Safe Sport Requirements

All field hockey coaches in Canada are required to take the Safe Sport modules listed below.

NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED)

By successfully completing the 4-hour NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. The training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

Course Delivery methods:

  • In-Person
  • Online Delivery
  • Home Study

Check for course offerings.

Cost: $70 (may vary). Includes access to the post-course online evaluation.

Note: This course is currently being offered to FHBC members for free. Contact Katie Jameson ( for more information.

NCCP Making Headway

This concussion education course will teach coaches how to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms, what to do if you suspect an athlete has a concussion, and how to ensure athletes return to play safely.

This eLearning course takes approximately 60 minutes and can be completed through the Locker:

Cost: Free to all coaches.

CAC Safe Sport Training

Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. By completing Safe Sport Training you will gain the knowledge and skills to create healthy and safe environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport.

This eLearning course takes about 90 minutes and can be completed through the Locker:

Cost: Free to all coaches.

NCCP Pathway

Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards

Beginning in the 2025-26 season, there will be mandatory minimum standards for all levels of field hockey coaches in BC. To see a full breakdown of the mandatory standards, please access the Field Hockey Canada Coach Standards Document.

Systemic National Coach Pathway Support

FHBC is delighted to announce an investment initiative to include subsidies for formal NCCP Coach Education. To take advantage of these subsidies, members need to be currently registered with Field Hockey BC for the 2023-24 season. The see the complete list of initiatives supported by FHBC, please access our Systemic National Coach and Official Certification Pathways Support page.

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for 66 different sports across Canada. NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time coach to the head coach of a national team. The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coach training and certification in Canada. As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety.

Course Formats

There are several different delivery methods for NCCP courses. It is important for coaches to understand the different course formats when they are signing up for courses.

  • In-person Delivery – A course that takes place either in a classroom or on the field. Under the current PHO orders, classroom courses are prohibited and therefore not mentioned below.
  • Online Delivery – A course that takes place at a scheduled time over Zoom (or other online platform). These courses are led by a facilitator and coach participation is required.
  • eLearning – Online course available in The Locker that can be completed on your own time.
  • Home Study – Self-directed learning that can be completed on your own time and at your own pace. This method includes completing a workbook (PDF or Word Document) and submitting it to a tutor for marking. You have three months to complete a Home Study course. Should only be used as a last option.

In BC, most NCCP courses are delivered by viaSport BC.

The Locker

The Locker is the Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) online database, where coach transcripts are stored, and coaches can access eLearning courses.

All coaches engaging in the NCCP need to have a NCCP number and Locker account. If you do not have one, you can sign up by clicking here: and then selecting “Don’t have an NCCP#? Create one now“.

Safe Sport Requirements

All field hockey coaches in Canada are required to take the following Safe Sport modules, regardless of what coach education stream they are in:

  • NCCP Make Ethical Decisions
  • NCCP Making Headway
  • CAC Safe Sport Training

For more information on how to complete these courses, click here.

Community Coach Context

The Community Coach Context is designed for coaches working at the community level. This may include volunteer coaches that are new to the sport (i.e. a parent coaching their child’s team) or former athletes that want to learn how to coach. This context is most appropriate for coaches of athletes under 12 or recreational teams of all ages that will be learning the basics of hockey.

The courses in this context include:

  • NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport
  • FHC: Community Coaching
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills

For more information on how to complete these courses, click here.

Note: There is no evaluation for a Community Coach. Once all courses are complete, the coach will be Trained and their Community Coach Context complete.

Competition – Introduction Context

The Competition – Introduction context is designed for coaches with 2+ years of experience coaching field hockey that are wanting to take the next step. This context is most appropriate for coaches of Club teams or a U15 Provincial team, that are introducing athletes to the skills of the game and to competitive hockey.

The courses in this context include:

  • NCCP Emergency Action Plan
  • NCCP Planning a Practice
  • NCCP Teaching & Learning
  • FHC Competition – Introduction Course
  • NCCP Sport Nutrition
  • NCCP Basic Mental Skills
  • NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program

Note: This context includes a Coach Evaluation to become Certified

For more information on becoming a Competition – Introduction coach, click here.

Competition – Development Context

The Competition – Development context is designed for coaches that are an experienced Club or Provincial U18 coach or Post-Secondary coach, who already have a good understanding of coaching. Coaches in this context may be a former or current National Team athlete. This context is most appropriate for coaches of senior development athletes or performance club athletes (16-19 years old) who are developing game skills and strategy.

