Mentoring happens every day, in every gym, because developing coaches watch, take advice from and ask questions of a coach with more experience and a higher qualification. Newer judges learn a great deal from working with higher qualified judges when sitting together on a panel at a competition.
Whilst this will always be the case, we believe in providing learning opportunities for coaches and judges to enhance the skills required to be a great mentor coach.
A great mentor should:
- Be a good role model
- Be respectful
- Have great communication skills
- Have empathy
- Recognise different motivations, skills, knowledge and needs of the coach being mentored
- Provide supportive feedback
- Hold a qualification one level above the mentee in the required discipline
Please bear in mind that mentoring is a two-way process and that the quality of the outcome of the process is mainly determined by the quality of collaboration, interaction and initiative between mentor and candidate. All education should be candidate led with the mentor supporting knowledge gained during the course.
To help mentors understand what assessors are looking for in the logbooks, please make reference to the summative assessment pages. Copies of the logbook can be found here.
Scottish Gymnastics recruit, develop and deploy Tutors deliver our education courses outlined below;
- Coach Education (Formal Pathway (up to L3), Learn to Coach, Cycle qualifications, CPD)
- Judge Education (Club, Regional)
In order to become a Tutor, you need to be appropriately qualified for the course you intend to tutor, be passionate about helping others to learn and gain knowledge and experience, and happy to go through an interview and selection process. If successful, you will need to commit to a programme of training and undertake a sign-off process under the guidance of an experienced Tutor.
We identify our tutor requirements based on geographical and discipline-by-discipline needs. Vacancies are advertised on our website and sportscotland.
All new tutors will be expected to sign up to an agreed code of conduct, which helps to ensure candidates get the best education experience possible.
The assessment of new and developing coaches and judges is key to ensuring the next generation are competent, confident and safe. As an assessor you will need to have good technical knowledge, be confident in giving and receiving feedback and be able to put candidates at ease during their assessment.
We identify our assessor requirements based on geographical and discipline-by-discipline needs. Where we have a vacancy, this is advertised on our website and sportscotland.
All new assessors will be expected to sign up to an agreed code of conduct, which helps to ensure candidates get the best education experience possible.