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Call for Women’s Masters Outdoor Coaches

Field Hockey Canada is seeking a number of volunteer National Coaches for the Women’s Canada Masters Teams at the Outdoor WMH Pan AM Continental Cup (PACC) competitions in Argentina for the following possible Age Group Categories: 40-49, 50-59, 60-64, 65+.  Final number of coaching positions is contingent upon the number of teams and confirmed age group categories for this competition.

Please note:  We are still waiting on the final details and the official announcement for the Pan AM Continental Cup in December.  We hope to know more in the next few weeks.

Field Hockey Canada (FHC) is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, growth and promotion of field hockey in Canada. Among its responsibilities and in collaboration with the Canadian Masters Committee and Age Group Coordinators, FHC helps select, prepare and promote Canada’s teams towards the goal of delivering sustained podium performances in WMH Continental and World Cup competitions.

Field Hockey Canada’s Masters program is self-funded by athletes selected for WMH Continental and World Cup teams. The coaches’ cost of international airfare and accommodation at the event will be covered from player contributions. The successful applicants will be expected to select, develop and coach teams in the lead up to the following 2023 WMH Pan Am Continental Cups:

  • Outdoor – Over 40 / Over 50 / Over 60 / Over 65 – Mar del Plata, Argentina December 6-17th, 2023

*The coaching positions will begin approx. 1 Mar – 31 Dec 2023.

Coach Responsibilities for outdoor WMH Pan AM Continental Cup (PACC) include:

  • Oversight of a systematic, progressive training program for Masters athletes (including mindset / tactical awareness, skill development and fitness assessment metrics) in conjunction with FHC High Performance Director, other Masters Coaches and the Masters Age Group Coordinators.

  • Team building, selection, preparation and attendance at scheduled training camp, practices, events and tournaments. Dates for these need to be finalized but expectations include some or all of the following: training camps in March/ April/ May/ June 2023 (Venues TBC), at Masters Tournament in Victoria April 2023; Vancouver International Tournament, May 2023. * One coach may be asked to travel to other locations for a training event as required. 

  • Coaching at the WMH Pan AM Continental Cup (PACC) Tournament.

  • Completion of final coaching report/ recommendations.

Experience and Qualifications preferred:

The ideal candidates will have experience in high performance coaching, and possess strong consultative, facilitation and decision-making skills and a desire to work with older age athletes.  

The ideal candidate attributes and qualifications should include: 

  • Appropriate coach education and certification – NCCP Competition Development in Training (working towards the NCCP Competition Development certification; For more information see: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/coaching/coaching-resources/);

  • Strong leadership abilities and some experience working with older athletes; 

  • Knowledge of Long Term Athlete Development 

  • Completed Safe Sport Modules (Making Ethical Decisions, Making Headway, & CAC SafeSport);  

  • Demonstrated critical thinking related to fitness program planning and evaluation – work with FHC Integrated Service Team Lead to create an age-appropriate program;

  • A good understanding of high-performance sport;

  • Other combinations of training and experience may also be considered.

Terms and Conditions

Although this position is a volunteer role, the coach’s travel to the World Cup and accommodation will be covered by the team. Additionally, coaches will be paid an honorarium for all practices, events and tournaments attended. 

The successful candidates will be required to provide a criminal reference check and complete safe sport training. 

If you believe you posses the appropriate experience, skill set and desire to contribute to the Masters field hockey community, please submit your resume and covering letter to Emma Bray, Director of Performance Operations, Field Hockey Canada, ebray@fieldhockey.ca

Deadline for applications is January 31st 2023. 

Please include your name and title of the role in the email subject line. Field Hockey Canada is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.