USA Field Hockey Introduces New Online Coaching Course
USA Field Hockey's Coach Education & Learning team is pleased to announce the development of a Level 1 Online Course to make learning more accessible and support coaches in their professional development journey. The game of field hockey has changed significantly over the past decade. Continual innovations have sped up the game, inspiring new tactics, techniques and rules to accommodate the faster play. Whether you coach on grass, field turf, water or sand-based turf, teaching field hockey skills properly in a fun and engaging way will enable you and your team to develop and succeed.
Historically, USA Field Hockey coach education has been done primarily on field. COVID and improvements in technology have shown us that online courses can be interactive and engaging, increasing the accessibility and reach to coaches across the U.S. This course, combined with an on-field component, provide the basis for coach development and will serve as the cornerstone for development and growth. We hope new and experienced coaches of all levels – Club, youth, middle and high school, and college coaches – will benefit and learn from this update Level 1 online course.
The first section introduces USA Field Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) and the USA Way. The USA Way is the framework that guides how to think about the game of field hockey, providing a vision and a common language and basic philosophy to use across the country. The USA Way is designed to provide guidance for individuals to become the best that they can possibly be, with the goal of establishing a consistency in philosophy, messaging and delivery using best principles of play and coaching.
The Level 1 Online Course covers a wide range of topics including:
• Why you Coach - where coaches learn and explore their own coaching philosophy
• How to Coach - teaching learners how to create a safe and effective training environment, as well as Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and the importance of using questioning in ones coaching practice to heighten learner engagement
• What to Coach - covers principles that align firmly with USA Field Hockey's ADM Pathway, teaching core skills and the attack and defense principles necessary to succeed.
The Level 1 Program now consists of two parts, an online course and an in-person four-hour Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic (separate registration process).
Level 1 Requirements: The Level 1 Online Course and Instructional Coaching Clinic Program is specifically designed for individuals that already possess a basic knowledge and understanding of the game of field hockey.
*Payment will be separate for Part 1 and 2 of the Level 1 Certification. USA Field Hockey will evaluate this process once things get back to normal.
The Level 1 Online Course and Instructional Coaching Clinic Program is specifically designed for individuals that already possess a basic knowledge and understanding of the game of field hockey. Individuals who are brand new to the sport are welcome to attend but may find it difficult as the course covers a broad range of topics in a short period of time. USA Field Hockey’s Coach Education and Learning Program recommends if an individual is just starting his/her coaching journey to take the Discover Field Hockey Foundations Course, which is currently being developed.
Upon completion of the Level 1 Online Course, all participants will receive a certificate showing that they’ve completed the course. For the health and safety of all involved, USA Field Hockey's Coach Education and Learning Program will likely resume the scheduling of in-person clinics in the spring of 2021 or sooner.
Check the USA Field Hockey Coaching Clinics webpage for a list of upcoming Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinics. If you would like to attend a Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic but do not see one listed in your area, please contact email@example.com and if there is enough interest, USA Field Hockey can help set one up in your community.
The Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic provides an important opportunity for professional development and networking within the local field hockey community.
Upon completion of the Level 1 Online Course and Instructional Coaching Clinic, all participants will receive a Level 1 Program Coach Certificate. This certification will remain valid, as long as an individual’s USA Field Hockey Coach Membership remains current.
Check the USA Field Hockey Coaching Clinics webpage for a list of upcoming Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinics. If you would like to attend a Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic but do not see one listed in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last Updated: 11/29/2020 4:18:47 AM