The courses in this context include:

  • NCCP Psychology of Performance
  • NCCP Manage a Sports Program
  • NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program
  • NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities
  • FHC Psychology of Field Hockey
  • FHC Performance Planning for Field Hockey
  • FHC Developing Athletic Abilities for Field Hockey
  • FHC Manage a Field Hockey Program
  • FHC Performance Analysis for Field Hockey
  • NCCP Coaching & Leading Effectively
  • NCCP Prevention & Recovery
  • NCCP Leading Drug-Free Sport
  • NCCP Managing Conflict
  • NCCP Performance Planning
  • NCCP Advanced Practice Planning

Note: This context includes a Coach Evaluation to become Certified

For more information on becoming a Competition – Development coach, click here.

Click on the images below to see the charts in full size.

For more details on each stage of the NCCP Pathway, click here.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Introduction of Systemic Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards 2021-2022

You can access the PDF version of this communique here.

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Earlier this calendar year and in partnership with Field Hockey Canada (FHC), Field Hockey BC (FHBC) along with each recognized Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) across Canada assessed a multi-year Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards Proposal presented to the PSO Community by the FHC Coach Education Committee. Following receipt of this Proposal, FHBC formed an NCCP Coach Education Working Group to review the Proposal relative to the BC Field Hockey Environment and provide associated feedback to the FHC Coach Education Committee, feedback that included outreach to club community coaches across BC.

The FHBC NCCP Coach Education Working Group submitted its feedback to FHC in April 2021 and has since followed up with the FHC Coach Education Committee to request the necessary clarification of expectations for 2021-22 (in particular) and for progression into 2022-23. This notice is sent at this time as an advance notice that Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards are expected to be implemented at ALL levels of field hockey participation utilizing a phased approach from the current seasonal year (2021-22) through 2024-2025.

As the field hockey community looks towards the traditional Junior Spring Season and into the Summer Event Season of 2022, it should be expected that coaches may not only be required to comply with Safe Sport NCCP requirements but may also be required to be ‘in-training’, ‘trained’ and/or ‘certified’ at specific levels within the NCCP Pathway. In anticipation of such requirement, FHBC has already committed to continue to financially subsidize Safe Sport NCCP requirements in full for all FHBC member coaches and FHBC has also committed to set-aside additional financial resources to support and assist FHBC member coaches to meet specific expectations during the 2021-22 season.

It is hoped that 2021-22 seasonal expectations for Mandatory National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Standards will be made very clear in the very near future. In the interim, FHBC is preparing internally to assist FHBC member coaches to understand these expectations as they relate to the NCCP Pathway and to help plot a path to meet such expectation. FHBC remains committed to assisting FHBC member coaches in advancing their respective formal education and where possible assisting with the fundamental challenge of financial accessibility.

FHBC expects to be in a position to follow-up with more information on this initiative later this calendar month. For information on the NCCP Pathway please visit the FHBC website at or reach out directly to FHBC’s Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson via phone (778) 227-0895 or via e-mail at

For questions regarding the FHBC NCCP Coach Education Working Group and associated due process to date, please do not hesitate to reach out to FHBC’s Coaching Director (Board of Directors), Michelle McNaughton at

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
October 1, 2021

Provincial Performance Talent Identification Programming (Summer 2021)

Field Hockey BC (FHBC) is pleased to announce information regarding the upcoming FHBC Provincial Performance Talent Identification Program. FHBC Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camps will be hosted this summer to provide an opportunity for athletes to be evaluated and identified as Targeted BC Provincial Athletes. This programming is occurring in lieu of the 2021 FHC National Championships and the FHBC Provincial Athlete Program.

Top athletes in the province will be placed on the FHBC-Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Provincial Targeted Athlete List which is submitted annually to the Provincial Government and CSI by FHBC. Athletes on this list are eligible to receive support and benefits through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSIP), including free access to select gyms around the province, high performance sport education, discounted products and services, and more. Provincially Targeted Athletes may also be eligible for the FHBC Elite Program.

Targeted athlete evaluation information will be shared with the Field Hockey Canada (FHC) National and NextGen Programs to help FHC plan their talent identification cycle (expected to next take place during the Fall 2021).


Camp Information:

Cost: $105

Please note that all nominated athletes will be expected to attend the camp that they are eligible for. Only current FHC NextGen athletes will be exempt from this summer’s Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camps.

The staged trials for the Provincial Program outlined in the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project will be implemented in the next Provincial Program Identification cycle, in 2022, when the focus will be on selecting Provincial teams.


Athlete Nomination Form Submission & Athlete Registration 

Athletes interested in attending the Provincial Performance Talent Identification Program this summer, MUST be nominated by a coach. Any level of field hockey coach may submit a FHBC Athlete Nomination Form, including but not limited to a Club coach, FHBC program coach, national coach, Academy coach, High School coach or out-of-province Coach. Note that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a past field hockey coach may also submit the FHBC Athlete Nomination Form.

