Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic to be Hosted in Moorpark, Calif.

Dec. 20, 2016, 3:02 p.m. (ET)


Sunday, January 22, 2017
Registration: 8:30 a.m. 
Sessions: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA  93021


The game of field hockey has changed significantly during the past decade. The introduction of synthetic turf and continual innovations have sped up the game, inspiring new tactics, techniques and rules to accommodate the faster play. Whether you coach players on grass, field turf, water or sand-based turf, teaching these new skills properly, and in a fun and engaging way, will enable you and your team to develop and succeed, as well as your program to grow.

Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinics are specifically designed to enhance a coach's basic knowledge and understanding of the game of field hockey and best practices on how to teach them. This course is suited for individuals with some experience with the game. Those 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. If you took the Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic many years ago or just took the online course, you may want to consider this in-person offering as a refresher.

Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinics are the perfect opportunity for professional development and collaboration with your peers. Attendees will receive a Level 1 Coaching Certificate and, with a
USA Field Hockey membership, will be eligible to coach in USA Field Hockey programs, including the Futures Program. Participants will also be eligible to attend a Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic for more advanced technical and tactical learning.

The Level 1 Clinic is an 8-hour course and will cover the following topics: 

Classroom Presentations and Discussions:

  • Basic Rules & Field Set-Up
  • The Importance of Coaching Philosophy
  • How to Coach
  • Guided Discovery and Learning Principles
  • Age-Appropriate Development – Spatial Awareness
  • “Teaching Games for Understanding” Introduction

On-Field Learning & Application:

  • Fundamental Skills of Field Hockey – Grip Management – Error Detection and Correction
  • The Basics of Goalkeeping
  • Designing Fun and Effective Training Sessions – Small Games
  • Set Play Structures


Member Price: $95 
Non-Member Price: $130 (includes one-day membership)  

*If you are not a member, please join today to receive this discounted pricing and take advantage of all membership benefits, including coaching tools and resources, FHLife Magazine and much more.

A limited number of participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register today!

Instructors for this Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic:

Michael Whitehead | Level 1 Instructor & Men’s Junior High Performance Coach

Mike Whitehead has held a USA Field Hockey Level 2 Coaching Certification since 2008 and has been part of the Men’s Junior High Performance coaching staff since 2004. He also coached and assisted as a performance analyst for the Ventura County Red Devils from 2005-2015. Whitehead has attended three Junior Pan American Games with the U-21 USMNT, as both manager and performance analyst. In 2009, he managed the U-21 USMNT at the Junior World Cup in Singapore, Malaysia. 

Whitehead has played hockey from 1984 to 2003, and was on the National Club Championship Bulldogs (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) DI team in 1990 and 1991. Since 2013, he has been Chaminade College Preparatory High School ‘s Head Varsity and J.V. Field Hockey coaching West Hills, Calif. In the fall of 2015, Whitehead founded the West Coast Eagles Field Hockey Club to further the development of hockey for girls and boys.

A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Whitehead was a business development sales professional for more than 20 years. In 2013 he left that profession to become a full-time hockey coach. 

Shawn Nakamura | Level 1 Instructor & Former USMNT Member

Shawn Nakamura holds a USA Field Hockey Level 2 Coaching Certification and was a former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1998-2012, finishing his career with more than 100 international caps which included competing in four Pan American Games.

Nakamura currently serves as the director for the Ventura County Red Devils Program and his coaching career also includes a stint as an assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, where he helped guide the Bears to a NorPac Conference Championship and a Top 20 National ranking.

A native of Camarillo, Calif., Nakamura completed his bachelor's degree in Psychology from UCLA in 2004.

Click here to see a full list of upcoming Level 1 and Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic offerings.