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USA Field Hockey

COACHING ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

USA Field Hockey is dedicated to educating the coaching community. USA Field Hockey offers three levels to the accreditation program. Coaches begin with Level I and move through to Level III. USA Field Hockey also offers an upgrade program and an annual National Coaching Forum. 


ACCREDITATION LEVELS

Level I - Development
Level II - Intermediate
Level III - High Performance  




LEVEL I

Level I is the development level and is geared toward standardizing the coaching of development level athletes.    

Level I is a prerequisite for Futures. The Level I course is a six hour course and runs over one day. Coaches who complete the full six hours will earn Level I status. 

Coaches may achieve their Level I Coaching Accreditation by either attending a Level I course or taking the online Fundamentals of Field Hockey online course available through the NFHS Learning Center.  Both courses are $75.00.  The online course is part of the National Federation of High School Coach Education program. Coaches taking the National Federation of High School online course may transfer their credits to USA Field Hockey for a Level I Accreditation.

Note: To retain active Accreditation, coaches will need to update at least every 4 years.

LEVEL II

Level II is an intermediate coaching level and is geared to coaches who want to increase their knowledge base and embrace the Olympic Development coaching. Level II candidates are required to achieve this accreditation as a step toward High Performance coaching. Coaches completing the full 12 hours are candidates to achieve Level II Development, a full Level II or Level II recommended to Level III.  

Level II is a prerequisite for coaching in USA Field Hockey’s Futures Head Coaching positions, National Futures Championship and all Junior High Performance programs. Level II coaches can work selective High Performance programs; however, Level III is preferred.  

The Level II course is a 12 hour course over 2 days and 1 night and includes nine hours of theory and three hours of practical. The course content includes skill acquisition, team playing concepts, set pieces, introductory technology in coaching, training management, game management and Rules of the Game.  

Successful participants are recommended as Level I assessors and Level II Presenters.  

Note: To retain active Accreditation, coaches will need to update at least every 4 years.

LEVEL III

Level III is geared toward High Performance coaching. Coaches must hold a full Level II or Level II recommended to Level III to attend a Level III course. Coaches attending a Level III course should have a goal to coach within the USA at the highest level.

Level III Coaching Accreditation is a prerequisite for coaching in all High Performance and coaches must hold Level III to attend Pan American Field Hockey Federation and International Hockey Federation courses. Level III pending Level III Level III with FIH Recommendation. The Level III course is a 20 hour course which includes Theory, Practical and Impromptu Components. Participants will submit requests for theory an practical topics which will be presented during the course. Note: To retain active Accreditation, coaches will need to update at least every 4 years at a USA or FIH course.

NATIONAL COACHING FORUM

The National Coaching Forum is an annual forum headed up by our National Coaching Staff by invitation only to Level II and Level III Accredited Coaches. The Forum runs over two days.  There is a fee to attend.