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How to Choose the Right Field Hockey Club

By William F Gaudette 111 PhD, 08/19/17, 11:45PM EDT


Can your Hockey Club take you from where you are to where you want to go?

ECFHC, the complete training package

The key question: is your current club able to take you from where you are to where you want to go, not merely to win games. In order to make that journey happen there has  to be more than just a relay of information from hockey "drill books".

Your Field Hockey Club must be able to create an impetus to action that creates a  transformation from where you are to where you want to be.  This must include training in nutrition, mental training, specific fitness for hockey, hockey vision, and modern techniques and techniques needed for you to be recruited and effectively play collegiate hockey.

Most importantly, be sure your Club a family friendly environment where leadership and lifestyle development is  intertwined into the heart of the Club. Where the total development of the player is trained not merely the physical skills on the pitch.

What is most important to you, to get on the medal stand this year or to achieve a mindset of confidence and possess skills that enable you to accomplish your goals? No one is more prepared to help you accomplish this than the East Coast Field Hockey Club.

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Training ECFH Goalkeepers

By William F Gaudette 111 PhD 09/08/2017, 2:30am EDT

Emergence of an ECFH GK

ECFH High performance GK Development Coaching Plan

Humility - Teaching our goalkeepers to blame no one else, not to look for excuses something does not work out, keeping an open mind to new ideas, techniques and game situations with the intent to yield a relaxed ECFH goalkeeper.

Individuality - We search for the natural strengths of each GK, developing their negative aspects while enhancing their positives. Quickness, lateral footwork are essential but many of the techniques developed are not exactly the same for each GK and these subtle differences can make a huge impact on an individual GK development. The personality of each GK must be understood and utilized for her maximum personal development.

Patience - It's not merely going from point A to point H and skipping through the process. We have patience in each GK’ers ability and both we and they must trust the process. Results in goalkeeping development do not come overnight. Technically, physically and cognitively each GK is different. We have a vision of what we want the GK to look like when she steps on the collegiate field, that forms the development path for that individual goalkeeper.

Emotional Control - Intensity is fantastic for the field player and that intensity we want to blossom. however, being intense is one thing but not having emotional control would be detrimental to goalkeeping performance.

Know the Principles - Both indoor hockey and Field hockey continue to evolve, but having core goalkeeping principles is essential. We adapt current practices that compliment core goalkeeper principles. Core principles such as technical, effort, good feet, angles, and defending corners plus many other aspects fall into this training model.

We strive to get our goalkeepers and their team to work together. Just like the world outside of hockey, not all goalkeepers are going to be 'great friends" but the entire team needs to have a mutual respect for each other. Goalkeepers know their importance within the team, but field players must comprehend their value too and field players and goalkeepers must use each other to get better and ultimately succeed. Our goalkeepers are our last line of defense and our foundation of attack. The recipe for each goalkeeper’s development is different and we strive to mix together the ingredients to find the recipe and nurture it.  Goalkeepers have a puzzle in front of them and we teach them to put the pieces together quickly and find answers to situations in split seconds. Every movement in front of the goalkeeper will dictate the requirements of the GK. Our goalkeepers know that positioning can make our goalkeeper better and hide some deficiencies of the GK.

Our ECFH goalkeepers are developed to be creative, keep their personality, understand how good they are and study the goalkeeper they are becoming. This is the ECFH GK, exceptionally different from the GK who only has skill training.


Playing Like Sisters

By William F Gaudette 111 PhD 09/12/2017, 3:45pm EDT

ECFH is a long lasting family of players

East Coast Field Hockey Club is a family of players reaching throughout the USA and throughout the world of hockey. With so many players graduating each year and going into collegiate hockey, it’s no wonder so many colleges have several players on the same team. Some of our players are fortunate to all play on the same side of the pitch, they call it the East Coast side!!!!  Here two players, Olivia R and Ellie H join together for a Senior – Freshman photo opportunity at Indiana U. It’s totally awesome to play together at the collegiate level after each has gone through the same rigorous but fun developmental process here within ECFH. The friends you make here within the ECFH family will stay with you throughout your collegiate career and well into your adult live. We are far more than a Hockey Club, we are a life skills maturation Club, unlike all our club competitors. East Coast Field Hockey is a true life-skills development Club where young girls evolve into young women through a safe, friendly and healthy sporting environment. We Are; East Coast!!!!

