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BMX Australia accredited coaches will be able to include more riders in their coaching sessions – effective immediately – with BMX Australia updating their advisory on coaching ratios to allow coaches to conduct sessions with…

BMX Australia accredited coaches will be able to include more riders in their coaching sessions – effective immediately – with BMX Australia updating their advisory on coaching ratios to allow coaches to conduct sessions with up to 12 riders, instead of the previously mandated eight.

The move is geared towards encouraging more riders to get on the track, with sessions expected to be more diverse, more involved and more engaging for riders. It also brings BMXA into line with other sports around the nation, such as football codes, where the norm is groups of around 12 being directed by one coach.

Feedback from BMXA members also outlined that the primary reason for beginning the sport was for ‘fun and participation’. Under this change it is hoped that more riders can take the opportunity to make the most of their time on the track.

However, this change has not occurred without significant planning and consultation with BMXA coaches.

Over the past few months BMXA has invested in the upskilling of its coaching courses, to better equip prospective coaches with the ability to work with larger groups. Courses are now more intensive with practical assessments being more involved.

Due to this, it is believed that a ratio of 1:12 can be safely adapted for the sport.

BMXA has also implemented processes to require all coaches to have an up-to-date Working with Children check, current first aid qualifications, and have competed the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Coaching General Principles. Level 1 coaches are required to have completed the ASADA Level 1 Anti-Doping Course.

The currency of these qualifications is monitored, and coaches become invalid to coach if they expire and renewed qualifications are not sent to BMX Australia.

While this change expands the number of riders a coach can coach, BMXA’s advisory on coaching ratios will continue to stress that coaches have a duty of care to their riders. If that means that a particular skill being taught can only be safely done with a group smaller than 12, then coaches need to adapt their session.

The safety of riders on track is paramount.

Coaches are able to view the BMXA coaching skills table below to see what each level of coach is permitted to teach.

UPDATED BMXA COACHING RATIOS  

Beginner BMX Coach:

1 coach = up to 12 riders

2 coaches = up to 24 riders

Level 1 Coach

1 coach = up to 12 riders

2 coaches = up to 24 riders