The quality of coaching is one of the primary reasons why players either continue to participate in Australian Football or give up the game. The AFL together with the State/Territory football organisations recognise that at all levels of the AFL game, the coach has significantly more influence upon players than any other official or person connected with football, hence the requirement for all coaches to be accredited at an appropriate level.
Coaches must be able to communicate effectively with primary and youth aged children or adults depending on their player group, therefore training in coaching and communication techniques are as equally important as the skills, training sessions and game plans.
The primary years are the golden years of the development of fundamental motor skills and of skill learning specific to sport. Not only is this the most rapid learning phase of their lives in this regard, which if done well can lead to ongoing enjoyment and participation, but a failure to develop such skills during pre-adolescence is a major factor influencing teenage dropout in sport. Coaches also greatly influence the forming and development of personalities of young players in their care.
Male or females can coach as long as they are 16 years of age or older.
Coaching enables you to develop planning, oraganisational, communication and interpersonal skills, especially when dealing with younger children and their parents.
Great joy and satisfaction can be felt when you know you have had a significant part to play in a child's development, not just through football but life skills as well. It is well known that the coach is one of the most influential people in a child's life.
Coaches are the main reason why players decide to stay in the game or leave. If we can have quality coaches in the community who can build an learning environment which is fun, enjoyable and rewarding for the players, parents and supporters then they will remain in our great game.