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Coaching Pathway

Field Hockey Canada’s Coaching Pathway prepares coaches from the grassroots, community levels to high-performance. An athlete-centred, coach led model ensures a holistic approach intended to serving the growth of the game.

The Field Hockey Canada / NCCP Coaching Pathway is aligned to FHC’s Long Term Field Hockey Development (LTFHD) Strategy.

The goal is an ‘athlete-centred, coach-led’ model, with the pathway serving both the community and performance streams of athlete development.

This flexible delivery model enables clubs, schools, provincial sport organizations and other community leaders to deliver courses which suit the particular needs of their own environment.


Field Hockey Canada has developed programs for the following contexts:
  1. Community Coach (FUNdamentals Long Term Athlete Development Stage).
  2. Competition Introduction (Learn to Train and Train to Train Long Term Athlete Development Stages).
  3. Competition Development (Train to Compete).
    • Note: We have our High-Performance stream which includes the advanced coaching diploma.
    • Coming soon is our Technical Trainer stream.

NOTE: Field Hockey Canada is working with International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to create a new Competition Development pathway. The new pathway will be submitted in July, 2023 to the CAC for approval. Please check back mid August for full details.


The following graphic illustrates the pathway for field hockey coaches in Canada:




For more information on how to complete each stage of the pathway, CLICK HERE (coaching pathway).


For more information on the multi-sport modules visit the Coaching Association of Canada Multi-Sport training website.


Community Sport and Competition Introduction courses are delivered by the individual provincial field hockey associations. For course schedules and contact information contact your provincial association.

The Competition Development course is delivered by Field Hockey Canada in association with the Coaching Association of Canada.

Click here to access the Field Hockey Canada National Coaching Certification Program Operations Manual.