Sports Coaching

Become a Sport Coach Today! Learn Coaching, Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Injuries + More
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

Coaches play a central role in promoting sport participation and enhancing the performance of athletes and teams

This sports coaching course teaches students how to become a coach in all sport settings. This course aims to deliver all aspects of coaching to build a coach as a whole. Whether you are a beginner local youth coach or an experienced elite coach. This course will aim to teach you everything you need to know to be a successful coach regardless of previous experience.

You will develop a basic understanding of all aspects in being a coach regardless of what sport you choose. This course will foucs on and explore 9 key elements that contribute to building a coach as a whole.

    1. Overview of Coaching (Developing coaching philosophy, skill development and planning/periodization)

    2. Strength and Conditioning (Sport Training Principles and components of fitness)

    3. Nutrition

    4. Sport Psychology

    5. Youth Sport

    6. Inclusive Practice

    7. Safety

    8. Communication

    9. Injury Prevention and Management

Bonus materials Include:

- “How do I become a coach?”

- Reference guide with over 75 coaching resources covering over 25 Sports

Are you a keen sports fan?

Do you want to help out with your kid’s sports?

Do you want volunteer in a rewarding job?

Are you the next Million-dollar coach?

Are you already a coach and looking to further your knowledge and skills?

If you said “yes” to any of these then this is the course for you! Get your coaching career started and enrol now

What are the requirements?

  • Interested in Sport

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you should be confident in undertaking a coaching position
  • You will learn Sports Psychology, Nutrition and effective communication
  • You will understand your personal coaching approach and create a philosophy
  • You will recognize safe practice as well as basics of injury prevention and management

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is interested in Sport and or Coaching
  • No previous knowledge needed

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Overview of Coaching

This lecture will introduce you to what is a Coach and all the components associated with coaching.


Developing a coaching philosophy is an important aspect of being a coach, this lecture will give you all the details before you have a go at creating your own philosophy later on.


Now is your chance to create your personal philosophy or at least start thinking about it.

Skill Development
Planning and Periodisation
Section 2: Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning is an important aspect of coaching nowadays and is relevant to most sports. This lecture will introduce you to S&C before moving on to specific concepts.

Sport Training Principles
Components of Fitness
Flexibility and Mobility
Section 3: Youth Sport

Most coaches will start at a grassroots level or in youth sport, therefore this lecture is important for you to understand the specific aspects concerning youth.

Ability to Resolve Disagreements & Dealing with Parents
Section 4: Inclusive Practices (Disability)

Inclusive sport is essential nowadays, with most sports especially at a youth level requiring a coach to be inclusive regardless of severity of disability. This lecture will introduce you to some principles to help assist you in your coaching.


This text lecture provides you with key points taken from the previous lecture. Additionally for further reading, the supplementary material provides you with more in depth information regarding inclusive coaching.

Section 5: Safety in Sport

Safety in sport is a huge aspect for coaches to be aware of. Thie lecture and the Supplmentry materials will assist in ensuring your coaching practices are safe.

Section 6: Communication

This Lecture will provide you will all the information regarding effective communication toward your athletes. Additinnally there is supplementary material giving key points about communication in youth sport.

Active Listening
Section 7: Nutrition

Nutrition plays a vital role in ensuring your athletes are pro ply fuelled for training and competition. This lecture will provide the coach with basic understanding of nutrition to help assist their athletes.

Section 8: Sport Psychology

This lecture introduces you to Sport Psychology and prepares you for the next 5 lectures important to athletes and coaches. The additional supplementary material, is a handout discussing Imagery - A vital aspect of sport Psychology.

Goal Setting

This next lecture focuses on Competitive drive and how to handle or reduce the negative implications associated with competitiveness. Utilise the Supplmentry material along with the audio.

Mental Control, Anxiety and Prevention
Section 9: Injury Prevention and Management
Injury Prevention and Management
Injury Guide for Coaches
14 pages
Section 10: Conclusion and Bonus Material
10 questions

This Quiz will test your knowledge covered in this Course


This lecture wraps up our course. Make sure you check out the supplementary material on "How do I get into Coaching" and also utilise the bonus resources and Final Tips.

