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 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 school years are the golden years of the development of fundamental motor skills and of skill learning specific to sport. This is the most rapid learning phase of their lives, 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.
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