This year’s Netball World Cup in Sydney has a unique opportunity for coaches and umpires to develop their skills whilst also experiencing netball’s pinnacle event, with the Coach and Umpire Conference, which will take place across the 10 day event.
The Conference is endorsed by Netball Australia and the International Netball Federation (INF), and will be delivered in various formats including panel sessions, on and off court presentations and practical workshops.
The Conference is open to everyone with the first session tailored to coaches and umpires (Sunday 9 August) and subsequent workshops later in the tournament (Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August) targeting advanced, elite and high performance coaches.
Marking the launch of Netball’s Coaching Blueprint and Community Umpire Coaching Program, the Coach and Umpire Breakfast, to be held on Sunday 9 August and hosted by Sharelle McMahon, will bring together legends of the coaching and umpiring fraternity for a mix of key note presentations and robust panel discussions. Panellists include: NSW Swifts’ coach Rob Wright, West Coast Fever coach Stacey Rosman, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald and Centre of Excellence residential coach Jill McIntosh.
After a joint breakfast, participants will have their choice of either the coaching or umpiring session. Coaches will explore the rationale and focus on player-centred coaching, and how the Coaching Blueprint directly impacts them. Some of Australia’s elite coaches will share their stories and insights on communicating with players, developing and executing trademark behaviours, coaching style, games-based approaches to coaching, goal setting, self-belief, empowering players and developing a positive environment.
Umpires will have the unique opportunity to learn about the international umpiring landscape by getting up close and personal with the world’s best umpires from the NWC2015 umpiring pool. They will be taking time out from the courts to share their pathways and experiences, reflecting on their own countries approaches to umpire development.
Participants will then have the option of rounding out their experience with all that Day 3 of NWC2015 competition has to offer, including the Diamonds taking on the Silver Ferns at Allphones Arena at 2.20pm.
The High Performance Coaches Workshops, delivered by the INF’s Coaching Advisory Panel (CAP), will be held across two days, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August.
On Day 1 Former Australian Diamonds’ coach Jill McIntosh and Dr Anita Navin will look at transitioning goal attacks to wing attacks, whilst Maureen Hall and Sue Hawkins will address shooting under pressure.
Day 2 will see Julie Hoornweg and Liz Broomhead take the stage to discuss how to make trainings more athlete-centred, and Yvonne Willering and Julia Lawrence will highlight how to make training drills relevant to a match situation.
Conference participants are also encouraged to experience NWC2015 live, and can secure tickets when you make your conference booking.
For more detailed information or to book your place, click here.