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Coaching Accreditation & Pathway

Netball Singapore’s Coach Education Framework supports all levels of coaches from beginner, developmental and school level through to international level.
Netball Singapore worked closely with Sport Singapore in 2016 to align our Coaching Programmes with the Sport Singapore’s Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme. Our courses are now in line with the requirements and are recognised for accreditation.
The pathway for the coaches is a four-tier structure with Foundation, Level 1 (Provisional & Full), Level 2 and Level 3.
To qualify as a Level 1 (Provisional) coach, coaches must pass: their Level 1 course with Netball Singapore; complete the Values & Principles in Sport (VPS) module; and have a current First Aid (with AED) certificate. Coaches will then be recognised by SG-Coach as Level 1 (Provisional). Coaches must then complete the 28-hour Basic Sports Science Courses delivered by Sport Singapore within 3 years of their Level 1 Provisional certification to be recognised as a full Level 1 coach. Coaches are also required to fulfill a certain amount of coaching and CCE hours per year to remain current on the SG-Coach register. Netball Singapore runs subsequent coaching workshops and seminars as part of the continuing coach education programme required for NROC updating. 
This pathway has been adapted, under licence, from the Netball Australia Coaching Accreditation Framework.  The updated Netball Coach pathway includes the required theory components from the Sport Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme. The outcome is a fully integrated (theory and technical) coaching accreditation programme, recognised by Sport Singapore.
Coaches can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some or all aspects of a course and must provide evidence of demonstrated competency to be successful. PE Teachers are exempt from the Basic Sports Science course.
Foundation Course: A standalone one day (7.5 hours) course for beginner coaches including Beginning Coaching General Principles combined with the skills of netball. 
Level 1 Course: A standalone two-day course (14 hours) for school and club coaches.  The Foundation Course and section 1 theory paper are pre-requisites and attainment of First Aid/ CPR/AED certification are compulsory.
Level 2 Course: A 30-hour course designed for Netball Super League, National representative coaches and competitive club coaches.
Level 3 Course: The highest level of accreditation designed for coaches at a national and international level. 


In summary, the requirements for a new netball coach considering coaching in the Singapore, including the school system, is as follows:
1. Successfully complete the Foundation Coaching Course– 7.5 hours’ course delivered by Netball Singapore (NS).
2. Successfully complete the integrated Netball Level 1 Coaching Course – 2 full days delivered by NS. Coaches must also obtain a 70% Pass in the online Level 1 Netball Rules Theory Exam. 
3. Attendance at the ‘Values and Principles of Sport’ (VPS) Workshop, conducted Netball Singapore or Sport Singapore.
4. Register with
5. A current First Aid Certificate with AED
Coaches who complete the above requirements will be awarded a Provisional Level 1 SG-Coach Netball Certificate (integrated theory and technical) issued by Sport Singapore.  
6. Successfully complete, or be exempt from, the 28 hour Basic Sports Science (BSS) course (delivered by Sport-Sg) within 3 years.

A full Coaching Certificate will be awarded on completion of the Basic Sports Science course, which must be done within 3 years of attaining the provisional certification.

Coaches will be required to update their Level 1 accreditation every three (3) years via the NROC logbook.

Course Name Duration Participant Numbers Target Market Entry Pre-requisites
Foundation Coaching Course 7.5 hours in-course work 1:15 Beginner Coaches - Age 15
- Completion of pre-course reading and worksheet
Level 1 Coaching Course 15 hours in-course work 1:15 Club and School Coaches - Age 16
-Completion of Foundation Coaching Course
-Current Section 1 Umpire Theory Examination Pass (70% or above)
-Current First Aid/CPR is required to obtain Level 1 certification.
-Complete the Basic Sports Science course within 3 years
Level 2 Coaching Course 30 hours in-course work 1:10 National Age Group, Netball Super League, competitive club coaches and identified Level 1 Coaches - Age 18
-Level 1 Coaching Course /Certification including current First Aid/CPR
-Coaches must have had at least one (1) year/season coaching experience after completion of a Netball Singapore Level 1 Coaching Course
- 2 years coaching at a minimum level of School Team U/15 or above for 4 hours/week
Level 3 Coaching Course As required 1:15 National Opens, 21s, National Age Group and NSL coaches identified with potential - Age 18
- Current Level 2 Coaching Certification or Recognition of Current Competency including First Aid/CPR
- 1 year coaching at a minimum level of Netball Super League, National U/21 or Opens level (within last 3 years)
-Successful completion of the pre-screening Level 3 course (1 day)
- Endorsement by the NS Technical Committee
National Registry of Coaches (NROC)

What is NROC

The NROC was created in 2003 to raise the standard and professionalism of sports coaching in Singapore. It serves to ensure minimum technical qualification of sport coaches, to ensure that practicing coaches continue to improve and that coaches provide a safe environment for their athletes. Today, there are over 2,000 coaches listed in 38 sports in the NROC and their profiles are made available in an online public database.

