NFHCA and USA Field Hockey collaborate on new coach education opportunity

Apr 18, 2022 | 2021-2022, Club, High School, News

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and USA Field Hockey (USAFH) are excited to collaborate on a new coach education opportunity that will combine learning initiatives from each organization. The NFHCA Ready2Coach and USAFH Level 1 Certification collaboration will take place this summer at four sites across the United States.

“The NFHCA is excited to partner with USA Field Hockey on this collaborative initiative,” said NFHCA executive director, Cate Clark. “This is an essential and important step in identifying collaborative efforts to best serve our nation’s field hockey coaches.  We are hopeful to continue identifying synergies for quality coaching education and community building in the future.”


Event Details

USA Field Hockey’s Level 1 Program consists of two parts, the online course (Part I) and an in-person, four-hour Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic (Part II). Through the Level 1 Coaching Course, coaches will gain an understanding of why they coach, develop an appreciation of effective practice design principles, become comfortable in delivering basic skill development practices for field players and goalkeepers, and gain a basic understanding of “The USA Way” Player, Goalkeeper and Principles of Play.

The NFHCA Ready2 Coach Clinic will focus on preseason preparation, practice planning, and coaching fundamentals to kick off the 2022 fall season. Coaches will identify and assemble the key components of executing a successful preseason, engage in roundtable discussions with other coaches on relevant topics, and learn characteristics of effective practice design to include the use of game play and relevant progressions.

The first half of each regional clinic will be devoted to Part II of the USAFH Level 1 Certification and the NFHCA Ready2Coach Clinic will occupy the second half of the day. Coaches can sign up for either individual event or the full day consisting of both events.

Full-day registration costs $129, regardless of membership status at either organization, and includes USA Field Hockey Level I (Part I and Part II) Coaching Certification and the NFHCA Ready2Coach Clinic. The cost to attend only the NFHCA Ready2Coach Clinic is $40 for NFHCA members and $55 for non-members. The cost to attain the USA Field Hockey Level I Coach Certification is $50 for USAFH members and $85 for non-members.

Coach educators for each event will be announced at a later date.


Regional Clinics

All clinics follow the same time schedule — 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. USAFH Level 1, one hour lunch break, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. NFHCA Ready2Coach Clinic.

Scheduled events and locations:

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to champion, strengthen, and celebrate field hockey coaches and the game. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for sport of field hockey in the United States and is based out of Colorado Springs, Colo. The mission of USA Field Hockey is to grow the game by promoting and continuing to develop the sport for future, generations to enjoy, to serve members by helping them achieve their field hockey ambition and creating value for continued membership, to succeed Internationally with competitive success and enhanced performance programming, and to be an effective sport leader by allocating its resources efficiently to Grow the Game, Serve Members and Succeed Internationally.