The NEED to work

By William F Gaudette 111 09/23/2017, 6:15pm EDT

Get a Job vs. Become a Better Student Athlete?

Ladies, some players tell me they must work because they need to learn responsibility. If you work to help support your family, that’s an entirely different issue and in that case, well done. But for most of you, that’s not the case.

Do you know what responsibility means, it means accepting that you have control over your thoughts, actions, and feelings. It means recognizing that you have the power to make both good choices and poor choices. It means being accountable for the consequences of your actions.

Responsible people are dependable; they fulfill their obligations and do what needs to be done; they don’t make excuses for their mistakes; they always use good judgment; they exercise self- control.

You Do Not need to work a part time job to learn responsibility. First of all you need sleep to be a top level athlete and summer is a great time to get into a good habit of getting 8 hours sleep per night. If you’re working plus doing all the things you like to do during the school year or even in the summer break, sleep will most likely be less. Have you considered putting together a normal sleep plan or even a summer sleep plan, most likely have not. Having you get less sleep to “prepare” for the real world is like asking a toddler who skips her naps  to prepare for 5th grade. It does not make much sense, does it?

How is work going to work with your eating habits. Some players tell me they skip breakfast, but the elite athlete does not, again it’s your choice. It has been proven that players who eat breakfast achieve more academically and athletically than those who don’t. Breakfast also plays an important role in controlling hunger and maintaining energy levels. With a school schedule or s summer work schedule, a play schedule, and a training schedule are you going to have time to eat properly?

Want to learn responsibility at home, then set up a chore list and do chores around the house. Most players do not know how much work it is to run a household. If you are a typical teen you want what you want when you want it. But chores are activities that do not produce immediate gratification so these are good for you. Plus chores will give you more time to consider the needs of others and not so much just your needs. Just like in the game where you need to understand the needs of your teammates.

Willingly doing chores requires a mature judgement, a less impulsive person and more awareness of others perspectives and needs. These traits take learning and practice.  Doesn’t it appear a wiser choice to learn responsibility at home where what you are doing actually helps your family.

You know that doing chores at home gives a person high self-esteem, makes them more responsible and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification. Here’s an interesting fact, it is has been proven time and again that the best predictor of young adults success in their mid 20’s relates to their participation in household chores. Amazing, so responsibility can actually be learned right in your own home.

Instead of working, why not mow peoples lawns who cannot do it for themselves, what about helping out families with lots of kids by free babysitting, or spend a couple hours a week at a homeless shelter. There are lots of things you can do and these give you a far better appreciation of responsibility than working.

If you get an allowance are you accountable for where you actually spend it or do you just spend it. Getting an allowance and learning responsibility for your money is very important for you to learn now before you go to college where you’ll need to account for every penny..

In the past, teenagers got summer or after-school jobs because parents thought this  taught responsibility, provided pocket money and kept you out of trouble. But that mentality is old and does not relate to today’s athlete. Much research today indicates that your overall development as a teen working part-time jobs actually undermines your overall development. Recent studies indicates that teens who work more than 20 hours a week in the summer and more than 8 hours a week during the school year, read much less, get into trouble more and spend less time with parents and friends. Not a very good result from working!! Plus you would certainly do better if you placed more emphasis on becoming a better hockey player, work inside your school and less emphasis on working outside of school.

Listen, by working something else has to give, perhaps its your pleasure reading, perhaps your studies or even your hockey. Why do you think there is so much pressure to have you work, its that employers who need teenage workers to keep  their business running at high speed, you give them what they need,  cheap labor.

There are two sides pulling at you, but look who they are business and parents who see benefit to you working. Many parents have fond memories of their own first jobs flipping burgers, waiter or waitress in soda jerks or clerks in supermarkets. But times have changed and for the elite athlete this may not be the best direction for your future plus you will miss out on social and intellectual gains from more time devoted to reading and taking care of your hockey development.  It’s a proven fact that players who work long hours often do not have enough time or energy for homework and miss out on social and intellectual development gained from participating in East Coast Field Hockey.

Everyone has the exact same 24 hours a day, you must decide how you plan to use every hour. What are your dreams and what are your goals? Plan to become the best you can; East Coast Field Hockey Club offers so much, take advantage of as much of it as you are able. Your Club has proven to yield the incredible young women of tomorrow, enjoy the process.

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