SOGO coaching. Though thats probably going to end pretty soon...
I wondered about the term too. I assumed SOGO. But what's the "bridge" reference? I can guess at a couple possible meanings, perhaps "bridging" from trail to more advanced navigation?
Bridging the gap between novice and more elite level orienteering. So yeah. But I don't think Im coaching anymore due to contracting issues.
Sorry to hear that SOGO doesn't see the value in having you as a volunteer. I really can't understand why any rational person would have a problem with letting you continue in a volunteer role.
In US terms, it sounds like the gap between Yellow and Orange (a pretty significant one, IMO)
@mike - I think it is more of an inflexible misunderstanding. They want me to sign a contract which explicitly states that I will be paid, when I want to volunteer. Because I haven't signed it and I'm not an employee there are liabilities involved for both parties (according to them).
I think the solution is, that they create a volunteering contract that I would sign. There are only about 3 more sessions anyways, and I can't really sustain volunteering that much time. Originally I planned to be paid for my coaching, but unfortunately couldn't due to complications.
I'm considering self employing myself as a coach over the winter to provide the kids in Calgary a high quality orienteering training throughout the winter where they could develop their skills and physical abilities jointly. Until now, there hasn't been any type of program like this and if there is enough demand for it I'll consider it.
Otherwise I have my hands full with my own training and school!
@Guy - yep, that has been one challenge with coaching, but I try solving it with having my trainings flexible so that everyone can do them at their own level. For example a 2 team score-o where they go and bring back the flags they get. The better kids will get the further flags, and the more novice ones will get the closer / easier ones.
Sounds like you have some great ideas that could go a long way toward keeping kids involved and upping their game to the next level! I guess there would be liability issues with independent coaching - not sure how Canada's law differs from USA in that regard.