Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic to be Hosted in Lawrence Township, N.J.

July 15, 2017, 10:21 a.m. (ET)

Monday, August 14, 2017
Registration: 8:30 a.m. | Session: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Centercourt Sports Academy
1080 Spruce Street
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

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  


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:

Melisa Meccage | Zag Sports President | Level 1 Head Coach Educator

Melisa Meccage has an extended coaching resume having led at both the high school and collegiate levels, and field hockey has been an avid part of her life. She is currently the president of Zag Sports, an international sports touring company, which was founded in 2002. Along with that, she is also the founder of LeadHerSports, a leadership and hockey academy that teaches life lessons through hockey for elementary school athletes.


After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1998, where she was a four year varsity letter winner, Meccage joined the University of Virginia coaching staff where she spent two years. In 2001, she went back to her alma mater to coach and in 2003 she because the assistant coach at Princeton University. In her 13 seasons with the Tigers, she helped guide them to twelve Ivy League Championships and one National Championship.


Meccage is heavily involved with USA Field Hockey. From 1995-97, she was a member of the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team and played in the women's Junior Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and toured to Europe twice. She was part of the U.S. Women's National Team for a year and even gathered international experience when she played in the club system in Mitre, Argentina. From 2002-16, Meccage has been a coach in the Futures Program and from 2011-15 she was part of New Jersey's Junior High Performance staff. She even coached the U-21 USWNT during 2014.




Tracey Arndt | Princeton FHC Coach| Level 1 Coach Educator

Tracey Arndt is currently a club coach with Princeton Field Hockey Club. She is a graduate of Penn State University and Cabrini College, and played field hockey for the Nittany Lions before spending five years with the U.S. Women’s National Team. 


While at Penn State, Arndt was part of three Big Ten Tournament championship teams and won two Big Ten regular-season championships, as well as garnered honors including All-American, Academic All-American, Rookie of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Player of the Year.


While on the USWNT from 1999-2005, Arndt participated in the 2002 Hockey World Cup and the 2003 Pan American Games, where the team won the silver medal.  


She has coached at Columbia University and Pennsbury (Pa.) High as well as Princeton Day School (N.J.). Arndt currently works as a Level 1 coach for the Futures Program. 


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