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Guidelines

1. APPOINTMENT OF MANAGERS & COACHES

Requirements:

  • A written nomination to be accompanied by a brief CV listing hockey and related experience. A brief motivation for the position is desirable.
  • Dual positions, e.g. Manager/Coach, Player/Coach are not desirable and will only be entertained under exceptional circumstances.

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • A social conscience and strong sense of volunteerism
  • An established track record of involvement in a hockey culture
  • A professional attitude (regardless of the amateur status of the organisation)
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Management and conflict resolution skills
  • Commitment, consistency, endurance and tolerance

PLEASE NOTE: In making these determinations an honest effort must be made to avoid nepotism, cronyism and favouritism. The best interest of the club should always be the key consideration.

2. MANAGERS, COACHES AND PLAYERS SUPPORT STAFF

Club Captain

  • Overall coordinating responsibility for player related activities
  • Acts as ombudsman and player representative at Executive level
  • Establishes committee comprised of managers, coaches, and player representatives
  • Establishes objectives for each team

Club Coach

  • Develops and coordinate all club coaching activities
  • Creates incentives for coaches
  • Establishes and maintains communication with all coaching related activities at local, provincial, national and international level

Manager

  • Promotes and implements club policy
  • Record Keeping: Finance, Training, Meetings
  • Medical Support - liaison role
  • Rules & Technical - liaises with League Secretary, Umpires Convenor, communicates with the technical table (e.g. completing team sheets/scorecards and ensuring that result of fixture is properly recorded and forwarded to the relevant authority)
  • Ensures that all necessary equipment is available for training and fixtures
  • Ensures that all players and the squad support team observe the correct protocols on and off the field
  • Ensures that players are properly attired for training and fixtures

Coach

  • Plans and executes training programmes
  • Works out game plans/strategies/tactics
  • Fitness Assessment - liaises with Trainer and Manager
  • Monitors and assesses individual player performance

Trainer

  • Operates under the direction of the Manager/Coach

Medic/ Physiotherapist

  • Operates under direction of Manager/Coach

Psychologist

  • Operates under direction of Manager/Coach

Captain

  • Supports all of the above functions on and off the field

Players

  • Feedback to Manager, Coach, Captain
  • A commitment to developing hockey at Youth level

3. MATCH DAY PROCEDURES

  • Report 1 hour before scheduled time. Goalkeepers preferably earlier.
  • Management issues will be dealt with while players are stripping.
  • Fully stripped at least 30 minutes before commencement of fixture.
  • Team Talk to reinforce what was trained during preceding week. Order of process: Coaches introductory remarks; then players; then captain, then assistant coach. Coach will summarise and has the final word and may change the order of business if necessary.
  • Warm Up on the field as a squad 15 minutes
  • Half-Time: Coach will invite brief comment from players if deemed necessary and then outline game plan for second half.
  • Full-Time: Warm Down
  • Cooling Off Period 30minutes - social team activity

4. ROLE OF COACHING STAFF OBJECTIVES FOR SEASON

Our amateur status places emphasis on the enjoyment of the game, viz. having fun. However, a professional attitude is always encouraged.

  1. Improve Teamwork – enhance communication
  • Be tolerant toward each other
  • Be there for each other especially when the chips are down
  • Analyze one’s own game (strengths and weaknesses)
  • Improve individual skills
    1. Sharpen up basics
    2. Acquire new skills
    3. Develop tactical awareness. Different opposition could affect tactical approach
  • Improve overall fitness and conditioning
  • NOTE:

    • Develop tactical game
    • Plan what you want to do and execute it
    • Play with two touches 90% of the time
    • 1st Team or elite players must be able to pass on and share knowledge

     

    5. WARM UP/START OF TRAINING SESSION OBJECTIVES FOR SEASON

    Arrival time is 15 minutes before the official starting time for those who need a longer warm up.

    WARM UP

    1. Five laps around the field (easy jog)
    2. Stretch – easy jog across field loosening up (swing arms, rotate trunk)
    3. Acceleration i.e. 40% jog, 80% sprint – Width of field x 2
    4. 10metre Shuttle Run, ending with Straddle Jump x 5 (80% pace)
    5. 10 meter Spring - strength exercise e.g. push up/straddle x 5 (80%)
    6. 20 meter Spring. Walk for recovery x 3 (100%) Jog for recovery

    (TOTAL: 30 mins)

    BASICS

    1. Pairs, 5 meters apart. Continuous pushing (hand/eye coordination)
    2. Pairs, 10 meters apart. Push, Trap (Strong and Reverse)
    3. Pairs, 20 meters apart. Slap, Control (Strong side only)
    4. Pairs, 40 meters apart. Hit, Stop (Strong and Reverse side)

    (TOTAL: 20 mins)


    Key Points for Warm Up Basics

    • Always move to receive ball - forward, left, right (helps with picking up ball in space)
    • Trap ball and pull strong to protect ball - develops good base
    • Early, quick release, i.e. two-touch
    • Receiver to show passer where ball is wanted
    • Tempo/pace/execution is match related