GENERAL COACHING TOOLS

National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE)
The National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by American sport and coaching education leaders across the country. The NCACE works to provide quality sport coaching through the review and professional accreditation of coach education programs, and by encouraging continuous improvement of coaching education in the United States. NCACE endorses comprehensive standards for sport practitioners, including volunteer, interscholastic, collegiate and elite coaches.

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)
The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to 1,000+ free audio-video and printable tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture. USA Field Hockey is proud to partner with PCA to offer discounted pricing to USA Field Hockey members on PCA's courses and seminars.

National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS)
The National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) website is a great resource whether you are brand new to coaching or just want to learn more about the sport of field hockey. USA Field Hockey and the NFHS have partnered to provide an online course titled, "Coaching Field Hockey" that will be updated in spring 2017.

National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is well-known for advocacy in promoting safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Credibility, integrity and vigilant visibility remain at the core of everything they do for our members and our industry. NCYS.org offers many resources for parents, administrators and coaches, primarily pertaining to youth sports. USA Field Hockey is a member of the NCYS.

SHAPE America
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. SHAPE's mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.

Active for Life
Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children. Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement and sport skills that benefit kids for their entire lives. Learning these basic movement and sports skills is known as becoming physically literate.

Being physically literate is the foundation for being successful in sport and in life. Physical literacy gives active kids the best chance at becoming top-level athletes who may someday compete in high-performance sport. It also results in them leading an active life. And as the word “literacy” implies, just like reading, writing and arithmetic, movement skills need to be taught.