When a bunch of us founded the barefoot Runners Society a few years ago, we had an idea of offering a “barefoot coach certification.” The idea never really gained traction for a variety of reasons, principally my own laziness.
We recently decided to resurrect the idea, and I volunteered to spearhead the project.
Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “But Jason hates certifications!”
Indeed, I DO hate the idea of certifications. Here’s the first rant along with the follow-up if you’d like the back-story. That led to my proposed barefoot coach certification alternative, which I discussed here.
The gist of the idea is based on people freely (both economically and philosophically) sharing all their knowledge in a common forum. The idea borrows heavily from the open source software movement and the free school education movement. It breaks down the common “teacher/student” paradigm by making participants equal. All of us have some expertise in something of value, and sharing that knowledge is the single best way to increase our collective knowledge.
So How Exactly Will the BRS Barefoot Coach Certification Work?
As of right now, we will not offer a formal certification. The exact project is a grand experiment that will evolve over time. It will begin with our sub-forum on the BRS website, which can be found here:
I will do what I can to encourage anyone and everyone that is involved in coaching or has an interest in coaching to actively participate. This will give coaches a medium to share ideas, which will make all of us better coaches. The BS also has a barefoot coach map where coaches can list their services. Ideally, I would like the “certification” to be a rating system I discussed in the certification alternative post from above.
Call to Action
If you are a coach or are interested in coaching, please participate in the forum. Answer one of the current posts. Start a new post. Participate. Share. Learn. Most importantly, have fun!
The more voices we have, the more opportunities we have to learn. any topic relevant to coaching is appropriate.
If you know of anyone that is a coach or interested in coaching, please forward them this link, post it on your Facebook wall… whatever it takes to spread the word.