What will the roles involve?
Game play will form a major part of the Regional Academy programmes, with the opportunity for players to learn in a contextualised manner. To aid in the development of players at each phase of the programme, officials and coaches will be asked to apply additional constraints through rule variations aimed at enhancing particular elements of play. These will be linked to a specific curriculum of content, to which coaches will be required to adhere, whilst having freedom to determine the format of delivery. Officials will be briefed on the specific rule variations in advance of each session.
The format aims to develop an enhanced understanding between coaches and officials in the development objectives for players as well as each other, whilst allowing players, coaches and officials to learn in an environment where they will be safe to make mistakes and learn from them. This interdisciplinary approach reflects the crucial contribution that officials and coaches make to the development of the players, whilst still putting the playing experience at the heart of what we do.
What will the coach and official development element look like?
basketballscotland will provide bespoke to support to each person. This will be a mix of technical and tactical (Mechanics & Rules) and development topics (Communication, Feedback, Setbacks etc). Every session will include a coach/referee developer observing and generating some feedback from the live environment. We will also have a topic in place for both coaches and officials on the day, which will allow for some discussion and reflection.
Where will the sessions take place?
Sessions will be held at the Regional Performance Centre in Dundee. Each day for coaches will run from 9:30-17:30 and from 12:30-17:30 for officials.
What is the link between the Regional and National Academies?
For officials, the Regional Academy aims to provide a platform for learning that can be carried forward into the SBC and other competitions. Based on the level of experience and performance, officials may be given the opportunity to be part of National Academy competitions, which may include Home Nations competitions at each age group. However, involvement in the Regional Academy will not be a prerequisite for National Academy competitions. For coaches, given that the Regional Academy will form a significant portion of the contact time with players in each age group and will shape the playing style for National Academy teams, involvement in the Regional Academy programme for a specific age group and gender will normally be a requirement for being part of a National Academy coaching staff.
If I am interested to be involved, what should I do?
At this time, we are asking for expressions of interest in being part of the Regional Academy programme, which can be completed using the links below. A formal application process may follow this and, where necessary, a selection process may be required and details of this would be provided.
All expressions of interest must be submitted by: 18th July 2021
Officials’ expression of interest here
Coaches’ expression of interest here
If you have any questions about the information provided, please contact: Emma.Edwards@basketball-scotland.com