Hockey India has stated that they will host the Coaching Education Pathway Level ‘Basic’ Course online this year.
This year also marks the first time when Hockey India has allowed aspiring coaches to apply for the course via an open forum.
“Candidates will be chosen through a first-cum-first-serve basis and minimum criteria to apply requires an interested applicant to have coached either a district, school or university hockey team for at least 3 years or he or she should have played National level / All India University level for at least 3 years,” a media release from Hockey India stated.
Hockey India started the Coaching Education Pathway program in March 2019. The simplified education structure is supposed to provide certification to develop coaches directly from grassroots to a high performance level required for International standard coaches.
The program consists of a combination of web-based modules and face to face interactive courses, underpinned by a competency based assessment process.
The Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway is divided into 7 levels: HI Level ‘Basic’, HI Level ‘1’, HI Level ‘2’, FIH Level 1, FIH Level 2, FIH Level 3 and FIH High Performance. To move through the pathway, you must successfully complete the face-to-face and online assignments/ courses at each level.
The first three (HI Level Basic, HI Level 1 and HI Level 2) are elementary courses and candidates completing those will be eligible to enrol for FIH Academy Level 1 Course.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
– To be between 18 to 50 years of age
– Candidate must be able to understand and communicate in English
– Coached the Hockey India registered State Permanent/ Associate Member Units’ team at Senior/ Junior Men/ Women Hockey India National Championships.
– It is Mandatory to carry personal Laptop/ Ipad/ Personal Computer for all levels of Courses
– Courses are targeted at Coaches/ Potential Coaches who have not yet achieved Hockey India or FIH status and who have not attended any FIH Academy Coaching course.
The authorities believe this simplistic program will lead to an influx of better quality Indian coaches.
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