Information and resources for coaches
This page is intended to provide coaches with a single point of access to a variety of information, templates and resources for different aspects of their coaching activity. Updated 23 March 2018 to update some external links and generally tidy stuff up.
In some cases the links take you to a website beyond the SOA’s control; we give the link in good faith but take no responsibility for non-SOA web content. Further items will be added as required.
Coach Qualification & Licensing Scheme
- Description of British Orienteering’s coaching award scheme
- One-page summary of British Orienteering’s coach qualifications
- British Orienteering’s “Licence to coach” scheme
- Paper giving detail of British Orienteering’s CPD scheme
- CPD log template (effective from January 2017)
- Why do we need licensing? - the rationale as explained by the SOA Coaching Co-ordinator
- CPD Update no.6
- CPD Update no.5
- CPD Update no.4
- CPD Update no.3
- CPD Update no.2
- CPD Update no.1
- PDFs of slides and other things from UKCC L3 (and CPD) sessions November 2015 (these are intended purely as memory-joggers, the discussion was key): Psychology, Coach and Programme Management, Roles & Responsibilities, 4 Pillars, Introduction, Nutrition, Drugs, Way forward and things generated by learners: Athlete/Coach relationship, Athlete/Coach relationship findings Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Group 4, and the "What-if" scenarios, also Janne Salmi key points, Management of a Training Camp, Orienteering Flow, diagram for Healthy Intelligent Training.
- Nutrition is discussed in this blog
- Lots of useful stuff on different fitness tests are on this "Complete Guide to Fitness"
- SportsCoach UK courses are available throughout Scotland; some are listed on the sportScotland website, others are publicised just locally.
- The Open University's "OpenLearn" section on Sport and Fitness includes several items relevant to coaches
Session plans & other templates
- Session plan template as for UKCC L1 with Self Evaluation template (tailor to suit your preferences)
- Session plan template as for UKCC L2
- Self evaluation template as for UKCC L2
- Sample completed session plan template as for UKCC L1 (assistant coach).
- Set of part-completed sample session plans as used on Coaching Foundation course
- Sample completed session plan template as for UKCC L2 (progressive, linked sessions).
- Risk Assessment form (blank)
- Sample completed risk assessment for coaching session
- Incident Report Form
- BOF emergency response plan - this was originally created to support the overseas tours for Performance athletes but it is generally applicable and in particular the Pre-tour Check list (Appendix 4) is a useful aide memoire.
Miscellaneous resources and background information
- British Orienteering guidance on coaches' use of social media (April 2017)
- Step System chart (full colour, linked to SOL age classes)
- Orienteering and the curriculum - single page chart showing relevance
- Document that relates orienteering to specific items in Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland)
- General SOA Course schedule
- Course planning notes for coaches (Barry Elkington articles in "Planning" section)
- Brief summary of easily forgotten snippets
- Other useful documents can be found on BOF’s Coaching Support page
- SOA Participation Model showing the pathways that we can expect orienteers to follow
- LTAD document from Canadian Orienteering Federation - an excellent example!
- New Zealand's Effective Coaching Philosophy - superb reading, very relevant to orienteering.
- Terrain running techniques video from Richard Lecky-Thompson, who was our guest speaker at February 2013 Coach CPD session; Lecky also mentioned BK method, chirunning and pose running - Google them!
- Academic article by Jackie Newton on the theme of psychological characteristics and talent in young orienteers
- Short article on muscle fibres used in running
- a fascinating and informative Swedish TV programme highlighting the dangers of over-training and ignoring injuries
- IOF control descriptions - the whole lot - 2018 version
- shorter list of the main IOF pictorial control descriptions (with thanks to Simon Errington)
- 3 versions of map symbol explanations (with thanks to Simon Errington)
- First aid courses: half-day courses can be found locally; some providers will do tailored courses. For a 2-day course the BASP course at Glenmore Lodge (and other locations) is suitable.
- Excellent reading matter for coaches and athletes with aspiration - the British Orienteering Squad Handbook
- A thought-provoking article and video from The Guardian about the junior athletics scene in Jamaica - lots to consider in terms of talent identification and development, motivation, coaching philosophy...
- An article about concussion (originally in the Scotsman), primarily looking at contact sports, but relevant to orienteering - or anywhere that concussion could occur. Have a look at page 5 if nothing else! We also recommend this related PDF available elsewhere on the SOA website, and this video from England Rugby.
Ideas and resources for sessions
- Maze maps (4 courses, each with mirror-image pairs of maps) and notes for use
- Cards to prompt end-of-session discussions with thanks to Paul Gaines of Borderliners
- Ideas from the Great Coaching Ideas Exchange at the Volunteers' Weekend, May 2016
- Introductory sessions for ages 6-12, from Scandinavia, similar to our Introducing Orienteering resources.
- Musical-O cards - this is similar to the second advanced level of O-liminator (thanks PFO) - zip files for basic, first advanced and second advanced
- Games for use in schools (British Orienteering website)
- Map symbol dominoes as seen at Coach CPD day 23 Feb 2013 (thank you Helen O'D) complete with instructions; also from Helen some map symbol flashcards
- O-Twister cards, also notes and photos of her map, more superb stuff from Helen O'D
- At the 2013 CPD day several people rose to the challenge to produce 10 Top Tips for Adult Beginners
- Materials for card-matching and other games are under the "Year in a Box additional resources" (BOF website)
- pseudo-maps for star relay race - course 1, course 2, course 3 and course 4
- PDFs of noughts and crosses grids, with ranges of numbers: 131-139, 141-149, 151-159, 161-169, 171-179
- Great exercises for training and coaching are described on the World of O website and on this page
- "Dog bones" training exercise (good for urban)
- Some excellent resources from Canada (scroll down to "Resources") - try some with your adults!
- For athletes as well as coaches - information on the RAMP approach to warmup and how we could apply this to orienteering - adjust slightly to build it in to your coaching sessions
- Some great ideas from New Zealand for use in schools
- mini-markers printable on A4 sheet: with letters and numbers, and with letters only
Recommended reading, some available for loan:
"Run Like an Athlete" by Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS. Published by Lotus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-905367-44-3. As the cover says: "provides you with the knowledge and tools to solve the problems that limit our performance and lead to injuries". Intended for athletes themselves but excellent reading for coaches.
"Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning", edited by Thomas R Baechle and Roger W Earle, published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, can be purchased from the UKSCA also available for loan from SOA - contact Hilary. (SOA members only).
"Youth Strength Training" by Avery D Faigenbaum and Wayne L Westcott, published by Human Kinetics, can be purchased from the UKSCA, also available for loan from SOA - contact Hilary. (SOA members only). Includes "practical programs for kids ages 7 to 18 and of varying abilities".
"Healthy Intelligent Training: the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard" by Keith Livingstone. To quote one review: "for all serious middle distance athletes and coaches.This book is based on the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard, the Runner's World Coach of the Century."
If you're reading around the topic of sports nutrition, check who's sponsoring the "research" - there's a lot of marketing hype especially around the topics of sports drinks and dietary supplements.
SOA Policy Documents and related items
- SOA’s Coach Education Policy (November 2014)
- British Orienteering Code of Conduct for Tutors, Coach Educators etc.
Other useful websites
- sportscotland offer many useful resources, particularly in their app, which you can download to your mobile device
- Safeguarding in Sport (formerly Child Protection in Sport)
- Disclosure Scotland
- England Athletics (follow links to Athletics365 to buy resource file that includes core stability and running techniques)