Resources for 25+ Sports
3 pages
Final Tips: Appearance, Equipment and Useful Apps

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Instructor Biography

Jayne Desi, Sports Management, Coaching and Technology Integration

Jayne is an experienced athlete and coach as well as knowledgeable within the field of health, sport and physical education through a University degree. In particular Jaynes' expertise expands when it comes to Sports management and Technology. Jayne currently works as a full time coach as well as being an presenter for Coaching sport services and technology integration. Through personal insight, extensive industry experience and comprehensive study, Jayne produces a well-rounded course exclusively targeting sport enthusiast, coaches, teachers, and technology use.

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What Happens When a Legendary Kids Basketball
Coach Buys an NBA Team?

"Speed is God, time is the devil, and change is the sole constant."
Vivek Ranadive in the Palo Alto Weekly in 2001

Vivek Ranadive is an incredibly successful man. He founded two successful technology companies-Teknekron Software Company and the even more successfully TIBCO Software. He authored three bestselling book about how businesses can be more dynamic in response to their customers. He created TopCom, a social network exclusively for world leaders. And he is the father of an aspiring pop star.

On top of all this, he is a legendary youth sports coach. Using an unusual strategy, which Malcolm Gladwell famously documented, Ranadive coached a ragtag girls basketball team of mostly unskilled 12-year-olds to the national championships.

Two years ago, Ranadive purchased a majority stake in the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings. Ranadive wanted to use what he learned as a youth coach and businessman to "disrupt" professional basketball. He is pushing unique strategies and a novel approach to the fan experience.

Thus far, his approach has been derided by basketball insiders. Nevertheless, Vivek Ranadive believes he can take the lessons he learned as a youth sports coach and technology entrepreneur and hack the NBA.

Ranadive founded the software integration and analytics company TIBCO

Vivek Ranadive was born in Bombay, India, in 1957. Though he came from a well-off family, Ranadive's trajectory from Bombay to his dream college, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was a minor miracle. At the time, Indian currency was not easily convertible, and Ranadive had to convince the President of the Reserve Bank of India to release dollars for him to pay his tuition.

Ranadive received a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. After briefly working in consulting, he headed to Silicon Valley to try his hand at entrepreneurism.

As Ranadive tells it, his "big idea" was a manifestation of his unhappiness with software development. He was a hardware engineer, and he felt that while the hardware was usually on time and working, software lagged behind. Ranadive observed that hardware development was simplified by the "bus" at the back of a PC that allowed components to be plugged in and easily integrated with the rest of the system.

Software applications, however, rarely spoke to each other so seamlessly, because there was no equivalent software bus. Ranadive wanted to develop a software bus (aka an information bus) for companies that needed better integrated software applications.

In 1986, Ranadive used this concept to start his first venture, Teknekron Software Systems. The company's first major success was developing software that facilitated real time intelligence for financial firms like Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. Prior to the implementation of Teknekron's software, these firms had to wait for information that could be useful in their trades. Teknekron was eventually sold to Reuters.

In 1997, Ranadive started TIBCO (The Information Bus Company), a company which made him incredibly rich. While Teknekron focused primarily on financial firms, TIBCO pursued every company that could benefit from real time information systems. TIBCO also offered business advice based on that data to clients like Delta Airlines and agricultural giant Cargill. In 2013, TIBCO earned over one billions dollars in revenue.

While TIBCO was becoming a wildly successful software company, the ever-busy Ranadive was looking for opportunities to spend more time with his 12-year-old daughter. He settled on coaching her basketball team. He didn't know the sport's rules, and he had never touched a basketball. "I was just terrified," he explained in an interview, "that I was going to make a complete fool of myself in front of my little girl."

This was no Dream Team. As Ranadive tells it, there was a draft for players before he arrived, and "they gave me the girls that nobody else wanted." A naturally competitive guy, Ranadive was not comfortable having a bad team:

"One of the things about me... is that I hate to lose. I got to figure out a way that I'm not going to lose. I studied the game, and I'm a bit of a math nerd. I went back and converted the game into a math equation.... I actually taught the girls the math equation..."

His math equation seemed to suggest that the team should use a full court press. Usually, players don't start defending the other team until they get halfway up the court. To Ranadive, this seemed silly. Why allow the other team-particularly if they are better than you-get settled into the plays they have practiced? A full court press would force the other team out of their comfort zone. His opponents would have to play on terms more favorable to his less skilled, but energetic team.

