Mentoring

Mentoring is an important part of coach development. Creating a structure that works for coaches and mentors is important to successful outcomes. Mentoring requires a critical relationship between mentor and mentee which is why we've developed the 'Find a Mentor' scheme.


The framework below that explains the mentoring process. Please read it over before contacting UKU about starting your mentoring journey.

UKU 'Find a Mentor' framework

Getting started

Coaches must have UKU Level 1 and either have completed the Level 2 core module, or be intending to take this course when it's next available.

The coach is responsible for finding their own mentor. Before approaching a mentor the coach should consider whether their prospective mentor fulfils the below criteria, and email coaching@ukultimate.com for confirmation of the mentor's suitability.

A mentor should:

  • have experience of sports coaching or teaching OR experience of leadership / mentoring in Ultimate or another context
  • have at least a basic understanding of the game of Ultimate
  • be interested in coach development
  • be able to offer the time required
  • be able to communicate effectively

 

After confirmation from UKU, the coach should approach the prospective mentor to ask if they would be interested in volunteering their time. At this point, UKU will share support documents with the coach and mentor to explain the mentoring prcoess. UKU may contact the mentor directly.

Planned sessions and reflections

In the first instance the coach and mentor should discuss the context in which the coach will be coaching.

The coach should complete a medium-term planning matrix and individual session plans (individual sessions plans are likely to be produced in an ongoing manner as opposed to in advance). All planning should be shared with their mentor.

Planning should:

  • Show medium-term planning for at least 8 sessions, min 1 hour in length
  • Include detailed plans for individual sessions
  • Use UKU planning sheets or a similar format
The coach should keep reflective notes focusing on planning, delivery, strengths and weaknesses that sit alongside the planning documents.
All documents should be saved digitally in a shared G Drive folder.

Risk assessments / incident reports                  

The coach should produce appropriate risk assessments and any relevant incident reports corresponding to the planned / delivered sessions.

Observations and feedback 

The mentor must observe the coach at minimum of 2 sessions and provide verbal and written feedback.

Portfolio

All paperwork produced by the coach and mentor become the coach's mentoring portfolio which is submitted to UKU once the 2 sessions have been observed.

Portfolio submission / final review

Once complete the coach will submit their finished portfolio and arrange final review call with UKU to finalise their mentoring process. UKU will also contact the mentor.