and speed up their reaction to play on the field. and slow reaction Etc.Current Coaching Issues at National Level As a National Coach I discovered most players lacked the most basic of Hockey Skills. It is also important that Coaches utilize Speed & Agility drills. and School Coaches need to concentrate on basic skills such as: - how to correctly hold the hockey stick how to hit and how to stop the ball on both sides of their body how to receive the ball on the run on both sides of their body how to hit the ball on the run how to receive and protect the ball creation and utilization of space Goalies – very weak body strength. and a significant lack of flexibility in their lower backs and thighs. Club. Age Group. The players also showed a lot of weakness in their ankles and knees. and also use Reaction drills. This will help players develop the required strength and agility in their lower limbs. .

This will help get rid of the bad habits that players develop at younger ages  Players need to be introduced to strength and conditioning exercises  Players need to be exposed to overseas teams and games This will make the work at District and National levels much easier for the Coaches. .Coaching Correction required  Players need to be taught the basics from a young age  Age group players need to be taught at a level that they can handle – utilize the FIH Development program for clubs.

Suggested Coaching Pathways National & HPU Coaches Level 2/Level 3 .Advanced & High Performance Coaches National Age Group & District Coaches Level 2 – Development & Advanced Coaches District Franchise Coaches Level 2 – Development & Advanced Coaches Club Coaches Level 1 – Beginner Coaches Primary & Secondary School Coaches & Age Group Coaches Level 1 – Beginner Coaches Kaji Hockey & School A/Coaches Level 0 – Community Coaches Kaji Hockey & School A/Coaches Level 0 – Community Coaches .

Conduct sessions/ games to ensure fun and maximum participation 5.Community Coach – Level 0 Evidence of competencies can be shown at any level of hockey in Malawi. Primary and Secondary School Hockey. parents/ guardians and other coaches and/ or teachers Manage Environment 8. Be appropriately attired for session 3. Organize necessary equipment for session/ games 2. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards coaching Manage Athletes 4. Community Coach Competencies Manage Self 1. Manage any incidents that occur Manage Others 7. Work cooperatively with coordinators. and modified versions of the game. Demonstrate group organization and management 6. including Kaji. Select a suitable area/ surface to conduct session .

Develop a coaching philosophy 10. Demonstrate positive and clear communication skills 18. volunteers and administrators Manage Environment 20. Instruct players in the basic requirements of playing positions 16. Teach basic hockey rules 14. Abide by the Coaches Code of Behavior . Coach basic technical hockey skills 15. and Age Group Hockey in Malawi. Conduct a training session and perform role of match day coach 17. Display an enthusiastic and organized approach to coaching Manage Athletes 13. Undertake measures to ensure a safe training session 21. Communicate and work cooperatively with officials.Beginner Coach – Level 1 Evidence of competencies can be shown at modified versions of hockey or club/ school hockey. Cooperate with other users of training/ competition facilities 22. Beginner Coach Competencies Manage Self 9. parents. Display proficiency of basic hockey skills 11. Plan and prepare for training sessions and matches 12. Identify the needs and development of junior players as per the Junior Hockey Policy Manage Others 19.

Conduct a training session and perform role of match day coach 30. Review training sessions and match coaching performance Manage Athletes 29. Plan and prepare progressive training sessions to achieve identified objectives 27. Identify communication methods applicable to coaching 24. Organize support personnel/ activities appropriate to the needs of training and competition 38. Detail the ethical responsibilities of coaches and demonstrate compliance . Apply a positive and cooperative attitude towards coaches. Plan and prepare to achieve identified match objectives 28. Display an understanding of sports science theory/ practices and principles of training 26. team management. Promote enjoyment and satisfaction amongst players in an inclusive manner 35. Identify and apply appropriate conflict resolution strategies 39. Provide constructive feedback to individual players and team Manage Others 36. Modify training program to suit the needs & development of junior players 34. Ability to assess the practical competence of a lower level coach Manage Environment 40. Development Coach Competencies Manage Self 23. Instruct players in the requirements of playing positions 33. Identify match playing styles and structures 25. officials. parents and spectators 37. Coach technical hockey skills and tactics (including goal keeping) 32. Devise training sessions that are designed to meet identified objectives 31. Identify risk management strategies 41.Development Coach – Level 2 Evidence of competencies needs to be shown at representative level or the higher levels of District/Franchise and National Age Group Hockey in Malawi as a minimum. Identify legal responsibilities 42.

Identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individual players 54. Coach advanced technical hockey skills 52. Motivate players to achieve short and long term objectives 55. Coach team playing styles and structures including tactical requirements 53. Identify specialist expertise and resources 43. Advanced Coach Competencies Manage Self 41.Advanced Coaches – Level 2/3 Evidence of competencies needs to be shown at the highest level of District and National competition or a National under-age championship in Malawi and Oceania as a minimum. Analyze team playing styles and structures and plan tactical responses 47. Provide guidance and support to athletes regarding pathway involvement 58. Establish a coaching network and knowledge base 49. Apply effective player/ people management skills Manage Athletes 50. Research and implement sports science theory/ practices and principles of training 44. Conduct a training session and perform the role of match day coach 51. Identify and research match playing styles and structures 42. Demonstrate effective presentation skills 45. Review training sessions and match coaching performances and implement changes required 46. Encourage and promote an inclusive environment . Plan a long range coaching program for a squad (team) participating in an Under-Age Championship/ tournament or seasonal competition 56. Display effective self-management skills 48. Use video footage to provide feedback to players 57.

Advanced Coaches – Level 2/3 Manage Others 59. Outline the structure of Australian hockey 68. Identify and implement appropriate conflict resolution and negotiation strategies 62. Identify modern equipment and facilities and their implications for coaching 67. Ability to assess the practical competence of lower level coaches Manage Environment 64. Plan a detailed program for (during) a championship environment . Select an assistant coach that compliments the coaching process 61. Communicate and cooperate with tournament and/ or competition officials 63. Comply with Australian championship rules to competently protect the interests of a team 69. Manage support personnel 60. Identify and implement risk management procedures 65. Identify and implement legal responsibilities 66.

Motivate players to achieve short and long term objectives 82. structures and tactics within international hockey 73. Display a high level of professionalism and integrity in the coaching role (including media and sponsor responsibilities) 74. Analyze international team playing styles and structures and implement tactical responses 80. Critically review existing physical and skills testing procedures at an elite level 71. Coach technical hockey skills to an elite standard 81. High Performance Coach Competencies Manage Self 70. Plan and implement a personal development program Manage Athletes 77. Identify lifestyle management strategies that assist wellbeing and avoid burnout 76. Demonstrate a high level of report writing and record keeping practices 72. Conduct a training session and perform the role of match day coach 78. Observe and research styles. Utilize and expand coaching network and knowledge base 75. Plan an effective long range coaching program for individuals and a squad (team) participating at an international event 83.High Performance Coaches – Level 3 Evidence of competencies needs to be shown at the Olympic Games or other major World Level hockey events. Adapt coaching and training program as required for elite men’s and women’s hockey . Design individualized training programs to meet specific needs of players 79.

Direct and manage professional support personnel 85. Ability to assess the practical competence of lower level coaches Manage Environment 88. Comply with FIH tournament rules to competently protect the interests of a team 90. Interact and negotiate with tournament and/ or competition officials 87. Plan and implement a detailed program for (during) the world level championship environment . Outline the structure of the International hockey competition environment 89. Provide mentoring/ guidance to assistant coach 86.High Performance Coaches – Level 3 Manage Others 84.

“Coaching” means coaching a team at Club.Updating Requirements Within 4 years of gaining an accreditation a coach should progress to the next level. or National level.Coach . MHF needs to supply coaches with a Log Book in which they record their activities so as to be utilized for renewing or upgrading their levels. A Coach who does not meet the requirements over the 4 years should be relegated to an “In-Active” Coaches list. Minimum Requirements Coaches should be required to record a minimum number of hours of coaching and self-development activity to maintain their Levels. A Coach who is in-active or does not meet the required points for 2 years shall be dropped a Level. or complete coaching related activities to gain updated accreditation. . Minimum coaching time requirements are: Level 1 = coach a team over a 15 week season each year or 25 hours/year coaching individuals (100 hours over 4 years) Level 2 = coach a senior team over a 15 week season each year or 35 hours/year coaching individuals (140 hours over 4 years) Level 3 = coach a District. or National Team The minimum self-development requirements are: Level 1 = 20 points accumulated over the 4 year period Level 2 = 40 points accumulated over the 4 year period Level 3 = 50 points accumulated over the 4 year period. District. and will have to re-sit the Course to be upgraded back. National Age Group. and can also include coaching talented individuals in a HPU type environment.

