Explain what a Newcomer Review & Test Match is and why we have them. Review the Rank Advancement Requirements to become an Initiate and ensure that they meet all the requirements listed below.
- Complete and Demonstrate understanding of all Newcomer Lessons
- Know what the Four Levels of Importance are
- Set a goal to obtain fencing gloves
- Pass a Test Match with Sergeant
After explaining, and throughout the Test Match, use your best judgement on what to discuss and watch for with each Newcomer. Use the Newcomer Review questions as a guide. Do not feel compelled to go over each item, but choose what you feel is appropriate for the specific student.
Your goal as a Sergeant is to help ensure that the Newcomer has learned enough to be successful as they continue being an Initiate. If they are struggling with something, take the time to teach them and help them overcome their challenges. If you feel that they are not ready to move on, set goals with them and follow up over the next few weeks before requesting another Test Match.