2016 National Coaches Forum

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016 | Coaching Course | Lancaster, PA, USA

2016 National Coaches Forum
Spooky Nook Sports, Lancaster, Pa.

Friday, December 9 - Saturday, December 10

USA Field Hockey invites coaches to attend our annual National Coaches Forum at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 2016. This year's Forum is open to Coach Members and will highlight the success from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Please join us to learn from and be inspired by our top experts in the field of coaching and teaching.

U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach, Craig Parnham, and U.S. Women's National Team Assistant Coach and soon-to-be Head Coach, Janneke Schopman, will be key speakers during the forum. They will offer a game by game assessment of their experiences at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Other presenters currently scheduled to join the 2-day offering, including U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach, Chris Clements, 3-time Olympian, Rachel Dawson, USWNT Sports Psychologist, Dr. Joel Fish, college coaches Andrew Griffiths (ODU Head Coach & Canadian Olympian), Joppe DeVries (Maryland Assistant Coach), Phil Edwards (Boston College Assistant Coach) and Dr. Stephen Harvey (WVU Associate Professor - Game-Centered Approaches to teaching and coaching).

Click here (will link to event page with itinerary) to see the schedule. We will continue to update the website to include additional topics to be covered and other key presenters. Please email Liz Tchou, USA Field Hockey's Senior Manager of Coach Education, at ltchou@usafieldhockey.com if you have any questions. 



"We hope you can join us for the 2016 National Coaches Forum. This year’s forum will feature a variety of presenters who will provide learning opportunities with both on-field practical sessions and workshop-based discussions. Following this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, we will also take time to reflect upon our final preparations and review the tournament itself. I look forward to seeing you there.” 
Craig Parnham
U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach 
2015 USOC Coach of the Year

"The 2016 National Coaches Forum will be a great opportunity for formal and informal knowledge exchange. I enjoy having the opportunity to share and network with fellow coaches. At the end of this Olympic year, we of course will be reflecting on the biggest sports event in the world and our accomplishments there. I will present an overview of the U-21 program and looking at the lessons learned at the Junior World Cup in Chile that finishes just a week prior to the Forum. I'll also share the latest news and trends at the junior level. I hope you can join us on December 9 and 10!"
Janneke Schopman
U.S. Women's National Team Assistant Coach
U.S. U-21 Women's National Team Head Coach

“I think having the opportunity to gain and share coaching knowledge at the Forum is critical for personal and program development. The Forum provides a great platform to listen, learn and share what is going on in the hockey world and within different coaching philosophies. I look forward to sharing with you some insights into the men’s program, its culture and philosophically, and how coaching as well as the topic of hockey, is critical to successful growth as a coach.”
Chris Clements
U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach
FIH (Elite) Coach

Here's what coaches said about the 2015 Forum:

"I thought the range of topics covered, and the opportunity to discuss these topics with the USA staff created a very enjoyable and educational experience."
"I loved the transparency of everything at the event and the willingness of the national coaches to pass on knowledge and ideas that made it very genuine."
"I gained affirmation for how I coach and how I should continue in my progression of being the best coach possible." 


The Forum will be divided into two programs: Program 1 and Program 2

Program 1  is open to any member coach and is Friday, December 9 only. Program 1 registrants will observe the U.S. Women's National Team practice and subsequent presentations in the Dome. Topics will revolve around skills, game tactics and goalkeeping.  Attendees will receive course materials and have access to the National Team Coaching Staff in a Q&A session at the end of the day.

We encourage all  coaches to join us for a social (6:00 pm) and Casino Night fundraiser following the Friday sessions.  

Price of Friday only Program 1: $110 per person

Program 2 includes both Friday and Saturday and is designed for USA Field Hockey experienced coach members. Saturday's agenda will include in-class presentations by U.S. Women's National Team coaches Craig Parnham and Janneke Schopman, WNT Sports Psychologist, Joel Fish, U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach, Chris Clements, 3-time Olympian, Rachel Dawson, Dr. Stephen Harvey, Phil Edwards, Andrew Griffiths and Joppe DeVries.  

Price of Program 2: $215 per person

Space is limited. Please email Liz Tchou, USA Field Hockey's Senior Manager of Coach Education, at ltchou@usafieldhockey.com if you have any questions. 

2016 National Coaches Forum Schedule: Click Here


  • Session topics will be posted on the USA Field Hockey website
  • Registration time is from 8:15-9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016.  
  • Lunch will be provided to all registrants on both days. 
  • Parking is free to all participants. You will be given a pass from a staff member daily. You will be required to show the attendant the pass as you leave the facility, so as not to get charged. 
  • Program 1: Friday only - $110 
  • Program 2: Friday and Saturday $215