What is Coaching?
Coaching pole sports is about helping participants to take part safely in the sport and help them achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Often people decide to compete in a competition as a challenge but don’t really know where to start with their preparations. This is where a coach can be a great help. They can help you to plan your training, monitor your progress and teach you how to compete or just get fit and have fun..
We have four levels of instructor coaching programmes to improve standards as well as continued professional development courses to help coaches achieve and improve throughout their career.
Level 1 - The role of the Level 1 coach is a basic to intermediate level of delivering aspects of coaching sessions. A level 1 certificate can also give the participant a good foundation knowledge in a subject such as competition organisation or the code of points code.
Level 2 - The role of the Level 2 coach is to prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions. The technical pole knowledge required is around intermediate to advance level, and this coach will be able to plan a short series of linked lessons.
Level 3 - The role of the Level 3 coach is to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes This coach has a technical knowledge at around elite level. This coach could also “mentor” Level 2 coaches who needed support.
Level 4 - IPSF Level 4 coaches will be visionary and knowledgeable decision makers who display exceptional skills, behaviours and the highest professional and ethical standards. They will advance their own and others’ development; lead cutting-edge programmes, or a specialist part of a programme; and make a positive impact on sport performance and behaviour.
What is judging?
Judging pole sports as an IPSF judge is about maintaining excellent standards of judging for all participants in this sport. Athletes compete from regional to international level with trust and faith in the scoring system and complete confidence in the highly trained judges. Being an IPSF judge means having a responsibility to athletes, coaches, spectators and officials by acting with integrity and honesty at all times.
We have 3 levels of judging courses as well as continued professional development courses to help judges improve and achieve throughout their career.
Level 1 - This is an introductory course for judges who wish to get an understanding and basic foundation of the scoring system before taking the full training course.
Level 2 - The role of a Level 2 judge is to gain the technical knowledge required to judge in all aspects of IPSF competitions by having a complete practical understanding and application of judging in all sections.
Level 3 - This course is for judges who wish to further their knowledge and expertise by becoming a head judge. The head judge is responsible for all aspects of competitions.
What are CPD courses?
CPD stands for Continued Professional Development or CEC which is Continuing Education Credits in the USA and Australia. These are add on or bolt on courses at each coaching level that will help to develop a coach's skill and knowledge. In a sport such as pole that is continually evolving it is important that a coach keeps his or her skills currant. CPD courses are generally specialised courses, classes or workshops and enhance the level 1, 2, 3 and 4 qualifications and certificates. Unlike qualifications these courses allow coaches improve knowledge quickly and effectively. A coach will be required to take part in CPD in order to remain listed on the EPIC website.
Judges are also required to take part in CPD judging courses 3 x per year to remain on the IPSF Register. This is to retain and improve judging skills and remain up to date in all sections.
The EPIC qualifications ensure that any individual who wishes to coach others in Pole Sports will do so in a knowledgeable, professional, competent and safe manner.
"Brilliant weekend for the youth training course. Thank you and I'm extremely excited to be involved in this. I definitely made the right decision to attend the course before teaching children". - Helen Walker - UK
"The most comprehensive courses in pole sports I have taken, I loved them" - Karrie Johnson - USA