Congratulations on being part of the Tigers playing team, you will have so much fun over the season and you won't regret your decision. This post will outline the key requirements for each position (Coach, Trainer and Manager) and will provide links and information on courses that will help you in your role.
The Junior Rugby League require all coaches and trainers to hold up to date accreditation that is specific to the age or level of the team. The accreditation informs people about the role and provides some basic information to keep everyone safe and ensure all players are motivated and enjoying playing.
Working With Children Check
All Tigers Coaches, Trainers and Managers are required to have a a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). The WWCC is a requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in NSW. It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.
Results of a National Police Check can take up to 4 weeks to be received. The outcome of a check is either a clearance to work with children or a bar against working with children. If cleared, the check will be valid for 5 years, however applicants are continuously monitored.
You can apply for a Working with Children check by clicking on NSW Office of the Children's Guardian website
All coaches from U6 to U18 teams are required to hold an International Games (IGC), Club Coach or Community Coach certificate. The course has two parts, an online e-learning module and then a face-to-face workshop. All courses can be found at the NRL Learning Centre which can be located by clicking here.
Coaches complete an age-specific eLearning course that provides them with a temporary accreditation allowing them to start working with their team. This eLearning course is free of charge and is designed to allow coaches to start their accreditation in an accessible and affordable way. To complete the accreditation, coaches then need to register and attend a Face to Face Workshop that corresponds to the age-specific eLearning, for a small fee of $20. These separate workshops are delivered to Coaches of 6-12-year-old’s and also coaches of 13-18-year-old’s. Coaches will only need to attend the relevant workshop/s specific to the age category they are coaching in once. Once both components have been completed no later than the 30th of June, coaches will be provided with a 4-year accreditation.
The eLearning provides coaches with knowledge to help them create positive coaching environments that are focused on having fun, developing friendships, and learning the fundamentals of Rugby League. The e-learning section includes the following topics:
Overview of Coaching Children
The Role of the Coach
Developing Positive Relationships
Keeping Everyone Safe
Planning a Great Environment for Learning
The Training Session
All trainers from U6 to U18 teams are required to hold a LeagueSafe certificate. The certificate can be obtained online and covers safety awareness. The course is designed to help create a safe, healthy and fun playing environment and outlines the role and responsibilities of the LeagueSafe Trainer during a game.
The LeagueSafe course reinforces that the LeagueSafe Trainer is only allowed to provide water to players and to assist with the interchange process. A LeagueSafe Trainer is required to refer the management of all injuries to a First Responder. The League Safe course can be found by clicking here.
Managers will need to be familiar with the MySideline Manager app which is essential for all teams on game day. The MySideline app assists team managers with match day and training functions, anywhere and anytime from their mobile phone. There is an online course that provides managers with a good overview of the app, its functions and what you need to do on game day. The course can be found by clicking here.
The course takes 30 mins to complete and covers the following topics:
Accessing MySideline Manager
Team Lists and Digital Cards
Managing a Match
The NRL have also produced a Community Coach Framework Club Guide which assists clubs in understanding the framework and the specific course requirement. The guide provides details on what courses are available, who should complete them, and how they complete them. You can download the guide by clicking here.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the club to find out more.