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Coaching Resources

Field Hockey Canada’s Coaching Pathway prepares coaches from the grassroots, community levels to high-performance. An athlete-centered, coach led model ensures a holistic approach intended to serving the growth of the game.

Field Hockey Canada, in association with the Coaches of Canada, has developed a coaching model and training program to prepare coaches of all levels to effectively lead athletes in their field hockey developments. Coaching seminars are available across the country and are arranged by Provincial Field Hockey Associations.

Coaches look for training should use the following document:

LTAD Skills Development Pathway

The following resources show the expected athlete skill progression based on the LTAD stage of participation and outlines when and at what age coaches should focus on skill introduction, development, competency, proficiency and excellence. *These documents are pending final approval.

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Visit our Community Coaching Toolkit for more information

Community Field Hockey is the entry point for most as they are introduced to the sport of Field Hockey. Athletes at this stage could be under 12 years of age and are developing fundamental movement skills, and learning fundamental field hockey techniques and team play, or they could be adult recreational players in the active for life stage of LTAD.

Community Coaches could be parent volunteers, teachers, or any player (over 16yrs) that may have limited coaching experience and are interested in learning “how to coach.”

Field Hockey Canada’s Community Coaching Pathway includes mandatory SafeSport requirements as well as the following training modules:

  • Fundamental Movement Skills – delivered by the CAC
  • Field Hockey Canada Community eLearning: This training can be accessed (Link coming soon)

The FHC eLearning module includes two components

  • Coach Initiation in Sport: focus on basic principles of coaching, Long Term Athlete Development, Athlete Safety and Coaching Motivation.
  • FHC Community Field Hockey: Focus on basics of Field Hockey, rules and equipment, LTAD specific field hockey technical and tactical elements, planning.

This eLearning can be completed at the convenience of the coach, progress can be saved and returned to at a later date if necessary.

Coaches will need to create a NCCP Locker Account to complete the training.

The FIH recognizes Field Hockey Canada and NCCP trained Community Coaches with equivalent FIH Level 1 Certification

FIH certification is a designation with the International Field Hockey Federation and recognizable around the world.  More information about how Level 1 or Community coaching fits into the international coaching pathway can be found at this link.

COMPETITION INTRODUCTION

Visit our Competition Introduction Coaching Toolkit for information and resources

Coaches who work with athletes between the ages of 12 and 16 in the club system, within hockey development programs or academies or Provincial Teams should be Competition Introduction Certified Coaches.  At this stage, athletes are acquiring and developing their skill set, refining their fundamentals and being introduced to new advanced skills in technical, tactical, physical and mental performance areas.

Competition Introduction Coaches could be parent volunteers, teachers, or any player (over 16yrs) with two or more years of coaching experience.   These coaches could be Club and/or PSO Coaches.

Field Hockey Canada’s Competition Introduction Coaching Pathway is facilitated by our PSO’s for information on details regarding  the following training steps:

Coaches will need to create a NCCP Locker Account to complete the training.

STEP 1:

  • NCCP Teaching and Learning
  • NCCP Planning a Practice
  • NCCP Emergency Action Planning – 15min training available in The Locker eLearning

STEP 2:

  • FHC Competition Introduction Workshop (16 hour Course delivered online and in person)
    This workshop includes 4 modules delivered digitally, 5 at home assignments associated with the module learning and one 2.5hr on field module.

NOTE: Required assignments will directly assist the coach with completion of their Coaching Portfolio for certification and assessment.

STEP 3:

  • NCCP Nutrition
  • NCCP Basic Mental Skills
  • NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program

Upon completion of step 3 coaches will be considered NCCP Trained Competition Introduction Coaches.

Certification

Coaches wishing to become certified at this level must submit a Portfolio and be evaluated by a NCCP and FHC qualified Coach Evaluator.  Please contact your PSO for more information regarding certification processes in your province.

More information on the FHC Coaching Pathway can be found here

COMPETITION DEVELOPMENT

Coaches who work with performance development athletes over the age of 16 in the club system, within hockey development programs or academies, Provincial Teams or other teams traveling outside of Canada to play should be Competition Development Certified Coaches.  At this stage, athletes are developing game skills and strategy, they are developing proficiency or working toward excellence in technical, tactical, physical and mental performance areas.

Competition Development Coaches should be experienced club or provincial coaches, post secondary coaches, or former national athletes with a good understanding of coaching.

Field Hockey Canada’s Competition Development Coaching Pathway is facilitated by the NSO. The following training steps are required to become a certified coach.More information on the FHC Coaching Pathway can be found here

Field Hockey Canada’s Competition Development Cohort Program is available to support coaches through the requirements of the coaching pathway at this level.  Applications for this program will be announced publicly in June/July annually.

Coaches will need to create a NCCP Locker Account to complete the training.

STEP 1:

STEP 2:
Complete Five FHC Competition Development Sport Specific Workshops

(Total = 20 hour Course delivered online and in person)

  • Developing Athletic Abilities for FH – 4-hour Digital Workshop.
  • Psychology of Field Hockey – 3-hour Digital Workshop
  • Manage a Field Hockey Program – 3-hour Digital Workshop
  • Performance Planning for Field Hockey – 4-hour Digital Workshop
  • Analysis of Performance – FH – 6-hour Hybrid in-person and digital delivery workshop.

All workshops are lead by FHC Learning Facilitators and Subject Matter Experts in each topic.
Upcoming schedule of delivery.

STEP 3:

  • NCCP Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • NCCP Prevention and Recovery
  • NCCP Leading Drug Free Sport (+ online evaluation)
  • NCCP Managing Conflict (+online evaluation)
  • NCCP Performance Planning
  • NCCP Advanced Practice Planning

Upon completion of step 3 coaches will be considered NCCP Trained Competition Development Coaches.