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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Coach the principles of triathlon as a competitive sport 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264717  Coach the principles of triathlon as a competitive sport 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
In achieving this unit standard, the learner will display the competency required to operate as a coach in support of the coaching of the technical and tactical skills of competitive triathlon to individuals who already mastered the fundamental principles of the sport in order to encourage new entrance to triathlon as a competitive sport.

In achieving this unit standard, the competent individuals will display the competency and the skills required to coach participants the essential skills of the sport and prepare the individual or team for competitive triathlon on a junior level. The qualifying learner may work in a school, community club or organisation, coaching competitive triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon at beginner to intermediate level.

On achievement of this unit standard, the learner will be able to:
  • Coach the laws governing triathlon.
  • Identify safety requirements for competitive triathlon.
  • Plan and implement practice sessions.
  • Coach the skills and conditioning of triathlon.
  • Review coaching sessions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • The unit standard - Conduct Coaching To Beginners In Triathlon.

    It is further assumed that learners accessing this unit standard will be competent in swimming, running and cycling and in possession of a first aid certificate so as to handle any emergency incidents in the coaching of individuals for competitive triathlon. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Where applicable, range statements have been included under individual specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Coach the laws governing triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the history of triathlon as a competitive discipline is provided to show understanding of the evolution of triathlon as a sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Condensed history of triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon as competitive sports, the development of the sport, international practices of the sport, competition disciplines and distances, operational structures for the sport in South Africa-federation, SASCOC, SRSA.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The laws relating to specific triathlon disciplines are described as it applies to the sport and the disciplines making up the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Professional conduct and protocol associated with competitive triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon as well as the disciplines making up the sport.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of the coach and other officials as adjudicators of the laws governing competitive triathlon is described as it applies to fair play and ethical behaviour. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify safety requirements for competitive triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the coach is explained in the context of the safety athletes being coached for competitive triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risks involved with the sport of triathlon are identified and explained as they affect the disciplines making up the sport. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specific safety requirements applicable to the sport and the arrangements of competitive events are explained for each of the related disciplines of the sport. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and implement practice sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A coaching plan and sessions are planned as it applies to a sport season. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal and/or team objectives for competitive athletes are identified to ensure applicable practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources are planned in relation to the requirements of a coaching programme for the disciplines of triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles of personal growth and development are included in the coaching/practice programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety requirements are identified and utilised in the coaching of the different disciplines of the sport. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A range of practice sessions are developed to enable effective conditioning and technical skills transfer associated with specific disciplines and competitive distances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Drills for conditioning, inclusion of techniques and tactics for transition, speed fitness and strength conditioning.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Coach the skills and conditioning of triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of physical conditioning for competitive participation in the sport of triathlon are explained and utlised in practice sessions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Warming up, cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility as applicable to propulsion and triathlon disciplines and transition between disciplines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different coaching methods are used to meet the needs of the athlete being coached for competitive triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The technical skills of the disciplines of the sport are taught in scheduled practice sessions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Swimming, running, cycling and transition between the disciplines.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Review coaching sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Individual progress is evaluated and practice sessions adjusted to address personal development as per personal and/or team objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records are concluded to record modifications of coaching sessions to the coaching plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Administrative requirements is concluded according to operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Registration, progress tracking, logbook for the recording of conducted coaching sessions and adjustment to the seasonal coaching plan.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A logbook is maintained to record conducted coaching sessions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements. Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge, skill and understanding which should be embedded in the process to enable the learner to become competent in all of the Specific Outcomes, based on the appropriate Assessment Criteria, for this unit standard, includes:
  • Laws governing competitive triathlon.
  • Competitive triathlon disciplines for personal and team events.
  • Learning and conditioning processes and techniques.
  • Stroke development - four competitive strokes, history, skills and drills.
  • Principles of fitness.
  • Setting of personal objectives.
  • Competition protocol.
  • Role of the referee.
  • Role of the coach.
  • Practice planning.
  • Recording and adjustment of practice sessions.
  • Health and safety requirements.
  • Values, ethics and fairplay. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The planning and conducting of training sessions for at competitive level requires the addressing of personal athlete issues including the use of innovative approaches to address individual technical correction. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork is supported in the working with others and in a team as it relates to the coaching of individuals in triathlon at competitive level. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management is supported in the planning, conducting and recording of coaching and practice sessions and the maintaining of progress records for individuals coached. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The evaluation and adjustment of coaching sessions to meet individual and team requirements supports the collecting, analysis and evaluation of information in the operational environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication is supported in the planning and conducting of triathlon practice sessions in the setting of objectives and communication with the athlete. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64369   Further Education and Training Certificate: Sport Coaching: Juniors/Beginners  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  67695   National Certificate: Coaching Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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