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Long Term Field Hockey Development

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 7 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)

http://hockeynz.co.nz/Portals/30/Images/Documents/DrillsDownloads/SMALL%20STICKS%20SKILLS.pdf

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.


Vancouver Sports Plan

Policy document outlining the city’s plans for sport.


https://www.sportplan.net

Paid ($10 per month) - you could use this resource to plan all your sessions. It has hundreds of ideas but of course is not free.


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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