NFHCA announces four more Ready2Coach sessions

Dec 7, 2020 | 2020-2021, News, Virtual Coaches' Caucus

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is thrilled to announce the details of the final four sessions in the Ready2Coach series sponsored by AstroTurf.

Ready2Coach, a reprisal from last year’s NFHCA Annual Convention, is the field hockey-focused portion of the Virtual Coaches’ Caucus. In total, nine Ready2Coach sessions are scheduled, which will cover a wide range of on-field topics.

Ashley Hoffman, Amanda Magadan, and Lauren Moyer

USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team Members and Co-Founders of Become Uncommon

Principles of Play: Tactical Development

Join Ashley, Amanda, and Lauren as they provide drills for developing in-game tactical awareness both on attack and defense. The Become Uncommon team will help you understand how to create habits in training that translate into the game.

Katie DeSandis

Head Coach, Columbia University

Skills Development through SSG: How to Actually Do It

Coaches tend to agree that small-sided games (SSGs) are the best way to teach the game, but that their teams need individual skill development in order to execute the games. So begins the “chicken or the egg” dilemma of which to pursue, for how long, and when (like…do we ever even get to the game)? In this presentation, take a look into how you can actually combine the two by focusing more on the environment you create and how it encourages the behaviors you wish to develop — all while having more fun!

Jackie Kintzer Briggs

Assistant Coach, Wake Forest University

Preparing Elite Goalkeepers for a High-Performance Environment

This session will help you prepare your goalkeepers with what they need to know and be comfortable doing to make an immediate impact at the next level, whatever their next level is! Throughout the session, Jackie will cover strong basic skills, mobility and ground work, defending corners, and shootouts. You will leave with the tools to pinpoint and correct bad habits in your goalkeepers.

Julia Mauro

Head Coach, Bridgewater State University

Essential Steps to Increase Student-Athlete Learning

To ensure that learning is occurring we have a responsibility to become better teachers of the game. This presentation will outline key steps to improve the learning environment for your student-athletes.

Official Sponsor

AstroTurf® is the Official Sponsor of the Ready2Coach sessions.

AstroTurf® is one of the most iconic brands in American sports. Field hockey was first played on AstroTurf® at the 1976 Montreal Olympics — since then, AstroTurf® has continued to evolve their synthetic turf to provide fast-playing, non-directional, uniform products that are demanded by programs across the world. AstroTurf® is also committed to growing the game of field hockey and providing access to more high-quality pitches at all levels of the sport.

2021 Virtual Coaches’ Caucus

The Virtual Coaches’ Caucus (VCC) is slated to be a dynamic, online gathering of NFHCA members and field hockey coaches. The VCC will incorporate NFHCA business meetings, educational sessions, a variety of speakers, awards ceremonies, and opportunities for attendees to connect with their field hockey colleagues.

The VCC will take place between January 5 — 10, 2021, with professional development components mainly taking place on January 9 and 10. Registration is now open.