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IPSF Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging

“Judge, transparent and fair  competitions in line with the International Pole sports Federation Code  of Points and Rules and Regulations.”

The IPSF Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging  is the third step on the IPSF Training Pathway for those wishing to  develop their knowledge from the Level 1 Certificate in the Code of Points training. The only qualification of its kind  focuses on understanding how to fairly judge IPSF Pole Sports athletes,  the areas of judging, ethics and rules and regulations, as well as to successfully run and manage a judging panel and liaise with the competition organisers.

This is the most in-depth course of its  kind for pole sports and will give you an inside understanding of the  process to become a successful pole sports judge.

Who is this course designed for?

This IPSF Level 3 Certificate in Judging is suitable for:

  • Judges who want to progress to the next level and meet all the minimum requirements to do so
     

What level does the IPSF level 3 certificate in Head Judging qualify me to do?

On successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging Pole Sports, learners will be able to:

  • Liaise with competition organisers about all aspects of an IPSF competition.
  • Liaise with members of the judges committee regarding judges’ allocation and competition information.
  • Co-ordinate the role of each member of the judging team and their assisting staff.
  • Apply the IPSF rules, regulations and ethical code.
  • Head judge all divisions and categories of IPSF competitions.
  • Have an extremely high level of expertise in the IPSF Code of Points.
  • Demonstrate an ability to oversee a panel of IPSF certified judges at regional and national IPSF competitions.
  • Promote and establish working relationships with other qualified judges and head judges.
  • Maintain excellent standards of behaviour with athletes, coaches and officials.
  • Apply the necessary skills required to deal with challenges and issues that arise during competitions.


              

Level

Course pathway for Judges Certification

4

Level 4 Certificate in Master Training
This course is by IPSF invitation only. Those selected must have a high  level of experience in judging, must be certified as a head judge and  must recertify annually at 80% pass rate as well as having a good foundation in teaching pole sports.

3

Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging Pole Sports
This course gives the participant a high level of understanding of how  to oversee a judging panel at national level. This course is suitable  for those who would like to progress from level 2 and those wishing to oversee national and regional competitions for  federations. All judges must have judged for a minimum of 1 year and  recertified with 80% pass rate.

2

Level 2 Certificate in Judging Pole Sports
This course gives the participant a good level of understanding of the  code of points and how to apply the code to judging. This is suitable  for those who would like to progress from level 1, those wishing to compete or coach and those seeking a higher level of  knowledge of the IPSF scoring system. All participants must have a high  level of understanding of pole sports and its movements.

1

Level 1 certificate in the Code of Points
This course give the participant an introduction and basic level of  understanding of the code of points. This is suitable for those wishing  to compete, seek knowledge of the scoring system or as an introduction to becoming an IPSF EPIC coach.
           

What are the requirements to attend the course?

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have an expert level (advanced to elite) of understanding of pole sports movements (you do not need to perform any elements and there is no practical pole work on the course).
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and expertise of what is required to perform IPSF Pole Sports and the technicalities required when participating in competitions.
  • To re-certify annually
  • To take part in free Continued Professional Development (CPD)


Essential Prerequisites

Accepted Level of Prerequisites

Minimum years of judging experience

Certifications
IPSF Level 1 Certificate in Competition Organisation

1 years +

Recertification of the IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Judging Pole Sports (minimum pass level for both sections 80%)
Experience
Minimum of one year as an IPSF judge (must have judged at least four full categories in an IPSF competition – two of these can be undertaken during the course)
Reference
A positive reference from a head judge at a competition you have judged in


How is the course delivered?

The IPSF Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging  will be delivered by an accredited IPSF tutor. It will be split into  the following phases:

Phase 1 – Written pre-course study: Complete the online study of the learning materials and pass the quizzes to test the level of understanding.

Phase 2 - Course delivery day 1: Tutor led instruction in the complete process of head judge responsibilities and tasks for competitions.

Phase 3 - Written course study: Complete the online study of the learning materials and pass the quizzes to test the level of understanding.

Phase 4 – Course tasks 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4: Complete the head judge’s score sheets for the 3 videos to prepare for the practical course sessions in Phase 5.

