lodge the Reaccreditation form, which shows they have coached at least 20 hours per year for the last 4 years. They will be treated as an APPRENTICE COACH, meaning they have to attend a StreetWise where a Senior Coach assesses them as ‘Independently Competent’.
The Zone Manager will sign them off, assuming all other requirements – General Principals, Working With Children, ABN, and the Coach Insurance/Membership registration fee of $88 has been made.
If an existing SENIOR COACH whose accreditation has expired wishes to get reaccredited, they will have to re-submit the ‘Senior Coach Application Form’ and have it fully signed off. Naturally, they will have to have the General Principals, Working With Children, ABN, Current First Aid and the Coach Insurance/Membership registration fee of $88 has been made.