WSA aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment for our athletes.

We encourage all club staff, coaches, managers or parents to head to the Sport NZ website and check out the child safeguarding modules.

CLICK HERE: Child Safeguarding Bite-Sized Learning Series

Each module takes between 2 and 5 minutes to complete and can be completed as a series of eight or individually depending on what you're interested in learning. By creating an account with sports tutor, you can record your progress and gain a certificate upon completion.


New to coaching or just want some more education to progress your current knowledge?

Follow the link to a Sport NZ site where you can sign up for online courses in subjects such as:

  • Getting started in coaching
  • Sport Safe
  • Coaching Safety Net

and many more. 

Also available for managers, clubs, parents and athletes.

FREE SPORT TUTOR RESOURCE: Coaching Athletes with Autism

Need support and advice on coaching athletes with autism?

Special Olympics NZ has developed an online learning module about coaching athletes with autism. The module is free and available for anyone who may benefit from some basic information on supporting participants with autism. It provides an introduction to autism and offers research based support and advice for coaches who work alongside athletes with autism.Key Outcomes for the course include:

  • Defining autism in a way that everyone can understand
  • Provide an insight into what you might expect when coaching athletes with autism
  • Learn new ways of adapting your coaching methodology to promote an inclusive coaching environment

You can access the module via the Special Olympics NZ website - Coaching Athletes with Autism


Wanting inspriation for your teams trainings, then head to the i-coach link below to watch week by week sessions to give you coaching tips on communication, games and techniques on how to inspire play in your young athletes.

i-Coach Videos


Whether your a new coach or more experienced, the online modules can help you to coach with confidence and broaden your knowledge of the game. Follow the link to sign up and complete the courses that interest you.

SNZ Online Coaching Modules


Feel free to join the WSA Club Coaches private Facebook page where you will find useful information to help with all aspects of your coaching.

Follow the link to the page and request to be a member.

WSA Coaches Facebook

WSA Development - COACHES TOOLBOX (Online Drive)

In an effort to support and provide our community of coaches with tools, tips, and information to best equip them for successful seasons ahead, we have organized a “Coaches Toolbox” Online Drive. This shared drive can be accessed by anyone with the link and includes organized information, videos, drills, tips, articles, and resources for our coaches! 

Link to Full Drive: WSA Development Shared Drive

Top Picks to Get Started:

1. How to Build Positive Team Culture (Video)

2. Motivating Players in Mixed-Ability Environments (Article)

3. SNZ Rookie Sox – Team Practice Plans (Handbooks)

Follow the link to the full drive for resources like these, and more!

WSA Coach Education Opportunities - Coaches Connect

WSA is excited to bring new personal development opportunities to softball coaches in our competition environment who are eager to invest in their skills and lasting impacts as coaches! 

How might this benefit you?

1. Network - chance to meet like-minded peers coaching at a similar level, broaden coach connections and learn from each other.

2. Fresh thinking - the workshops provide many useful ideas to enhance coaching delivery and content.

3. Flexible format – we aim to provide both in-person interactive sessions, as well as online sessions easily accessed from the comfort of home!

4. Zero cost - free to invited coaches.

These sessions will be aimed at providing coaches information, ideas, and encourage connection and discussion around different topics of our game. 

Our first two sessions will be hosted online via Teams on Wednesdays, 24 and 31 July from 6:30pm-8:00pm. 

In-person sessions will be 5 Aug and 12 Aug from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Johnsonville Club (1 Norman Lane, Johnsonville).

Session information and full schedule as follows: 

Session 1- FUN-damentals of Junior Coaching: WHY we Coach, Foundational Skills & Creating Positive Sport Experiences *Online* (Wednesday, 24 July, 6:30pm, Online Teams Meeting)

Session 2- “Coach Approach”- Team Culture, Player vs. Team Development & Season Goals *Online* (Wednesday, 31 July, 6:30pm, Online Teams Meeting)

Session 3- All Things Pitching: Intro to Mechanics & Coaching Pitchers (Monday, 5 Aug, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Johnsonville Club)

Session 4- All Things Hitting: Intro into Mechanics & Building Better Hitters (Monday, 12 Aug, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Johnsonville Club)

To register for these sessions: CLICK HERE