Executive Director's Report - Week of May 3

May 04, 2010, 12 p.m. (ET)
Within USA Field Hockey, we recognize it is our responsibility to grow the sport and produce a successful Olympic Team (for both women and men).Currently, due to logistical and geographic reasons, many people on the East Coast have not had the opportunity to see our National Women's or Men's Teams play as most training activity for the women takes place at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC) near San Diego. We have some competitive events there as well, and the men train both at Moorpark, CA, and in the Chula Vista OTC.

In 2010, the Women's National Team will have a slight change in scenery as they migrate east to the campus of American University in Washington, DC to take on a stalwart Argentina team. Here is the scoop:


The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team welcomes Argentina to the nation's capital for a five game test series this May. The series will be played at Jacobs Field at American University in Washington, DC. The first match is scheduled for Thursday, May 13 at 6:00pm.

Admission for all games is FREE. U.S. National Team players will be available to sign autographs after the Saturday and Sunday games.

The 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalists, Argentina's Las Leonas are ranked number two in the world in the ABN-AMRO WorldHockey Team Rankings, and are in training for the 2010 Women's World Cup in Rosario, Argentina.

The series features the first senior international field hockey competition on the East Coast since October 2007, when the USA faced Japan at the University of Maryland.

Competition Schedule

Thursday, May 13


American University

Saturday, May 15


American University

Sunday, May 16


American University

Tuesday, May 18


American University

Wednesday, May 19


American University

Thanks to American University and Coach Steve Jennings
(Assistant Coach for USA Field Hockey's Women's National Team and the Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympic Games) for hosting us and providing a great facility.

So, East-Coasters, this is a great chance to watch hockey played at the highest level; to see individual stars (many of whom played at nearby schools and clubs); to bring your teams together and learn; and, it all is for FREE!

Did you get it?
Did you receive the survey sent to all members last week? The USA Field Hockey Board of Directors is making every attempt to reach out to the membership to ask and listen to what the membership (you) wants this organization to do for you as you participate and/or support the sport. Six basic questions were posed in the survey. If you did not receive the survey link or misplaced it, here it is again:


All that you need to do is go through the link, complete the survey, and submit it electronically according to the instructions provided. It is easy, and much appreciated.

In addition to the survey, USA Field Hockey is conducting a series of Town Hall Meetings for members and the public to speak to the survey questions and to bring up other concerns. The Town Hall Meeting dates, locations, and times will be posted on the USA Field Hockey website as the dates approach. The responses will be compiled at the conclusion of the Town Hall Meetings (sometime in November) and shared with the Board and the membership through this report.

From The Late Show with David Letterman:
"New York City has opened an all-dog nightclub. It's the only one of its kind in the world - because it's stupid."

Have a great hockey week!

Steve Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey