Coaches

SDSC Coach Framework

The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the national sports body for the promotion and development of disability sports. We run a wide range of disability sports programmes and are looking for dynamic individuals to join our team as a coach.

 

Importance of Coaching

Coaches play a very crucial role in sports excellence and helping. They motivate, encourage, and inspire our athletes to our athletes to realise their sporting potentials; without them, most athletes would fail to reach their full potential. Therefore, coaching is fundamental to the development of sport at every level. A coach is also the athlete’s friend, mentor, competitor and sometimes, a pillar of strength as the athlete pushes himself to the limit and excel at the world sporting stage.

 

Objectives of SDSC’s Coach Framework

There are 4 objectives of the SDSC’s Coach Framework:

 

Areas of Focus

Coaches support an athletes’ physical, mental, tactical and technical development. Additionally, coaches also need to look into fulfilling the following coaching roles:

AdvisorAdvising athletes regarding training that is to be conducted, as well as the suitable kit and equipment to be used for the respective sports.
AssessorAssessing athletes' performance in trainings and in competitions
ChauffeurTransporting athletes to sporting events if parents or family are unavailable.
CounsellorResolving emotional problems on the basis that confiding can be both relieving and reassuring.
DemonstratorDemonstrating to the athletes the skill that is to be performed. It is important that the coach is also physically fit.
FriendBuilding an amicable relationship with the athlete, such that over time, a coach also becomes a friend that they can confide in and celebrate successes with. It is paramount that a coach keeps an athlete's personal information confidential because betraying their athletes' trust will destroy the relationship that had been built.
FacilitatorIdentify suitable competitions for athletes to compete in, such that they can achieve their overall objectives for the year.
Fact-FinderGather data for national and international results to keep abreast of current training techniques.
Fountain of KnowledgeThis may be part of the advisor role that a coach also plays; a coach will often be questioned about relevant sporting events, an athlete's diet, sports injuries, and even topics that are unrelated to their sport.
InstructorInstructing athletes of the skills needed in their respective sports.
MentorWhen athletes attend training sessions, a coach is responsible for not only the athlete, but also to their parents and family. A coach has to monitor an athlete's health and safety whilst training, and support them should they have any problems or if they sustain any injuries.
MotivatorMotivating all athletes, and maintaining that motivation for the whole year round.
Organiser & PlannerPrepare specific training plans for each athlete, and organise meetings and coaching clinics for them to attend.
SupporterCompeting can be very nerve wrecking for some athletes, and they often appreciate it when a coach can help to support them through the pressure. The coach's "Friend" and "Counsellor" roles come into play here as well.

 

Coaching Levels/Scales for SDSC Coaches

Aside from the above coaching roles, coaches of varying technical and professional capabilities are needed for the different levels of sports development. For instance, an elite coach must be able to plan a suitable competition schedule for elite para-athletes so that they are able to perform at peak conditions in important competitions. They must also allow adequate rest periods in-between competitions and training. A junior coach may choose to place more emphasis on the basics of the sport, building up a good foundation from which the athlete can move onto a higher level or into the next developmental phase of their training.

 

Components of SDSC’s Coaching Levels

The SDSC’s coaching framework is made up of 4 different coaching levels, each with different minimum criteria.  Current coaches and aspiring individuals who are looking to join the SDSC as a coach should look at the tables below to see which criteria they fall under, and/or should work towards. Once accepted into the Coaching Framework, they are expected to sign a Coach agreement/Contract that would spell out all the terms and conditions of their employment, their Targets/Key Performance Indicators, and their role and responsibilities as coaches.

 

Coaching Levels:

SDSC Coach Level 1
Requisites
  • NCAP Level 1 Theory and Technical, or an equivalent
  • Registered under NROC
  • Good track record of past coaching achievements
  • No experience or less than 600 hours in para-sports coaching
  • Proficient in English as the medium of instruction
Job ScopeThe coach reports to the SDSC and is responsible for coaching the athletes identified by the SDSC. The coach will collaborate with the SDSC Sports Development Officer to create suitable training plans for athletes, in alignment with SDSC's overall strategies.
Key Performance IndicatorsAs indicated on contract / agreed upon by the Sports Development Officer, and/or Sports Manager.
RemunerationS$30 to S$50 per hour

SDSC Coach Level 2
Requisites
  • NCAP Level 2 Theory, or an equivalent
  • Registered under NROC
  • Good track Record of past coaching achievements
  • At least 600 hours of experience in para-sports coaching
  • Proficient in English as the medium of instruction
Job scopeThe coach reports to the SDSC and is responsible for coaching the athletes identified by the SDSC. The coach will collaborate with the SDSC Sports Development Officer to create suitable training plans for athletes, in alignment with SDSC's overall strategies.
Key Performance IndicatorsAs indicated on contract / agreed upon by the Sports Development Officer, and/or Sports Manager.
RemunerationS$60 to S$75 per hour

SDSC Coach Level 3
Requisites
  • NCAP Level 3 Theory and Technical, or an equivalent
  • Registered under NROC
  • Good track record of past coaching achievements
  • At least 1200 hours of experience in para-sports coaching
  • Proficient in English as the medium of instruction
Job ScopeThe coach reports to the SDSC and is responsible for coaching the athletes identified by the SDSC. The coach will collaborate with the SDSC Sports Development Officer to create suitable training plans for athletes, in alignment with SDSC's overall strategies.
Key Performance IndicatorsAs indicated on contract / agreed upon by the Sports Development Officer, and/or Sports Manager.
RemunerationS$80 to S$100 per hour

SDSC Elite Coach (Level 4)
Requisites
  • NCAP Level 3 Theory and Technical, or an equivalent
  • Registered under NROC
  • Good track record of past coaching achievements
  • At least 1800 hours of experience in para-sports coaching
  • Proficient in English as the medium of instruction
Job ScopeThe coach reports to the SDSC and is responsible for coaching the athletes identified by the SDSC. The coach will collaborate with the SDSC Sports Development Officer to create suitable training plans for athletes, in alignment with SDSC's overall strategies.

Additionally, the Elite coach is to work closely with the SDSC Sports Manager in the overall management of the elite athletes under their charge. They will also develop the coaching strategic framework for the designated sport, from a recreational to an elite level. Furthermore, the coach has to play an active role in the identification of sporting talents within their designated sport.
Key Performance IndicatorsThe coach will collaborate with the SDSC Sports Development Officer to create suitable training plans for athletes, in alignment with SDSC's overall strategies.
RemunerationMonthly Salary

Coach Agreement/Contract

All coaches are required to sign a coach agreement/contract prior to the commencement of any sports training. This contract will clearly spell out all that is required and expected of an SDSC coach, at all scales.

 

Key Performance Indicators/Target (KPIs)

Target setting is compulsory as it determines how well the coach performs their role, and if they are meeting the desired outcomes. A coach review will be conducted near the termination date, as indicated on the contract to ascertain if the coach’s performance is aligned with the stated KPIs.

 

Athletes’ Monthly Attendance Report

Coaches are required to submit their athletes’ monthly attendance report. There is a generic template that all coaches are required to complete and submit to their respective SDO at the end of every month.

 

Athlete Progress Report

Coaches are also expected to fill Progress Report in order to monitor the athletes’ performance on a monthly basis. This report must be submitted as and when requested by the SDSC.