Coaches in the NROC are duly certified under the Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme (formerly known as the National Coaching Accreditation Programme or NCAP) in their respective sports and must hold Standard First Aid certification (including AED). They are committed to abide by the Coach’s Code of Ethics and meet the requirements for Continuing Coach Education Programme. This is part of the quality assurance to users of the coaching services that the coaches registered under NROC are up-to-date in their coaching knowledge and skills.

Through NROC, Sport Singapore aims to give recognition to coaches who have been certified and deemed competent by a national body. Doing so also allows the public to have easy access to qualified coaches.

NROC will be enhanced by introducing a provisional membership category. The provisional membership will allow existing and aspiring sport coaches to participate in academic, educational and professional development activities to improve their coaching practice as they work toward completing all requirements of full NROC membership.

Over a 3-year provisional membership period, they will be given priority enrolment into various coaching courses and activities organised by Sport Singapore, their respective National Sports Association and other organisations. The aim is to prepare them to obtain the necessary certification to become a full member within the NROC and to stay current in the practice of sport coaching as a profession. Registration for provisional membership will commence from 3 January 2017.

Requirements to join the NROC is as follows:
Provisional Membership Full Membership
- Obtained Valid Standard First Aid (SFA) including AED Certificate
- Obtained Values and Principles in Sport (VPS)  Certificate or its equivalent1
- Submit application with any other supporting documents of coaching certification and experience
- Obtained Valid SFA including AED Certificate
- Obtained Basic Sport Science (BSS) Certificate
- Obtained SG-Coach Level 1 (Theory) including Values & Principles in Sports or National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) Certificate or its equivalent
- Obtained SG-Coach Level 1 (Technical) or NCAP Certificate or its equivalent
- Submit application
Values and Principles in Sport (VPS) or its equivalent1: The VPS workshop is a module within the SG-Coach Theory Level 1 course which covers the topics on coaching philosophy, appropriate behaviours of coaches, teaching of values through Game-For-Life framework, information on Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Competencies Framework and Student Outcomes, and introduction to anti-doping. Certificates which are deemed as its equivalent are SG-Coach Theory Level 1 Certificate which includes the VPS module, National Standards in Youth Sports for Coaching in Singapore Schools Certificate and Certificate of Attendance for Building Capacity of Coaches and Instructors (BCCI)’ Workshop.

NROC New/Renewal Applications 

Coaches have been able to apply for or renew their NROC memberships online since November 2013.
Alternatively, coaches can download the NROC Membership Renewal Form - fill in the necessary information, scan and send it to with ALL supporting documents.
More information on NROC new and renewal applications can be found at the following links:
Coaches who require assistance in person may visit us at the Sports Hub (3 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397630) on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm or Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm (excluding public holidays). This schedule will allow us to attend to coaches promptly, and you may contact us at or 6500 5296 for assistance.
If you misplaced your NROC card and would like to request for a new one, please complete the request form and email it to ( 


Foundation Course Programme 
1 Role of The Coach (60 minutes) - Theory
a Identify the roles and responsibilities of the coach
b Understand the social development considerations for why children play sport
c Describe the communication model and process in the context of coaching.
d Develop communication strategies with children, teachers, parents and schools
2 Risk Management (60 minutes) - Theory
a Understand what risk assessment is and why it is important
b Describe the 3 steps of risk assessment
c Identify and implement good coaching practices to reduce risk
d Develop a risk management plan
e Describe the safety framework for schools’ sports coaches
b Implement immediate first aid to a player using strategies of STOP
d Prevent further injuries using the principles of RICER and NO HARM
3 Junior Player Development (80 minutes)
a Understand the physical and social development of junior players and the role of KidzNet
b Developing sports skills: Stages of learning
c Selecting and designing training activities
d Understand the benefits of using a game sense approach
e Understand the importance of effective group management skills to maximise opportunities for successful participation
f Understand how coaching works with children
4 Programme Planning (60 minutes)
a Identify the elements of a training session
b Understand the planning and review process
c Utilise effective communication techniques to develop player understanding of the basic skills of netball
5 Safe Teaching of Netball Skills (180 minutes) – Practical (Theory integrated through the session)
a Understand how to safely teach the basic skills of netball: ball handling, footwork/movement skills, attacking skills, defending skills, goal shooting skills
b Identify skill faults and correct technique for the basic skills of netball
c Understand the coaching implications of the basic rules of netball
6 Basic Court Strategies (30 minutes) – Practical (Theory integrated through the session)
a Understand the basic application of a variety of through court strategies
b Understand the basic application of a variety of through centre pass strategies
7 Sports Development System (30 minutes) - Workbook
a Netball Singapore Coaching Pathway, NROC and NCAP
b Identify the layers of the sports development continuum
c Name key organisations and their programme (local and international)
Course overview and assessment tasks (7.5 hours)
Unit Unit Topic Nominal Duration Unit Delivery Assesment
Skill Planning activity Practical Coaching Task Discussion Group Workbook
1 Role of the Coach 60 minutes Theory      /  /
2 Risk Management 60 minutes Theory      /  /
3 Junior Player Development 80 minutes Theory/Practical      /  /
4 Program Planning 60 minutes Theory  /    /  /
5 Safe Teaching of Netball Skills 160 minutes Practical    /  /  
6 Court Strategies 30 minutes Practical     /  /  
7 Sports Development System 30 MInutes Theory      /  /
Level 1 Coaching Course Programme

