Sports coach

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials work with athletes in terms of teaching, training and officiating at games. Coaches and instructors help participants learn and understand rules of sport and help them develop their skills.

Duties and tasks

  • Demonstrates what is expected of the athletes
  • Devises game plans and strategies
  • Exercises safety precautions
  • Instructs and coaches athletes to learn their sports and develop their skills
  • Interprets and enforces the rules and regulations of a sport
  • Provides motivation and teaches good sportsmanship
  • Schedules sporting events

Skills required

  • A degree in a sports related field
  • Evaluates the performance of each athlete and as a team as a whole
  • Organisational skills
  • Several years of experience in the sport
  • Works well with other coaches, instructors and officials

Working conditions

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials need to be willing to work in a variety of settings. Depending on the sport, you may need to travel a distance for competitions. If coaching or officiating an outdoor sport, you need to handle the elements. Some positions are year round, while others are seasonal.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Sport and Recreation (NSW)

Department of Sport and Recreation (WA)

Northern Territory Institute of Sport

Queensland Academy of Sport

Sport and Recreation Services (ACT)

Tasmanian Institute of Sport

Victorian Institute of Sport

Related jobs and job titles

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Recreation Officer
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Official
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Scientist
  • Sports Trainer
  • Sportsperson

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