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Darwin Athletics Club
DAC Club Championships to be held over two nights on Fri 7 and Sat 8 September.
Start times are:
– Fri 7 Sep, 6pm (be at the track by 5.30pm to register and warm up)
– Sat 8 Sep, 4pm (be at the track by 3.30pm to register and warm up)
Program to be advised soon. Will be similar to the 2017 program – DAC Championships 2017 Program
New singlets have arrived and will be available at training and competition nights.
Training Times for 2018
Location: Marrara Athletics Track
Monday Athletes with disability 5pm – 6pm
Tuesday Whole club 5:30pm-6:30pm, >11yo development squad 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday No organised training, but you’re welcome to come to the track for a run.
Thursday > 11yo skill development 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 5.30pm – 7pm Whole Club Athletics, skills and technique sessions including Tiny Tots
Sunday >11yo skill development 8.30am – 9.30am
Seven Things that every Parent and Coach Should Know
The quality of a sporting experience and the likelihood of a participant being motivated and staying in sport is often determined by the motivational climate created by the coach. This relies on satisfying three key psychological needs: autonomy, competence and relatedness.
- Autonomy is feeling that you have control over your own actions.
- Competence is having a perception that you possess adequate ability.
- Relatedness is having a sense that you belong (to the group, coach or sport).
The satisfaction of all three psychological needs (autonomy, competence and relatedness) is required to engender a positive motivational climate that encourages effort, persistence, enjoyment, satisfaction, prolonged engagement with sport and, critically, enhanced self-confidence within and outside of the sporting domain.
Seven things every coach and parent should know
- Enjoyment, mastery and socialising should remain the focus when working with all young athletes. Although winning becomes a more important motive with age (especially with adolescent males), it should not become a priority for the coach or parent.
- Coaches and parents should concentrate on the satisfaction of relatedness, as it is the key determinant of motivation for young athletes, and is associated with increased self-confidence. Such confidence can result in positive behaviours across domains (eg at school). Relatedness can be achieved through building friendships, group identity and cohesion.
- As young athletes require perceptions of competence to maintain motivation, coaches should create a motivational climate in which the athletes experience mastery and are rewarded for effort and self-development, rather than for winning.
- Coaches should remain mindful of the differential need for autonomy across age groups. The desire for ownership, input and choice increases with developmental maturity.
- It is advantageous for coaches and parents to demonstrate competence, benevolence and integrity in order to develop athlete-coach, child-parent trust.
- The use of educational material for parents should be considered, to ensure they are aware of the influence they have on their child’s motivation for sport participation.
- As technology is valued by young athletes, it should be integrated into coaching where possible. This is particularly the case when offering feedback on performances (using an iPad/video replays), and for developing and sustaining relatedness (using social media).
This is an extract from Self Determination Theory – A guide to developing young athletes (13 – 18 years).
We are looking for more committee members and coaches – let us know if you can help! The club is specifically looking for a throws coach if anyone is interested.
Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses are available early in the year free of charge.
Level 1 and Level 2 Officials courses are also available online for free.
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