I am happy to see that more than a year after we started the teaching scrims they are still ongoing. However, I’ve noticed the emphasis now is more on the scrimming part and less on the teaching part. While this is of course fine, it also stops really new players to join these scrims and might also slow down others from improving.
I realize that what we used to do in the beginning by having ‘pre-discussions’ with new people for all the various professions and what goals we had for that session is a lot of work and will probably not work for our current situation.
So, after some brainstorming with some of the current organizers of the scrims of how we could solve this problem, we would like to propose starting a mentor/buddy system.
The idea behind this is that (completely) new people get linked to a more experience player who is knowledgeable of the profession the learner wants to learn more about. This way the learner always has someone to PM with questions and gets to know someone from the GvG scene better. Placing the mentor/learner couple in the same team for scrims would also help with giving pointers during matches and feedback afterwards. This also makes it easier for organizers, since we then don’t have to show and teach all the basics to new players before they can really join the scrims and we know there is someone else also looking after all the learners.
Besides this I was also thinking we could perhaps make various profession threads here on the forum and only invite, for example, all frontline learners plus the experienced frontline teachers to post there. This way we can hopefully get some decent discussions going for the different professions and we keep out all trolls, since it will be by invitation only.
So, what I would like to hear from you all here is:
- Would you be interested in being involved in this potential mentor program (as mentor or learner)?
- Do you have any other suggestions for bringing the teaching aspect back to the scrims (at least for the Sunday scrims), without it resulting in a lot of work for only a few people (which is what happened before and is basically not doable)?
We will also discuss this with people showing up for the upcoming Sunday scrims.