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Teachers, parents and coaches can assess the skills badge scheme and verify that the particular child has achieved the set standards successfully. To ease the burden on the teacher or coach the ICFDS are happy to accept the parent's verification provided that on re-testing at schools or a coaching session the child does get close to the required level. Teachers or coaches can choose to either send off for individual certificates and badges when each child has completed a level or wait and batch forms together each month to make things simpler. On receiving the completed forms the ICFDS will send the requested certificates and badges directly back to the school to be awarded to the child or children.


The ICFDS understands that for some children regardless of how hard they work or how much effort they put in to the scheme some of the awards will be out of reach. To accommodate this and to ensure that such commitment is rewarded the ICFDS offers blank certificates, which can be purchased by teachers or schools and given out to children who they feel, are deserving of this. In addition to this there is the opportunity for teachers (or indeed pupils to put forward their teacher) to nominate children for Platinum Award either due to their exceptional ability or attitude.


The following assessment guidelines should be used for the main body of the awards:


Each section of the award does not need to be passed on the same day or occasion, for example a child could reach the juggling target on their first attempt but may take a few more sessions or weeks to get the dribbling level and possibly a few more to complete the level with the successful achieving of the passing and tricks section. After each section is completed the teacher or coach should mark this down on their group assessment sheet as well as on the child's individual progress sheet. These sheets are contained within this manual and should be photocopied as necessary.


If the suggested lesson format is used with children in groups of 3 then the Award can be given to a child if they have attained the correct level in the presence of their friends and if they get reasonably close to the level in the presence of the teacher or coach. The teacher or coach should use their own good judgement in this area to ensure that childrn receiving awards have actually met the relevant criteria. In the same way if the child has completed a level at home if they can demonstrate that they are very close to this in the presence of the teacher then the teacher can accept this.



The correct number of touches needs to be reached with the correct body part or combination of body parts for this section to be completed. The ball must not drop on the floor between touches and each touch must be with the correct body part. With the high touch / low touch juggling the high touch must go above the child's head and the low touch must not go above the child's knee. In level 4 and 5 the core juggling skills (those shown on the CD-ROM / VIDEO) must be successfully achieved with both feet, i.e. 250 touches with the laced area of the right foot & 250 touches with the laced area of the left foot.



This is the section of the scheme that will have to be assessed by the teacher or coach, as it requires the use of a bench or wall. The correct area of the bench must be hit a minimum of the specified number of times using the correct pass for this level to be awarded. In terms of the target the school can use stickers or paper targets to mark the specified areas. The teacher or coach can adopt the same strategy as with other areas, i.e. if the pupil has been successful in the presence of their friends and manages to get sufficiently close to this in the presence of the teacher they should be awarded the level. For specific advice on setting up the passing section please look at the pages devoted to passing later in the manual. In level 4 and 5 the core passing techniques (those shown on the CD-ROM / VIDEO) must be successfully carried out with both the right and left foot to achieve the award.

NB. All passing attempts should be taken from a distance of 10 metres from the bench or wall and the target used should be A4 paper size (stickers, paper, card or chalk outline can be used).



This section of the awards requires the use of a stopwatch or clock as it involves the child doin a certain amount of repetitions of a particular dribbilng skill within 30 seconds. All of the dribbling moves or skills are shown on the CD-ROM and should be practiced in training sessions prior to testing to ensure that the children know the moves. It is particularly important in the higher levels that a proper warm up has been carried out as to achieve these awards the child must be working fairly fast. Each repetition must be correct for the award to be given and if you are in doubt of the correct technique or what is not accepted you should study the CD-ROM.


If at any point a child looks out of breath or ill during the pursuit of an award they should be instructed to stop and you should administer correct first-aid procedures or seek medical assistance.

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