Coach (Sport, Instructor and Official)

Sports Coaches impact many peoples lives on a daily basis. Not only do they coach and train their charges about the sport they have signed up for, but they also encourage and support the players as well as teach them about good sportsmanship, proper conduct and to strive to be the best that they can be. Coaches are also trained to spot injuries as well as how to prevent them from happening.

Duties and tasks

  • Coordinate games with other coaches and officials
  • Ensure that all players are safe in practice and games
  • Help players develop better skills
  • Motivate players
  • Plan strategies and analyze progress of players and games
  • Promote the sport
  • Sign up new players and staff
  • Supervise all practices, training sessions and games
  • Teach, coach and train athletes to perform in a sport

Skills required

  • Ability to handle paperwork involved
  • Care for the health and well-being of the players
  • Concern for athletes
  • Drive to be physically fit
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of physics and math
  • Love of sports
  • Proper time management skills
  • Understanding of medical conditions involved with sporting activities
  • Understanding the rules and regulations of the game

Working conditions

Sporting Coaches often hold practices and games outdoors, however sports such as basketball, gymnastics and baton twirling are held indoors for the most part. Coaches must deal with a fair amount of stress as coaching athletes is quite a competitive position. They should also be healthy and physically able to train their athletes.

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

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  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Recreation Officer
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  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Official
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