Coach High School Field Hockey
To coach high school field hockey, you are required to demonstrate certain skills. Typically at the high school level, the coach is a teacher or a person otherwise employed at the school. If you are attempting to be a coach, and are not employed by the school already, volunteer positions may be available. These positions usually require a background check and references showing a level of skill with the game and with young participants. These volunteers work closely with the athletic department at the high school.
- Create a practice schedule. To coach high school field hockey, you must be able to create a practice schedule for the players. This schedule takes into account the students other obligations including homework, study time and special test days. The length of the practice and the amount of days per week is based on these obligations and the amount of time the team has to practice prior to the beginning of the game schedule. After the game schedule begins, practice will need to be altered to suit the needs of the team, while still taking into account the needs of the players.
- Develop the practice routine. To coach high school field hockey, you need to create workout routines for the players. These may include running, weight training and actual play.
- Make the play book. The plays are a huge part of actual play. To coach high school field hockey, you need to be able to create and teach the players to execute a series of plays to be used during the games. Taking plays from other coaches is acceptable as long as they are not "stolen" or obtained in an unscrupulous way.
- Get to know the players. An important piece to coach high school field hockey is getting to know each of the players on the team. Know their weaknesses and strengths. Identify players who may be having issues outside of the sport and offer assistance if wanted, needed or possible.
- Motivate the team. To coach high school field hockey successfully, you must motivate the team. There are several techniques for motivation. Some coaches find a caring approach more effective, while others find a show of strength to work.