New Directions in Coaching and Officiating Development

The following was raised with members for discussion at our Annual General Meeting (10th March 2018) and published in this years Annual Report, copies of which were distributed to all member schools.

The NCAS has been in existence since 1979 … with the Australian Jujitsu Federation (formerly A.S.J.J.) providing accreditation for coaches since 1982 and officials since 2010.

A shift from ‘compliance’ to ‘guidance and support’ allowing NSOs greater control and independence …  The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has advised all government recognised National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) that they are retiring the NCAS and NOAS Programs after some 38-years, in favour of allowing NSOs greater control and independence in the development and accreditation of coaches and officials.  This change is anticipated to take effect on the AJF from 1st July 2018 and in consultation with the ASC and our course providers, we are working on reviewing current accreditation programs to bring these in line with the new direction.

The ASC will continue … to develop tools, case studies and other resources to assist NSOs in developing their own frameworks and programs, and with ongoing development of coaching and officiating training, together with support including presenter, assessor, mentor and coach developer resources.  As part of any change we will be gradually be replacing the ‘A’ symbol and welcome members suggestions for a new accreditation logo.

Titled ‘Frameworks’ ... the new direction is to align an NSOs development of coaches and officials with their Strategic Plan … and follows an independent review commissioned by the ASC in 2012, consistent with a publication that same year ‘International Sport Coaching Framework’ … [reference: the International Council of Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and others].

Existing accreditation … coaches and officials who have current accreditation and or complete their accreditation under the AJFs current scheme prior to 1st July will continue to be recognised for the duration of that accreditation. We also anticipate having the ability to extend this date to allow for planned courses after 1st July.

The AJF is the Peak Body … for jujitsu and related martial arts, and as such recognised by the Australian Government through the ASC … Following our meeting with the ASC Director – Coaching and Community, we are confident of satisfying the criteria of the new Frameworks and continuing to provide coaching and officiating accreditation throughout Australia.

What this means for the AJF

To qualify for recognition by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), we are required to satisfy several criteria reviewed each 4-years by the ASC. Those criteria include: annual reporting to the ASC; best practice in appropriate governance; compliance with specific policy published by the ASC; and development of coaches and officials, aligning the general principles of coaching and officiating with those of the sport specific.

The coaching obligations however and the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) were not always governed within the ASC. This was in fact a program of the Australian Coaching Council (ACC) and involved a different recognition to that of the ASC.  When the role of ACC was absorbed into the ASC those sporting organisations who did not hold recognition from the ASC had to either attain recognition or cease to provide accreditation under the NCAS.

Since inauguration of the NCAS in 1980 it has always been a requirement that organisations submit each 4-years, their coaching program for review.  When responsibility for the NCAS transferred from the ACC to the ASC this obligation to submit coaching programs continued.

The change in direction allows NSOs greater control and independence over their coaching and officiating programs and removes the requirement to make a separate submission each 4-years. Any reporting requirement will we assume be incorporated within the submission for continued recognition.

What this means for current and prospective coaches

Some members may recall back in the 1980’s that while the ASJJ administered the coaching course and delivered the program, the accreditation was issued by the ACC.  Older members may still have a copy of their original yellow NCAS ID Card and the green badge embroidered with a gold kangaroo.  This all changed as responsibility for awarding of accreditation transferred to the ASJJ and in the year 2000 the AJF.

This shift in direction will not impact on the currency of existing accreditation nor will it affect accreditation awarded during the remainder of this year.

As we go forward the AJF will be taking the opportunity to review its coaching and officiating programs in line with the new Frameworks concepts.  Plus, the method of delivery of the program.  Members are assured the AJF intention is to continue offering a high standard of accreditation.  When members of the AJF Board met recently with the ASC Director – Coaching and Community, he reaffirmed the quality standard of the AJF program and stamp of approval in meeting the ASCs expectations under the new Frameworks approach.

What this means for students and parents of students

Coaches and officials accredited by the AJF are, and will remain, dedicated to providing the same high-quality, safe and ethical coaching standard, through their commitment to the AJF Coach’s Code Of Behaviour.

In addition, our coaches and officials continue to comply with requirements for working with children, first aid certification and insurance.

What this means for organisations interacting with AJF coaches

The AJF has been training and accrediting coaches for over 35 years. The fact that the ASC is now taking on an advisory rather than a compliance role makes essentially no difference as we will continue to follow the advice of the ASC.

We will continue to train and support our coaches in providing high-quality, safe, best practice coaching and continue to ensure they comply with the AJF Coach’s Code Of Behaviour as well as requirements for working with children, first aid certification and insurance.