Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic to be Hosted in Leesburg, Va.

May 03, 2017, 2:53 p.m. (ET)

Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinic Information:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Registration: 8:30 a.m. | Session: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Evergreen Sports Complex
19623 Evergreen Mills Road
Leesburg, VA  20175

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 currently a Coach member, please join USA Field Hockey today to receive discounted pricing and take advantage of all membership benefits, including coaching tools and resources, FH Life Magazine and much more.  Your Coach Membership also helps to grow the game across the country.

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:

Ralph Boersma | Assistant Coach, Duke University 
Level 1 Head Coach Educator

Boersma boasts a wealth of prior coaching experience, having spent a number of years overseeing teams for the HV Victoria hockey club in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He most recently served as the head coach of the club’s U19 Boys Team from 2014-16 and occasionally as a field trainer for HV Victoria’s First Mens Team. His time in Rotterdam also included indoor and outdoor seasons with several age levels of boys and girls youth teams. During his stint at Victoria, Boersma coached several players who made it through the ranks of the Dutch National Teams at the U17 and U19 level. In addition, many of the youth players he coached are currently active on the highest Dutch senior level and some are active internationally in England and Canada.

In addition to his time spent with the HV Victoria hockey club, Boersma also coached with HC Hoeksche Waard club program, based in Mijnsheerenland, Netherlands. He served as the head coach of the First Mens Team from 2011-15 and as the head coach of the U19 Boys squad from 2009-11.

Boersma has previously coached in the United States as well, spending the summer of 2014 training athletes in the Virginia Beach area and the summer of 2013 working with players at Total Dutch Field Hockey in New Jersey.

Boersma has completed both the Hockey Trainer 3 and Hockey Trainer 4 coaching courses at the KNHB (Royal Dutch Field Hockey Association) in the Netherlands and holds Level 2 certification from USA Field Hockey.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Boersma enjoyed a successful playing career with HC Hoeksche Waard and HV Victoria, competing in several regional divisions with the two programs.

A 2011 graduate of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Boersma went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from the same university in 2013.

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