GA to adopt USA football coaching accreditation framework

Gridiron Australia (GA), through its National Director Coaching Paul Manera, has conducted a full review of the existing coaching accreditation systems throughout its’ member states.  After this review, GA has decided to adopt the USA Football coaching accreditation framework. By adopting this framework GA can not only standardise the accreditation of coaches throughout Australia but also provide a career pathway for Australian coaches both here and overseas. GA is also working with the Australian Sports Commission on having the program recognised Nationally in conjunction with their Community Coaching Principles (previously known as level 1 general principles).

As part of the program GA will work with all existing accredited coaches on transitioning to the new framework. All coaches regardless of existing accreditation will be required to complete the USA Football level 1 youth tackle certification which focusses on the safety and wellbeing of players and covers the concept of Heads Up Football.

By becoming certified under the USA Football program, coaches will have ongoing access to the USA Football coaching resources portal as well as access to GA’s Coaching development HUDL site.

If you want further detail on the program or in fact want to become certified as a Gridiron Australia recognised coach please contact Paul Manera (NDC) via paul.manera@ga.org.au. Or visit http://gridironaustralia.org.au/education/coaching-accreditation

Gridiron Australia is strongly committed to development of its coaches and believes this program will better facilitate that development going forward.

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Uniform RFQ

Gridiron Australia is seeking a vendor to become the preferred supplier of Uniforms and associated ancillary items required as part of Gridiron Australia’s National Programs.

We are looking for interested suppliers to send us a proposal responding to our specific requirements as detailed in the RFQ Gridiron Australia – Uniforms.

Closing date is 9th June 2017.

Travel RFQ

Gridiron Australia is seeking a vendor to become the preferred supplier for the provision of Air travel management required as part of Gridiron Australia’s National Programs.

We are looking for interested suppliers to send us a proposal responding to our specific requirements as detailed in the RFQ Gridiron Australia – travel.

Closing date is 30th June 2017.

Apply to be an Assistant Coach of the Junior Outback

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST, UNFORTUNATELY THESE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

We now are seeking applications for Assistant Coaching Staff for the Junior Outback, Australia’s Junior Team.

The team will compete at the 2017 IFAF Oceania Qualifier, attempting to Qualify for the 2018 IFAF Gridiron World Championships. (host country yet to be confirmed).

The positions being recruited for include: Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Positional Coach (Offense), and Positional Coach (Defense).

Applications close on Sunday the 26th of March 2017 (AEDST).

This exciting opportunity is available to registered members of Gridiron Australia member states only.

All applications must include the details as set out in the selection criteria and must be submitted by email to: applyforoutback@ga.org.au

Updated Member Protection Policy

The GA Board has endorsed a revised Member Protection Policy, in line with ASC recommendations. This policy went in to effect 22 January 2017 and replaces the previous policies.  This policy applies to all affiliated members and associations.

GA MPP January 2017

Marketing RFQ

We are undertaking a renewed focus on our online platforms including a brand refresh, online review and digital strategy going forward to connect with potential and existing members and other stakeholders.

We are looking for interested suppliers to send us a proposal responding to our specific requirements as detailed in the RFQ Gridiron Australia – Marketing.

Closing date is 28th February 2017.

Assistant coaches for the 2019 Outback Team

Gridiron Australia is now looking for Assistant Coaches for The Men’s National Team Campaign which will be competing against other countries in Oceania for a spot in the 2019 World Cup.

Applications close on Sunday the 5th of February 2017 and must be submitted by email to applyforoutback@ga.org.au.

The position description can be downloaded here

IFAF 2016 Congress

The IFAF Congress for 2016 was held in New York on September 17.

Australia was represented at the congress by GA Chairman Darrin Mitchell, and by GA International Relationship Commissioner Chris Josey. During the Congress, Chris Josey was elected as Secretary of IFAF.

Read the full press release from IFAF here.

Gridiron Victoria to join Gridiron Australia board with Observer status

Gridiron Australia and Gridiron Victoria have come to an agreement allowing GV to appoint an Observer to the GA board.  GV have nominated Mark Levin to take up this position.

This agreement does not amount to a return to full membership of GA by GV, but is a preparatory step for what is hoped to be a full return.  There are still several issues that need to be resolved between GA and GV before full membership, and it is planned that this arrangement will assist in this process.

GV will be an observer in board activities and participate in the planning of the 2017 GA budget.  It is our optimistic intention that agreement will be reached and GV return to full membership at the start of 2017, including participating in the Junior Nationals in QLD in April.  However, even if agreement is not reach by then both sides are committed to continuing discussions and enabling an eventual return to full membership by GV.

The boards of both GA and GV ask members on both sides to cease the negative comments and instead work constructively as we all attempt to advance the sport throughout the country.  Should members or other interested parties of either side have concerns, please speak with your local representative for clarification as the first step.