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WABC launch pilot Coach Instructor Course

CANBERRA - Twenty-three coaches from four National Federations and eight NBA offices descended on Canberra, Australia this past weekend to take part in the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC)'s Pilot Coach Instructor Course that took place from Friday to Sunday.

"We want to have a number of people around the world that can conduct coaching level 1, 2 and 3 courses and this course is designed to equip people to do that," said WABC President Patrick Hunt.

Following the release of the new WABC coaching manuals in late 2016, the WABC has developed this pilot course to provide training to potential Coaching Instructors to ensure consistent content and assessment of candidates is delivered around the world. An Instructor is a learning facilitator who is able to ensure that coaches from a wide range of backgrounds and technical experiences can all benefit and the WABC want to ensure they equip these instructors to achieve this.

"This pilot course is concept testing so that, after review of participant feedback, this will enable us to assess that the content is adequate to be delivered worldwide," Hunt added. "We believe it is and will be planning to run more of these workshops in other regions in the near future."

The workshop included a number of modules delivered in both theory and practical components including sessions on Facilitating Learning, Group Dynamics, Assessment Competencies, Administration & Logistics and WABC Knowledge and Course Structure.

The education of coaches is a key focus for FIBA as, through improving the standard of coaching throughout the world, the standard of play can be best improved.