Steps to register:

  1. A coach nominates an athlete using the FHBC Athlete Nomination Form: click here.
    FHBC Athlete Nomination Forms will be accepted between May 19 – June 2, 2021.
  2. Following the receipt of a FHBC Athlete Nomination Form, each nominated athlete will receive a formal invitation from FHBC (via email) outlining HOW TO REGISTER online for the appropriate Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camp. Formal invitations to register will be sent within 3-business days of receipt of the nomination. Please check your Junk or SPAM folder for an email from
  3. Nominated athletes will be able to register online for the appropriate Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camp between May 26 – June 14, 2021.
  4. Registered athletes will receive specific camp information (including camp schedule, safety information, etc.) in the week leading up to their camp.

Please contact with any questions.

Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar RECORDING

In cased you missed our Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar, which happened on May 13th via Zoom, you can watch the recording HERE. The recording is also posted on our Online Field Hockey Resources page.

The purpose of this webinar is to help our community understand how athletes are evaluated in a high performance talent identification setting. This webinar is targeted at Club Coaching Leads, especially those who may be looking to nominate Club athletes to FHBC’s talent identification program, or any FHBC Member interested in learning more about the evaluation process.

NCCP Coach Education – Comp-Intro Course Registration

Based on the redesigned NCCP Coaching Pathway, FHBC has opened registrations for our Competition-Introduction Coach Education Cohort. This cohort will give coaches the opportunity to be a part of the pilot of the new FHC Competition-Introduction course, as well as be guided through the specific requirements for Certification by FHBC staff.

Spots are limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 18th at 11:59pm.

Registration Link:

Most of the work will be completed online. Please note that there will be multiple course offerings for the Field Hockey Competition-Introduction course. There will be a course offered with an on-field session in Victoria, and two courses with on-field sessions in the Lower Mainland.

Coaches that have no formal training, as well as coaches who have already completed most of their NCCP requirements, are welcome in this cohort.

Please access this document for more information on the Cohort, as well as the requirements for Certification at the Competition-Introduction level.

If you have any questions about the Cohort program or specific questions about coach’s qualifications, please contact Katie Jameson at

Apply for the FHBC Foundation’s Coaching & Officiating bursaries!

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Coaching Professional Development Bursary and the Jenny John Officiating Professional Development Bursary. The application deadline for both of these bursaries is April 9, 2021, and the recipients will be announced by the end of April.

These bursaries are designed to contribute towards an individual’s professional development in the sport of Field Hockey and are tailored to a value added ‘give back’ to field hockey in British Columbia. They are open to all levels of coach and official, with officiating including both umpires and technical officials.

Each bursary will award up to a maximum of $750. However, if there are multiple candidates accepted, smaller amounts may be considered. Note that applicants must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official or coach within National, Provincial or Club base programming.

Go to for more information and to download the application forms.


Coaching Course: NCCP Make Ethical Decisions

Field Hockey BC has partnered with viaSport BC to offer two Make Ethical Decisions coaching courses in March. This course helps coaches determine what to do in challenging situations. It is recommended that all coaches take this course. FHBC is currently subsidizing the cost of this course for all FHBC members. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

The two opportunities in March are:
Saturday, March 6th, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Tuesday, March 9th, 5:30 – 9:30pm

Please contact our Athlete Program and Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson, at for registration information or to inquire about coaching courses.


Coach applications for the FHBC 2021 Provincial Program are now open

Field Hockey BC is now accepting applications for the role of Provincial Head Coach and Provincial Assistant Coach for the 2021 Field Hockey Canada National Championships in Ontario in July.

Applicants need:

  • To be available to attend the respective trials, training sessions, and entire Championships.
  • Meet Field Hockey Canada’s mandatory SafeSport/minimum certification requirements

If you are interested in applying for a provincial coaching position, please access this application link.

Provincial Coach pay scale is under review.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

To assist with your application, please refer to the following documents:

Membership Registration for the 2020-21 Season is now open!

As field hockey starts its Responsible Return to Play in British Columbia, all members participating in LSO, PSO (FHBC), and NSO (FHC) programming must be a registered member in good standing. Click here to start your registration process.

IMPORTANT: For those who have not yet participated in organized field hockey activities during the current 2019-20 season and may now be looking to take advantage of opportunities to return to play during July and August 2020, you can now register as a member and your membership will be valid for July and August 2020, and through to the end of the 2020-21 season. If you paid membership fees in 2019-20 but did not play, and have not received a refund, please contact to request a carry forward into the 2020-21 season.

This carry forward COVID-19 initiative supported by both FHBC and FHC is designed to aid those participants that are new to field hockey or may now wish to re-register, having not participated in the current 2019-20 season prior to July 1, 2020. For those members who may have already requested and received an eligible COVID-19 refund, you will need to re-register prior to participation.