Coaching Development

Northside Wizards Basketball has the goal that all coaches within our affiliated club system and/or Wizards programs have an appropriate coaching qualification. To do this we are committed to ensuring that our coaches have access to regular developmental opportunities. Having experienced and knowledgeable coaches within our association is fundamental to ensuring our players get the most out of the game and their own abilities. We aim to facilitate high quality, consistent, and accessible training that aligns with Basketball Australia’s Coach Accreditation Framework. Whether you are coaching a team of beginners or a national team, we want to support you to enjoy “Everyone’s Game”.

To express your interest in attending a coaching accreditation course please send an email to Northside Wizards Development Officer – Lucian McGuinness at

Coach Accreditation

There are five recognised levels of coaching accreditation within Australia. NWB facilitate two of these in house (Community Coach and Club Coach) with courses offered at no cost to those actively coaching within our system. Higher levels of accreditation are conducted by Basketball Queensland at a central venue during the year. Basketball Queensland have mandated a minimal qualification (Club Coach) for those aspiring to coach in representative programs. See the table below for more information on the levels of coach accreditation within Queensland.

Community Coach – recommended for all coaches before commencing interaction with players. This course is the first step for coaches to gain formal accreditation in the sport of basketball. The information contained within this half-day course is very broad and touches upon the major elements involved for coaching junior basketball at grass roots and domestic club levels. Suitable for junior players, new coaches and parents who have an interest in getting involved with the sport.

Club Coach – recommended for domestic club level coaches and novice representative coaches. This course gives greater detail to elements involved in coaching a competitive basketball team in the club and representative environments, as well as an introduction to the Wizards Style of Play. Consisting of a full day course coupled with an online component, coaches will learn how to plan a season, structure a training session, and build on individual and team offensive and defensive concepts.

Association Coach – recommended for established representative coaches, association employees and coaches involved with state programs. This course provides specialised learnings from experts from various fields within basketball and focuses on a coach’s personal development and how to build knowledge about the sport of basketball. For a coach to register in an Association Coach Course they must hold their Club Coach Accreditation for a minimum 1 year. Association courses are generally only held a couple of times throughout the year, across Queensland.

Performance/Master Coach – recommended for coaches involved with Basketball Australia’s national team programs. This course focuses on the elite level skills needed to coach within the professional and semi-professional ranks of coaches in Australia.