Phase 5 - Course delivery day 2: Tutor led instruction; tutor will observe throughout the singles and doubles judging practical sessions.

Phase 6 - Course task: Shadow a head judge at a live competition (This can be combined with Phase 10)

Phase 7 – Case study assessment: Written assessment of a case study for potential challenges/problems that may occur in competition (Details to be given to candidates on day 1 of the tutor led training).

Phase 8 – Written assessment: Multiple choice assessments to include questions on all elements of the head judging course.

Phase 9 – Video judging assessment: Practical judging competency assessment.

Phase 10 – Practical assessment: Supervised head judging in two categories (singles and doubles) at a live competition. (This can be combined with Phase 5).

Throughout the taught programme the  theoretical skills are threaded  through the technical and tactical skills, both by discussion and review of videos. As a result you will have many  opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback on the  skills that you have learnt. You will be assessed through an independent online assessment within two weeks of the end of the course.

Successful candidates that achieve 80% pass rate or more will achieve certification.

Course objectives

On successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Head Judging Pole Sports, learners will be able to:

  • Liaise with competition organisers about all aspects of an IPSF competition.
  • Liaise with members of the judges committee regarding judges’ allocation and competition information.
  • Co-ordinate the role of each member of the judging team and their assisting staff.
  • Apply the IPSF rules, regulations and ethical code.
  • Head judge all divisions and categories of IPSF competitions.
  • Have an extremely high level of expertise in the IPSF Code of Points.
  • Demonstrate an ability to oversee a panel of IPSF certified judges at regional and national IPSF competitions.
  • Promote and establish working relationships with other qualified judges and head judges.
  • Maintain excellent standards of behaviour with athletes, coaches and officials.
  • Apply the necessary skills required to deal with challenges and issues that arise during competitions.

And also demonstrate an advanced proficiency of:

  • IPSF competition rules and regulations
  • The deadlines required for competition
  • Technical bonus scoring and judging
  • Technical deduction scoring and judging
  • Art and chorography scoring and judging
  • Compulsory scoring and judging
  • Calculate and data process the scores
  • Each category and division requirements
  • How to complete head judge’s paperwork
  • Athlete and judges’ penalties
  • Artistic Pole scoring and judging
  • ULTRA Pole scoring and judging
  • Planning for overseeing the judging panel
  • Working with athletes, performers, challengers, attitudes and ethics
  • Further personal development opportunities in Pole Sports, including judging and coaching.

Resources

All candidates will receive high  quality downloadable resources to support the qualification.  These will  include an induction pack and IPSF Code of Points, rules and regulations and resource sheet to support the core learning  outcomes.

Booking & Cost

Cost - £450

Booking

In order to book your course date you  will need to apply a maximum of 7 days before the course start date.  This is in order to make sure you have read and understood the pre course study material in preparation for the course.  Course  dates will not be bookable within 7 days of the course.

Course Curriculum

Holding Page
Unit 2 - Phases of Learning
Unit 3 - Assessment Criteria
Unit 5 - Head Judging Expectations
Unit 6 - Understanding Judges
Unit 8 - Understanding Competitions
Unit 9 - Judges Meeting
Unit 11 - Training Day Preparations
Unit 12 - Competitions Overview
Unit 16 - Written Assessment

What's included?

1 Quiz
2 Surveys
6 Texts
10 PDFs
3 Downloads
14 Presentations
2 Exams
100.0
Bianca Scholten
Bianca Scholten
Master Trainer

About the instructor

Bianca has been involved in the pole  industry in South Africa for a number of years as a student, instructor,  competitor, and at national federation level.  Bianca was one of the first IPSF qualified judges in South Africa (and  in Africa), and qualified as the first Head Judge in Africa.  Bianca  joined the IPSF as a member of the technical committee in 2015, and took over as the Technical Director in 2016.  In 2017,  Bianca took over from Kate Whitley as the Vice President.  

 

Bianca is passionate about pole fitness  and pole sports, and enjoys pushing herself and her students, taking  every opportunity to learn.  The need for a consistent and transparent system is what drew Bianca to the IPSF in the  first place; the drive for recognition as an Olympic Sport is one that  Bianca is excited to be involved in.

Bianca.Scholten@polesports.org

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