Coaching

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Here you can find everything you need to know about coaching with the Vancouver Hawks

Teams

Coaching Education

Hawks are committed to helping coaches and umpires learn and develop through their careers and coach education is an important part of this.

 

Hawks Coaching Fund

Background

Due to the unprecedented times of Covid 19 the Vancouver Hawks Board allocated a set amount of funds, $1500, to be available to the current Vancouver Hawks coaching community.  

Purpose

This fund is to support the development of coaches through online courses during a time when no on-field coaching opportunities are available. The purpose of the fund is to further the development of the Vancouver Hawks current coaches and continue to provide engagement with these coaches during this time.

Objectives

  • Increase coaching qualifications of current Vancouver Hawks coaches through successful completion of certified coaching course(s).
  • Assist in retention of qualified coaches for the upcoming field hockey season by guaranteeing a commitment from 10 or more coaches.
  • Provide development opportunity to current Vancouver Hawks coaches.

Total Funds Available: $1500

Available from:  May 2020 - Sept 2020

Coach Development Fund Details:

This fund is available for Vancouver Hawks coaches that meet the below written criteria.  Individual applicants may apply only once, with a maximum of $150 available per individual. 

Development Fund Application Criteria:

  1. Previously coached for the Vancouver Hawks season (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020) for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Application Process:

  1. Coaches must submit a written request to: Alex Bale, Vancouver Hawks Club Manager, manager@vancouverhawks.com
  2. The request must include:
    1. Name and division of Vancouver Hawks team coached last season
    2. Coaching course* name & cost

 *Coaching course(s) must be delivered by one of the following organizations: FHBC, NCCP, VIASport, CAC, Sport for Life, and FHC. 

    1. Reason for wanting to do the course
  1. An application will be approved or not approved by the Coaching Committee, consisting of Alex Bale, Stephanie Nesbitt and Matthew Sarmento
  2. Applicants who adhere to the above criteria will be reimbursed for the cost of the coaching course(s), up to $150, subject to money being available 
  3. Application review will be done based on the order (date) applications are received. 

Coach Commitment:

  1. Submit proof of course completion to: Alex Bale, Vancouver Hawks Club Manager, manager@vancouverhawks.com
  2. Agree to commit to coaching a Vancouver Hawks team in one of the following leagues: Junior League, Senior League, Indoor, Outdoor between September 2020 - August 2020*. 

*A completion of a course with Hawks funds does not limit the coach from only working with the Vancouver Hawks.

Hawks Commitment:

  • The Vancouver Hawks will commit a maximum of $150 to any approved application. 
  • Recommendations and an outline of the proper coaching pathway will be provided to help guide you through the desired process.

Coaching Resources

Long Term Field Hockey Development (LTHD)

Sports can be classified as early or late specialization.  Sports such as gymnastics and figure skating qualify as early specialization, while other sports such as soccer and field hockey are classified as late specialization.

Because field hockey is a late specialization sport, LTHD actively discourages early specialization since premature specialization contributes to imbalanced physical development, overuse injuries, early burnout, and inadequate development of movement and sports skills.

In harmony with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model developed by Canadian Sports Centres and currently being adopted by over 50 sports organizations in Canada and around the world, LTHD recognizes these seven stages in the development of field hockey players:

  • Stage 1: Active Start: Ages 0-6
  • Stage 2: FunStix: Ages 6-10
  • Stage 3: Learning to Train: Ages 9-12 males, 8-11 females
  • Stage 4: Training to Train: Ages 12-16 males, 11-15 females
  • Stage 5: Training to Compete: Ages 16-19
  • Stage 6: Training to Win: Ages 19 and beyond
  • Stage 7: Hockey for Life: All ages

Here are some resources for each developmental stage as well as some specific skill areas such as goalkeeping and penalty corners.

Active Start (0 - 6)

Hockey NZ - Small Sticks

Absolute beginner skills and drills to practice them - aimed at complete beginners and younger players

FUNdamentals (6 - 10)

FUNSTIX

Developed by FHC this is a 10-session plan for FUNdamentals level coaches with many games and activities. Works best if used throughout as skills build from one week to the next.

http://www.panamhockey.org/files/documents/2013/eng/2013-FUNdamental_fieldhockey.pdf

FUNdamentals level coaching guide for new coaches.

This guide walks you through hockey basics and offers 10 session plans. Suitable for 6 - 10 year old players.

Learn To Train (9-12 males, 8-11 females)

http://lthd.fieldhockey.ca/en/u10lessonplans

10 sessions for U10s all planned out. Can easily be adapted to lower or higher levels, but provides a great framework for a series of sessions.

