Welcome to the BMX Australia Coaches portal page.
On this page you will find information on BMX Australia’s coaching policies, helpful information on the requirements of being a BMXA coach and information regarding further education.
A BMXA coach must adhere to the following number of riders in a coaching group to have their coaching sessions covered by BMXA insurance.
|BeginnerBMX Coach||1 Coach = up to 8 riders|
|2 Coaches = up to 16 riders|
|Level 1 Coach||1 Coach = up to 8 riders|
As the responsible person supervising and controlling a BMX coaching session, the Coach is expected to discharge a duty of care to all associated or interacting with the coaching session or activity.
A Coach needs to ask the following questions when undertaking any activity associated with the coaching session.
A duty of care depends on establishing some relationship between the parties. If an injury occurs, the courts will ask whether the relationship between the parties was such that the defendant should have foreseen that his or her negligent act would lead to the damage suffered by the participant. Although the question needs to be answered for each situation, it would be reasonable for the Coach to assume that they do owe a duty of care to their riders who are participating in a coaching session they are holding.
The test for the required standard of care is how a reasonably prudent person would have acted in the same situation. The law has developed this reasonable person test but what is reasonable will depend on the particular circumstances existing at the time. For example the standard may vary depending upon:
• The type of activity – Generally, the more hazardous or risky the activity is deemed to be, the greater the duty of care that is owed to the participant
• The age of the participant – Generally, the younger the participant, the greater the duty of care that is owed.
• The Coaches level of training and experience – The more highly trained and experienced a person is the greater standard of care that is expected. For example, a higher standard of care would be expected from a Level 1 Coach than from a BEG Coach.
Coaches should take all reasonable steps to prevent injury or accidents. To help establish the ‘reasonable steps’ a Coach should work within the Club’s risk Management Plan for the coaching program or activities conducted.
The table below outlines the skills each level an accredited BMXA coach is permitted to teach, their role in the athlete pathway and the level of rider normally coached. Coaching outside of the skills and remit below will void a coach’s BMXA insurance coverage.
|BEG||Lvl 1||Lvl 2|
|Community Coach Level 1|
|Current First Aid Certificate|
|Up to Date CPR|
|WWCC check or Exemption|
|ASADA Level 1|
|ASADA Level 2|
|Riding for FUN|
|Riding in groups|
|Basic bike skills|
|Riding to RACE|
|Sprinting On & Off track|
|Off bike fitness/cross training exercises|
|Session, season, annual training plans|
|Racing to WIN|
|Fundamentals of Psychology|
|8m Start Hill|
|BMX Coaching Definitions|
|An accredited coach can work with all riders of any age and ability; but
must remain inside the scope of the skills they are accredited to deliver.
| A Trainee Level 1 Coach can coach Level 1 skills once they have
completed their 10hrs of assisting a Level 1 accredited coach. However,
an accredited Level 1 Coach must be in the vicinity of their coaching
session, be aware it is taking place and sign the Log Sheet as the
|Riding for FUN - the role of the coach is to:|
| - increase participation
- encourage athletes to have fun while learning fundamental skills
|Typically the Rider will be at mini-wheeler, sprocket or just starting
out/entry level BUT a BEG coach can work with Riders of any ability
within the scope of their accredited skills.
|Riding to RACE - the role of the coach is to:|
| - prepare and introduce Riders to racing including building fitness,
developing and refining skills.
|Typically the Rider will be at club level through to state/territory
|Racing to WIN - the role of the coach is to:|
| - develop and support higher performing Riders who are competing
at BMX National Championships.
|A Level 2/Racing to Win Coach has the underpinning knowledge for
coaching an emerging elite young Rider who seeks to represent
Australia at Junior or Elite international events.
|A Trainee Level 2 Coach may coach the same skills as a Level 2 Coach.|
Become an Accredited BMXA Coaching Course Presenter
Interested in becoming a presenter of BMXA Coaching Courses? The role is a rewarding one and we are sure you will enjoy the challenges and opportunities it provides.
|Acceptable Presenter and Assessor Training|
|Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110)|
|State Sport and Recreation Assessor/Presenter Course|
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