BASKETBALL Victoria’s (BV) commitment is to ensure equality and opportunity for all members of the basketball community.
With females representing more than 50 per cent of the Australian population (2016 abs report), coupled with the decline in the percentage of female participation in our sport (2013 Basketball Victoria census), it is recognised that the sport needs to redress this recent decline in female representation at all levels of coaching in Victoria.
This document was created following an extensive study undertaken by BVC Development Officers. Whilst the focus and examples provided within this document are focused on the country pathway and the experiences of those involved in country basketball, the majority of the barriers and subsequent strategies are equally applicable to those involved with metropolitan-based associations.
As is always the case, terminology and programs differ from association to association, however, we have standardised nomenclature and provided practical examples where feasible.
In respect of findings, delivered by both internal and external studies into female coaching, it is clear that a framework needs to be in place to optimise female involvement and provide females with the wherewithal to achieve their coaching goals and potential.
Stage one of increasing female participation is to develop female coaches.
Whilst there is higher representation of female coaches at the junior domestic level across Victoria, it is common for those coaches to be a parent of one of the participating children. In 2017, Basketball Victoria undertook an extensive study aimed towards understanding both the motivations of participants and existing barriers within the sport. This study was titled the 2017 BVC Female Coach Study and research undertaken concluded:
› As the standard of basketball increases, the percentage of female coaches decreases
› The pathway from domestic coach to squad or representative coach is not being accessed by female coaches
› There is little, if any, accreditation of domestic coaches (either male or female)
› Those involved in the study were unaware of any formalised process for advancing female coaches at any level
“As part of the project, Basketball Victoria has provided this Association Toolkit to assist associations with the recruitment, development and retention of female coaches and to redress the issues identified in the 2017 BVC Female Coaching Study,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said. “This toolkit will further help associations to develop an understanding of pathways and opportunities available to female coaches in Victoria.”
A key finding of the 2017 Basketball Victoria Country Female Coaching Study was directly related to a lack of understanding and awareness of female participation programs and their role in the Victorian basketball pathway. It is evident that all programs developed need to be communicated to coaches at all levels and be easily accessible by everyone wishing to advance their coaching credentials.
This toolkit is designed to increase both the number of female coaches at all levels of our sport and the knowledge of gender equality in coach education. The toolkit is for basketball associations to use and designed specifically for people who are involved in developing coaches within local associations.
ASSOCIATION TOOLKIT OBJECTIVES
› Promote inclusive practice in our sport
› Diversify approaches to recruiting and retaining volunteers
› Promote gender equality in coaching by challenging the norm
› Promote the representation of paid and volunteer women coaches
› Increase the number of women as paid and volunteer coaches
› Increase the number of female high-performance coaches
› Retain the expertise of elite female athletes remaining involved in our sport
› Increase the number of role models for females in our sport › Strengthen relationships between experienced and inexperienced coaches
› Improve and promote development pathways and opportunities for women coaches
› Acknowledge and celebrate our female achievements › Foster the leadership of women across all diverse sectors of our sport as a gender equality strategy