1 Teaching, Communication Strategies & Relationship Building
a Explain the 4 key areas that define a good coaching session
b Utilise varied teaching and learning strategies to maximise performance of players/team
c Demonstrate effective coaching communication strategies
e Describe and apply evaluation and reflection processes to coaching
2 Sport Skills & Tactics
a Understand Hackman’s Five Factors Model of skill progression (C&R)
b Apply Hackman’s Five Factors of skill progression in sport group management (C&R)
c Ball Handling, Movement and Footwork
d Attacking Skill - Safely teach the basic attacking skills of netball
e Attacking Skill - Identify and correct technique faults of basic attacking skills
f Defending Skill - Safely teach the basic defending skills of netball
g Defending Skill - Identify and correct technique faults of basic defending skills
h Goal Shoot/ Circle Defence - Safely teach the basic goal shooting/ circle defence skills of netball
i Goal Shoot/ Circle Defence - Identify and correct technique faults of basic goal shooting/ circle defence skills
j Apply the techniques of basic netball skill and positional play into basic court situations
k Design and implement effective team strategies with a decision making emphasis
l Employ one of the self-reflection methods to evaluate and improve the quality of their managing, teaching and communicating
3 Planning
a Identify the importance of session and seasonal plans
b Design and deliver a single session plan
4 Mental Skills
a Develop Coaching philosophy
b Introduce mental preparation for team for both competition and non-competition periods utilising sport psychology principles
c Introduce SMART goal settings
5 Team Building
a Identify characteristics of a team
  Describe Tuckman’s stages of group development
b Group Management (Building a team and developing leaders)
c Belonging to a team
d Introduce basic team building activities
6 Growth & Development
a Understand the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and its relation to Netball
b Understanding the Female Athlete Triad
7 Fitness in Netball
a Understand the 3 energy systems and identify their relation to Netball
b Understand the cardiovascular system in relation to Netball
c Components of Fitness
d Aerobic and anaerobic energy systems
8 Risk Management, Safety and Injury Prevention
a Introduction to PARQ
b What is Risk Assessment & Management Systems
c Developing a RAMS plan
d Practice appropriate actions to ensure safety and well-being of players to prevent injury/illness
  Additional Modules for SG-Coach Recognition
Values & Principles of Sport
This will be run as a separate module by Netball Singapore. It is compulsory before you can be registered as a SG-Coach (Provisional), and it is a MOE requirement before you can teach in schools.
Basic Sports Science Course
This is a separate 28-hour module run, by the Singapore Sport Institute (under Sport Singapore). Coaches must complete this course within 3 years of becoming a SG-Coach (Provisional).
Course overview and assessment tasks (12-hour course + 3 hours’ assessment))
Unit Unit Topic Nominal Duration Unit Delivery Assessment
Session Plan Practical Coaching Task Discussion Groups
1 The Coach in Action – Teaching, Communication Strategies & Relationship Building 60 minutes Theory      /
2 Sports Skills & Tactics 30 minutes Theory   /    /
  a & b. Hackman’s Five Factors Model 30 minutes Theory  /    
  c. Technique/Skill - Ball Handling, Movement & Footwork 30 minutes Practical    /   /
  d & e. Technique/Skill – Attacking 60 minutes Practical    /  /
  f & g. Technique/Skill – Defending 60 minutes Practical    /  /
  h & i. Technique/Skill – Goal Shooting / Circle Defence 30 minutes Practical    /  /
  j & k. Basic game strategies/game 45 minutes Theory/
   /   /
  l. Intermediate Coach – self reflection 15 minutes Theory  /    
3 Planning 45 minutes Theory  /    /
4 & 5 Mental Skills & Team Building 120 minutes Theory/ Practical    /  /
6 Growth & Development 15 minutes Theory  /    
7 Fitness in Netball 120 minutes Theory/
8 Risk Management, Safety & Injury Prevention 60 Minutes Theory/
9 NS/NROC Coaching Pathways 15 minutes Theory  /    
Practical Assessment Workshop and Individual assessment tasks will be conducted about 2 weeks after the end of the course (180 minutes). Each individual’s assessment will be for 15 minutes.