Tea Tree Gully Little Athletics Centre
Bulkana Oval
Spring Crescent
Banksia Park, S.A. 5091

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Coaching Levels

TTGLAC is committed to providing high quality athletics coaching. The TTGLAC provides coaches accredited in accordance with the Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework:

 Accreditation Framework Diagram (146 KB)

The Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework is designed to progressively introduce the coaching skills required to develop athletes from beginner to elite. In this way the coaching pathway mimics the athlete's pathway. The framework is designed to allow coaches of all levels to master their coaching, be it at the beginner level or the advanced level.


The skills delivered at each level are significant to that level of athlete. For example, those coaching beginner athletes need to know how to coach the basic fundamental skills for that level, without giving them too many complex skills. Mastering the fundamentals is the most important task of a beginner athlete, laying a foundation for further development of technical skills.

Additionally, coaches of school age children would want to be a master of the skills delivered at Level 2. Those who are preparing athletes for State and National Championships would be utilising the skills presented at the Level 2 Advanced and above courses.

Visit the Athletics Australia website for more details.

TTGLAC seeks to have a mixture of Level 0 through to Level 2 Advanced coaches. Subject to committee approval, coach education courses are paid for by the TTGAC. There is a limited annual budget so approvals will take into account years of service and level of commitment.

Many of our coaches have been or are currently involved in Little Athletics and Senior Athletics. All our coaches are required to maintain a current National Police Clearance. Our nominated head coach is also required to have DCSI clearance.

Level 0 Introduction to Coaching

The Level 0 Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) is our coaching entry point however it is not an accredited course. It is aimed at parents or other interested people who have little or no experience of Track and Field athletics. The 6.5 hour course is designed to provide training for beginner coaches so that they may coach under the guidance of an accredited coach.

Our Level 0 coaches include:

  • Gillian Hagenus

Level 1 Community Athletics Coach

This is the entry level for all Accredited Athletic Coaches. The fundamental skills of running, jumping & throwing are introduced as well as exploring how to engage athletes in long term participation and how to coach skills to beginner athletes.

This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as a community coach which is transferable to other sports engaging in the community coach program. The course includes one day of face to face training as well as the online Beginning Coach General Principles course.

After completing the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course, 30 hours of coaching needs to be undertaken prior to entering Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach

Our Level 1 coaches are:

  • Sean Roberts

Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach

The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and further develops coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and drills. This level supports coaches to understand the basic technical models for the Track and Field events held at club and school level competitions.

In addition, coaches are introduced to training principles and components of Fitness and are introduced to the concepts of preparing and evaluating training sessions.

Prior to undertaking Level 2 Advanced coaches are required to complete 50 hours of coaching.

Our Level 2 Intermediate Club coaches are:

  • Michael Jullierat
  • Melissa Pullinger
  • Jane Sternagel

Level 2 Advanced Coach - Event Group Specific

Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays and Hurdles, Middle Distance, Jumps, Throws or Walks.

The course is comprised of two days face to face training as well as pre and post course assessments. The two face to face days comprise of Part A and Part B. Part A is for all Event Groups and covers the topics of:

  • The Essence of Coaching,
  • Development & Maturation,
  • General Conditioning,
  • Skill Acquisition,
  • Inclusive Coaching,
  • Planning Training, and
  • Evaluating Progress.

Part B is Event Group Specific covering the coaching and technical analysis of a coaches chosen event.

Having the course in two parts allows coaches to easily specialise in multiple event groups. Each coach completes Part A once, and then undertakes the Part B component of any of the event groups they would like to specialise in. Both Part A and Part B need to be undertaken to be accredited as a Level 2 Advanced Coach.

Our Level 2 Advanced Coaches are:

  • Di Ferguson (Throws)
  • Pat Todd (Jumps)

Level 3 IAAF Coach - Event Group Specific

The Level 3 IAAF course will give Australian coaches International recognition and is designed to be an introduction to performance coaching for coaches who have gained a level of coaching specialisation in one of the following six event groups:

  • Sprints and Hurdles
  • Middle and Long Distance Running
  • Race Walks
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Combined Events

In addition to elements specific to the events group, the Level 3 syllabus contains core elements which are common to all events. On completion of a Level 3 course a coach will be expected to be able to identify and coach the basic competition model for each event within an event group and be able to plan and implement a series of appropriate training sessions within the context of an annual training plan.

Level 4 IAAF Senior Coach

The Level 4 IAAF course builds on the experiences of Level 3 and can be thought of as the development of performance coaching, providing coaches with advanced level instruction in their chosen event group. As with Level 3, the Level 4 syllabus includes event specific elements but more of the common core elements are now studied with a specific application to the event group context.

