Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic to be Hosted in Syracuse, N.Y.

April 28, 2017, 3:13 p.m. (ET)

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Registration: 8:30 a.m. | Session: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Syracuse University | Manley Field House
1301 E Colvin Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

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, filled-turf, or water -based turf, teaching these new skills properly, and in a fun and engaging way, will enable you and your team to develop and succeed.

This Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic is:

  • 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.
  • A perfect opportunity for professional development and collaboration with your peers and your local field hockey community
  • Designed for individuals with 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.
  • Recommended for new and experienced coaches, even those who attained their Level 1 Certificate years ago.

All participants will receive a USA Field Hockey Level 1 Coaching Certificate and will be eligible to attend a Level 2 Instructional Coaching Clinic for more in depth technical and tactical learning. Level 1 Certified Coaches with current USA Field Hockey Coaching Memberships are eligible to apply for coaching positions within USA Field Hockey's programming, including Futures.

Space is limited – First Come, First Serve Basis

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

Classroom Presentations and Discussions:

  • The Importance of Coaching Philosophy
  • Coaching as a Profession: How to Coach Principles
  • Appropriate Development Principles - Spatial Awareness
  • Introduction to "Teaching Games for Understanding"


On-Field Learning & Application:

  • Basic Rules and Field Set Up
  • Fundamental Skills of Field Hockey - Grip Management
  • Introduction to Attack and Defense Principles - Small Games
  • The Basics of Goalkeeping
  • Designing Fun and Effective Training Sessions



USA Field Hockey Member Price: $95
USA Field Hockey Non-Member Price: $145 (includes one-day membership)
* Lunch will be provided

If you are not a USA Field Hockey Member, please join today to receive this discounted pricing and take advantage of all membership benefits, including coaching tools and resources, free access to Team USA Mobile Coach App, FHLife Magazine, and much more.

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

Coach Educators for this Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic:

Ange Bradley | Syracuse University Head Coach | Level 1 Head Coach Educator

Ten seasons at the helm of the Syracuse University field hockey program, Ange Bradley has transformed it into one of the nation's top programs. That success reached its peak in 2015, when Bradley led the Orange to the first National Championship in program history and first national title by any women's program at Syracuse University, earning her NFHCA National Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

Under Bradley’s leadership, Syracuse has become one of the nation's premiere destinations for top-level talent and her teams have become a force in the nation's best conference. The team boasts the best record in ACC play, widely considered the best conference in America, since her team joined the league in 2013. Her teams also entered 2016 with the longest-active streak in the country of earning one of the four national seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to the 2015 National Championship, Bradley has led the Orange to nine-straight NCAA Tournaments (2008-16), four Final Fours appearances (2008, 2012, 2014, 2015), two national championship game appearances (2014, 2015), an ACC regular season title (2015), four BIG EAST regular season titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and two BIG EAST Tournament Championships (2010, 2011).

A native of Drexel Hill, Pa., Bradley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education with a minor in psychology from the University of Delaware. As a Blue Hen, she was also a four-year field hockey and lacrosse letter winner. She earned a Master’s Degree in exercise physiology from Northern Illinois University in 1991. A goalkeeper for the Fightin’ Blue Hens, she holds school records in career shutouts (26) and career goals-against average (0.91) and ranks second in career saves with 477. Her collegiate accomplishments earned her entrance into the Blue Hen Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Bradley has also been involved with USA Field Hockey, as she was the head coach of the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team from 2015 to 2016.

Jordan Page | Hempfield High School Head Coach | Level 1 Assistant Coach Educator

In 2016, Jordan Page became the new head coach at Hempfield High School. It was the first head coach position for Page, a 2015 Syracuse University graduate, who recently returned to the United States after playing overseas in Ireland while working on her Master’s.

At Syracuse University, Page had a stellar field hockey career, finishing with 82 points, which ranks 15th in program history. She helped lead the Orange to an NCAA Final appearance during her senior season.

Page was also a former member of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team.

In her younger years playing, Page was a high school All-American in 2010 at Cocalico High School, and was a three-time Lancaster-Lebanon League First Team honoree. She scored 66 goals and added 72 assists during her career, helping lead the Lady Eagles to three consecutive section championships in addition to the State runner-up finish.


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

Photo courtesy of Syracuse Athletics