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Retention of Ringers

Recent Developments in Coaching Pip Penney October 9th 2008

building his foundation skills or to make sure he is fully occupied. If we treat our learners in this way we run two risks.

  • 1.

    We may loose them in the early stages as they may begin to get bored and consequently loose enthusiasm.

  • 2.

    We may lose them later on when they fail to make progress due to having undeveloped foundations skills.

Putting the learner first, giving dedicated time and effort to his needs and requirements, demonstrates the respect the of tutor and helpers towards that learner. The learner will feel more valued and this will lead to a greater sense of involvement with his new pastime, and his commitment to it.

Practical ideas for Building Foundation Skills

How could we provide practices which engage early learners for the majority of the session?

(NB Tied bell practices alone do not provide an opportunity to develop all the foundation skills)

  • Keep a separate tied bell session after the learner joins the main practice session.

  • Have a tied bell session before Sunday service ringing.

  • Have an early learners’ session before the main practice. It may be easier to get helpers at this time.

  • Have an additional separate early learners’ practice. It may be possible to gather learners together from more than one tower. This could perhaps be done at Branch level, Association/Guild level or at a Ringing Centre.

  • Arrange for practice sessions using a simulator, which means skills can be built with very few helpers. With two helpers and one tutor, skills can be built using 3 or 4 bells. With a group of 3 learners, one hour can provide good practice for them all. Ringing rounds on larger numbers of bells by ear with the rest of the bells being rung by the simulator will ensure that the learner still learns to hear the full compass of bells on 6 or 8.

  • Run early learner courses weekly over 6 to 8 weeks. In this way it may be possible to meet the requirements of different types of learners. Retired learners may prefer a daytime session. Young ringers may benefit from an early evening session when they are not so tired. Saturday mornings might suit families better.

All about Using Goals

  • Goals are literally progressions which coaches have been using for years but expressed in measurable performance terms rather than in vague generalized terms as in the past.

  • A goal is a target or an objective which people strive to achieve.


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