So I received a rather non informative email that the BTF coaching qualifications are changing. No longer will we have Level1, Level2, Level2 - Diploma and Level3 but Foundation Coach, Group Coach, Personal Coach and Pathway Coach
Its said that all remits from passed qualifications and awards will remain the same but the foundation looks like a reduced Level 1, it’s not really clear as they are not releasing all the required info like ‘What exactly is the difference…’ I hope that will be apparent in due course.
Any thoughts or insights of is it just BTF rebranding?
arr so no coaching groups alone as a “L1” anymore? if so a good move, always thought the change in (2016?) was wrong as you could do a 2 day course and basically coach groups of kids (or novice adults) and as you know, how are you meant to develop and learn with no one to learn from or with.
With your experience do you not think that is good?
I guess for me its a double edged sword; we both know how hard it is in “volunteer coached” clubs to get volunteers who are reliable, and if the L2 doesnt show up, is the “L1” just going to cancel the session (will lead to sessions being run less than ideally “uninsured”), but then the duty of care to athletes says to me that at the minimum you should be more experienced than a 2 day course. Then again some "L1’s may have been that level for a long time and are probably better/more experienced than a lot of L2 coaches.
currents remits remain the same, so any L1s will remain as they are
This is one of the reasons all coaches should be paid for their time. My club has 3 x L3 , 3 x L2 and a couple of L1’s , all paid and quite well, I get nearly double what my swim club pay (I’m only L2 swim as SE don’t let individuals apply for L3 has to be club backed as a head coach, but I am a L3 tri)
The longer answer to your question is whether you want your coaches developed by other coaches or by coach developers.
Certainly this happens to an extent anyway…but the plan is to fill the development gap by training L2s to be mentors…whether anyone has polled the L2s to see if this is what they want to do or has identified whether L2s all have the skills to be mentors is a different matter…
yes that makes a lot of sense. I will also add that a L2 doesn’t guarantee competence or expertise, to be fair even a L3 doesnt, but with a L3 it does show they are willing to invest financially and in time for their development so shows a willingness to progress and learn. I also know L2’s that got their L2 without coaching a single session outside of the face to face days, they “made up” they 6 week blocks etc. One in particular did his L1 in Jan, started L2 in early March and was a fully qualified L2 by end of July without a single coached session taken.
My development goals all still largely lie around running practices. I still feel a lot of imposter syndrome coaching running. The kids enjoy it, my athletes improve and don’t appear to get injured during my session (always a good thing) but I would feel odd “mentoring” someone from an extensive run background. I think in a long winded way I’m saying whilst development is gained through working with others, BTF cant rely on L2’s for doing “coach ed” for them
Just received details of the new “L1” and “L2” . L1 is now 2 * 90min zoom sessions and 1 day on site, L2 is 1 90min online session and 2 days. Is that really it? Must be more to it or a mistake.
I thought 3 and 5 days on site wasnt enough as L2 swim before Covid was an 8 day course + external work! Now SE is 6 * 3hrs and 1 * 90min Zoom sessions, then 4 * on site practical sessions (about 4hrs each time) that include the 4 * 2hr practical coaching in a live club environment (another club not your own) , then you have the ~15-20hrs of work and reflection coaching in your own environment (have to plan 2 microcycles a mesocycle, 6 athlete profiles, 6 * 2hr sessions (and you should be coaching them) and all the reflection and feedback you receive based on it. Oh and testing the athletes and the education/examiner will contact the club HC also about it all (or should)