Mentoring is an effective way for coaches and officials to learn and develop under the supervision of a senior coach or official. Mentors can assist with coaching or officiating skills improvement and be a sounding board for problems.
Mentoring relationships can be formally structured, with mentors assigned to coaches or officials, or they can be very informal. A mentor can be equally useful for a new coach or official just starting out, or for an elite coach or official with many years of experience. An overview of mentoring can be downloaded below.
The ASC has developed guidelines for organisations wishing to develop a mentoring system. You can download a copy below.
Great mentors are critical to a successful mentoring system. The ASC has produced a series of three videos to assist in the training of mentors (see related link below to view the videos).
Some sports have already implemented successful mentoring programs. You can also download mentoring case studies below.