Below is the list of characteristics the AFF looks for in coaches:
Common to all levels
- Is calm and can provide clear, concise, and actionable instruction.
- Understands and demonstrates the principles embodied in the Australian Sports Commission’s Coaching Principles Course.
- Has a demonstrated understanding of priority for priority weapons (when relevant).
- Can teach some preparation actions and execute timing appropriately.
- Is able to teach some basic strategy to fencers.
Level 2 Coaches
- When working with National Squad, works cooperatively with HPC and National Coaching Team Members.
- When working with National Squad, can understand and implement instruction from the HPC and the National Technical Director.
- Has a good understanding of the technical phrase in priority weapons.
- Has a good understanding of preparation and is able to teach a wide variety of intelligent preparation and a wide variety of actions upon execution.
- Teaches a solid technical range that is essentially open ended in its deployment and controls the use of various tempos and speeds.
- Is able to motivate athletes to train and perform.
- Able to impart strategic and technical instruction and develop good understanding of this in the athlete.
- Has basic understanding of the principles of mindset in the fencing context.
- Able to demonstrate the development of athletes over time.
- Is able to give a “common ground” lesson in line with the National Technical Directors to athletes of the National Squad.
- Is able to run a National Squad Camp.
- Is able to travel with and lead a group from the National Squad Youth at a minimum.
Level 3 Coaches
- At least all characteristics of Common to All Levels and requirements of Level Two.
- Has a high-quality understanding of the technical phrase.
- Has high quality understanding of preparation and is able to teach a wide variety of intelligent preparation and a wide variety of quality actions upon execution.
- Teaches a solid technical range that is essential open ended in its deployment and controls the use of various tempos and speeds.
- Pronounced ability to motivate athletes to excel.
- Able to development a deep understanding of the strategy and tactics in fencers.
- Understands and deploys key mindset principles in the fencing context.
- Able to further development of athletes over time.
- He/she should be able to communicate well (firmly yet politely) with the referees during a bout and eventually well timing any complaints on the piste.
- Be able to coach and lead the National Squad at international events of cadets, juniors and seniors.
- Other characteristics as required.