Executive Director's Report- Week of March 1

March 01, 2010, 12:56 p.m. (ET)

Executive Director's Report - Week of March 1, 2010


By Steve Locke

It is a big weekend ahead for USA Field Hockey. The National Indoor Tournament is being held in Virginia Beach, VA, on March 5, 6,  and 7 and the turnout is expected to be in record range. KC Collins, USA Field Hockey's Director of Event Logistics, is in charge and reports 172 teams will be competing with a healthy number of college coaches scouting. Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey Marketing Director, reports the NIT will have 19 vendors compared to 17 in 2009. A small increase, but still  noteworthy.

A new element of this year's NIT will be Town Hall meetings hosted by USA Field Hockey. The idea is to reach out to the various constituencies within the organization to get a point of view. Perspectives, expectations, and hopes for the future vary from person to person/constituency to constituency. Through this method, and others such as surveys, the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors will be better able to determine the direction the majority of the membership would like to pursue over the long-term. Below is the information being circulated regarding the Town Hall meetings at the NIT:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

USA Field Hockey and its Board of Directors have begun the process of developing a long-range Strategic Plan. In an effort to reach out to all constituents, we are hopeful you will take time to participate in the USA Field Hockey Town Meeting at the National Indoor Tournament in Virginia Beach.

USA Field Hockey CEO/Executive Director Steve Locke will conduct the meeting. Candid, thoughtful dialogue will be appreciated.

6 Core Questions

1.    What are the critical issues of USA FH?
2.    What are (or should be) the focus areas of the strategic plan?
3.    Where do you envision USA FH in 10 years?
a.    What goals do you have for USA FH?
4.    What has USA FH done well in the past?
5.    Where can USA FH improve in the future?
6.    What is the value of a membership to USA FH?
a.    How can we enhance the value of a USA FH membership

***Any other questions are welcome, too!

Those who want to submit questions anonymously may do so by dropping their questions off at the USA Field Hockey booth inside the convention center by 8:00AM on Saturday, March 6.

Come join us at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Meeting Room 4C on the second floor during the following times:     

9:00AM -  10:00AM

Team Contacts / Coaches

11:00AM - 12:00PM


 3:00PM -  4:00PM

Team Contacts / Coaches

 5:00PM -  6:00PM


Everyone, including Parents and Friends of Field Hockey, are invited and welcome to attend any of the sessions.
USA Field Hockey Board of Directors thanks you for your participation, your honesty and your ideas.


The AtaHolding FIH World Cup Qualifier is right around the corner (March 26 through April 3, 2010). The AtaHolding FIH World Cup Qualifier will be held in San Diego's Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Laura Darling, USA Field Hockey's Director of Strategic Partnerships, is in charge of the USA Field Hockey portion of event production. As the event is international in scope, it contains many elements not found in domestic events. For instance, a considerable amount of energy is focused on protocol and hospitality. Both of these components are critical, as it is important from a stature standpoint that the United States be viewed as wanting to be a player within the FIH (Federation Internationale de Hockey)and be well-respected by the way international event presentation is made. To do this, efforts must be made to honor legitimately those within the hierarchy of our international federation. We are a microcosm of what the macrocosm of the USOC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are. To not be a part of the movement can have serious repercussions. Witness Chicago's last place showing in the selection of the Olympic city for the 2016 Olympic Games. Because of Chicago's loss, the USOC is currently involved in a major international relations effort to buoy support within the IOC. This event, along with any other FIH event, is of a high importance to our global position in the sport.

There is another aspect of this event that is of great import to our High Performance efforts. To have an event on domestic soil provides a leg up for the home team (well, unless you are Canada and are hosting the Winter Olympics. Just kidding, eh!). Teams from Canada, Mexico, Belgium, France and Korea will be competing to win a slot for the upcoming FIH Women's World Cup to be staged in Rosario, Argentina, August 29  through September 11, 2010. This is a critical stepping-stone for our Olympic aspirations for the 2012 London Olympic Games. There is only one slot to be won at Chula Vista for the 2010 FIH Women's World Cup. There will be two other Qualifiers found globally for this event. The key to being eligible to compete in the Olympic Games is to be ranked in the Top Twelve in the world. This same process will take place for the 2012 Olympics in London. The winner of the 2011 Pan American Games is an automatic qualifier as a Top Nine country to qualify for the London Olympics . As it sits at present, we will need to win that tournament to qualify definitely for London. However a very high placing at this year's World Cup may provide the USA Women's Team with enough World Ranking Points to move into contention for an Olympic berth without having to go through any qualification process should we not win the 2011 Pan Am Games.  

BDO FIH World Cup, women 2010 Rosario (ARG), 29 August - 11 September 2010 Participants:

  • Argentina
  • China
  • England
  • Germany
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • New  Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Winner World Cup Qualifier I
  • Winner World Cup Qualifier II
  • Winner World Cup Qualifier III

From a Late Show with David Letterman last week: "You're watching CBS, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics."

And, finally, now that the Winter Olympics are over, from Jimmy Kimmel Live! "I have learned a lot from the Olympics. Mostly that I miss football."