Train To Train (12-16 males, 11-15 females)

Field Hockey Canada - Drills

Comprehensive resource aimed primarily at higher levels. Use this to find specific skills.  To slot into sessions. Best used when you know what you are looking for.

Train to Compete (16 - 19)

Field Hockey Canada - Drills

Comprehensive resource aimed primarily at higher levels. Use this to find specific skills.  To slot into sessions. Best used when you know what you are looking for.

Goalkeeping

Field Hockey New Zealand Goalkeeping Resource

This resource leads you through the basics of goalkeeping and offers many drills to get you started.

Other Useful Resources

Long Term Athlete Development

This is the foundational document for most recent research and development of sport principles in Canada, and increasingly in the rest of the world too. A must-read for anyone interested in current trends and thoughts in sporting development.

LTAD for Parents

A comprehensive guide to the LTAD principles aimed at parents. It outlines why early specialisation is not recommended and why the LTAD principles are used.

Active for Life

This document outlines the importance of physical literacy throughout life. It is a useful background document for those who are interested in going into more detail into the theory and policy decisions surrounding sport for life.

https://fieldhockeybc.com/coaches/coaching-resources/

FHBC's page of resources for a variety of extra help, including sample lesson plans and links to further resources.

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Volunteer Coaching

Volunteerism is one of the core values of the Vancouver Hawks and we encourage all our members to give back to the community. The following volunteer coaching positions are currently available:

Junior Spring Season
Parent Coach
We are looking for Parent Coaches to help our team coaches. Our Team Coaches are often young and while they may be good at coaching field hockey, they often benefit from some support from adults to help practices and games go smoothly. At younger age groups Parent Coaches are responsible for helping to prepare and run practices while at the older ages coaches are also jointly responsible for weekend games. If you are interested in volunteering as a Parent Coach please take 2 minutes to register here:

REGISTRATION LINK

Team Coach

We are looking for team coaches to be responsible for the hockey played by your team. This is ideal for both young or old coaches who would like to focus on the skills of their players. Team Coaches will often have support from parent coaches to help practices and games go smoothly. At younger age groups team coaches are responsible for preparing and running practices while at the older ages team coaches are also jointly responsible for weekend games. If you are interested in volunteering as a Team Coach please take 2 minutes to register here:

REGISTRATION LINK

Assistant Coach

We understand, everyone is busy! If you feel you are unable to commit enough time or energy to be a full Parent Coach or Team Coach, consider becoming an Assistant Coach. Assistant Coaches will help deliver practices and during games where they can. If you are interested in volunteering as a Team Coach please take 2 minutes to register here:

REGISTRATION LINK

Professional Coaching

The Vancouver Hawks has several paid coaching opportunities:

Spring Season

U13 Girls Tournament Team
1 Head coach
1 or more Assistant Coaches
Train once per week (April - June) (day/time TBD), go to club championships, go to 2 tournaments (details TBD)

U14 Girls Tournament Team
1 Head coach
1 or more Assistant Coaches
Train once per week (April - June) (day/time TBD), go to club championships, go to 2 tournaments (details TBD)

U15 Girls Tournament Team
1 Head Coach
Train once per week (April - June) (day/time TBD), go to club championships, go to 2 tournaments (details TBD)

U8 - U10 Lead Coach
Train once per week on Mondays (Apr 8 - June 17). Assist volunteer coaches with planning and delivery of sessions

Coaching

Other Opportunities

Schools Program
1 Head Coach,
1 or more Assistant Coaches (depending on numbers)
Dates: Various
Location: Various
Coaching in school gym classes at various ages and skill levels

Coaching Rates

Here are the current coaching pay rates for the Vancouver Hawks:

 

Certification / Experience Level Head Coach Assistant Coach Experience
Level 4 + Exp. $52.50 $43.75 1+ years coaching as a head or assistant coach in a national program
Level 4 $48.00 $40.00
Level 3 + Exp. $37.50 $35.00 1+ years coaching as a head or assistant coach in a national program / 3+ years as a head coach of a HP team / 5+ years as assistant coach of a HP team or club team
Level 3 $35.00 $32.50
Level 2 + Exp. $32.50 $30.00 1+ years as a head coach of a HP team / 3+ years as assistant coach of a HP team / 3+ years coaching a club team
Level 2 $30.00 $27.50
Level 1/Community Coach + Exp. $27.50 $25.00 1+ years as a head coach of a HP team / 3+ years as assistant coach of a HP team / 3+ years coaching a club team
Level 1/Community Coach $25.00 $22.50
No Certification + Exp. $20.00
$16.00
19 and over
18 and under
Experience Key
HP High Performance
NT National Team
HC Head Coach