On completion of the Level 4 course coaches will be able to identify and coach high level and advanced competition models for their specific event or events. They will also be expected to be able to plan and implement macrocycles of training for high level athletes within the context of a multi-year plan. These plans should lead to the achievement of potential, elite performance and competitive results.

Entry to Level 4 is open to coaches who pass the Level 3 assessment procedures, have completed a minimum of one further year of practical coaching experience and have been recommended by Athletics Australia.

These advanced levels will give coaches a deeper understanding of their event groups as well as biomechanics and nutrition for developing high performance athletes.

Recognised Prior Learning

For those who believe they may have achieved the competencies of courses listed above it is possible to apply for Recognised Prior Learning. For RPL for Level 1 or Level 2 Intermediate please read over the following information sheets:

 RPL Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Information Sheet (104 KB)

 RPL Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Information Sheet (92 KB)

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Coaching Resources


The following books provide provide useful information and advice for new and experienced coaches:

Item Overview
 ASC Coaching General Principles A link to the Australian Sports Commission Community Coaching General Principles on-line course. This is a pre-requisite for the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.
 Basic Coaching (509 KB) Produced by the Queensland Little Athletics Association, this manual gives basic coaching information for the use of parents and inexperienced coaches across all the event groups.
 Athletics Play Manual (3.97 MB) Produced by the Australian Sports Commission, this Athletics Play Manual is made up of an 8-week game based activity program, focused on the skills of running,jumping and throwing.
 First Steps to Success (2.016 MB) Written by Mary and William Crouch, this is a manual to assist the leadership of the Tiny Tots programme in Little Athletics.
 101 Performance Evaluation Tests (2.347 MB) A manual full of athletic performance evaluation tests for endurance, agility, mobility & balance, body composition, strength, speed and power and sports psychology. They can be beneficial in monitoring athletic development and assessing whether a training program is achieving its objectives.
 Track and Field Coaching Manual (4.491 MB) A manual produced as a legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Whilst it is based on the US Collegiate System it does contain many useful sections on coaching track and field.
 Cross Country Coaching Manual (13.241 MB) A manual produced as a legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Whilst it is based on the US Collegiate System it does contain many useful sections on coaching cross country.
 Developing Agility and Quickness (10.598 MB) Published by Human Kinetics and produced by the US National Strength and Conditioning Association this book describes the factors determining agility and quickness and then identifies drills and programs t0 develop them.

ALA Getting Started

A collection of videos by Little Athletics Australia, outlining basic techniques in the various athletics events. A great collection for starting families and group chaperones. It includes a playlist of 11 short overview videos:

  1. Sprinting (0:34)
  2. Sprinting - Standing Start (0:46)
  3. Sprinting - Crouch Start(1:16)
  4. Hurdles (0:57)
  5. High Jump (0:59)
  6. Horizontal Jumps - Run Up (0:47)
  7. Long Jump (0:29)
  8. Triple Jump (0:47)
  9. Discus (0:43)
  10. Shotput (0:40)
  11. Javelin (1:03)

Sports Medicine

The following books/references provide provide useful information and advice regarding sports and medicine:

Item Overview
 IAAF Medical Manual (4.105 MB) The IAAF Medical Manual is intended for use as a resource for sports physicians and physiotherapists, and as a primary textbook for sports medicine and anti-doping courses. It contains interesting sections on Training (Chapter 3), Growth and Development (Chapter 4) and Specific Injuries (Chapter 10).
 The Sports Injury Handbook (1.787 MB) Written by Brad Walker this book provides practical tips for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.


Whether you exercise to keep fit, participate regularly in an organised sporting activity, or are training to reach the peak level of your sport, good nutrition is an essential tool to help you perform at your best. Making smart choices about the type, timing and quantity of food to eat can all play a role in realising your best. Eating well is specific to you and your individual nutritional needs, as well as your training and competition schedule.

The following books provide provide useful information and advice:

Item Overview
 Current Concepts in Sports Nutrition (939 KB) Produced by the Australian Institute of Sport, this document is a good entry level reference. It does contain some advertising by a sports nutrition supplier.
 Nutrition for Athletes (1.16 MB) Produced by the IAAF, this is another good entry level booklet with nutritional advice for athletes.
 Nutrition in Sport (3.909 MB) An International Olympic Commission (IOC) Medical Commission publication, this document is heavier going but includes interesting sections on The Young Athlete (Part 2 Section 32) and sport specific nutrition (Part 4) including sprinting (Section 41), distance running (Section 42) and power events (Section 47).

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Coaching Courses
Updated: 2 September 2017

Contact the Education Officer or a Committee Member if you are interested in becoming an accredited coach. Further information is available from the Athletics SA website and from within MyPortal. Instructions for coaching course registrations are provided in the SALAA Members Portal Guide

Henley Districts LAC Cross Country Host Day, 4 May 2014.