FENCING COACHES – A VITAL & VALUABLE RESOURCE
Fencers are dependent on the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm of their coaches to become skilled and confident in the sport of fencing. The success of fencing clubs is strongly linked to the quality of their coaches. Competent coaching is the lifeblood of a successful fencing development program and is vital for the continued growth of our sport.
There are three separate coaching streams to choose from.
a. Initiation level: Community animators offer a limited length introductory program of basic fencing moves and concepts in a non-threatening, varied and playful way. The focus is on developing fundamental physical and mental skills while having fun with fencing related movements.
b. Ongoing participation level: Community animators provide support for fencers of all ages to fence for fun, fitness and social interaction.
a. Beginner level: Instructors take beginners beyond the community initiation stage to develop skills up to the completion of orange armband skills.
b. Intermediate level: Instructors develop and refine the skills of fencers up to the completion of green armband skills.
c. Advanced level: Instructors develop and refine the skills of fencers up to the completion of black (highest level) armband skills.
a. Competition introduction level: Coaches integrate the technical- tactical skill development of fencers at the “Train to train” stage with the skills to perform well in entry level and regional competitions.
b. Competition development level: Coaches integrate the technical-tactical skill development of fencers at the “Train to compete” stage with the skills to perform well in national level competitions.
c. High performance competition level: Coaches integrate the technical-tactical skill development of fencers at the “Train to win / Compete to win” stages with the skills to perform well in international level competitions.
For more information on coaching streams, coach development opportunities and evaluation please contact FENB Coach Development Representative Barbara Daniel.
FENB is now offering Coach evaluation at the Instructor-Beginner level. The following checklist describes the evaluation process.
Coaches who are ready to be evaluated at the Instructor Beginner level should complete the following application form and submit it to FENB at email@example.com
Listen to your participants; they can be excellent teachers.
Help each fencer develop their capacities as individuals and as part of their club.
New Brunswick has been fortunate to have several dedicated coaches who have inspired New Brunswick fencers over the years.