Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic to be Hosted in St. Louis, Mo.

July 13, 2017, 12:01 p.m. (ET)

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Registration: 8:30 a.m. | Session: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Whitfield School
75 S. Mason Road
Saint Louis, MO 63141


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.

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.
  • 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  

Pricing:

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!

Instructor for this Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic:

 Ali Johnstone | Northwestern University Associate Head Coach | Level 1 Head Coach Educator

Ali Johnstone will be entering her fifth season as an associate head coach at Northwestern University after joining the staff in 2011. Prior to coaching the Wildcats, Johnstone served as the assistant coach at Ohio University from 2009-2011, which is also her alma mater. 

Johnstone has a wealth of playing and coaching experience. A two-time NFHCA All-American and the first Bobcat to earn first-team All-MAC each of her four seasons in Athens. She graduated from Ohio in 2002 as one of the most decorated players in program history. Johnstone was a three-time first-team All-West Region honoree as well as the 2001 Ohio Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She has the career record for assists (36) and ranks third in all-time points (106) and fourth in career goals (35).

Before beginning her collegiate coaching career at Ohio, Johnstone was the head coach for the U-19 British Columbia Provincial A team in 2007 and the U-16 Regional High Performance team from 2006-08.

Johnstone is also very involved with USA Field Hockey having been a High Performance Assistant Coach, Futures Elite Head Coach and Junior National Camp Coach. 

She will be attending her first FIH Level 2 Course taking place during the Pan American Cups in Lancaster, Pa. from August 3-6.


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


Northwestern University Associate Head Coach- 2011 to present.

High Performance Assistant coach

Futures Elite Head Coach 

JNC Assistant coach

Ohio University assistant coach- 2009-2011

British Columbia U-19 Head Coach

Attending first FIH Level 2 Course over Pan Am Cup Tournament – August 3-6, 2017

Northwestern University Associate Head Coach- 2011 to present.

High Performance Assistant coach

Futures Elite Head Coach 

JNC Assistant coach

Ohio University assistant coach- 2009-2011

British Columbia U-19 Head Coach

Attending first FIH Level 2 Course over Pan Am Cup Tournament – August 3-6, 2017

Northwestern University Associate Head Coach- 2011 to present.

High Performance Assistant coach

Futures Elite Head Coach 

JNC Assistant coach

Ohio University assistant coach- 2009-2011

British Columbia U-19 Head Coach

Attending first FIH Level 2 Course over Pan Am Cup Tournament – August 3-6, 2017