Sports are specified activities, involving either individuals or teams and some level of competition. There are a number including swimming, several football codes, netball and cricket that dominate the sporting scene in Australia.
This page looks at a range of sports commonly found in education throughout Australia as well as in the wider community. It includes information about coaching, techniques, rules, field dimensions, more.
Related pages are found through these links.
Help with coaching can often be gained by contacting local clubs or regional, state & national associations or bodies for that specific sport.
Coaching, Rules & More
Links to coaching help, rules, general information about equipment. A General Information section followed by individual sports.
‘Access online courses developed by the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport’. You need to register [free] to gain full access.
- BBC Bitesize Sports Training Videos
Multiple sports, then individual skills within each. For example, Cricket has 15 on different aspects. Archived but still available.
- Coaching - Coaching Topics
Tools and Tips; Education and Accreditation; Videos; Manuals and DVDs; Contacts.
- Everyrule Sports Rules
Find rules which need to be followed in individual sports. Most sports are played in Australia. A-Z listing.
- Officiating in Australia - Officiating Topics
Tools and Tips; Education and Accreditation; High Performance; Videos; Manuals and DVDs; Contacts.
- Participating in Sport - Schools &
Multiple topics and issues covered here.
- Play by the Rules
‘Provides information and online learning about how to prevent and deal with discrimination, harassment, child abuse for the sport and recreation industry’.
Careers; Sports resources; Webinars; Sport Governance; SIRCuit. Canada.
- Sports Fitness Advisor …
Elements of Fitness; Sport Specific Fitness [20+ sports]; more. UK.
- Sports Practice Drills
‘Whether you are a volunteer coach looking for drills for your first practice or a veteran looking to further develop your athlete’s skills, you will find something here’. 600+ practice drills.
- Athletic Coaching and Training Advice
A-Z listing of specific information. Also includes a number of other sports. UK.
- Athletics, Track, Field, Coaching, Events
Australian Track & Field Coaches Association. Specific coaching information. Coach Education Courses.
- Coaching and Training Tips
Little Athletics Australia. Download one or more of four coverages [PDF format] for different aspects of athletics”.
- Cool Running - Training
Training schedules, fitness, performance, aches and pains, more.
- Running & Jogging
Multiple areas of information.
- AFL Auskick
‘AFL Auskick program makes learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy for boys and girls’.
- AFL Youth Coaching Manual
This is for the first section. Get the second section here. Get the Junior Coaching Manual, in sections, here.
- Australian Rules Drills
Selected drills with clear explanations.
- Coach Assist
Resources for coaching Australian Rules Football, including AFL training drills for junior and senior Aussie Rules teams. Fee-based.
- Coaching Children
Multiple links from the AFL.
- Laws of the Game
Extensive detail on the laws of the game , including videos and PDF; role of umpires and officials. AFL.
- Amateur Baseball Umpires Association
Rules, hand signs, more. You need to join [Free] to access the best material. USA.
- Aussie T-Ball
Information from Baseball Australia.
- Baseball Coaching 101
‘Designed for baseball coaching. Printable baseball drills, easy navigation, and no membership fees. No lecture website. Have fun and make it a terrific baseball’ experience. USA.
- New !
Baseball tips that will make you a better Baseball
60+ tips listed in 3 major sections and multiple sub-sections. Covers all major skills.
- Baseball Drills
In seven directories covering Hitting, Bunting, Position Specific, more. USA.
- International Baseball Federation Rules
Listing of all baseball rules. USA.
- Softball Batter Up
Australian Softball Federation. ‘An eight session program for children from kindergarten age through to Year 6. The program is offered at four different levels’.
- Softball Instructional Articles & Drills
Articles designed to help you improve your coaching skills. USA.
- Softball Rules
For Softball and Fast Pitch Softball. Australia.
- Softball Skills & Drills
Base running, catching, fielding, hitting, pitching, throwing, Coaching Guides. USA.
- 27 Basketball Drills And Games For
‘I have listed 27 drills and games and described them in full detail including how the drills works, the purpose of the drill, how to set it up, drill instructions, variations, and coaching points’.
- Aussie Hoops
‘The official junior game development program for 5-10 year olds and their families’.
- Basketball Drills
A vast number of drill videos.
- Breakthrough Basketball
Drills suitable for all ages from 6 up. USA.
- Coaching Youth Basketball
‘A Guide for Players, Parents, and Coaches’.
- Coaching Youth Basketball - Tips, Drills,
Plays, Philosophy, Tactics
Designed for those coaching young players. Drills, drills for specific aspects, coaching philosophy, leadership, Q&As, more. USA.
- Official Basketball Rules [FIBA.]
- The Coach’s Clipboard
Animated presentations covering skills. Check “View Animations” link at top right of page, as well as reading the extensive text presentations. USA.
- Winning Drills
‘Free ebook of winning drills’.
- Coaching Cricket
Cricket NSW. Information on 4 levels from basics to the highest.
- Cricket Australia
Select “Cricket” from the top menu for rules, umpiring and scoring information. Other menu items cover videos, more.
- Cricket Drills [TES Australia]
‘Some activities to teach cricket skills’.
- Cricket Coaching Made Easy
‘Over 350 Drills, Techniques & Coaching Plans plus powerful tools to help you become a better coach’. Free to join.
