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Tour coaching is an essential part of any AFF-related athlete tour, and the need for coaches is assessed by the AFF Executive based on the size of the team travelling, as well as the ages and experience of participants.  Tour coaches will be required to deal with all aspects of preparing athletes and teams to compete, and will prepare a brief report after the tour for the AFF on each athlete.  The process of selection is as follows:

  1. National Coaches are invited to nominate.  This is qualified by special considerations where the relevant National Coach has a relative who will be competing.
  2. In the event that there are further requirements for coaches, Assistant National Coaches are nominated by the relevant National Coach (in the latter case, the Executive will then confirm with the nominated Assistant National Coach that they are available to be selected).
  3. In the event that there are further requirements for coaches, Assistant National Coaches are then invited to nominate.
  4. National Coaches are then invited to submit their recommendations and rationale regarding the nomination(s) received.
  5. The Executive will then decide from the nominees (Operations Director, to be ratified by the Executive).  The Executive may decide not to select one or more of the nominees.  The factors (in no particular order) that the Executive will use to make their decision will include:
    1. National Coach recommendations (including rationale)
    2. Accreditation Level in nominated weapon
    3. NCAS and State affiliation standing
    4. Formal appointment within the High Performance Program coaching structure
    5. Cost for airfare from Coach’s home state to the competition destination
    6. Accreditation Level in other weapons
    7. Number of athletes attending competition who have the nominated coach as their personal coach
    8. Previous Member Protection issues
    9. Previous Tour reporting submitted
    10. Level of engagement with the AFF's High Performance Program
  6. In the event that there are further requirements for coaches, the relevant National Coach may nominate a specific coach (the Executive will then confirm with the nominated coach that they are available to be selected)
  7. In the event that there are further requirements for coaches, an open nomination process will commence.
  8. The decision process will then follow (4) and (5) above.
  9. In the event that there are further requirements for coaches, the Executive will directly approach specific coaches.

Note that the Protocol above may also be applied for opportunities for overseas coaching courses.  Where there are time-related urgencies on coach selection, the AFF Executive may elect to commence the process above at the "open nomination process" stage.

[An Operational Protocol is information about the process by which the AFF Executive generally makes its decisions. It is designed as a matter of governance and transparency so that stakeholders in various decisions may inform themselves as to how decisions are usually made. An Operational Protocol is not policy, and cannot be subject to appeal.]

Last Updated 21 April 2015.