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Coaches who work with performance development athletes over the age of 16 in the club system, within hockey development programs or academies, Provincial Teams or other teams traveling outside of Canada to play should be Competition Development Certified Coaches.  At this stage, athletes are developing game skills and strategy, they are developing proficiency or working toward excellence in technical, tactical, physical and mental performance areas.

Competition Development Coaches should be experienced club or provincial coaches, post-secondary coaches, or former national athletes with a good understanding of coaching.

Field Hockey Canada’s Competition Development Coaching Pathway is facilitated by the NSO. The following training steps are required to become a certified coach.  Further information is available here.


Field Hockey Canada’s Competition Development Cohort Program is available to support coaches through the requirements of the coaching pathway at this level.  Applications for this program will be announced publicly in June/July annually.
Coaches will need to create a NCCP Locker Account to complete the training.


  • Mandatory SafeSport Requirements (link to s
  • NCCP Psychology of Performance
  • NCCP Manage a Sport Program
  • NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program
  • NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities

Complete Five FHC Competition Development Sport Specific Workshops
(16 hour Course delivered online and in person)

  • Developing Athletic Abilities for FH – 4 hour Digital Workshop.
  • Psychology of Field Hockey – 3 hour Digital Workshop
  • Manage a Field Hockey Program – 3 hour Digital Workshop
  • Performance Planning for Field Hockey – 4 hour Digital Workshop
  • Analysis of Performance – FH – 6 hour Hybrid in person and digital delivery workshop.

All workshops are lead by FHC Learning Facilitators and Subject Matter Experts in each topic.
Upcoming schedule of delivery (link to


  • NCCP Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • NCCP Prevention and Recovery
  • NCCP Leading Drug Free Sport (+ online evaluation)
  • NCCP Managing Conflict (+online evaluation)
  • NCCP Performance Planning
  • NCCP Advanced Practice Planning

Upon completion of step 3 coaches will be considered NCCP Trained Competition Development Coaches.


Coaches wishing to become certified at this level must submit a Portfolio and be evaluated by a NCCP and FHC qualified Coach Evaluator.

Applications for Certification will open in January and July of each year, pending availability of Coach Evaluators.  Upon acceptance of evaluation, coaches will have 6 months to complete their portfolio and on field assessment requirements.


More information on the FHC Coaching Pathway can be found here