State Team Coaching Development Scholarships 2019

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The Hockey Tasmania High Performance Junior Sub-Committee (the Committee) are continuing the State Coaching Scholarship Programme in 2019. This initiative was first implemented in 2016 and is aimed at supporting and developing coaches who are expressing an interest in coaching our junior state hockey teams.

Two scholarships will be offered again this year for the Under 13 Girls and Boys Championships in Hobart in October.


Provide development opportunities for coaches who have the potential and aspire to coach state junior teams into the future.

Increase the pool of skilled, interested and effective State coaches.


The Programme will include the following components in two phases. It is anticipated that some scholarship holders will only complete Phase 1. Those with a higher level of coaching skills and experience and demonstrated interpersonal skills are likely to undertake both Phase 1 and 2.  The Committee (following a review), will make decisions on which Scholarship holders will progress to Phase 2.

The Programme components and the anticipated time commitments are as follows:

Phase 1

Awarding of Scholarships

Introduction session (including communication skills) to be delivered by experienced State coaches (2 hours)

Assistant Coach for a State junior team during the pre-tournament preparation period

Coach together with the appointed State Team coach including:

·         Involvement in selection of State team (2-4 hours over 2 weekends).

·         Attendance and coaching at State training sessions – including development of training plans in conjunction with the coach (up to 2 half day sessions in Phase 1 and 2 half day sessions in Phase 2).

Performance Review

The Committee, in conjunction with the respective State Coach will undertake a review of the performance of the Scholarship holder in Phase 1. Some scholarship holders will complete the programme at this point. Those scholarship holders with a higher level of interpersonal skills, maturity and experience (as assessed by the Committee and with input from the State Coach they have been working with) will continue with Phase 2 of the Programme.

Phase 2

Assistant Coach for a State junior team

Coach together with the appointed State Team coach including:

•        Attendance and coaching at State training sessions – including development of training plans in conjunction with the coach (up to 2 half day sessions)

Training in Game Breaker / Coding and Videoing of Hockey Games /Team Playing Structures-(2-4 hours)

Complete Level 2 coaching course (1-2 days)

Attendance and coaching at championship tournament alongside experienced coach (8-12 days)

Post tournament discussions regarding experiences and learnings (1-2 hours)

Program Commitment

Scholarship applicants selected for consideration by the Committee, will be required to attend an interview with members of the Committee.

The successful applicants will be expected to undertake all of the program components (Phase 1 and Phase 2) with indicative time commitments shown above. Costs for travel to state training sessions.

Coaching Responsibilities

A brief description of the key tasks to be undertaken by the Assistant Coach and State Coach as part of the Scholarship Programme are summarised below.

Assistant Coach Key Tasks

·         Attend State Team selections and provide assistance as required.

·         Attend team coaching sessions and assist the State Coach as requested – this may include setting out training drills, collection and distribution of equipment, preparation of specific training drills, implementation/supervision of training drills.

·         Attend championship tournament providing assistance to the State Coach as requested, including taking of game warm up sessions, collection of equipment and supervision of the team.



State Coaches Key Tasks (in relation to the scholarship holder)

·         Provide mentoring to the Assistant Coach throughout the Programme.

·         Provide feedback to the Committee during Phase 1 on the progress of the Assistant Coach.

·         Completion of a pro-forma assessment of the performance of the Assistant Coach at the completion of Phase 2, and following the completion of the championship tournament.

Selection Criteria (Desirable)

1.       Level 1 coaching accreditation (or working towards accreditation)

2.       Experience in coaching within the JDP or JETS programs; or coaching a club team; or playing in a State team; or playing in SHL 1st Grade/PL; or GNL program.

3.       Commitment to develop and continue as coach in future years at State level.

4.       A current Working with Vulnerable People registration.


Selectors will be from the-Committee, in consultation with State Coaches.


Applicants should complete the application form online. Any queries on the program should be directed to the Coaching Scholarship Program Co-ordinator, John McCambridge.


Applicants are required to provide the names and contact details of two referees who will be contacted by the Selection Committee.

Nominations should be submitted by 5 pm on Monday 5th March 2019.

Contact Details
Natalie Sproule
6278 2656

John McCambridge
0409 956 898

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