USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of April 11, 2011
USA Field Hockey has always worked alongside of the NFHS; however, over the past couple of years we have worked more closely with the organization in an effort to assist in developing materials beneficial to our combined coaching communities. A major hope in any sport governing body is to introduce consistency. Last year, with the addition of the self-start rule, we developed a tremendously helpful video which was posted on the NFHS web site to assist the scholastic umpire. We are about to embark on another project through the NFHS via a training exercise which introduces consistency in skill application so playing the game becomes a safer experience.
USA Field Hockey, through our contracted Technical Director for High Performance Terry Walsh, and Olympic and Athlete Managing Director Laura Darling, is creating a training segment that will be housed on the NFHS website, www nfhslearn.com. The training segment for hockey high school coaches will highlight skill development, safety, safe environments for athletes, and also will interpret pathways for high school athletes to follow (e.g. university athletics, National Team competition, Olympic Games opportunities, or fun, et cetera). This training will provide a logical progression for coaches at the high school level to work toward in developing athletes. We anticipate the training regimen will be complete and up on the NFHS website in time for the beginning of the 2011-12 scholastic year.
The dearly departed And, I say that with great respect. Three Board members recently left the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors after two had served their terms and another had retired to spend time with her husband. All of them were just great and are truly missed. To honor each, USA Field Hockey sent award mementos to Lisa Wilkins, Martha Jordan, and Betti Tiner. A photo of one of the awards is pictured above. Board members, committee members, and many other volunteers in this organization spend an inordinate amount of personal time making this association and the sport better. Thank you to each of you for all of the efforts you continue to make.
Last week I shared that we are putting a together a USA Field Hockey Member Club Advisory Task Force, and we have had a good number of very talented club owners and administrators put their names forward to be considered. Thank you. This representative body will play a key role in shaping the development of club field hockey. If you would like to be part of the Advisory Task Force please submit your name along with club ownership/principal affiliation to Laura Darling at firstname.lastname@example.org by this Thursday, April 14th.
Normally every week I have a quote. But, as these reports are written on the Thursday and Friday before the following Tuesday’s release, it was difficult to find something timely in light of the potential Federal government shutdown late last week. So, I selected the following quote last Friday:
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ‘The Federal government’s shutdown will mean that all non-essential workers would stop coming to work. I’m OK with that. Why do we even have non-essential workers?’
But, it isn’t timely now, so I punted and used this one:
Conan: ‘Toyota says they’re going to start integrating Microsoft technology into their vehicles. It’s perfect for the person who wants a car that crashes every 10 minutes.’
Have a great week!