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Status of Coaching Courses and Workshops - COVID-19
The coronavirus global crisis has impacted all sporting activities, and coaches are not immune to the vast changes that the pandemic has triggered. Contact time and training time has been completely decimated, and for now games and matches seem like a lifetime away. For the time being all coaching courses have been suspended until after Ireland has entered phase 5 of the governments gradual reopening plan. Our coaching and development staff are putting a plan in place to get as many as possible courses up and running once it is safe to do so.
So, what can we do as coaches during this time?
Apply for your Coaching licence
The new Basketball Ireland’s Coaching Licence application process is now officially open and you can find a guide on the simple application process below. A coaching Licence is compulsory for any coach wishing to coach a team in Basketball Ireland Competitions of any level.
For more information on how to apply please follow this link: https://www.basketballireland.ie/content_page/10041681/coaches-licensing/
Online coaching seminars
During April, a dedicated series of seminars for coaches was hosted online to help all coaches develop and learn.
Ireland U18 men’s head coach, Paul Kelleher hosted the series alongside a number of experienced and up and coming Irish coaches to deliver a number of talks throughout the week, reflecting on their coaching experiences abroad and at international and National League level.
You can catch up with all the seminars at this link:
Focus on Women in Coaching
A recent survey by Basketball Ireland of female coaches in Ireland found that there were many up and coming young coaches who wanted to hear more from experienced female coaches in Ireland.
Over the coming weeks – and as part of our ‘Dream Big’ #SheGotGame women in sport campaign – Basketball Ireland will be featuring a host of female coaches who are currently (or have recently been) coaching at National League, international and/or Academy level here in Ireland, to learn about their background, their coaching careers and any tips and tricks they have for new coaches.
For information follow this link:
Basketball Ireland 20x20 Coaching Forum
Basketball Ireland has a dedicated facebook page where new coaches can seek advice and tips, and to help new coaches find a mentor near them should they need one. This is also a space for existing coaches to grow and expand their network throughout Ireland. We welcome any posts about coaching that you think others might find useful, and also any questions you have about coaching.
You can request to join the group at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/basketball20x20
The Development Officers at Basketball Ireland have launched a new weekly home skills training programme. The programme is aimed at younger members and those who may not have played the game before.
Head of Development at Basketball Ireland, Ciaran O’Sullivan said: “During this time with a lot of people having to remain at home it is still important to remain active. Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out our skills programme that can be completed at home and is ideal for those who might have never tried basketball before or for someone trying to keep their skills sharp when regular basketball is not possible. We hope that everyone will get involved and send us in your clips from home!”
Keep an eye out each week on the Basketball Ireland news for the latest skills programmes:
Coaching courses are now available to book online at the Basketball Ireland online shop.
If you would like to host a course please fill out a request form our technical hub: https://www.basketballireland.ie/content_page/10056144/technical-hub/
You can book a course online now: https://shop.basketballireland.ie/collections/coaching-courses
For any further queries or to book a private course, please e-mail Sheena Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org