GOVERNING BODIES/ORGANIZATIONS

Olympic Games
The IOC was created on June 23, 1894, and the first Olympic Games of the modern era opened in Athens, Greece on April 6, 1896. The Olympic Movement has not stopped growing ever since. It encompasses organizations, athletes and other persons who agree to be guided by the principles of the Olympic Charter. Check out this website to learn everything you need to know about the Olympics and about the history of field hockey in the Olympic Games.

United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo. the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is the National Olympic Committee for the United States. The USOC is responsible for supporting, entering and overseeing U.S. teams for the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, Pan American Games and Parapan American Games and serves as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States. The USOC provides support to USA Field Hockey and other NGBs by utilizing experts in nutrition, biomechanics, medicine, physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, and performance technology. In addition, the USOC enhances athlete development by providing resources with an emphasis on coaching, recovery, performance technology and medical support. The USOC website is an excellent source of information for all Olympic sports news and includes some general resources for coaches.

International Hockey Federation (FIH)
The International Hockey Federation (FIH), is the international governing body for the sport of hockey. The FIH exists to raise the global status and popularity of hockey. Their strategy is designed to unite hockey communities around the world to reach their ambition - a global game that inspires the next generation. The FIH website includes the Hockey Academy Program, the education, training and resource center for hockey. This includes a range of resources and tools designed to help support organization and individuals, those just learning about hockey and those looking to further their involvement, performanc, and knowledge of the sport. There are four key areas in the Academy: play, coach, officiate and manage.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit, member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. The NCAA is made up of 1,121 colleges and universities and 99 voting athletic conferences. The NCAA's three divisions were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition and opportunity. In field hockey, there are 77 Division I programs, 33 Division II and 165 Division III. The NCAA.org website has information on rules, guidelines for student athletes, financial aid and academics. It is also an excellent resource for college game scores and schedules for every sport that is sponsored by the NCAA, including field hockey. The website features videos, Championship Live Central and news and schedules for all three divisions.

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The National Federation of State High School Associations' (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."  An updated online course will be available in the fall of 2016 and will be free to all USA Field Hockey Members, and $35 for non-members. We highly recommend this course for all field hockey coaches looking to build a strong foundation of basic field hockey knowledge.  

The NFHS also offers a range of online courses that coaches, parents and players will find of interest and value, including many that are free. These include Fundamentals of Coaching, Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment, Engaging Effectively with Parents, Concussion in Sports, First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches, Heat Illness Prevention, Middle School Sports, NCAA Eligibility, Positive Sport Parenting, Sportmanship, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Teaching and Modeling Behavior and Teaching Sports Skills.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a governing body of small athletic programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. While only a handful of NAIA schools have field hockey programs, we support the growth of the sport within NAIA schools.

SafeSport
SafeSport helps raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promotes open dialogue and provides training and resources. Athletes will perform better, soar higher and get more from sport if they feel safe. Through education, resources and training, we help members of the sport community recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport.