Conditions : Methods : Rates of Pay



Term Time Sessions run along side school terms (usually 10 weeks).

So employment and pay are also run in line with this.

There are 4 terms (Usually 10 weeks) per year and
then there are also holiday sessions during school holidays.

What coaches probably want


Coaches probably want to be paid on the day of the session they do, and probably would prefer cash.

This method doesn't work for our program on a few levels.

  1. We need a way to ensure that coaches commit in full for the term. Even with the best of intentions, coaches who do not have an incentive to turn commit for the term will eventually drop out without notice. The program suffers hugely if this happens. So we need a way to ensure coaches comply with the requirements of the program in terms of reliability and professionalism.
  2. We also need at least 4 weeks notice if a coach decides to leave the program. This 4 weeks allows us the time we need to find a replacement coach.
  3. To comply with accounting laws all coaches are employed as sub-contractors. Coaches therefore need to submit an invoice for the sessions that they have coached and want to be paid for.

In terms of getting paid, these are the options:

  1. Coaches that want to be paid weekly, must work 4 weeks in arrears.
  2. Coaches can choose to be paid for the term, at the end of term. Coaches who choose this option over option 1, will get a better rate of pay than that in option 1.
  3. Coaches can choose to have a bonus element to their pay, which gets paid based on achieving an acceptable level of professionalism and reliability. Coaches who choose this option, will get a better rate of pay than that in option 1 &2.

The conditions laid out in method of part (part 1) must also be complied with.

Understand Rates of Pay

 There are 2 parts to pay: A Base rate  and a Bonus Rate

The Base Rate

  • Base Pay (that is : excluding the bonus rate) for all coaches is usually
    • 50% of the agreed hourly rate.
    • With the opportunity to increase this based on performance, and longevity in the program (up to the maximum rate).
  • Coaches with Exceptional experience will start on:
      • $50/hour immediately
      • Coaches would need an impressive playing and/or coaching CV to get this rate immediately
      • This is the caliber of coach we are looking for.
  • Coaches with a good level of experience may start on
    • $35 -$45 per hour depending on this experience.
    • Increasing each term until the hourly rate reaches $50 hour.
  • Coaches with little coaching experience but clearly show the potential to be a great coach (great personality and technical ability) then the pay starts at $20/hour + $10 Bonus rate.
    • Increasing very quickly as coaches get up to speed with the program and prove themselves to be a great addition to the program.

Understand : Bonus Rates

This bonus is connected to a very high level of coaching and professionalism:

  • Coach at a very good level, and be:
  • 100% committed to the program
  • 100% presentable
  • 100% reliable and
  • 100% punctual.

This not an unreasonable expectation and so the bonus rate should not be something to fear, unless you are unable to act professionally.

Seeing Applicants in Action

  • A key part of the interview process is that prospective coaches would need to come in and assist for all or part of an afternoon.
    • If prospective coaches are then offered a longer term position, they would be paid for this session (in Line with the normal conditions of pay).
    • In this session, prospective coaches would be assessed on their technical ability and 'general coaching' personality during this session.


If successful there is Probationary period

Usually Session 2 to the end of term.

  • Coaches are paid during the probationary period at the agreed Standard Ongoing Rate of Pay in line wit the rates of pay outlined above.

Methods of Pay options

  1. Our preferred method: Coaches who choose to be paid (base + bonus) at the end of term will get paid in full at the end of term, subject to all the conditions above being met.
  2. Paying weekly creates more admin and the agreed rate may therefore be reduced to offset the extra work involved in paying coaches weekly.
Note: Pay is paid 4 weeks in arrears, regardless of which option is chosen.

We need coaches to commit to the end of term, unless otherwise agreed, agree to be paid 4 weeks in arrears, and also give 4 weeks notice (in writing) if they plan to stop coaching at TST.


This is the Safety Net.


It is in place to ensure we employ coaches who act professionally, and are definitely committed to the program for the period agreed, and give us sufficient notice to find a replacement if need be.


Coaches once committed to a term, need to be available throughout that term. Dropping out half way through a term is very problematic for the program. Coaches must give at least 4 weeks notice if they can no longer coach (Use team app or email to communicate this). Coaches who don't act professionally and don't provide appropriate notice will not be paid for any of the sessions they have done (but not been paid for), up to the point of leaving.

To ensure the 4 week in arrears rule is adhered to, Pay is paid, 4 weeks after the submission of the invoice.

The safety net should not be feared. It is only an issue for coaches who are not able to be professional and reliable.


Missing sessions:

  • If a coach knows at the start of term they will miss a session during the term, then this is fine. Just give the program plenty of notice.
  • Obviously illness or injury may also cause a person to miss a session occsionally. This is obviously OK, but the reality is that it should happen often. If a coach is sick then they must let the program know as soon as there is a slight chance that they will not be able to coach.

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