- Games and Drills Coaching Clips
Junior Coaching Kit
Cricket NSW. ‘A resource developed by the Game Development Department as a supplementary guide to assist Mums and Dads’.
- Laws & Spirit
Cricket Laws [Rules]
- FIFA - The Laws of the Game
PDF copies of the laws and a Question & Answer booklet on them.
- FFA National Football Curriculum
Complete document is downloaded here.
- Football Federation Australia
Everything connected with football in Australia. Grassroots to national teams.
‘Designed for kids of all abilities, aged 4-11 years, the nation-wide initiative uses short, game-based sessions to introduce the sport of football to newcomers in an inclusive way’.
- Soccer Drills
100 Animated drills. Fee-based for the whole collection.
- Soccer Skills
‘Links to descriptions of how to teach some basic skills’.
- Gymnastics Australia
Programs, club search, gymsports, coaching, judging, education & training, links, more.
Gymnastics Companion Book
One from the Playing for Life series produced by Ausport.
Find a Club, Start Gymnastics, Coaches, more.
- Combined Australian Netball Association
Information, connections, coaching and umpiring tips.
- Coaching Resources
Netball Australia. Multiple resources. Some are free, some need to be purchased.
- International Netball Federation
Covers all areas including the rules.
- Netball Coaching
‘450 Netball Drills and Session Plans’.
- Netball Coaching & Netball Drills
‘We have broken down our netball drills to cover the essentials such as shooting, passing, attacking movements, defensive movements and group play. Free Netball Training Drills Videos’.
Netball resources and information from Netball Victoria. Fee-based.
- Australian Oztag
Download a range of documents via the “Resources” menu.
- Backyard League
‘The program equips students and teachers with the tools to play a version of our great game in any setting while delivering important education, health and welfare messages’.
- Junior League Laws of the Game [U6-U12 years]
- Laws & Codes
Covers the laws for various levels as well as the Safeplay Code, more.
- Mini Mod
[6-12s] Training Sessions
‘Rather than use a traditional training session structure, we have developed a mini/mod session structure for you. This structure incorporates three main activity types, these include Closed Activities, Open Activities and Skill Biased Games’.
- Mini/Mod Rugby League Coaching Drills
‘See some relevant training for your mini, mid, or mod team’. A Mini & Mod Fun Games & Activities handbook is found here
- Mini Shape
‘This is a good activity to teach players the basics of what shape to form following a play the ball’. Video presentation.
- Other Laws of the Game
- Play NRL
Select “Schools” from the menu for Programs, Competitions and Teacher resources.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Rugby
‘The basics, How the Game is played, Interactive content with online quiz, Examples with diagrams, pictures and videos’. IRB.
Use the links provided to access resources aspects about coaching in Australian Rugby.
- Improve your Rugby Coaching
‘Over 700 Drills, Techniques & Session Plans plus powerful tools to help you become a better coach’.
- Laws of Rugby
You need to be able to log in to access this site but registration appears to be free.
- Learning to Ski
‘This step-by-step skiing guide will take you through all the basics. We cover skiing technique in-depth from beginner to advanced with lots of handy tips for skiers of all abilities’.
- Ski Tips
Tips, techniques by a Canadian expert.
Become a qualified coach.
- Swimming Rules [FINA]
These are the specific rules for Swimming. Other groups of rules for different aspects can also be via the FINA site.
- Schools Information [Royal Life Saving Society]
Information covering In the Classroom, At the Pool and Out and About. Information for Families, Training and more via the top menu.
- Teacher of Swimming and Water
Austswim. ‘Course provides candidates with essential competencies to teach swimming and water safety™ to persons from four years of age in swimming pools and confined natural shallow water venues’.
- Coach Education
Tennis Australia. Options at multiple levels.
- Oncourt Offcourt
A listing of YouTube videos on specific aspects of the game and how to improve each.
Tennis Australia. ‘Tennis offers your students the chance to learn valuable life skills in a fun and encouraging environment. With participation options for schools of all sizes’.
- Tennis Coaching/Tennis Drills
‘Click any of the links for explanations, information and coaching videos’.
- Tennis Drills HQ
‘Give[s] tennis coaches and players from around the world the best free resources in terms of tennis drills and game based training scenarios that will help players of all levels’.
- Coach Education & Development
Volleyball Australia. A mix of free and Fee-based resources.
- How To Run an Amazing Volleyball
‘Coaches have a great opportunity to shape their teams and improve their players skills through amazing practices’.
Information from the International Body controlling volleyball.
- Top 5 Beginner Volleyball Passing
‘These beginner volleyball passing drills are sequenced so that they build on each other and the techniques learned in the previous passing drills will be expanded upon in future drills’.
One from the Playing for Life series produced by Ausport.
- Volleyball Drills
‘101VolleyballDrills.com has the most comprehensive collection of free online volleyball drills that is consistently updated with the best drills’.
- Volleyball & Practice Plans
You need to register [Free] to access these.
- Volleyball Training Drills & Everything Else Volleyball
Sign up for free.
- Volleyball Training Drills & Tips
386 Pins at time of inclusion.
- Polo Articles
Articles cover a huge range of drills from many sources. Drills go down to very specific actions within the game.
- Water Polo Tips & Drills
Eteamz. ‘Full of useful drills, tips, games and more for coaches, players, and parents’.
- Water Polo
From JES. Describes a range of water polo plays and skills. These can be downloaded in .zip files.
- Water Polo Rules [FINA]