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GENERAL PROCEDURES/CONTENTS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA

FIH COACHING COURSES

General Administration Procedures

FIH Coaching Courses will be held in each of the five continents during a four years cycle in order to encourage international participation.

Additional suggested timelines specific to FIH Coaching Courses are:

1. Seven months before a Course takes place, all National Associations will be informed by letter. Application forms will also be forwarded at this stage –

2. Five months before the start of the Course all National Associations, (as well as the organising Association) must register their proposed participants and their respective coaching records with the FIH. The FIH informs the National Associations about the registrations received.

3. Four months before the start of the Course, the FIH will inform each National Association whether the proposed participants have been accepted.

4. Two months before the Course starts, the qualified participants must have paid their participation fee.

The host National Association has the right to register a maximum of five (5) observers in addition to the officially registered participants. Their names should be sent to the FIH Development and Coaching Committee. The purpose of the observer attendance their role must be included in the submission to the FIH Development and Coaching Committee. The Development and Coaching Committee may also propose observers from other countries to the Host Association. The total number of observers, however, will not be more than five, unless otherwise agreed between the FIH Development Coaching Committee, the National Association and the Course Conductor(s).

Content of the Coaching Course

The Course Conductors on consultation with the appointed FIH Course Coordinator (Development and Coaching Committee member) will coordinate the course content. Because of their experience Coaching Course Conductors must provide most of the tactical and technical information by giving demonstrations and lectures on subjects that pertain to the content of the course. Content should include practical and theory sessions. Smaller group discussions and workshops are also to be considered as elements of FIH Coaching Courses. Participants may be invited to make short presentations on a subject agreed upon with the Course Conductors. While the participating coaches may not be skilled technical performers, they must be skilled in the practice of coaching. Therefore the emphasis should be placed on the practical side of coaching, not performing. To ensure the technical growth of hockey, the presence of skilled performers to advance the practical art of coaching is strongly recommended.

In general, all Courses will be conducted in English unless indicated otherwise. Participants should be informed of this particularly for their own presentation and group discussions, which will be used for assessment purposes. Should a participant be unable to contribute in this way they will be unable to be assessed.

The Course Conductors will announce the general planning and procedures during the opening session. The content will include various aspects of

  • techniques (analysis and teaching methods)

  • attacking play (tactics)

  • defending play (tactics)

  • team play (tactics, strategies and game analysis)

  • set plays (variations)

  • goalkeeping

  • coaching methods (including physiological and psychological preparation and planning)

  • rules interpretation

  • developments in equipment

  • match analysis

Evaluation Criteria

It is mandatory that the Course Conductors of the FIH Coaching Courses use the FIH Coaching Course Report. Participants will be assessed with regard to the following criteria:

1. Coaching Activities

  • Level of coaching and hockey knowledge

  • Coaching record

2. Contribution to the Course

  • Verbal participation

  • Demonstrating an 'inquiring mind'

  • Providing valuable input

  • Demonstrate coaching ability in a (practical) coaching session

  • Ability to convey knowledge and experience to other coaches

  • Ability to give guidance to the interaction between participants at different levels

The official assessment by the Conductor(s) must be submitted to the Chairperson of the FIH Development and Coaching Committee, not later than one month after the Courses finishes. Outstanding participants will be recommended by the Conductors to take part in a FIH Final Coaching Course.

‘Outstanding participants’ are defined as those individuals who have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the modern game and other relevant qualities, to warrant their participation in a FIH Final Coaching Course.

FIH FINAL COACHING SEMINARS / COURSES

General Administration Procedures

A FIH Final Coaching Course will be held at least every second year.

Additional suggested timelines specific to FIH Final Coaching Courses:

1. Seven months before the Course will take place:

  • The FIH will invite all eligible coaches to submit their application for participation in this FIH Final Coaching Course. (Eligible coaches are those recommended by Course Conductors from previous FIH Coaching Courses or Final Coaching Courses.) The invitations will be sent through, or with a copy to, the National Associations of the eligible coaches.

  • The FIH informs all National Associations in order to enable those to recommend coaches under the rule, which allows them to do so.

The FIH will enclose application forms with these invitations/this information) –

2. Five months before the start of the Course:

  • Invited eligible candidates must apply for participation with the FIH through their National Association

  • National Associations have to register their recommendation for participation, together with the required endorsement.

