This unit applies to those coaches known as High Performance Coaches who develop Rugby League skills to a high performance level for semi-professional and professional players who are involved in state or national competitions using the International Laws of Rugby League. They operate with complete autonomy and supervise and mentor other coaches.
High Performance Coaches include head coaches of National Rugby League (NRL) professional club teams, national and state coaching directors and coaches of national and state representative teams.
In this unit professional team participants also refers to semi-professional high performance players.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.
1. Plan high performance Rugby League sessions.
1.1. Identify and assess participants' needs and characteristics to plan tailored Rugby League sessions.
1.2. Identify and assess participants' readiness and current knowledge of the international game of Rugby League to determine session aims and objectives.
1.3. Develop a plan to meet professional team participants' needs in accordance with relevant regulations, organisational policies and procedures.
1.4. Identify risks and incorporate safety procedures to manage the risks associated with high performance level Rugby League drills, activities and games.
1.5. Access and select location, equipment and resources and check to ensure safety and suitability.
2. Brief professional team participants.
2.1. Communicate instructions and relevant information about the Rugby League session in a detailed manner understandable to professional team participants.
2.2. Inform participants of known and anticipated risks; safety procedures; responsible, safe and appropriate behaviours; and, the International Laws of Rugby League.
2.3. Discuss, clarify and establish a suitably cooperative communication system to promote teamwork while participating in drills, activities and games.
2.4. Advise procedures for dealing with emergency and non-routine situations.
2.5. Encourage participants to seek clarification, information and feedback during the briefing and the session.
3. Conduct high performance Rugby League sessions.
3.1. Use teaching and coaching techniques appropriate to the needs of participants to develop players' high performance skills of Rugby League in attack and defence and to impart required player knowledge.
3.2. Conduct the coaching session according to accepted best practice in Rugby League coaching and appropriate endorsed standards promoted by sporting organisations.
3.3. Conduct specific warm-up and introductory activities for participants to reduce any escalation of injury or the risk of new injury.
3.4. Monitor individual participant's performance and maintain effective communication during high performance Rugby League drills, activities and games.
3.5. Liaise with other coaches and specialist staff to monitor and deliver high performance Rugby League drills, activities and games.
3.6. Provide positive encouragement and feedback to each participant throughout the session.
3.7. Observe participants during high performance Rugby League drills, activities and games, and adjust or refine individual or group technique as required.
3.8. Allow time for, and conduct, adequate cool down activities at the end of the session.
4. Complete post-session responsibilities.
4.1. Inform participants of opportunities to further develop their Rugby League skills to a high performance level.
4.2. Provide opportunities for participants to identify their personal progress and satisfaction with the session, and encourage their feedback and questioning.
4.3. Evaluate relevant aspects of the Rugby League session and review the level of learning achieved.
4.4. Identify areas of improvement for future high performance Rugby League sessions.
communication skills to:
consult with participants to plan a high performance Rugby League session that satisfies their needs
fully brief participants in all aspects of the session
interact with participants to create a safe and positive team environment
provide detailed, proper and specific feedback
receive and evaluate feedback from participants
literacy skills to:
produce detailed, in-depth written plans for Rugby League sessions
complete full written post-session evaluation reports on the quality of player and self- participation in the session
complete any required forms to apply for permission or permits to use a suitable location or Rugby League field
numeracy skills to manage time within session timeframes when delivering a series of drills, activities and games
problem-solving skills to:
plan suitable Rugby League sessions according to participant's needs, characteristics and expectations
address participant difficulties in developing high performance skills and techniques
anticipate and respond appropriately to non-routine situations
planning and organisational skills to:
source, allocate and coordinate resources, equipment and a suitable location
organise participants into manageable groups for Rugby League drills, activities and games
analytical skills to monitor and evaluate player and self-progression
teaching and coaching techniques to suit a range of participant's needs, characteristics and learning styles
personal Rugby League skills, to a very high level of technical correctness, to:
understand progressive skill acquisition
demonstrate, explain and break down skills and techniques to participants
first aid and emergency response skills appropriate to the location.
regulations that apply to the use of private and public Rugby League facilities and gyms
site-specific information to assist in the planning process and enable management of potential risks and any special restrictions applying to the location
the primary components of occupational health and safety legislation in order to monitor OHS practices as a coach management function. This would include the basic aspects of the club's responsibilities to comply with relevant state or territory OHS laws, especially its requirement to:
develop systematic OHS practices inclusive of policies and procedures
consult with players and other coaching staff
identify hazards, conduct risk assessments and control risks
keep records of any incidents
provide OHS information and safety training to players and other coaching staff
the full content of the organisation's OHS policies, procedures and reporting processes in order to manage their implementation and the legal ramifications of failure to observe these
risks associated with training for, and playing Rugby League, according to International Laws of Rugby League and techniques to manage these risks
emergency response and rescue procedures, appropriate for Rugby League, to ensure risk minimisation to self and group
the complete content and intricacies of endorsed standards promoted by sporting organisations
the complete content of organisational policies and procedures for conducting coaching sessions
the complete content and intricate interpretations of the International Laws of Rugby League
the roles and responsibilities of all player positions for Rugby League competitions using the International Laws of Rugby League
the key features of Rugby League related injuries, a range of physical and motor performance abilities and appropriate player fitness levels to analyse the readiness of participants to engage in progressive skills acquisition at this high level
formats, styles for and inclusions of complex plans used by high performance Rugby League coaches and the organisation in particular
the essential features and usage of accepted best practice techniques for coaching Rugby League to players at a high performance level.
the intricacies and usage of adult teaching and coaching techniques and practices applicable to a range of learning abilities and adult, or near adult, aged professional team participants
the intricacies and usage of Rugby League skills at a high performance level and specific drills, activities and games that promote progressive skill acquisition in individuals and groups
the essential features and use of equipment and technological aids used in the development of Rugby League skills to a high performance level
the intricacies and appropriate usage of complex communication systems used between players, coaches, referees and support staff during high performance Rugby League drills, activities and games using the international rules of the game of Rugby League.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the following is essential:
conducts multiple and diverse safe drills, activities and games that reflect the needs and characteristics of a diverse range of participants at a high performance level that are of sufficient duration and breadth to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance
plans and delivers precise relevant information, explanations and demonstrations for high performance Rugby League sessions to ensure activities are conducted safely according to participant's needs and characteristics
observes and monitors the progress of participants and provides constructive feedback and intervention to improve and develop player skills in Rugby League to a high performance level
uses and modifies teaching and coaching techniques and drills, activities and games to cater for a range of individual learning styles and player differences
evaluates and reflects on own coaching performance to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure access to:
resources and information on participants and location to accurately plan, coach and document Rugby League sessions for participants at a high performance level using the International Laws of Rugby League
Rugby League training and competition facilities
equipment such as Rugby League balls, uniforms, appropriate footwear and personal protective equipment
groups of high performance level Rugby League players to take part in the Rugby League sessions
support staff, such as first aiders, physiotherapists, other medicos and experienced and qualified assistants all support staff
referees qualified to manage a high performance match using the International Laws of Rugby League
International Laws of Rugby League
current relevant regulations, policies, procedures and codes that apply to coaching teams in high performance Rugby League skills.
Method of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of planning processes, such as talking with participants at a high performance level to determine their needs and characteristics
oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of relevant rules, regulations and policies
observation of safe Rugby League coaching at an high performance level and monitoring and adjusting activities that meet participant's needs, characteristics and responses
evaluation of portfolio of session plans and self-evaluations
evaluation of third-party reports from a supervisor detailing performance.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
SISSRGL512A Teach high performance Rugby League tactics and game strategy.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Participants' needs and characteristics may relate to :
maturity for age
preferences or protocols of different cultures, nationalities and religions
player motivation for participation
compatibility between players in match situations.
Readiness may involve:
previous experience in team sports, especially Rugby League at an advanced level
level of current Rugby League skills and knowledge of applicable laws
emotional capability to deal with competitive emotional stability at a professional and high performance game level
fitness levels and physical capabilities
motor performance factors
history of injuries and illnesses.
Session aims and objectives may include:
progressive skill acquisition during drills, activities and games
improvement of individual player skills
improvement of teamwork skills
improvement of player fitness
management of player injury.
Professional team participants also refers to:
semi-professional high performance players
Plan may include:
session aims and objectives
date, time and duration
coaches, participants and squad ratios
tailored drills, activities and games.
Regulations may relate to:
occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation
permits from land management authorities or local councils
authority or permission from Rugby League clubs or associations
working with children checks applicable to players under the age of 18
environmental protection regulations.
Organisational policies and procedures may involve:
management of players' past, current or recurring injuries and illnesses
use, care and maintenance of equipment and field
training and scheduling commitments
coaches, participants and squad ratios
codes of safety, conduct and ethics
harassment-free sports policies.
Safety procedures may include:
group management in emergency situations
prevention and first aid treatment of common Rugby League injuries
management of players' past, current and recurring injuries and illnesses
equipment checking and usage
safe and clear communication systems.
Drills, activities may involve:
developing skills to a high performance level through appropriate sequencing of skills
progressive skill acquisition
breaking down complex skills
modifying skill drills
coordinated positional plays
speed and accuracy skills training
weight, strength and conditioning training
warm-ups and cool downs.
Games may include:
those using the ARL International Laws of Rugby League
high performance level competition games
modified games to meet specific player and team needs
practice matches to develop skills to a high performance level.
Location may include:
Rugby League fields
any off-field location such as gyms and other facilities where coaching may occur.
Equipment may include:
ARL approved training and match Rugby League balls
personal protective equipment
approved and safe ankle braces and thigh protectors
cones and other approved and appropriate organisational aids.
Resources may include:
teaching and coaching tools
visual media equipment
food and water, as advised by nutritionists, and approved and safe containers
first aid kit.
Relevant information may include:
objectives of the session
skills focus of the session
equipment and resource requirements, selection and use
responsible and safe behaviour.
Risks may include:
exhaustion from exposure to extreme heat or cold weather
Communication systems may involve:
electronic communication media used by various coaches
messages delivered on field by trainers.
Teaching and coaching techniques may include:
six levels of learning as identified by the Australian Rugby League
breaking down high performance skills into components
progressing through and linking skills
monitoring and observing progress
assessment of participants' skills
providing positive reinforcement and feedback during and after drills, activities and games.
High performance skills in Rugby League may include:
game sense and decision making at a high performance level
running with and a without ball
running in and out of traffic
passing left and right
draw and pass
running with the ball in possession before contact
quick playing of the ball
holding and controlling the ball
hit spin and pass
standing pass in static and dynamic situations
on run - in clear and in traffic
receiving and controlling the ball
forming and binding
steadying and stability for safety
safe post-scrummaging plays
attacking moves in stationary and dynamic environments
change of pace
creating a gap
at or near goal line
from broken play
contact (tackler or tacklee)
front-on (blocking and driving)
multiple players in tackle
Required player knowledge may include:
the International Laws of Rugby League
when to use different Rugby League skills
role of player positions
basic biomechanical principles
strengths and weaknesses of opposition and own team
equipment selection, use and maintenance
communication systems used in high performance Rugby League games
safety and risk management.
Accepted best practice in Rugby League coaching may include:
positive role modelling
preventative practices to minimise safety risks and hazards
positivity in providing feedback on player performance.
Endorsed standards may include:
Australian Sports Commission Harassment-free Sport policy
Australian Sports Commission Junior Sport policy
Australian Rugby League Anti-doping Policy
Australian Rugby League Code of Conduct
Australian Rugby League SafePlay Code.
Participant's performance may include:
use of appropriate communication systems
attitude and behaviour
ability to link and use the skills of Rugby League to a high performance level.
Coaches and specialist staff may include:
assistant and specialist coaches
biomechanics and science specialists
strength and conditioning specialist.
Relevant aspects may include:
the quality of own performance in the coaching session
effectiveness of the teaching and coaching session
suitability of teaching and coaching methods
feedback provided to, or by, participants
initial and final assessment of participants' abilities
validity and reliability of coaching and assessment tools.
This unit contains employability skills.
The Australian Rugby League (ARL) governs the game of Rugby League in Australia through its network of affiliated Leagues and Clubs. Clubs of any type must adhere to prescribed ARL policies in order to participate in Rugby League competitions at any level. Clubs are required to engage only coaches who are accredited through the ARL's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).
The ARL has specific training and assessment requirements for the industry accreditation of coaches. Those developing training and assessment to support this unit should undertake consultation with the ARL, acting as the industry occupational registration body, to determine any specific requirements for courses, trainers and assessors and any partnership arrangements which could facilitate RPL for candidates to achieve coach registration status as a High Performance Coach.