Coaching a Club or Representative team at a tournament or series of matches: Head Coach Assist Coach City or District Junior 3 points 2 points City or District Senior 5 points 3 points District Under-Age Team 5 points 3 points District Senior Team 10 points 5 points Coaching a Squad in a Camp situation: Head Coach Club or Junior 3 points District 5 points National 10 points Assist Coach 2 points 3 points 5 points Conducting High Performance National & International Courses: Olympic Solidarity Course Level 3 Hockey Course FIH Preliminary Course FIH Final Coaching Course 5 points 10 points 15 Points 20 points Umpiring Qualification: 3 points for each additional level gained . Coaches are encouraged to select activities from the following lists for their personal development.Updating – Credit Points The purpose of updating requirements is to ensure that coaches remain active and update their coaching knowledge. Flexibility is allowed and where necessary coaches should seek prior agreement as to the applicable points for activities not listed.

Level 2 12 points Sports Science/medicine lecture/workshop 5 points .Coaching Accreditation Courses Coordinate a course (Max 1 per year) Level 1 Course 10 points Level 2 Course 15 points Lecture/Present at a course (Max 3 per year) Level 0 Course 2 points Level 1 Course 4 points Level 2 Course 6 points Course Presenters Course (Max 1 per year) Coordinate Course 10 points Attend Course 5 points Attend Sports general activities First Aid Course 4 points Sports Trainer Course .Level 1 8 points .

9. . Make no detrimental statements in public in respect of the performance of any match officials or umpires. Oceania Hockey. manager or team official selected to represent Malawi Hockey Federation (MHF) in an event that is conducted or sanctioned by MHF. 3. Encourage and facilitate players’ independence and responsibility for their own behavior.MHF Coaches. performance. 8. officials. 7. 2. 5. Encourage players to respect one another and their worth within the team. Determine. & Team Officials Code of Behaviour As a coach. 6. or any other FIH affiliated body. Be courteous. 4. Managers. Avoid situations that may lead to a conflict of interest. Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else. you must meet the following requirements with regard to your conduct. players and spectators. Promote a climate of mutual support amongst the players. in consultation with the player. decisions and actions. 1. FIH. what information is confidential and respect that confidentiality. Behave in a sportsmanlike manner at all times to other coaches. respectful and open to discussion and interaction. Treat all players with respect at all times.

ability. 16. . 14. cultural background or religion.10. Maintain or improve your current Coaching accreditation. 15. Recognize individual differences in players and cater to these as best you can. Provide a safe environment for training and competition. Avoid situations with your players that could be construed as compromising. officials or spectators. 11. Adhere to the Anti-Doping Policy advocated by MHF. Refrain from using obscene. Respect the rights. Note: The Tournament Director and/ or Event Coordinator are responsible for ensuring that the Code of Conduct is met at all times. offensive or insulting language and/or making obscene gestures which may insult players. Make a commitment to providing a quality service to your players. 12. dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender. Provide a training program which is planned and sequential. 13. seek continual improvement through performance appraisal and ongoing coach education and be open to other people’s opinions.

Items for MHF to address        Kaji and Age Group Hockey – ensure that Coaches are suitably trained and qualified Run Level 0 and Level 1 Coaching Clinics every year – February/March the best time as it is the start of the season.suggest following the Australian pathways. Keep our own records of Coaching qualifications Ensure Coaches are monitored and continuously up-skilled as required. Courses are available online. We can run our own Level 0 and Level 1 courses for our Community and Beginner Coaches. and personnel can be assessed at the Pacific Cup each year. Create a “Coaches Log book” for coaches to fill in for their continued assessments We need to access specialist Goalie coaches Access funding and other assistance for the continued development and upgrading of our Senior Coaches. .

Items for the future of players  MHF needs to keep the players participating in overseas competitions. We have to participate in the World Cup and Olympic playoffs  MHF needs to allow players to compete in overseas competitions  MHF needs to source overseas teams touring NZ and Australia and try and attract these teams to Malawi .

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