The FIH informs the National Associations about the applications and registrations received.

3. Four months before the start of the Course the FIH will inform all candidates through their National Association whether the applicant:

  • Has been accepted or

  • Has been put on the reserve list or

  • Cannot be accepted as a participant either because too many registrations have been received or because their application has insufficient endorsement.

In the case that more than 16 applications for a FIH Final Coaching Course are received, the Development and Coaching Committee will decide which 16 applicants are to be accepted. In doing so it will allow or real international participation and a reasonable number of qualified participants from the host National Association.

Upon confirmation, each participant will be awarded a topic, which they must present during the Course.

4. Two months before the start of the Course, the qualified participants must have paid their participation fee.

5. One month before the Course starts each participant must submit a written report, in English, on his or her relevant topic. During the Course the participant will present this report in an oral presentation of the topic concerned. The presentation will be followed by a discussion. The report and presentation will be used as one of the criteria for evaluation and will provide an opportunity for participants to interact and collaborate with the group in attendance. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a coaching session (Videotape?). All material presented at FIH Final Coaching Course may be used by the FIH in the development of hockey.

The host National Association has the right to register a maximum of five (5) observers in addition to the officially registered participants. Their names should be sent to the FIH Development and Coaching Committee. The purpose of the observer attendance their role must be included in the submission to the FIH Development and Coaching Committee. The Development and Coaching Committee may also propose observers from other countries to the Host Association. The total number of observers, however, will not be more than five, unless otherwise agreed between the FIH Development Coaching Committee, the National Association and the Course Conductor(s).

Content of the FIH Final Coaching Course

  • techniques (analysis and teaching methods)

  • attacking play (tactics)

  • defending play (tactics)

  • team play (tactics, strategies and game analysis)

  • set plays (variations)

  • goalkeeping

  • coaching methodology

  • rules interpretation

  • match analysis

During the FIH Final Coaching Course the participants will be responsible for the dissemination of information relative to their selected report. The Conductors are to provide general direction and format for the proceedings. Small group discussions with an appointed leader are encouraged. Such groups should not exceed five in number and Conductors should ensure that participants with extensive knowledge are mixed with those of less experience.

When possible, it should be strongly recommended that visiting experts, who might include sports scientists, may attend to contribute to the selected themes.

Evaluation Criteria

To participate in a FIH Final Coaching Course, applicants must establish their ability to successfully fulfil the practical component of coaching prior to being accepted as candidates. Practical coaching expertise will be confirmed by:

1. Assessments by FIH Coaching Course Conductors

2. Recommendations from the respective National Associations endorsed by two FIH Master Coaches or FIH Coaches Grade 1, at least being from a country other than that of the applicant

Participants will be assessed by the Course Conductors with regard to their hockey and coaching knowledge in line with:

1. Coaching Activities

  • Level of coaching

  • Coaching record

  • Consistent coaching performance over a period of time

2. Contribution to the Course

  • Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge by presentations and contributions

  • Demonstrate the ability to convey and to exchange knowledge with other coaches of different levels of knowledge and experience.

3. Research Capabilities

  • The ability to collect data for written and oral presentation in a logical and research-oriented manner.

It is mandatory that Course Conductors submit the Course Report (please see under course reports part) to the Chairperson of the FIH Development and Coaching Committee no later than one month after the Course finishes. Conductors are expected to give a concise report on their assessment and their recommendations for nominations for appointment or upgrading of each individual participant.

These recommendations will be recorded as:

  • Recommendation for nomination as FIH Coach

  • Recommendation for nomination as FIH Coach - Grade 1

  • Should gain further knowledge and experience before attending a further FIH Final Coaching Course

  • Should gain more knowledge and experience and is encouraged to prepare for participation in a future FIH Final Coaching Course

  • No recommendation for nomination or special recommendation

The Conductors report will reflect the rationale for grading candidates. Based upon the assessment, the FIH Development and Coaching Committee has the responsibility to nominate those participants who clearly demonstrate adequate coaching qualities for appointment in one of the levels of accredited coaches. Furthermore upgrading can be proposed where a justifiable rationale for such promotion is presented. After each FIH Final Coaching Course and subsequent to an FIH Executive Board meeting in which appointments or upgrading take place the Development and Coaching Committee will prepare and circulate an updated list of the accredited FIH Coaches in the three levels High Performance and Development.

 

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