Level 1 Youth Coach Course


Wed 26 Jun 2024 18:00 — Wed 17 Jul 2024 19:00
Athletics Australia - Level 1 Youth Coach

Course information

Registrations for this course are not currently available.

Target Athletes

The course has a focus on coaching athletes between 5-12 years of age and athletes new to the sport. The primary objective is to develop the fundamental movement skills and introduce athletics in a fun and inclusive format using a games-sense approach

FIT Model

This course gives coaches the required skills and knowledge to coach athletes in the following phases of the FIT Model of Development.

  • Fundamentals I
  • Fundamentals II


Course Content

  • The Pillars of Good Communication (Relationships, Instruction, Demonstration, Observation, Analysis, and Feedback)
  • Group Management
  • Coaching Junior Athletes
  • Inclusive Coaching using the TREE Principle
  • Warm Ups and Cool Downs
  • Resistance Training for Beginning Athletes
  • Coaching a Technical Model - Running and Bounding
  • Coaching a Technical Model - Stranding Horizontal Jump, Walking Horizontal Jump, Running Horizontal Jump, Combined Jump Series
  • Coaching a Technical Model - Standing Vertical Jump
  • Coaching a Technical Model - Underarm Throw, Overarm Throw, Push Pass, Sling Throw, Standing Put
  • Leading a Kids' Athletics Program
  • Session Planning
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding


Requirements to Gain Accreditation

  • Completion of a one-day face to face course or 5-session online course
  • Completion of post-course assessment task
  • Working with Children Check clearance



The Level 1 Youth Coach accreditation is designed for coaches who want to work with athletes aged 3-12 years old, and want to be involved in the early stages of athlete development (Fundamentals I and Fundamentals II in Athletics Australia’s Training and Competition Guidelines for Children and Adolescents).

The primary objective of a Youth Coach is to utilise a games-based approach to develop fundamental movement skills (such as running, jumping, and throwing) and foster physical literacy in a supportive training environment.  

Youth Coaches specialise in roles within Sporting Schools programs, Primary Schools, and Little Athletics centres.

More information about the course can be found here.