The strategy worked. Ranadive's girls won almost all of its games and made it to the national championships. The team eventually lost in the third round. Ranadive claims the referee did not treat his team fairly because he thought their strategy was unsportsmanlike.

In an essay on the approaches taken by underdogs who manage to win, Malcolm Gladwell glorified the team's success and Ranadive's unorthodox strategy. Gladwell compared Ranadive's business and basketball strategies, and he wrote that the full court press, like providing real time information, was a refusal to accept the slow pace of the status quo.

The strategy bothered other coaches. They thought it violated the spirit of the game and turned the game into a situation that didn't resemble basketball. But as the NBA was about to learn, Ranadive didn't really care what other coaches thought.

Ranadive purchased the NBA's Sacramento Kings in 2013

Ranadive's love affair with basketball had begun. Having tasted the joys of winning with his daughter's team, Ranadive became more interested in the game, and his ambition led him to the NBA. In 2010, Ranadive became a minority owner in the Golden State Warriors and the first South Asian-born person to own a stake in an NBA team. In 2014, when the Sacramento Kings franchise became available, Ranadive sold his stake in the Warriors and became the majority owner of the Kings.

As a majority owner, the boundary-pushing Ranadive, would have carte blanche to "reimagine basketball." He wanted the Kings to "operate more like a Silicon Valley company than a sports team." As Ranadive saw it, if the mathematics behind his company's software could help make decisions about how to treat cancer patients, it ought to be able to improve his team's strategy.

Two years into Ranadive's tenure as owner, the differences are more notable in the stands than on the court. The Kings now accept Bitcoin, use Google Glass, fly drones armed with video cameras around the arena, and release apps intended to make attending the game more convenient for fans. It's all part of Ranadive's vision of NBA 3.0, a world in which teams use technology and data to improve the experience of the fan.

Ranadive wants to hack his way to an NBA championship. He wants the team to play faster, take what the data suggest are more efficient shots, and defend with only 4 players so that one "cherry-picker" can stand on the other side of the court and score easy baskets after turnovers. So far, however, the Kings on-court strategy has not been particularly unusual.

But the King's development league team, the Reno Bighorns, are playing basketball more like Ranadive's daughter and her teammates. Ranadive sees the minor league team as a "lab" for testing out innovative ideas. The team plays aggressively and quickly like his daughter's team. Players rarely stay on the court for more than two minutes-rather than the typical ten or more minute shift-in order to play in this aggressive manner.

The Bighorns' defense is even more unprecedented. Most teams play "man-to-man" defense, in which each player covers one player on the opposite team. Bighorns players instead protect certain areas and take certain actions. Instead of guarding one particular person, for example, one Bighorn player focuses on intercepting passes.

The ultimate success of these innovations is not yet clear. But the criticism has been constant.

The first years of Ranadive's ownership have seemed topsy turvy, and the team has underperformed. Ranadive hired a coach, Mike Malone, before finding a general manager. This led to a power struggle after he hired the analytically-minded Pete D'Alessandro. Within less than a year and a half, both Malone and D'Alessandro were fired. Ranadive replaced D'Allesandro with Vlade Divac, an ex-player with little experience as a basketball executive.

Ranadive has at times inserted himself into basketball decision-making, which sports professionals consider the ultimate act of hubris by an owner. Ranadive submitted his input for which players the team should draft, which players they should trade for, and how they might play. He pushed the team to sign seven-foot-five Sim Bhullar, a huge but unskilled player from India, perhaps in part to promote his team's popularity in India.

To many NBA fans, Ranadive's decisions seem baffling. One sports writer even wrote a piece titled, "The 7 Dumbest Basketball Decisions Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive Has Made So Far." Vice Sports wrote a scathing article describing how Ranadive's Silicon Valley approach has "screwed" the team.

But perhaps Ranadive will be redeemed. He is fond of the saying, "Let's Make Different Mistakes", and innovation has worked before in the NBA-just ask the "seven seconds or less" Phoenix Suns and the "Moneyball" Houston Rockets.

In the case of the Sacramento Kings and Vivek Ranadive, we may get to see if a strategy perfected by 12-year-old kids will translate to the NBA. No matter how it turns out, it will be fun to watch.