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Coach Duties

This is the "Coaching Code" to which our coaches subscribe:

Glenshee Performance Squad - Coach Duties and Responsibilities

The term “Coach” applies to all Coaches regardless of level or nationality of qualification

Remember: Try to think why you are teaching this group and why they are there.  The activities should be fun as well as being a learning experience, while remaining within their physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities. Remember the basic principles of coaching: Safety, Enjoyment and Learning


It is important to remember that all coaches have a fundamental responsibility for the safety and welfare of their trainees.

This responsibility begins with meeting the class at the agreed pick-up point and concludes with their safe handover to the nominated responsible adult at the end of the day.  The coach must control and provide advice on all activities, including:

  • Respect for other slope users

  • The FIS rules should be communicated to less experienced groups, explaining and using them as you tour the hill.

  • Control of speed and line on the hill particularly during inclement weather, on difficult terrain and busy periods

  • Trainees' dress and equipment being appropriate

  • Becoming/keeping fit for their chosen sport

  • Enabling a rest-break or toilet stop to be taken when required

Accidents and First Aid

In the event of an accident on the hill the coach should render initial assessment and immediate first aid in accordance with their training. Ski patrol should be called out for suspected serious injuries, the easiest way to do which is to ask a lift operator.  

You may be required to assist with the accident report at the end of your day so an accurate version of what happened is recorded in your words.  This could be crucial from a legal point of view and cannot be left entirely to the injured party or ski patrol.

Coach Conduct

Having a breath that smells of alcohol or tobacco is not professional and will not be tolerated. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is absolutely not acceptable.

Dress: Coaches should be properly and appropriately dressed when in charge of a group. Uniforms should be maintained in a clean and well repaired fashion. Coaches should present themselves for work in a mood which indicates they are ready to teach, are keen to take their class out on the hill and are in a fit condition to do so.

Timekeeping: If at all possible, coaches should be in the club hut in plenty of time to show that you are ready to check registers, have collected equipment (check batteries on drills and radios), revise your lesson plan depending on absences, weather, limited pistes, etc. A coach's meeting will generally be held at 9.15am prior to the start time, which is usually 9.30am.

Absence: GPS will arrange cover for your lesson if you are unable to attend.  However, as much notice as possible should be given and unless a matter of extreme urgency prevails, at least 24 hours is expected. You must contact the GPS Chair or nominated deputy to notify any unavoidable late absence due to illness or other reason.

Mobile phones. The use of mobile phones for personal use is strongly discouraged during teaching time unless in an emergency.

Communications: It is imperative we are all contactable (training cancellation or your non-attendance, etc). Please ensure you have your phone is available and check your email regularly because GPS support staff will make use of SMS messages to communicate urgently with coaches.


Each group will have a class record sheet.  This sheet (paper or online) must be completed at the end of each day so that an accurate record of progress is maintained, matched against our syllabus. Please initial the sheet and add any other notes you think necessary.  This should ensure proper records are kept for parents and the use of other coaches, to esnure continuity and appropriate progression.


Any aids or equipment used during a lesson should be returned to the appropriate store at the end of your lesson/day. If you pass any equipment on to another coach it becomes incumbent on them to return it, i.e. drills, poles, cones, spare batteries etc. Any faulty equipment should be taken out of service and handed to GPS Equipment Convenor for repair or disposal with a clear indication of the problem


Where possible, trainees will be issued with a GPS bib at the start of each day. Coaches should collect their group from the club hut at the announced start time.

A head count is imperative at this point and thereafter at regular  intervals, for example- before and after lunch, meeting points at top of lifts, meeting points in event of any separation, and end of day. Children should be returned to the appropriate adult in accordance with details set out in the GPS Child Protection Policy and at no time left on their own. Trainees should be briefed on what to do in the event they become separated from the group.