You may already be a coach at the community level, or you are thinking about coaching. Often, you are a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport.
There is one level of workshops for community sport coaches: Initiation (or introduction). (18-hour workshop)
The Community Sport Initiation context focuses on participants who are being introduced to a sport. In many sports this is very young children participating in the sport for the first time. In a few sports, initiation into the sport can occur with youth or adults. Participants get involved to meet new friends, have fun, and to learn a new activity. The role of the coach is to ensure a fun and safe environment and to teach the development of some of the “FUNdamentals” stage skills and abilities for participants.
Instructors in the Instructor Beginner context are usually working with participants who are experiencing the sport for the first time through a series of lessons, there is no formalized competition at this level – it is strictly about skill development and there is a short timeframe of interaction between the instructor and the participant. (36-hour workshop))
Participants will cover basic teaching methods, risk management, how to analyze technical performance, technical coaching skills (group and individual lessons), provide feedback, and how to make ethical decisions. Participants must already be at the CFF yellow and orange armband level in their particular discipline (foil, sabre, epee) to enroll in this course, or must demonstrate their competency at this level.
Note: It is highly recommended that coaches complete the CFF community level workshop prior to registering to the CFF Competition-instructeur workshop.
Canadian Fencing Competition Introduction Context
Module designed to deepen skill repertoire for CFF green and blue armband.
This 36-hour workshop offers a thorough introduction to the competitive sports environment. Coaches will work on planning, athlete support, improvement of their own green and blue CFF armband skills, performance analysis, and competition participation rules for their athletes.
Note: It is highly recommended that coaches complete the CFF Instructor workshop prior to registering to the CFF Competition-Introduction workshop.
Canadian Fencing Competition development Context
Coaches in the Competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions.
This context is designed for coaches of athletes ranging from the Train to Train to the Train to Compete stages of long-term athlete development.
This 36-hour workshop offers a thorough to the competitive sports environment. Coaches will work on planning, athlete support, improvement of their own red and black CFF armband skills, performance analysis, and competition rules participation for their athletes.
Note: It is highly recommended that coaches complete the CFF competition introduction workshop prior to registering to the CFF Competition-development workshop.
Canadian Fencing Competition - High Performance Context
This context is typically reserved coaches of athletes in the Train to Win stage of long-term athlete development although there is the possibility of some phasing in of a Train to Compete athlete into the High-Performance level because of the fluidity of the stages of long-term athlete development. Coaches in this stream require specific skills and abilities in order to meet the needs of their athletes. (Black CFF armband skills)
Note: It is highly recommended that coaches complete the CFF competition development workshop prior to registering to the CFF Competition-development workshop.
For workshop dates in your area, please contact your provincial/territorial fencing association or click here.