All coaches are reminded that they should always be trainee-centered – that is having their students’ interest and welfare at heart.
Being trainee-centered means that you, as a coach, do not ask your students to report at the grading venue in the morning when the grading starts at 1.30pm. For Saturday’s grading, candidates need to be ready in their uniform before 1.30pm.
It will be reasonable for the candidates to be at the venue at the earliest 12.30pm to change into their uniform, get a feel of the venue, do a little warm-up and probably get some last-minute advice from their coaches.
If coaches want their students to be at the venue at, say, 10.00am for any reason, they (the coaches) must be present to guide and take care of them.
Warming-up for the grading must also be reasonable. What is unreasonable? Here is an example: Asking your students to run bare-footed round the athletics track at the adjacent stadium in the hot sun.
The Singapore Taekwondo Federation encourages all its coaches to go the extra mile for their students.