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.
How to Become a Fencing Coach / Instructor
Step 1: Learn to fence: A coach’s personal skill level and experience in the sport will help greatly to develop confidence to teach others to fence. The stronger your personal fencing skills are, the greater your credibility will be as a coach.
The CFF National Armband Program provides a guideline for progressive skill development of fencers.
The Long Term Athlete Development model for fencing provides a guideline for fencers to develop strong fundamental skills and eventually to be active in fencing for life.
The Atlantic Fencing League provides a variety of competitive opportunities to hone your skills.
Step 2: Enrol in a National Coaching Certification Training Program (NCCP)
There are three main coaching streams in which to develop as a coach
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.
The NCCP coordinator for fencing in New Brunswick, Barbara Daniel can assist you in determining which stream suits your interest and abilities.
Step 3: Practice coaching with the appropriate level of fencers and, if possible, with the support of a mentor coach.
Step 4: Complete the requirements for training within your chosen stream. You will now be recognized as an NCCP trained coach.
Step 5: Complete the requirements for evaluation of your skills within your chosen stream. You will now be recognized as an NCCP certified coach
Step 6: Continue to gain coaching experience and attend further recommended coaching courses to maintain your NCCP status as a coach.
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.